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MASTERPLAN WINNER A huge thank you to everyone who entered our ‘Feedback’ competition. Your comments were most useful and are being taken on board. The winner of the £50 Amazon Voucher was Sajama Nepali who joined LJMU in October from Nepal to study for a masters in Public Health Nutrition. “I never expected to win,” Sajama told us on her arrival in the UK, “but I am very much looking forward to spending my voucher.”



The University’s Research Café series kicked off the new academic year in the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies this October with a session featuring Facelab PhD researcher Kathryn Smith and Senior Lecturer in History and Politics, Katherine Harbord.

The first ever Graduate School Conference and networking event took place earlier this year, bringing together over 100 researchers from right across the University to network and share best practice.

Addressing a packed room, the two speakers broached the difficult subjects of representations of the face in death and modern methods of commemorating past tragedies. Giving a fascinating and international insight into their topics, the speakers were bombarded with questions at the end of their presentations.

“The conference came about in response to conversations with postgraduate researchers from across the University,” explained Dean of the Graduate School, Professor Julie Sheldon. “Many told me they would welcome more opportunities to connect with other postgraduate researchers in different areas.”

Audience member and new PhD student Victoria Brennan really enjoyed the event: “I think it’s important for postgraduate researchers to hear about research within fields you would not encounter on a daily basis as there are many examples of good practice that transcend all research disciplines. These events are at the heart of what it means to be a student at LJMU, whereby you are encouraged to share your achievements and seek feedback and guidance from likeminded people.”

As well as 40 poster presentations by newly registered researchers, there was the launch of the International Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and plenty of time to mingle over lunch and coffee breaks. Sport and Biomechanics researcher Raihana Sharir was winner of the three minute thesis competition: “It was a nerve wracking but wonderful experience,” said Raihana. “My prize was a £500 travel grant. After the competition, many students came to ask more about my research. For me the 3MT was one of the best features of the conference as it gave researches the chance to get a brief, concise introduction to other students’ research.”

The café series is organised by LJMU Library Services. For details of forthcoming cafes, please contact Research Support Librarian, Katherine Stephan (

Following the success of the inaugural conference, the event is set to become an annual feature in the LJMU calendar.


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Preparing for postgraduate study at LJMU

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Preparing for postgraduate study at LJMU