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Record numbers at MMU Postgraduate Research Conference

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On 5th November, the 8th MMU Postgraduate Research Conference, ‘Innovation’, will see more than 200 delegates and presenters gathering in the Business School. There will be 75 presentations in total, including oral presentations, poster presentations, art exhibitions and performances celebrating the multi-disciplinary nature of MMU. The presentations will cover various aspects of innovation and creativity from methodological innovations and theory development to interdisciplinary collaborations and advances in science and engineering. The keynote speakers this year include Professor Martyn Amos (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Ra Page (Comma Press) who will be presenting their innovative collaborative work on “Beta Life”, a collection of short stories co-written by fiction authors and scientists. Dr Rose Drew (University of Winchester) will be talking about how to use poetry to communicate exploring the interfaces of activism and feminism.

Kate McLoughlin, the conference chair, and a postgraduate researcher at MMU’s Department of Marketing, Operations & Digital Business, said: “The MMU Postgraduate Research Conference is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate researchers to present their research in a supportive environment. It offers added benefit, as every presenter will receive a personal feedback report compiled from comments from the judging panel and the audience.”

The MMU Postgraduate Research Conference is on its way to becoming one of the largest postgraduate conferences in the North West. The University is especially pleased with the abstract submission numbers, which was 204 this year. There is great interest in the conference both from MMU and other universities both nationally and internationally.

Naheed Hanif, the conference’s vice chair, and a postgraduate researcher at MMU’s Research Institute of Health and Social Change, said: “Organizing this conference is a collaborative effort between MMU Graduate School and postgraduate researchers. I would like to thank my fellow committee members, MMU staff and volunteers, and especially Christine Smith and Maddie Hickman from the Graduate School for their guidance and support.”

Follow the conference on Twitter @MMUPgrConf and join the conversation #MMUPGC15

Further information: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/events-conferences/postgraduate-research-conference-2015/

Blog post by Maarja Kaaristo

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