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University of Leicester Celebrates Its Best Postgraduate Researchers

From left: Merav Tauber, Halla Diyab, Megalambal Arumugam, Ameena Penelope Camps

University of Leicester Celebrates Its Best Postgraduate Researchers

The University of Leicester has awarded prizes to four postgraduate researchers for their excellence in communicating their research

The researchers were chosen as part of the Festival of Postgraduate Research, an annual event at which the University asks its postgraduates to communicate their work to a wide audience. Prizes are sponsored by employers and by UK Grad.

The winners of the event, pictured, were as follows:

Master Prize sponsored by UK GRAD

Megalambal Arumugam, Maid in (Dis)honour: the wedlock of sex trafficking.

Best Presentation: Business, Social Science & Arts

Halla Diyab, Reading the Minorities in Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana".

Best Presentation: Medicine & Biological Sciences

Merav Tauber, The Genetics of Aggression

Best presentation: Science & Engineering sponsored by Tessella Support Services

Ameena Penelope Camps, Carbon Storage - Mapping Offshore Hydrate Stability Zones

6 Highly Commended:

  • Vincent Williams, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?
  • Alan Hewitt, Measuring Carbon Dioxide from Space
  • Susan Kurian, Supporting the Maintenance and Evolution of Software for Embedded Systems Using Design Patterns and CASE Tools
  • Simon Lawes, Can Novel Coatings Help protect The Environment and Save You Money?
  • Samir Ounzain, Hitting Heart Disease Where it Hurts!
  • Emma Angell, Research Ethics Committee Decision-making: consistently inconsistent?

Feedback from the event from students and employers was very positive.


"The reactions I got from the audiences were very inspirational for my research work. Competitions such as this not only boost up the confidence of the researcher, but it also helps the researcher think of their research in a much more 'public significance' manner. I received a lot of feedback on the research and this has given me some idea on how the public will view my research".

"It was amazing. During the Festival I got two institutions and one individual who gave me their contact details and took mine as well, and one of them has contacted me for collaborative work. It was a really pleasant experience".

"The festival provided me with the wonderful opportunity and experience of learning how to confidently speak about my research to a public audience… It was a wonderful experience"


“An excellent professionally organised event – a credit to the University”

“A fantastic event. Very well organised”

“Most interesting! A dynamic and vigorous display”

Note to Newsdesk:

If you are interested in speaking to any of these students about their research or would like to find out more about the University of Leicester’s Festival of Postgraduate Research please contact Elizabeth Newall on 0116 223 1775 or

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