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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.
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Latest posts from the staff blogs
Dr Hannah Laidley, AFY2, University Hospitals of Leicester I have less than 12 hours to get two more set of feedback on my TAB but instead of being on the wards begging any and every member of staff who walks past to save me I am burying my head in other things I […]
The archives of former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have been made available online via the website of the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section. Unlike the official documents of the United Nations, which are available through the Organization’s archives, these collections are comprised of internal working papers which offer insight into decision making processes. Typically, […]
Following the hugely successful ‘Return to Waugh‘ event that was hosted by the British Council Milan, in collaboration with the University of Milan on 17th November, Milena Borden reflects on the relationship Waugh had with his Italian translator, Valentino Bompiani and considers the sociopolitical context of the Italian society that welcomed Waugh’s post – […]
Over the past few months I’ve been helping various members of staff, across various departments, schools and colleges, look at ways to help students make better sense of assessment criteria. The main support I’ve provided is around writing clearer criteria and listing them in a one page table (a rubric). The other thing I’ve been […]
One of the key facets employers seek in potential new employees is resilience. Indeed, resilience is right up there with the key soft skills that make an individual employable. Stuff happens, things go wrong. What matters is how people deal with the stuff that goes wrong, and see a project through. Whatever your views on […]
In this post Dr Chris Grocott, Lecturer in Management and Economic History in ULSB, discusses his recently published book, co-edited with Dr Jo Grady (University of Sheffield), on the continuing imperialism of free trade. Free trade is once again part of popular political discourse. In the United States of America, Donald Trump has […]
I seem to be blogging on a theme of particular days here so far – but in case you hadn’t already guessed from the title, today is World Digital Preservation Day! I thought it would be a good excuse to talk a little […]
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Is antibiotic overuse compromising the efficacy of current drugs? Are we going to run out of effective antibiotics? What interdisciplinary approaches may be useful for addressing the problem? These were some of the questions tackled at an international workshop at University of Leicester on 4th and 5th October this year. The focus of the workshop […]
Software Glitch on Curiosity Whilst We Prepare in Leicester for Selection of Landing Sites for Next Generation of Landers. Sol 2201. 15th October 2018
We have been having some software problems on the Curiosity Rover. Switching between different mirrored parts of the software is helping to diagnose the problem and now that the main dust storm on Mars has subsided we expect to be back to normal operations soon. I am on science operations duty on Wednesday when we […]
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. […]
This week marked the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany. Between 1937 and 1945, 280,000 people were imprisoned there. 56,000 of them lost their lives to torture and cruelty. It was a place of deep inhumanity and suffering. A place where people were murdered because of (amongst other things) […]
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 […]
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?’, […]
Seven days left until we say farewell to @CassiniSaturn @CassiniNooo pic.twitter.com/Sx7ACHeKDa — Leigh Fletcher (@LeighFletcher) September 8, 2017 After almost twenty years in space, the Cassini spacecraft is now just seven days away from its final encounter with the giant planet, ending humankind’s first detailed exploration of the ringed planet. Cassini’s Grand Finale is the […]
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.
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 […]
Today March 8th 2017 marks International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global day of celebration that marks the struggle for gender equality. It provides a forum for celebrating the role of women and their achievements, identifies challenges for the future and campaigns for change. We know that one of the greatest challenges […]
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’ […]
Last year I visited a fine old building nestled incongruously close to the skyscrapers and busy financial offices of Market Street in downtown Philadelphia. The building houses the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest private medical organisation in the United States (founded in 1787). Today, Philadelphia’s heyday as the centre of medical and […]
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 […]
The question of the legality of the war in Iraq was, quite deliberately, beyond the scope of Chilcot Enquiry and the report published yesterday makes no direct comment about legality. Never the less, for many the question of the legality of the war is crucial. The initial response to the report is that it indirectly […]
“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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]