Students get insight into research careers at conference

SRF PageMore than 80 Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences students attended the third Student Research Festival.

This annual event gives undergraduate students the chance to find out more about the research process and network with students from other disciplines. Undergraduate students from both Faculties were able to present their research to an audience of peers and Faculty academics.

Professor Jackie Marsh, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching in Social Sciences, said: “The Faculty Student Research Festival grows from strength to strength each year - this year's event was very exciting, with lots of outstanding presentations and posters by students, and excellent keynote sessions. In addition, the event gave the opportunity for students from Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences to learn from each other and increase their knowledge of research across disciplines. We look forward to building on this collaboration next year!"

Students were able to attend drop-in sessions with Dr Andy Bell on Writing Good Research Proposals, Oli Johnson on Critical Thinking in Practice and Careers Service colleagues Gavin Smillie and Marcus Zientek ran sessions on research for employability. James O’Sullivan showcased digital methods of research used in the Humanities and Professor Hugo Dobson provided information on the Global Leadership Initiative.

Work undertaken on the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scheme, GLOSS Research Associate scheme, Sheffield Methods Institute course modules and verbal presentations were showcased at the event.

Prizes were awarded to students for the best posters and presentations during a ceremony hosted by first year Sheffield Methods Institute student and spoken word poet, Sipho Dube (SMI).

The winners were:

  • BA Quantitative Social Sciences – Isobel Bochel (SMI)
  • BA Applied Social Sciences – Rhiannon Denby (SMI)
  • Showcasing Undergraduate Research in Social Sciences –Niki Sole (Architecture), Joelle Cheong (Politics), Kitty Singh (Politics)
  • Showcasing Undergraduate Research in Arts & Humanities – Amy Parsons (History)
  • Best SURE/GLOSS RA poster – Jack Baker (Architecture)
  • Best poster – Megan Thomas (SMI)

The festival was by concluded by the Head of Political and Social Research for Europe, Middle East and Africa at YouGov, Joe Twyman, who gave a keynote speech on ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Infanticide: The Past, Present and Future of Research.’

The festival was arranged by the Social Sciences SALT team in collaboration with the Student Research Festival steering group. If you would like to be kept informed of plans for next year’s event please email

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