GRE Awards & Celebration Day, 28 November: Internal speakers announced


Book your place on Eventbrite for the event at Medway which incorporates the PGR student poster competition and the ECR awards, and our external speaker Gill Houston, University of Oxford.

You're welcome to attend as this is a great opportunity to learn more about GRE, RETI and our aims to help shape the university's Research and Enterprise agenda - please book your place on Eventbrite.

At the event colleagues from across the university will present aspects of their research, with short presentations from both early career and established researchers, and the winners of the 3-minute-thesis competition. Gill Houston from the University of Oxford will elaborate how her thesis studies characterise what external examiners look for in..  a thesis, a presentation that will be of interest to our PhD students.

This year, a number of colleagues were nominated for awards, recognising notable achievements in research and enterprise. The Vice-Chancellor will announce the winners of these awards, including the PGR and ECR Poster competition winners.

After the formal awards ceremony,  there will be an opportunity to network with your peer group over wine and nibbles. There will be a number of posters reflecting the diverse nature of research across our university, and there is still time to submit yours. 

Those wanting to return to Avery Hill and Greenwich, a bus is arranged for 7:30

Our internal speakers have been confirmed:

Karen Cleaver, FEH –  Raising Awareness of County Line Drug Networks: Delivering a Multiagency Project

Criminal exploitation, particularly of children and young people has received considerable media coverage this year, with a particular focus on the risks associated with county lines. County Line Drug Networks are a new iteration of urban gangs operating form large cities in England and Wales, recruiting vulnerable young people and adults to transport drugs and weapons form large cities to market, rural and seaside towns. The presentation will outline a project undertaken by Professor Karen Cleaver with the Metropolitan Police and a range of partners, who were involved in the co-production and piloting of a training package which aimed to raise awareness of county lines. Karen's presentation will outline the background to the project and celebrate its achievements, sharing the first of 4 short films developed as part of this enterprise work.

Georgios Kampas, FES – Building for the future: Design of extraterrestrial structures

Over the last decade, there has been significant investment -in the order of USD billions- by both government/federal (NASA, ESA, UK Space Agency) and private (SpaceX, Boeing, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin) agencies, for pursuing space exploration and developing the first space hubs and habitats in extraterrestrial environments. This short presentation introduces some of the challenges associated with designing and building resilient structures in an extraterrestrial environment using indigenous materials such as regolith. The first extraterrestrial structures are envisioned as monolithic, 3D-printed vaults that have to withstand extreme environmental loading (radiation, strong ground motions, etc).

Nikki MacLeod, FBUS – Literary tourism: research themes

Nikki's research focuses on tourism activity that's motivated by an interest in an author's life, literary creations or settings. Although literary tourism is by no means a new phenomenon, destinations are increasingly marketing their literary associations and visitors continue to seek out these locations, inspired by their reading or motivated by film and television adaptations.

Camille Stengel, FLAS - Evaluating Transformative Pedagogy: The Inside Out Prison Exchange Programme

Nadia Benbouzid, FBUS – title to follow

Our external speaker is Gill Houston, University of Oxford "How do doctoral examiners judge 'doctorateness'?" 

Gill Houston has wide-ranging experience of higher education in the UK and internationally, latterly focusing on postgraduate education.

Activities include developing and implementing higher education policy in the UK and internationally, in universities and with sector-wide bodies such as QAA, HEFCE and the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), a non-profit organisation that supports all postgraduate education:

Gill is currently chair of UKCGE's board of trustees and has recently completed a PhD in education.

The programme for the day is:

1:30 pm Arrival and welcome from Professor Javier Bonet
2:00 pmOur internal speakers' presentations
2:45 -3:30 pm Break
3:30 pmGill Houston, University of Oxford, How do doctoral examiners judge 'doctorateness'?
4:00 pm3 minute thesis competition winners
4:15 pmGRE Awards 
5:00 - 7:00 pm Networking