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

On threats to freedom of expression in Hungary: blog post by cartoonist Gabor Papai

On 27 April 2020, during the first wave of the coronavirus I drew a cartoon about Cecília Müller (illustration 1), the chief medical officer of Hungary and member of the Government’s “Coronavirus Task Force”. In this cartoon, she is looking at a crucifix saying: Alapbetegsége Függőséget okozott – “His underlying condition caused addiction”. In Hungarian […]

2021 was (selectively) great!

I am getting old… The years all look alike. At this stage it looks a lot like this year is starting as the last one began; in lockdown… Looking back at the past year, instead of dwelling on the negatives (obvious though they are), I will only consider the things that make us happy. The […]

Physics & Astronomy

Announcing the 2021 Yearbook

The Physics Community Team, and the Leicester Physics News Team, are delighted to announce the publication of the 2021 Yearbook for the School of Physics and Astronomy. Continuing our annual tradition, we have brought together the very best news stories from the Physics and Astronomy community and assembled our Yearbook. The 2021 Yearbook can be […]

Colin Hyde

Derby Local Studies & Family History Library

Sadly, we have reached the final post in this series exploring the different collection holders the UOSH Midlands team worked with as part of the UOSH project. Following on from the previous post on Derbyshire Record Office, the last collection holder we examine is the Derby Local Studies and Family History Library. As well as summarising the various […]

Andrew Dunn

Global humanitarian overview 2021

Ocha-coordinated review which examines global and regional trends highlighting achievements and priorities for the coming year. This includes overviews of threats such as Covid, displacement and conflict. Future needs are considered. 

Physics & Astronomy

Juno Mission unveils the depth and structure of planet’s shrinking red spot and colourful bands

Dr. Leigh Fletcher, Participating Scientist for the NASA’s Juno mission, reports on latest discoveries revealing the 3D structure of Jupiter’s deep atmosphere, in an article recently published on TheConversation. Further information can be found in press releases from JPL and from Leicester. Nasa’s Juno mission, the solar-powered robotic explorer of Jupiter, has completed its five-year prime mission to […]

Emma Parker

The Book Group

The Book Group was launched in October 2020 as a way to bring English students and staff together online during the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. Each week, one person talks about and reads from a book they cherish or wish to share, for whatever reason. It might be because the book is a […]

Michael J Curtis Job Tips

I was a 1970s undergraduate, at a time when there was much change in world of archaeology, and I found myself leaving university and venturing into that scary world of business. As it happened, what materialised was an interesting, and varied, journey and one which took me in and out of both the public and […]

Chris Grocott

First Findings of the ‘Work-Life Balance and the Pandemic’ Study Amongst University Employees

“Well-being amongst university employees fell between May and September 2020, and increased loneliness and an inability to detach from work accounted for this.” This is a key result from Professor Wood’s study of well-being amongst university employees, academics and non-academics, working at home during the pandemic. Employees completed a diary study over a four-week periods, […]

John

Session 1: Reference intervals for African Buffalo

  This blog discusses the teaching of data analysis with R. It was inspired by a short course that I first ran in the autumn of 2018. The notes for that course can be found on my github page. If you have not already done so then you might start by reading my introduction to […]

Steve Rooney

Supporting student learning in 2020-21: avoiding a common misstep

One if the many important questions to have arisen during the current pandemic, is how we can effectively induct and orient students into new ways and, indeed, new modes of learning. Although this is to be very much welcomed, some of us would also want to caution against and unfortunate move people sometimes make when […]

carolyntarrant

Quality Improvement in Colonoscopy: A view from Sweden

I am Annica, a PhD student from Sweden. Last autumn, I participated as a student in the module “Quality and Quality Improvement in Healthcare” taught by the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester. During my time in Leicester, the SAPPHIRE research group most kindly invited me to their meetings – and at […]

jbridges

Mars Sample Return is Underway with Mars2020 Launch

With the successful launch of Mars2020 from Cape Canaveral today the first stage in a long and complex sample return plan is finally underway. Mars Sample Return has been envisaged  for many decades but it is only since around 2008 that a feasible architecture has been developed. Mars Sample Return has the ultimate aim of […]

Discovery of Ancient Super-eruptions Suggests the Yellowstone Hotspot May Be Waning

Explosive super-eruptions (those involving more than 450 km3 of magma) are among the most extreme events to affect the Earth’s surface. Thankfully, humans have not experienced such an event in recorded history (the last massive volcanic explosion was 26,500 years ago). The only clues to help us better understand super-eruptions and their impacts are therefore […]

Finding Helena

May 3rd is the Feast of the Finding of the True Cross. Here Sara Haslam, our volume editor for Evelyn Waugh’s novel about St Helena, reflects on the time she has spent with the woman Waugh credits with the discovery.     Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, was in her seventies when she travelled to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Laura Dean

Congratulations to Mindhacks

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.

Dawn Watkins

Leicester Legal Eagles come in to land

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

About

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 […]

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. […]

Amy Jane Barnes

The ‘China Dream’: conference programme and registration

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 […]

John

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 […]

Charlotte Barratt

Universities Week and Adult Learners’ Week 2014

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 […]

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