'Belong, Believe, Achieve' is a series of profiles showcasing inspiring students and staff at the University of East London (UEL). Each week, we bring you a new story about someone achieving great things in our amazing community.
This week we are shining the spotlight on recent graduates Agata Korsak and Hayley Edwardson, who presented their research at the Houses of Parliament last month.
Agata and Hayley earned the right to present their work at the annual Posters in Parliament event, part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research, after placing highly at a similar poster presentation event at UEL.
Architecture graduate Ms Korsak was awarded first place in the undergraduate category in the UEL competition. Ms Korsak worked with UEL Architecture lecturer Roland Karthus on a pioneering project which looked at how the construction of prisons affects the well-being of prisoners.
Mrs Edwardson took home second place at UEL for her contributions to a research project, led by UEL’s Institute of Health and Human Development and partners at University College London, which investigated the low-birth weight of babies in Newham.
Mrs Edwardson, who completed both a BSc Public Health and a PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at UEL, focused on the impact of how the low-birth weight project was sharing its findings among mothers and public health specialists.
Placing first in the UEL contest gave Ms Korsak the opportunity to compete at the Westminster event. She didn’t win, but still felt it was a valuable experience.
Ms Korsak said "The poster event at Parliament was a great opportunity to not only represent my university and showcase my work but also to discover many interesting research topics. It was great to see so much enthusiasm, collaboration and hard work."
Mrs Edwardson said, "It was wonderful to be a part of Posters in Parliament and I felt especially proud to represent UEL. The opportunity to understand more about how Parliament works and meeting staff and students from other universities were particular highlights. However, the most exciting part was looking at the other posters and hearing about all of the valuable research being undertaken across universities".