Research Students’ Education Conference 2019

This one-day conference offers postgraduate researchers an excellent opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from a supportive audience of their peers and academic staff.

This year, our theme is Challenges In Research Methodology. The conference will feature interdisciplinary presentations and poster exhibitions by early-career researchers at various stages in their doctoral projects.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Morag Thow

Title: How to look after yourself while being a researcher

Having supervised a number of PhD/Doctorate students, Dr. Thow has an insight into the personal and academic commitment required to complete research and a PhD/Doctorate. In this session, Dr. Thow draws on her research, primarily in the health sciences for over 24 years, to help researchers think about their own health – and protect and perhaps improve their health while on the journey of doing their research.

Many issues contribute to our physical and psychosocial health. While Dr. Thow will not cover them all, she will focus on the main ones that researchers have control over so that they can influence their health. 

A healthy mind in a healthy body! – Dr. Morag Thow

About Morag:

Image of keynote speaker Morag Thow


Morag Thow, PhD, BSc, Dip PE, MBE was a physiotherapy lecturer specialising in cardiac rehabilitation at Glasgow Caledonian University for over 24 years. She has written three books on cardiac rehabilitation and one on staying healthy at work. She also regularly writes journal articles on cardiac rehabilitation and was a member of the SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) group for Cardiac Rehabilitation. She is a member of BACPR and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group Scotland.

Title: A workshop for PGRs by PGRs

This year we are thrilled to present an interactive workshop for conference delegates led by PGRs Helen Ireland and Roselyn Masamha. The workshop seeks to discuss the understandings of research methodology and research methods, the differences between these two concepts, and how awareness of these two elements is vital in addressing research questions and for knowledge acquisition. As current Doctor of Education researchers at the University of Leeds, Helen and Roselyn will share their research methodologies before inviting delegates to briefly discuss their studies and any methodological challenges they may have experienced. The workshop aims to facilitate a greater insight into research methodology through colleagues discussing their own research and appreciating other researchers’ methodological journeys and challenges. The workshop is open for both master’s students and PGRs at any stage of their research project.

About Helen and Roselyn:

Helen Ireland, School of Education PGR


Helen is a part-time Doctor of Education (EdD) student at the University of Leeds. Helen is exploring how professionalism is understood, developed and assessed during the pre-registration pharmacist training placement from a range of perspectives including; the General Pharmaceutical Council, service users (patients), pre-registration pharmacist trainees and pre-registration tutors. Helen uses interpretative paradigm approach and qualitative methods to explore the understandings of professionalism. Helen’s research proposes how professionalism develops, the role patients have in professionalism learning/assessment and suggests factors that may affect the rate of professionalism development. Helen is hoping to complete her doctorate in 2019!

Helen is also a practicing pharmacist within the NHS and has been the South West regional pre-registration pharmacist training lead since 2009. Helen’s research has a direct and an increasingly relevant impact on pre-registration training placement design, pharmacist educational policy and avenues for further pharmacy workforce development research.

You can find her on Twitter @helenjireland

Roselyn Masamha, School of Education PGR


Roselyn is a part-time Doctor of Education (EdD) student at the University of Leeds and a Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing at the University of Hull. Roselyn also hopes to complete this year! Roselyn’s research has her own experience central to it and in addition, the experiences of 6 participants as a case study exploring the experiences of Zimbabwean nurses who undertook their nursing education in the UK. Roselyn uses a non-traditional research methodology that enables her to take on the dual role of both participant as well as researcher with her own experiences forming part of the data for analysis.

The research explores entanglements of the teaching and learning exchange in the context of postcolonial dynamics. Through the participant accounts, the research exposes and interrogates the implications of a migrant status in UK education and makes contributions to the call to decolonise the academy.

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