Annual Post Graduate Symposium 2013
By Abdulrahman Aldawood
The Post Graduate Annual conference was held on 19 November 2013 in the Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University. The Annual Conference is a student led conference organised by PhD students at the School for Health Care Sciences and is an opportunity for students to present their research in a supportive and informative environment. Sixty-seven delegates attended and participated in the one day Conference, which brought together post graduate students, professors, readers, lecturers and faculty members from Cardiff University.
The conference started with a Keynote address from Professor Terry Marsden, Dean of the Graduate College, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning. Professor Marsden spoke about his field of research, sustainability of people and place. This was very informative and provided a good introduction to some of the student presentations about health and society.
There was a busy schedule for the rest of the conference with ten PhD students presenting their work. Each student had twenty minutes to talk and there were excellent presentations from students at different stages of their research.
Qualitative research topics ranged from marginalised and hard to reach communities, communities overseas with specific cultural needs, how therapeutic relationships work and decision making in teenagers and young adults with cancer. Presentations with a quantitative research focus ranged from respiratory function in Huntington’s disease, recovery of knee injury in athletes and reducing harm to patients with cardiac pacing wires during radiotherapy.
There were poster presentations on display for the duration of the conference and these were judged by Professor Terry Marsden for first, second and third prizes. The first prize was awarded to Lorraine Jooman for her poster about her PhD research; How homeless women with dependent children access healthcare services.
The conference was closed by Dr Katie Featherstone, Director of Postgraduate Research School of Healthcare Sciences.