Our first ever Student Conference

Issue date: 04 May 2017

On Monday 10 April, undergraduate and postgraduate taught students assembled to present their research and evidence-based practice at our first ever Student Conference. It was a huge success, with over 75 posters and verbal papers being presented to 300 delegates.

Invited speakers

The importance of extra-curricular activities, such as the Student Conference, in developing graduate skills was highlighted by our Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), Jo Midgley.

Professor Helen Walkington from Oxford Brookes University delivered a keynote presentation encouraging students to publish in many different formats – and warning them that publishing can become addictive!

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, presented prizes for the best posters and verbal presentations, closing the event by commenting on how it had been a good opportunity to inform family members and employers present about teaching and research at UWE Bristol.

Student topics

The range of disciplines and research on offer was broad and varied. Deborah Smith from the Department of Geography and Environmental Management (FET) won the best poster prize for her research 'Intensive agriculture and water quality: The Komati River, Swaziland'. Adam Bennett from Nursing and Midwifery won the best verbal paper examining 'Accessible health resources for people with learning disabilities: Sugar Choice – an educational game for diabetics'.

Daisy Hamm and Safiya Hirsi and colleagues created a buzz on social media with their presentations: 'The F Word': Determining barriers to young women's self-identification as feminist' and 'Our journey so far… reflections of BME Paramedic Science students'.

Our students enjoyed being part of the conference and increased their confidence in presenting, taking great pride in their work.

Student comments

“It felt applicable to real life experience, as a stepping stone into a graduate role.”

“This event allowed the development of so many transferrable skills and is not something I experience in my normal teaching.”

“It's a great way to present ourselves as BME students to other UWE members and their families. Honestly, I felt so proud of myself, and most of all gained confidence.”

“This conference was the best experience I have had at UWE.”

We hope to see you there next year!

Jennifer Hill and Harry West (on behalf of the Conference Steering Committee)

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