Student and Staff Research Conference

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Negotiating a Changed World: New Research at London Met

This year's London Met's University-wide research conference will take place on 20-21 July 2021, with two days of inspiring and thought-provoking subjects across a range of disciplines.

The world has changed dramatically in the last year. Societies and individuals had to adjust to a pandemic, which also has impacted on research. While the public eagerly await a return to ‘normal’, there might be more permanent changes in working patterns, trade, consumption and health planning, and arguably the need for a ‘resilient society’. Academically, there will be new ideas and concerns in subject areas emerging.    

There is a lot of research at London Met that relates to the conference topic, but we would like to emphasise that the topic is not meant to be limiting. This is a student and staff conference and we want to see the full variety of current research at London Met represented. The Postgraduate Research Student and Staff Liaison Forum will accept proposals with no link to the conference topic.

As part of the new university strategy, the Education for Social Justice Framework and the Race Equity Strategic Plan were developed, with both are already making an impact. We particularly welcome proposals that speak to our university strategy, for instance reporting on critical pedagogy projects that promote equality, diversity and social justice in subject areas or on decolonising the curriculum projects. We would like to hear about research on racial or gender stereotyping, on micro discrimination, on addressing differences in education outcomes between groups, the impact of an inclusive curriculum as well as research on inclusive leadership, and of course on the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable students and minority ethnic groups.

There will be three categories of presentations:

  1. Lightning talk: brief three minute presentation on your research topic (a poster on your research to be displayed during breaks). Lightning talks are aimed at PGR students in their first or second year.

  2. Presentation of student paper or staff paper, or a joint student-staff paper: 20-minute slot (15 minute paper + 5 minutes discussion). This category is aimed at PGR students at an advanced stage of their research and at staff.

  3. Keynote joint presentation of student-staff paper: 50-minute slot (35-40 minute presentation + discussion). This is a competitive category: one submission will be selected as one of the keynotes, the others will be automatically considered for the 20-minute slots.

The call for proposals is now closed.

If you have any questions about the Student and Staff Research Conference, please email the Research and Postgraduate Office

London Met's first University-wide research conference took place on 14-15 July 2020.

The conference was part of a number of recent initiatives to strengthen our research culture and provided an excellent opportunity for postgraduate research (PGR) students and staff to share their research and for PGR students, in particular, to add to their experience of presenting and exposing their research design, analysis or findings to critical scrutiny.   

The conference was organised by the Postgraduate Research Student and Staff Liaison Forum, which brings together research students and staff to discuss academic and research community matters and supported by the Centre for Professional and Educational Development and the Research and Postgraduate Office.

Delivered online over two days; Don MacRaild, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange opened both days with a keynote address.

Read about last year's conference.


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