Poster Day 2012

Thursday 22nd March: University Poster Day

Poster day is our annual celebration of research where all second year research students – from all subject areas – gather in Mountford Hall to present a poster on their research. Poster Day promotes the public communication of research by providing a showcase of the University’s research talent and it also helps participants develop communication skills. Prizes and commendations were awarded by the judges to those poster presenters that communicated their research best to a ‘degree educated general public.’ Thirty five judges drawn from all three faculties each examined a section of the exhibition and talked to the participants. The intensity of the research on view and the evident enthusiasm of the presenters made this a very interesting, enjoyable and involving process.

The winners and their poster titles are as follows:

Prof. Karen Ross with HSS first prize winner
Prof. Karen Ross with HSS first prize winner, Yusra Khogeer

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

First Prize: Yusra Khogeer, School of Management:
Influential Marketing: The Literary Life of Anthropomorphic Mascots

Second Prize: Fatima Khan, School of Law and Social Justice: British Muslim Identity Post 9/11: Conflict Contradiction and Confusion

Third Prize: Devi Hardean, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures:
The Brown Atlantic: Questions of Triple Consciousness

Prof. Graham Kemp with HLS first prize winner, Giovanni Pellegrini
Prof. Graham Kemp with HLS first prize winner, Giovanni Pellegrini

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

First Prize: Giovanni Pellegrini, Institute of Translational Medicine:
From Rat Poison to Personalised Drugs: an Example of Translational Medicine.

Second Prize: Achchuthan Shanmugasundram, Institute of Integrative Biology:
Comparative Metabolic Analysis of Apicomplexan Parasites

Third Prize: Mark Cobb, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society:
Assessing the Spiritual Needs of Palliative Care Patients.

Dr David Joss with the first prize winner, Sergio Mauri
Dr David Joss with the first prize winner, Sergio Mauri

Faculty of Science and Engineering

First Prize: Sergio Mauri, School of Physical Sciences:
Vibrational Spectroscopy of Molecules on Surfaces

Second Prize: Anita Peacock, School of Physical Sciences:
Polymer-Functionalised Inorganic Nanoparticles for Long-Term Stem Cell Tracking

Third Prize: Sarah Hindley, School of Engineering:
Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition of ZnO Nanowires

Joss Wright with student first prize winner, aria Byrne-McCann
Joss Wright with student first prize winner, aria Byrne-McCann

The Guild Student Prize went to the following:

Maria Byrne-McCann, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures:
Catherine McAuley: Sister of Mercy

Ali Bojarpour, School of Electrical Engineering and Computor Science:
Co-operative Robots

Mazen Almehmadi, Institute of Infection and Global Health:

For the full list of prize winners and commended posters, together with additional photographs, visit the Graduate School Web pages:

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange Professor Dinah Birch praised the participants for the high standard of their work and thanked all the judges. The Skills Team were also thanked for their organisation with particular commendation for Ms Sandra Grigglestone who planned and executed the event with the help of her team of staff and volunteers. The smooth organisation and the excitement of the event generated a warm and friendly atmosphere as participants chatted, networked and discussed their research and interests.

Many people contributed to Poster Day but particular thanks to the Department of Music String Quartet for their excellent recital and to all at the Guild for their side of the organisation and for their feeding of the five hundred!

Poster Day and Poster Day Online 2012

Please come and view the work of your postgraduate colleagues across the University at Poster Day or Poster Day Online.

Poster Day – 22 March – Mountford Hall, Liverpool – Further information and programme

 All those not presenting are warmly  invited to visit between 10:30 and 3pm. This year we will have approaching 300 posters on display.

Poster Day Online – 16th March – 6th April  — further Information

Open to all students on or off campus, For access follow the link to 

and login using  user-name:  pdo2012
      password:  Liverpool

This event contains over 60 posters covering a wide range of disciplines from across the University.

Upcoming events in the One Day programme

One Day Workshops

Our 2012 programme of One Day Skills Events is up and running and booking will shortly open for our first workshop on Collaboration on Monday 30th April.  The workshops cover a range of useful and stimulating topics, specifically designed to complement the work of our Postgraduate Research Students and inspire new ways of approaching and managing research.

There are four workshops running from April to May, focusing on the following skills areas:

Collaboration – Monday 30th April, 9.30am – 12pm (booking opens 19th March)
Managing Your Supervisor – Tuesday 1st May, 9.30am – 12pm (booking opens 19th March)
Critical Thinking – Monday 21st May, 2-4pm (booking opens 10th April)
Public Speaking – Tuesday 29th May 2012 10am – 5pm (booking opens 17th April)

Summer School

Following on from these events we are launching a new Summer School of skills workshops from 12th – 22nd June, guaranteed to motivate and enthuse all!  The workshops include topics such as Scientific Writing, Conference Abstracts and Posters, Starting Writing, Project Management, Communication and Leadership and Viva Survivor.

All events are open, free of charge, to all PGR students and operate on a first come, first served basis.  Refreshments will be available.  For further details and information on how to book on to a workshop, visit

Alexandra Appleton
One-Day Events Co-Ordinator

Welcome to the PGR NEWS@Liverpool Blog

Dear Postgraduate Researcher,

The Graduate School Skills Team announce the PGR News@Liverpool Blog  which is a new way for you to receive Skills Programme information, including details of new workshops for both the formal and optional parts of our programme and other events that might be of interest to research students.  We hope it will be a much more efficient and effective way of communicating events, opportunities and information regarding your programme. The blog will be both a supplement and a complement to the Graduate School Website and will replace the current system of announcement lists for the Careers programme and One-Day Events. The blog aims to provide relevant information for postgraduate researchers, which will be searchable by tags.  Most importantly it will be possible to subscribe to rss feeds so that you get fresh, specific and relevant information delivered directly to your email account or web-based news reader.  We also encourage the submission of articles from researchers on development issues which can be submitted to the Skills Team for posting.

The Graduate School Skills Programme (GSSP) is changing to take into account the shifts and changes in the working environment of the university, the economy and the student experience. We hope the blog will help keep you up with these changes and allow you to comment and thereby be a partner, along with supervisors, in the development of the Skills Programme and theLiverpoolpostgraduate research environment.

If you have any thoughts on this or other postgraduate researcher development matters then please get in touch

Dr Richard Hinchcliffe

Director of Postgraduate Training