Reflections on the 2021 Annual PGR Conference

On Wednesday 17 March, the 13th annual Manchester Metropolitan University Postgraduate Research Conference took place, this year hosted virtually. In this post, members of the organising committee reflect on the highlights of this year’s conference and the benefits of getting involved.  Chloë – I…

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Walking a Tightrope

Anything that we see, hear, read, smell, or physically feel in our daily life is stimulating our senses. Within research, this input to our senses is controlled and represented through specifically created stimuli. These are called emotional stimuli and are for instance images, video…

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You are not alone in this

For something that almost every student will experience whilst at university, especially during your PhD, loneliness is not a thing that students talk about on a daily basis. Doing a PhD during a pandemic is hard enough without the added stress of loneliness and anxiety.  Recently I had an…

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Otters and Pharmaceuticals: Evaluating the impact

I’m investigating pharmaceuticals as potential environmental contaminants in otters.  Pharmaceuticals may reach the environment in many ways, such as after being excreted by humans or being disposed of unused.  They are ubiquitous in the environment, and have been found…

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The research assemblage: re-imagining the PhD ‘mess’

I’m currently in my final year of a PhD exploring transition to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities. It is a PhD which has taken far longer than anticipated thanks to a pause for maternity leave and a…

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An online production with TextielLab

My practice-based PhD looks at how emotional experience can be designed into digital Jacquard woven textiles using digital coding as a co-design tool. The iterative process between theory and practice creates a constant conversation and exploration which responds to…

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Ageing and track cycling performance: health implications

Ageing affects almost all of our body, altering its function, and potentially leads to health issues in later life. Specifically, muscle suffers a series of changes that modify its structure and function, which can reduce a person’s mobility. This means they may not be able to…

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Manchester Met’s 13th annual PGR Conference – meet the team and get involved!

The Manchester Metropolitan University 13th Annual Postgraduate Conference will take place on Wednesday 17 March 2021. The committee is always made up of MMU postgraduate research students and this year is no different.   The theme for next year’s conference will be “Diversity & Research in Critical Times: Power in…

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Fighting Extinction

Alejandra Zamora’s image ‘Fighting Extinction’ was shortlisted in the postgraduate researcher category of the 2020 Images of Research competition. You can see the celebratory brochure and find out about the 2021 competition by visiting the website, here: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/research/research-study/events/images/  In this post, Alejandra explains the…

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Documenting Demolition: A Community Evidencing Project at Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre

This image was entered into Manchester Met’s Images of Research competition in 2020. It was taken in summer 2019 and it always makes me smile, not only because of the subjects’ happy faces, but as I distinctly remember taking the photo stood on a chair, wearing a sparkly dress having just run down Oxford Road from an industry awards night! All because I…

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