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

Frances Deepwell

Learning or teaching – where do we begin?

Welcome to the Leicester Learning Institute blog. Over the coming months, members of the LLI and associates will be contributing ideas to inspire deeper thinking about what it is that we do in Higher Education teaching. Our intention with the blog is to provide a regular short input on teaching and learning matters, delivered direct […]

Student Perceptions of ‘useful’ Digital Technology

“Now, what I want is, Facts….Facts alone are wanted in life” (Mr Gradgrind) A recent Australian study by Henderson, Selwyn and Aston (2015) found that students use digital technologies to support the logistical aspects of their learning : time-saving; finding out about and fulfilling course requirements; mobile and remote access; researching information; getting organised. Where students […]

William Farrell

History of Economic Thought gets a revamp

The website History of Economic Thought re-launched recently thanks to support from the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Run by Gonçalo L. Fonseca, research fellow at the Institute, the site aims to be a “link tank” directing readers to resources on economic theory. It covers thinkers from the pre-classical period to the modern day. History of Economic Thought contains: […]

Ana Verissimo

Staff away day

The latest staff away day took place at Stamford court, with university and departmental updates, a group activity over coffee to reflect on how the department could improve various aspects of the working environment via the working lives committee, bite-sized research presentations and lunch. In the afternoon, departmental staff got competitive at the sports hall. […]

Simon Dixon

Don’t panic, Mary Berry’s Bakewell tart recipe is safe!

It is almost impossible to conduct academic research today without at some stage needing to access information on the internet. For this reason, many researchers will have had experience of consulting websites containing valuable evidence that are there one week and gone the next. The fragile nature of web content has been in the headlines […]

Memorial Page

Mark Pluciennik died on 7 May at the age of 62, following a battle with a progressive neurological condition. Mark joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in 2003 and was the second Director of Distance Learning in Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester, retiring in 2011. He subsequently held the title of University […]

Emma Battell Lowman

A Historical Long View of Posthumous Harm: Comparing organ snatching to body-snatching. By Floris Tomasini

  Improper Procurement and Retention   Taking organs of dead children without parental permission at Alder Hey is a practice The Economist (2001) dubbed the ‘return of the body-snatchers’.  There is a historical affinity between the practice of body-snatching in the Georgian period and ‘organ snatching’ at Alder Hey some two hundred or so years […]

Carrie Crockett

Protection for Whom? Aboriginal rights in the Swan River Colony

by Kellie Moss   In June 1829, Governor James Stirling founded the Swan River Colony on the mainland of Western Australia. Whilst the hype surrounding the new colony attracted almost 2000 people to Swan River in the first year, few of these initial settlers concerned themselves with the rights of those they were dispossessing. Furthermore, […]

Martin Quinn

Leicester – A Champions League City

  Martin Quinn discusses the urban policies and strategies which have made the city of Leicester so successful in recent years.   Leicester has made the headlines in a number of ways of late, home of the champions of English Football as well as highly successful basketball and rugby union teams. Even the cricket team […]

Looting the Archives: Joe Orton

Dr. Samantha Mitschke has been working in the School of Arts as an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow since February. Working with the archives held in Special Collections at the University of Leicester, she has curated a public exhibition taking place in September 2016 as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the London premiere of […]

Marie Muir

Waffle…not the good kind!

You are in an interview, you are nervous, there are three interviewers and they are all staring at you in suspense. One of them is asking you a question, but your too busy trying to conceal your nerves so you hear ‘Tell me about…experience….school…team?” You launch off in to an answer about your netball teams’ […]


Different strokes for different folks: Two patient safety tales

A bit about me I’ve been a researcher and part-time PhD student at SAPPHIRE at the University of Leicester for nearly four years. My day-to-day work is concerned with exploring how NHS hospitals ensure and improve patient safety – particularly focusing on organisational culture– while my PhD research is concerned with exploring patient safety from […]

Barbara Cooke

Modern Classics: A Frost in May (14th)

  Our Saturday book group is now reading its way through writers Evelyn Waugh admired, or whose themes connect with his. Next up is Antonia White, who Waugh considered one of the best novelists of the time. White’s debut A Frost in May (1933) is a semi-autobiographical account of a young girl’s convent school education.   […]

Paul Boyle

Why Open Access?

We are committed to undertaking research which inspires and delivers change for the better.  So, it is vitally important that our research findings are freely available to the world.   To achieve this, we need to embrace Open Access.  In this short video, I consider the benefits of Open Access and how it can help […]

Grant Denkinson

DMP Rubrics

I’m starting to work more with Data Management Plans (DMPs) which are required by some funders and might well be a good idea for most researchers anyway. We’re looking at DMPonline by the Digital Curation Centre for creating them and what local customisations we want to make. I’m also starting to look at DMP Rubrics and the […]

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Alberto Fernández Carbajal

Queering Islam # 2: Rusi Jaspal public talk recording

Prof Rusi Jaspal (De Montfort University) gave a great public talk on the social psychology of gay and bisexual Muslims last week as part of the series Queering Islam. You can find the video recording below, also available through YouTube. The talk explored the findings of various studies that set out to examine aspects of […]

Philip Shaw

Daring Deeds of Valour

Daring Deeds of Valour By Dr Rachel Bates, University of Leicester The 29 January 2016 marks the 160th anniversary of the Victoria Cross, a key legacy of the Crimean War (1854-56). Over the past four years, I have been looking at how the Crimean War shaped British understanding of war, violence and nationhood. The creation […]

Martin Coffey

But he/she interviewed well (part 1).

So you want a job? Well first you have to decide what kind of job etc… Actually let’s skip over this part and cut straight to the part where you have to go through an interview. Of course this may include a lot of parts these days, but let’s focus on the actual interview. Question: […]

Marie Muir

New Year, New Career, New Outlook

January is rubbish. It’s cold, wet and dark and your holiday is over. You are back, revising hard for your exams and assignment deadlines are coming in thick and fast, so how do you motivate yourself to get back on the job/internship search. Ten members of the Career Development Service Team tell you how; “Plan […]

Why do a MOOC in Museum Studies?

Over 11,000 people signed up for the first run of our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum, and they were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Demand is so high that we are running the course again, starting on January 18th 2016.  But why might you want to undertake […]

Maria Rovisco

Dancing With Strangers: Body and Otherness in the Experience of Citizenship – by Rita Marcalo

This post is authored by Rita Marcalo, dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of Instant Dissidence, as a response to the Workshop ‘Arts and Citizenship’ held at the Department of Media and Communication in June 2015. Since 2013 I have been developing a performance series entitled Dancing With Strangers. The first instance in the series took the European […]


Stata14 and the future of this blog

I have not posted for the last few weeks, not because I have nothing to say but rather because I have been thinking about the future of this blog. I have had in mind for some time that there is a need to say something about the Bayesian analysis facilities that were introduced in Stata14 and while preparing […]

Norman Housley

The Maid of Orleans and Crusading

The Maid of Orleans and Crusading:   reflections on a colloquium La France et l’Orient au temps de Jeanne d’Arc. Idéaux pacifiques et réalités guerrières, Rouen, 29 May 2015 Meeting in the splendid surroundings of the Salle des États in Rouen’s recently opened ‘Historial Jeanne d’Arc’, the speakers at this colloquium gave their attention to a […]

Anna Charalambidou

Our book ‘Authentic Recipes from Around the World’ is out

Our much-anticipated book, entitled ‘Authentic Recipes from Around the World’ (HAT Events, 2015), written by the investigators of the project (Emma-Jayne Abbots, Anna Charalambidou, Elaine Forde, Ana Martins, Hazel Thomas, Deborah Toner) and a number of collaborators and external partners has been published! This general audience book is the outcome of the AHRC project “Consuming […]

Oliver Brett

Ghirri Research Project 2013-2015 – BSR Conference 2013 – Elena Re – ‘Il progetto nell’opera di Luigi Ghirri.’

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