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Defining Obesity: BMI or Body Fat Percentage?

My entry for the 2020 Images of Research competition was designed to transmit an impactful message on the importance of how obesity is classified (BMI vs. body fat) and why that matters. This message is even more pertinent in…

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Exploring displaced young people’s belonging and learning experiences through art

The photograph that I submitted for the Images of Research competition in 2020, was taken during a workshop we were conducting in Kampala, Uganda, as part of our Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Arts and Humanities Research Council…

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Britain’s Unspoken Wildlife Tragedy

Please note, this blog post contains imagery that readers may find disturbing, depicting a hare killed by collision with a car. My research explores the animal conservation and welfare dilemma of animals killed on our roads. It was an…

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Corporate ‘security’ responsibility

Traditionally, I am not one to participate in competitions. However, when I first received the email about the 2020 Images of Research competition, asking for image entries, I immediately knew I needed to share my images of the conflict…

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Kiritimati and the Bomb: A Tale of Two Churches

Kiritimati is a tiny atoll at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. It is also known “Christmas Island” and forms a part of the larger nation state of Kiribati – an archipelago that stretches horizontally across the Pacific Ocean….

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The long trail ahead in stroke recovery

Rebecca’s image was named the Judge’s Choice in the postgraduate research category in the 2020 Images of Research competition.

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Inside the Influence Factory

In June, I was awarded some funds by MMU’s Graduate School to support my research. Unlike others, who may have used the money to go to a conference, I spent this award on people. 1,139 people to be exact….

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Do what you’re passionate about: combining travel, art, and research

I arrived in Manchester roughly one and a half years ago. This meant moving to a foreign city in a foreign country. I was extremely curious and excited about discovering this new place, and ambitious to finally meet my…

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Autism, Acceptance and Abstinence in Research

Jake Sheppard shares his experience and advice on studying for a PhD with autism, and why development activities and events can be great for building your confidence as an academic.

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Study, stress and self-care: getting the right balance

My research is focused on how stress and alcohol (both individually and in combination) impact brain activity and cognitive performance, as prolonged stress exposure may be a potential pathway to alcohol and substance misuse. Since our brains are still…

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