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Annual Research Student Conference

Twelth Annual Research Student Conference

Steering Group Members

William Davies is an economist studying crowdfunding, He is in the third year of my PhD in the Lord Ashcroft International Business school at Anglia Ruskin. Crowdfunding is the process by which companies and individuals use online platforms to raise money for many different projects. The focus of his PhD is looking at how crowdfunding platforms perform as pseudo social networks  and how understanding the structure of these networks can enable us to explain how to be successful in raising money in crowdfunding. 

Aparna Shil is a full-time PhD student in FST. Her research focuses on the effect of artificial sweeteners on gut microflora to regulate gastric permeability. She is investigating the molecular mechanism of intestinal epithelial barrier function impairment caused by artificial sweetener consumption, with the main aim to see whether inhibiting sweet taste signalling can protect barrier integrity. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends, walks by the riverside and loves live street music.

Fox Benwell is a full-time PhD student in ALSS. His PhD is tentatively titled ‘How the publishing industry constructs/constrains (dis)ability, as seen from within the disabled community.’ It will explore disability representation within current young adult literature, and the effects of this representation upon societal views and a sense of self, according to disabled readers. Fox is also a YA author (and wannabe knight). His debut, The Last Leaves Falling, was nominated for the Carnegie. His sophomore novel, Kaleidoscope Song, has just been published by Simon and Schuster.

Mark Warnes is a part-time PhD student in FHSCE. His PhD is entitled ‘Exploring the Possible Relationship between Reward and Recognition and Teaching Excellence in Higher Education’. Mark is attempting to develop a robust, working definition of Teaching Excellence from the literature, which he will compare against the lived experience of lecturers who have been recognised and rewarded as excellent teachers through either national or institutional award schemes. His primary focus is to determine whether teaching excellence awards have any impact on the student experience. In addition to his studies, Mark works full time as a researcher in Anglia Learning & Teaching at Anglia Ruskin University, where he infuriates colleagues by tapping along to whatever music he’s listening to on his iPod.

Philip Payne graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Chemistry, after which he worked in the private sector for many years until returning to higher education recently at ARU. His research is focused on AI learning algorithms and how these can be applied to give wheelchair users a greater degree of personal autonomy.

Susan Price is with the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, affiliated with ARU. Her PhD is 'Exploring the Silent Spirituality of Severely Disabled Children'.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission (Both posters and oral presentation) 9/3/2018 by 5pm
  • Shortlisting to be completed by 26/3/2018 by 5pm             
  • Acceptance Notification sent to you by 4/4/2018 by 5pm 
  • Deadline for Poster Submission 25/5/2018 by 5pm            
  • Conference Day 26/07/18                                    

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