The 12th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference - December 2020
PGR Virtual Poster Exhibition 2020-21
Bronwyn Sherriff (PhD, FHSS) Coping with Covid-19: reflecting on the process of modifying methods midway
Chloe Casey (PhD, FHSS) Initiatives to promote the wellbeing of postgraduate researchers at Bournemouth University
Greg Tansil (MRes, FST) Study to identify risk factors that predict which children will repeatedly go missing
Kelsie Fletcher (PhD, FHSS) The history of disaster nursing: developments from Nightingale to the 21st century
Kevin Davidson (MRes, FST) Midfullness resiliance: supporting young people at risk of gaming and gambling related harms
Madhu Sapkota (PhD, FST) Project Introduction: Adaptive Simulation Modelling using the Digital Twin Paradigm
Mashael Alsufyani (PhD, FHSS) Exploring the Usage of Social Media by Female Saudi Nursing Students for Personal and Academic Purposes
Natalie Stewart (PhD, BUBS) Promoting a positive and cohesive research culture for postgraduate researchers
Rachel Clarke (MRes, BUBS) Leadership as a means of cultivating innovation: analogue people in a digital future
Raksha Thapa (PhD, FHSS) Caste exclusion and health discrimination in South Asia: A systematic review | Poster recording
Raysa El Zein (PhD, FHSS) Feasibility study: effect of vegetable oil on memory in older-adults and those with MCI
Sulochana Dhakal-Rai (PhD, FHSS) Factors contributing to rising caesarean section rates in South Asian Countries: a systematic review
Vanessa Bartholomew (PhD, FHSS) RETHINK – Can we reduce hospital admission in latent labour?
Keynote Speaker - Professor Edwin van Teijlingen, Flexibility in Research: Dealing with Adversity
Edwin van Teijlingen is Professor of Reproductive Health Research in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. He is a sociologist with a PhD from the University of Aberdeen. His main interests are in health promotion/education, health services research, and socio-cultural aspects of health and health care. Edwin’s methodological expertise is in qualitative research, mixed-methods research, and systematic reviewing. He is a member of the UK Research and Innovation International Development Peer Review College (2020-23). Edwin has published more than 300 papers and edited ten books, including Psychology & Sociology Applied to Medicine (Elsevier 2019), a widely used textbook for medical students. He has published on academic writing and presented sessions on publishing academic papers at various universities in Europe and South Asia. He is currently supervisor for nine PhD students and one MPhil student. He has examined over 40 PhDs in eight different countries in Europe, Asia and Australia. He is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham (UK), two colleges affiliated with two different universities (Tribhuvan University and Pokhara University) in Nepal, and at Mahatma Gandhi University in the State of Kerala, India.
Keynote Abstract - Flexibility in Research: Dealing with Adversity
We live in interesting times. Not many could have predicted last year that the world would face a pandemic and lockdown. Who would have predicted millions of people would be stopped in their daily life and work to reduce the spread of a previously unknown virus? Or would not have laughed if I had predicted that UK PhD viva would overnight change from a face-to-face event in a small tutorial room to online examinations as standard?
Many people’s PhD project will have been affected by COVID-19, the Public Health measures to limit the spread of the virus or the anxieties around all this. However, this is not a unique event that comes along to spoil your research. Most students will experience problems and obstacles; it is part and parcel of any study. Some students face problems accessing their fieldwork site or getting access to data, others face recruitment problems, or conflicting demand on their time (especially students working or with childcare responsibilities) or financial issues.
My first key message is that the PhD hardly ever (never?) goes exactly to plan. My second message is that most students do overcome their problems and realise that although their thesis is not exactly what they expected when they started, theirs is still useful and adding to knowledge. The final message is: Now you know it will not go according to plan, don’t stress too much, try to be flexible, believe in yourself, and work with your supervisors to try to solve problems as they appear on your path!