Staff Blogs: University of Leicester

Welcome to the University of Leicester academic and staff blog site.

From Royal Society Fellows to early-career researchers, corporate services to academic related – all members of staff are engaged in creating new knowledge, whether in the sciences, social sciences, business, the arts or wherever their interests lie. This wealth of research expertise means Leicester has a unique and critical role to play in helping to overcome major challenges faced by society.

This site aims to provide a platform for University of Leicester staff – whether early-career, established or somewhere in between; whether researching and rehearsing ideas, networking with peers, or an early form of publication. As you would expect from Leicester, it’s inclusive and accessible so we look forward to your comments.

Latest posts from the staff blogs

Carrie Crockett

The Carceral Archipelago panel at the Fourth European Congress on World and Global History, 4-7 September, 2014

During the first week of September, members of our European Research Council funded project, Carceral Archipelago, attended the Fourth European Congress on World and Global History, held in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure. While at the Congress, a number of the project’s researchers had the exhilarating opportunity of presenting aspects of their research on a shared […]

Barbara Cooke

September Book Group: The Loved One ***TIME CHANGE***

    Email Barbara to join us and discuss Evelyn Waugh’s macabre comedy, The Loved One. The novella was hailed as a return to Waugh’s pre-war satirical form but got him into serious trouble in the States for its thinly-veiled depiction of the Forest Lawn burial ground in Los Angeles. When: Saturday 27th September, 10.30am-12.30pm Where: […]

John

Smoothing a scatter plot

In my last posting I mentioned that in is possible to use Stata to run R packages by preparing an R script, calling R from within Stata so that R runs in the background and then reading R’s results into Stata for further processing. The big advantage of this method is that one does not need to  […]

Laura Dean

What Good Does Occupational Psychology Do in the World?

  When people are not confusing occupational psychology with occupational therapy they are often associating it with the world of big business: suits, large scale change management programmes and assessment centres. Whilst it true many graduates will go into areas such as selection and assessment and some work does involve looking at efficiencies most occupational […]

Simon Dixon

Special Collections in the News

While we may be tucked away in the basement of the David Wilson Library there are plenty of exciting discoveries to be made in Special Collections, as recent media interest in our collections demonstrates. We had a busy week last week launching our new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Leicester author Sue Townsend. […]

Kerry Dobbins

Uncapitalised ‘learning outcomes’: the tutor and student’s friend

It’s always a nice moment when you come across an article, conference paper, blog post, etc in which the author(s) expresses similar views on a topic to the ones that you’ve been stating for some time, particularly if those views are possibly not the most popular or common ones.  It’s a nice moment because you feel a sense […]

Martin Parker

Fighting Corporate Abuse

Martin Parker, Regular Blog Contributor and Professor of Organisation and Culture at the School, explains why management academics like him have an important role to play in the mitigation of corporate excesses Corporations have a very bad reputation. Most ordinary people tend to assume they are gigantic profit making machines that trample on anyone standing […]

Andrew Dunn

Corruption in developing countries

Trillion Dollar Scandal A New One Report which exposes corruption in developing countries.  It argues that more than 3.5 million lives a year could be saved if the G20 cracked down on the corrupt business practices, money laundering and tax evasion that cost the world’s poorest countries at least a trillion dollars a year. It […]

Grant Denkinson

Are we getting marketing wrong?

In my last post I came up with a bunch of basic rules on Spreading the word – what to do and what not to do. What if I was completely wrong? For ephemeral events, what if people mainly spot intriguing images in a sea of “stuff”?   What if some of us are just […]

David Revill

MA Scholarship Award Holders Announced

Congratulations! to the following four applicants who have each been awarded a £2000 MA Scholarship: Mariette Cracknell (MA Victorian Studies),Kelsyn Delaney (MA Modern Literature and Creative Writing),Rachel Evans (MA English Studies) and Francesca White (MA English Studies). We’re also delighted that Richard Fallon (MA Victorian Studies) was successful in his application for a College Masters Excellence Studentship. There […]

Oliver Brett

Conference update: ‘L’esperienza del luogo’: Italian photography, writing and landscape. Luigi Ghirri, his contemporaries, his legacy. University of Leicester, Stamford Court, 19-21 September 2014.

The conference is fast approaching! Well done to Marina and Jacopo and all others at the University of Leicester who have worked so hard to bring it all together, as well as to those who will be contributing to the programme by delivering papers. More information is now available on our webpage regarding the conference, including the abstracts […]

Stephen Walker

Learning from the early adopters: developing the digital practitioner

Recent research by Liz Bennett (2014) looks at the drivers that motivate educators to use technology in their teaching. She took a framework (Beetham and Sharpe 2011) used to model students’ digital literacies and applied it to lecturers’ digital literacy practices. The intention was to examine the motivations for lecturers in adopting Technology Enhanced Learning. Bennett […]

Norman Housley

Unexpected consequences: expulsion and flight in fifteenth-century Europe.

Unexpected consequences: expulsion and flight in fifteenth-century Europe.             We live in an age of enforced migration, as war, ethnic cleansing and religious conflict force vast numbers of innocent people to leave their homes and livelihoods and face an uncertain future. In the 1420s the populations of certain parts of […]

Amy Jane Barnes

The ‘China Dream’: conference programme and registration

Planning for ChiSRA’s inaugural conference (24th/25th September) continues apace. A provisional programme is now available to download from our website. The presentations will cover a range of themes and subject areas, including literature and film, visual arts, design and marketing. We are delighted to announce that Professor Zhong Xin from Renmin University will be delivering […]

Charlotte Barratt

Universities Week and Adult Learners’ Week 2014

Putting some of the Richard III projects to one side for a moment, I thought I would write about the events of the next two weeks that I have been working on with colleagues. Firstly, Universities Week 2014 is 9-15 June.    Universities Week is run by Universities UK to highlight the research that takes place […]

Ana Verissimo

Let’s get the ball rolling

At Leicester we’re going places. However, our busy agendas don’t always allow us to keep up with what other departments (or even our own) are doing or to take the time to go over there and discuss possible collaborations. This blog intends to showcase research at Leicester, bring researchers together and promote discussion. Furthermore, it […]

Dawn Watkins

Leicester Legal Eagles come in to land

Last Friday was the final day of activities for the Leicester Legal Eagles project.  Students handed in their group work materials; each group having created and trialed in St Peter’s School a workshop for children in years 4 and 5.  Our students had covered a variety of legal topics; animal rights, human rights, libel and […]

Andrew Burnham

A history of computing in 5 minutes… and 38 seconds

I thought that I would share this excellent short video which covers the history of computing in less than six minutes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9LK6EtxzgM.   As a communications device it is very impressive – this style of using drawing is something I’ve seen before within Jisc projects (I think the University of Leeds produced one) and […]

About

The Landscapes and Communities Research (LACR) research theme aims to foster research that examines the constitution of and relations between communities and landscapes. Although run from the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering the theme involves researchers from across the University and aims to foster the development of inter- and trans-disciplinary research, making […]

A most illuminating museum?

  This post leaves me open to accusation of being something of a nerd, but never mind, here goes… Museums come in all shapes and sizes, from the large national museums to the tiniest community-led, subject-specialist and village museums. They cover all possible subjects offering something for everyone, whether you’re a lover of a dinosaur, a […]

James Earley

Burrough Hill Excavations Week 3!!

Welcome to the Burrough Hill Blog. This page has been set up to give you information on the excavations from the point of view of the students. To view the full website for the project please visit http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/research/projects/burrough-hill (If any of the students who I am quoting are reading this, I apologise in advance for […]

Sarah Hodgkinson

‘Stumbling’ upon Berlin’s National Socialist past

Last week I returned from my second and (at the moment) final field trip of European Holocaust sites. Another gruelling itinerary and I returned home exhausted and in need of a break from Holocaust-related sites. I found that after visiting so many sites within the space of a month – reading so much atrocity-related material, […]

James Earley

My Placement so far….

Warning of the Dangers at Caerwent!       What I did done so far….   19th February…Met with Debbie for the first time after interview…Natalie (the girlfriend with the patience of a saint) came with me…Sat in on David Carthy (Primary school teacher), Laura Massey (Intern with University Schools and Colleges Services) and Deborah Frearson’s […]

Sandra Lee

Do people really believe the Daily Mail / Telegraph anymore?

Once again I am fascinated to see yet another piece denying climate change in a popular right-wing newspaper despite the wealth of evidence to the contrary Really? There’s a very nicely written piece here responding to it Every headline news bulletin led with something along the lines of ‘Man-made climate change causes ‘even more certain” […]

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