Undergraduate Research Conference 2015 - News and Events - University of Derby

Undergraduate Research Conference 2015

Katie Beaumont - UG Research Conference

Our 3rd annual Sport and Exercise Undergraduate Research Conference took place on Friday 27th March. This event gives our current final year students the opportunity to showcase the findings of their independent studies.

Over 80 delegates attended the day which included a series of oral presentation sessions and a variety of guest speakers. Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne opened the event before the former head of Sports Science for the Football Association and GlaxoSmithKline provided a key note lecture for the delegates.

Students presented the findings of their own independent studies before being quizzed on their research. Each student made a ten minute presentation, following by five minutes of discussion with lecturers and fellow students, concerning their research.

Abby Livingstone, who presented her research topic, Does children’s academic performance predict how much physical activity a child undertakes?, said, "the Independent Study conference was an incredible day that allowed students to overcome boundaries, due to the support and encouragement of their supervisors."

Later in the day, the national lead psychologist for the Rugby Football Union, addressed our delegates and Dean of the College, Dr Chris Bussell, closed the proceedings. The day culminated with prizes presented to the best presentations throughout the day.

Daniel Lawrence, who won a prize for his presentation of his research looking at the comparison of year 5 primary school boys and girls physical activity at weekends compared to weekdays, said, "the IS conference was a great opportunity to showcase not only all of the skills and knowledge we have accrued during our time on the course, but also the hard work researching and exploring our area of study. It gave me a sense of pride and achievement, in regards to my research, that I could share with my cohort and lecturers."

MRes Sport and Exercise Programme Leader, Dr Lindsey Smith, echoed the sentiments of all of the course lecturers when she said, "Well done, not only to our award winners, but everyone who presented at the conference!''