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
Remote Access to Special Collections: Part 1 Hello from our homes! We had to bid a sad farewell to our archive store and reading room last week, as the Library building closed to ensure the safety of staff and users during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Like many of our colleagues in […]
The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) is an independent non-profit think tank based in Berlin. It has just launched the Academic Freedom Index in close cooperation with FAU University Erlangen-Nuremberg, V‑Dem and the Scholars at Risk Network. Its website has a methodology, case studies and data. There is a full report and a working paper which look […]
London pottery photography week March 9th-13th. A third photography week! Blissfully ignorant of what the global impact of COVID-19 would be in a few short days, we set off for London to take more photos of pot sherds. As we make our way to St. Pancras station, we talk about the virus, but as […]
In an upcoming court case you might just have heard of, the Daily Mail will defend its printing of Meghan Markle’s personal letter to her father Thomas. If the paper’s arguments are accepted, the ruling could have a huge impact on who we think owns what – and on the work of biographers everywhere. Markle’s […]
There are so many roots to the tree of anger that sometimes the branches shatter before they bear. (from “Who Said It Was Simple”, by Audre Lorde, 1973) As part of our broader commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in the curriculum, we have been looking at ways of […]
Fraud and Corruption blog #2: Building a Bridge over Troubled Waters – Lets learn to stand together against fraud and corruption! by Nigel Iyer
In this blog Nigel Iyer, a Fraud Detective and Fellow of the University of Leicester School of Business, draws on ideas from his new book ‘How to Find Fraud and Corruption – Recipes for the Aspiring Fraud Detective’ discussing how everyone can and should be a fraud detective. If the famous English dramatist Oscar Wilde […]
Like many people I see the value in the current emphasis on Wellbeing at Work. Like a smaller number of cynical people, I believe the fad will pass. When it does I, like some others, will still be advocating the Wellbeing at Work concept whilst others will have moved on to the next fad; probably […]
SAPPHIRE ran the first Ethnography for Healthcare Improvement Summer School. This was a two-day event held in a very sunny College Court in Leicester. One of the attendees, Daniel Darbyshire from Lancaster Medical School, has written a blog combining his experience with testimonials from other attendees. Hello, my name is Dan, I am a […]
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 […]
It’s obviously been quite a while since this blog was updated, but that doesn’t mean we have forgotten about Consuming Authenticities! In fact, plenty of exciting developments have been quietly happening behind the scenes, which I will write more about over the coming weeks and months: we have been continuing to publicise and distribute our […]
As the final event of the Queering Islam events series for 2015-2016, Tehmina Kazi, the Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, visited us at the University of Leicester to do a reading of her story ‘The Tulip Asylum’, a story about homosexuality in contemporary Iran. Below you can find an excerpt of her reading and […]
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 […]
www.mindhacks.com has won the British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement and Media Award. Whilst this site aims to increase engagement with academic research by ordinary members of the public, it is also a useful and interesting resource for psychologists in training too.
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 […]
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 […]
On July 4th 2018, the eminent scholar of empire, Professor Philippa Levine (University of Texas, Austin), launched my edited volume, A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies, at the annual conference of the Australian Historical Association, held at ANU, Canberra. This volume is one of the key outcomes of my ‘Carceral Archipelago’ project. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our book on Luigi Ghirri has just been published: M. Spunta and J. Benci (eds), Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of Place. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017) https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/79823?rskey=lwTAcx&result=1 Many thanks to all the contributors and to all those who supported our research project. Please share this with interested colleagues.
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” […]
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 […]
After signing up for an Open Day at the University of Leicester, I was intrigued to receive an email regarding the ‘Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)’ creative writing competition, run by Dr Emma Parker and Chris Shepherd. The prompt, ‘If Joe Orton were alive today, who or what would be the object of his satire?’, […]
I was checking out a research paper in the ACM Digital Library: SibylFS: formal specification and oracle-based testing for POSIX and real-world file systems and spotted something interesting: a “Concepts in this article” drop-down “Powered by IBM Watson” For more on Watson, see IBM Watson: Beyond Jeopardy! Q&A I’ve been thinking what calls to action a user […]
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 […]
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 […]