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UEL research conference: good for staff, students, and community

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“Could Londoners survive without smartphones?”, “The battle over the soul of modern Islamic cities”, and a European youth radio project were just some of the cutting edge topics discussed at this year’s annual research conference at UEL. The conference attracted its largest number of delegates to date, and a record number of academic papers were submitted for presentation.

Around 170 academics and research students were offered a choice of 36 presentations, which gave a taste of the research carried out by staff in the past year.

“I’ve watched the conference go from a cosy little group of researchers to something that’s much more robust and ahead of the curve,” said School of Business and Law Professor Siraj Sait, who has worked at UEL for 15 years.

He also noted that the quality of research was ground-breaking, and praised the “really innovative and refreshing research done by our PhD students.”

Performing arts senior lecturer Clare Qualmann said, “It’s so diverse in terms of the different disciplines represented, it offers a dynamic mix of ideas, and a great opportunity for staff and research students.”

UEL takes great pride in its research culture, with a focus on high-quality applied research which makes an impact in society and industry.

Dr. Darren Shape, a research fellow working on a community-based diabetes service, said the day was useful for networking and finding his way around the conference topics.

The day also provided an opportunity for the University community to hear staff share their experience of civic engagement projects in the local area.

“You can see the application of our work to real communities, our commitment to working for local communities, and with local communities, and that’s the uniqueness, actually, of the conference,” concluded the chair of the research conference organising committee, Dr Symeon Dagkas.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.