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

Andrew Dunn

Legislative Observatory on Freedom of Expression, Latin America launched

Legislative Observatory on Freedom of Expression Latin America launched A special project of the the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) Buenos Aires, Argentina, The observatory is a tool for journalists, academics, legislators, and activists to monitor legislative developments and track the impact of internet regulation debates on freedom of […]

Nate

Sludge in Healthcare

  This week Richard Thaler, who wrote ‘Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness ’, published “Nudge, Not Sludge” in Science. He gives the example of a company that offers customers their money back, but makes it procedurally complex to get it back so that few actually go through with it. I’ve written about nudging on […]

ekrockow

SAPPHIRE hosts successful interdisciplinary workshop on antibiotic prescribing

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 […]

jbridges

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 […]

Austerity and Working Class Resistance: Survival, Disruption and Creation in Hard Times

  In this blog Dr Adam Fishwick (De Montfort University) and Dr Heather Connolly (University of Leicester) discuss their new edited book, which assesses the impact and continuing development of working-class resistance in and against ‘hard times’.   Our edited collection arose from two workshops hosted by the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) […]

Martin Coffey

Is it really Social Media?

One day this week I sat in a coffee shop with a friend. Two men of a certain age, we discussed the phenomena of social media with wonder. Whether it be the urge to live tweet from professional events or putting one’s ‘life’ on Facebook, we marvelled at the instant turnaround of information and the […]

Digitally General: why digital is not always the answer

Making something digital does not always make it better. Why? It not the digital itself that it actually the issue. After all, experimentation and exploration with digital practices and devices can bring on board innovative change within academic learning and teaching. Fundamentally, it is the way we view and handle the digital which needs to […]

MA Museum Studies Placement in Special Collections, Weeks 7-8

Guest post from Yineng Zhu, Andrew Permain and Joe Searle, MA Museum Studies students working with the Archives & Special Collections team.   Yineng   I have been doing the placement here for two months. My project is about the University Library’s history. During this period, I identified key individuals and significant events in the […]

Clare Anderson

A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies: book launch

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.   […]

Archive Fever at the Harry Ransom Center (HRC)

Following a research visit to the Harry Ransom Center, CWEW editor of Waugh’s Helena, Sara Haslam, reflects on her illuminating experience.     I spent two very happy weeks in the HRC archives in April 2018, working on my edition of Helena. I was unprepared for two things: firstly how much difference it would make […]

Museums and social justice – and why I bang on about it quite a lot.

  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) […]

Deborah Toner

Food Stories – the afterlife of a research project

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 […]

Emma Parker

Joe Orton, Edna Welthorpe and Creative Writing by Bryony Adshead

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?’, […]

Leigh Fletcher

Farewell to Cassini

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 […]

Marina Spunta

Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of 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.

Grant Denkinson

Automated concept / keyword generation for journal articles in repositories

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 […]

The University Leadership Team

International Women’s Day – The Gender Pay Gap at the University of Leicester

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 […]

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’ […]

Emma Battell Lowman

Being Disturbingly Informative. By Shane McCorristine

  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 […]

Alberto Fernández Carbajal

Tehmina Kazi reading and Muslim LGBT activism

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 […]

Helen Dexter

A legal war is no less lethal.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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