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

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 […]

Emma Battell Lowman

Effigies, Real Bodies and Iconoclasm. By Sarah Tarlow.

  Last week I was in Chester to examine a PhD thesis there (congratulations to Dr Ruth Nugent – the third person to complete a PhD in the young and dynamic archaeology department there, under the guidance of Howard Williams). As a side note, Howard’s terrific blog, Archaeodeath, is always full of interesting reflections on […]

Andrew Dunn

The unhappiest people in the UK are those aged 45-59

According to the latest 3 year survey from the office for National Statistics.  Find out more from the website.  There there are also maps of levels of happiness for local authority areas. There are also excel data tables at a local level for anxiety, satisfaction and happiness. The BBC has an interesting online test – […]

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 […]

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’ […]

Winning Poem Published by NASA-Chandra

  A poem by Bethan Nutting, second-year English with Creative Writing student, has been published on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory’s blog here. As part of the second-year Creative Writing module, “Using Stories,” students are encouraged to explore the relationship between science and writing, and to use theories and concepts from science as starting-points for their […]

Martin Parker

Daniel Defoe co-wrote the Bank of England

Professor of Organisation and Culture at the School, Martin Parker, has just published a new book which provocatively blurs the lines between economic facts and literary fictions Why is a novel like an organization? It’s an improbable question, but in a new book, Valerie Hamilton and I show that the origins of the corporation and […]

Evelyn Waugh, Cynic?

The following guest post is kindly supplied by Andrew W. Mellon fellow Dr Naomi Milthorpe. In early December 2015 I took up a Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library in California, to work on a project rather ambitiously titled “Waugh and the Library.” Having spent time researching Waugh’s writing and book collecting using the archives […]

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: […]

Katy Roscoe

Playing “Prison Architect” game

When my other half pointed out that there was a computer game where you could run your own prison, he probably didn’t think I would actually play it. After all, I spend enough of my free time (and his!) thinking and talking about convicts. Nevertheless, it struck me that a computer game might be a […]

Veronica Heney

SAPPHIRE Spotlight: Emmilie Aveling

This week’s SAPPHIRE Spotlight profile will focus on the very exciting work of Dr Emmilie (Emma-Louise) Aveling. Emmilie is a Research Fellow in the SAPPHIRE group, who specialises in applied qualitative research in the fields of global health and healthcare quality and safety. Emmilie is currently based at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, […]

Margaret Maclean

‘Bizarre and unintelligible’ or ‘unique and splendid’?

Prompted both by some research I am doing for an exhibition on the early history of the British in India and by a recent visit to the extraordinary Brighton Pavilion (in which, of course, the ‘Mogul’ style is very much in evidence) , I wanted to investigate some 19th century reactions to the building, as […]

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 […]

Grant Denkinson

RDM Principles: Research inception and planning

More thoughts about the University of Leicester Research Data Management Principles. Research inception and planning 2. Data management planning is an integral, essential and dynamic component of the research process from inception and should include provision for the selective long term custodianship of research data. 3. Research proposals should include all possible recovery of direct […]

Stephen Walker

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 […]

Oliver Brett

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

Prize-winning poster!

We are delighted to announce that our project has just won the poster prize at the Society for Legal Scholars conference in York, which was attended by our project leader, Dr. Dawn Watkins. The poster, “Adventures with Lex… The Story So Far”, gives an overview of our project, a summary of the data collection, and […]

Sarah Hodgkinson

Countdown to the ‘Reflections on Revenge Conference’, University of Leicester, 4th September 2015

Just a few weeks to go now until our innovative new interdisciplinary conference. We have an exciting line up of speakers including a keynote address from leading international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands. Please see our latest press release for more information, and the finalised programme will be released very soon. Booking for delegates is […]

Ana Verissimo

Takeaway Tuesdays are back!

To improve our working lives and promote informal and relaxed interaction between all staff and students, we have introduced Takeaway Tuesdays at RKCSB. Once a month, we choose what takeaway to order and we all get together for lunch at the newly refurbished seminar room. Everyone from the department is welcome to join us, and […]

Kerry Dobbins

Creating an effective e-learning resource: some helpful tips for a challenging process

One of my initial tasks when I started on the ‘Learning Outcomes Project’ was to develop an online resource that aimed to improve students use of their learning outcomes.  My brief was as general as that, however, I knew that we wanted a resource that students would find useful as a learning support and would help them to […]

Paul Boyle

Student experience at Leicester

In this video blog, I discuss the strengths of the student experience we offer here at Leicester. Having met with a number of students since I arrived, I am extremely proud of the experience we provide to our students and the reputation we have for student satisfaction. Of course, there is always room for improvement […]

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