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Research Fest

Join this celebration of our research and researchers. Friday 13 January 2023

The University of Hull is proud of its research and its impact regionally, nationally and globally. Following the Times Higher Education announcement that the University was named in the top global 100 for Impact (THE, April 2022), the REF21 results confirmed the calibre of our research in terms of impact and outputs. We improved our research in all Units of Assessment and doubled our research graded at 4*  (world-leading). 

Among our numerous events, workshops and seminars, we will also be hosting stalls in the foyer of Middleton Hall with support staff members available for you to meet and get to know the services offered to support you and your research.  The Energy & Environment Institute will also demonstrate their innovative and unique flood game, which is an excellent example of creative impact and knowledge exchange. There will also be a screening of various short films, putting into focus the scope of our research. 

 Download the full programme here

Discussion Panels

  • Academic Freedom: Is It Under Threat?

    Academic freedom is a core value for universities and central to an understanding of how research should be conducted. It is often taken for granted. But in recent years, it has become an increasingly contested area. There is much concern about the state of academic freedom in UK universities, so much so that the UK government is seeking to legislate in order to strengthen the protections for academic freedom. Is it right to do so? Is academic freedom really under threat?


    Chair: Prof Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Director, Middle East Study Centre (MESC), School of Politics and International Studies​ and DPhil, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. Professor Cohen-Almagor is a prolific researcher with more than 300 publications to his name, including 19 books. He is a Professor of Politics, Founding Director of the Middle East Study Centre, University of Hull, and a Global Fellow, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Raphael taught, inter alia, at Oxford (UK), Jerusalem, Haifa (Israel), UCLA, Johns Hopkins (USA) and Nirma University (India). He was twice a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor, the Faculty of Laws, University College London.

    Prof Dennis Hayes is a Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham and an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Derby. He is the director of the influential campaign group Academics For Academic Freedom (AFAF). He is the author of several books on education, including two edited books on the McDonaldisation of Higher Education. His controversial co-authored book The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education (2019 [2008]) has been described as ‘one of the most important books to have been written in at least the last twenty years in that crucial area where philosophy, policy and practice coincide’. His latest book, The Death of Academic Freedom? Routledge will publish free speech and censorship on campus in early 2023. Twitter: @ProfDHayes

    Dr Vanessa Pupavac is a senior lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Her previous publications include a book on Language Rights: From Free Speech to Linguistic Governance (2012). Her current research involves the translation of the leading twentieth-century Croatian and Yugoslav writer Miroslav Krleža’s drama.

    Dr David Schley​ is the Deputy Director, Sense about Science and is passionate about evidence-based policy and decision-making; and engaged with Sense about Science as a researcher, scientist and communicator for many years before joining as Deputy-Director in 2022. Having previously worked to develop the evidence base for policy decisions, he now seeks to ensure science and evidence are used appropriately in public life and that people are empowered with knowledge, leading campaigns and communications for the organisation. David lectured at the University of Southampton, the University of Surrey and the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and has been a school teacher and provider of vocational training for journalists. His research portfolio includes modelling and epidemiology at Southampton Hospital and the Pirbright Institute. He has delivered high-impact advocacy campaigns, including for Challenging Heights, a prominent child-rights NGO in Ghana, and led communications of research and science for the MS Society and the Marine Stewardship Council. He has a PhD in Mathematics and is a Fellow of the IMA, a chartered Scientist, a Chartered Mathematician, and CIPR accredited PR Practitioner.

    Prof Colin Tyler is Professor of Social and Political Thought and the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics at Hull University. Much of his research focuses on the preconditions for a free society, particularly its need for a shared understanding of the common good. In relation to this research, Colin is also the Institute of Applied Ethics director and co-convenor of its “Free Society” research programme.

    Dr Catherine Wynn is a Reader in Victorian and Early Twentieth-Century Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Hull.  She specialises in Victorian and post-nineteenth century literature and visual culture, focusing on Gothic, war art, Victorian theatre, travel writing, and colony and empire. Catherine has published monographs on Bram Stoker (supported by the British Academy) and Arthur Conan Doyle and a biography of Lady Butler, Victorian Britain’s leading war artist.  She is also a regular contributor to television and radio programmes.

  • People and Culture in Research: Is There Enough Diversity and Inclusion in Research?

    This panel will address questions about the importance of diversity and inclusivity of research, its challenges and how we can address these.


    Chair: Hayley Pickard-Dumas, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, University of Hull

    Hayley is the EDI lead for the University of Hull. She joined the university in January 2022 after 14 years in policing. Her passion for inclusion is quite simply born out of her passion for people’s differences and the value in those differences. Her father worked all over the world when she was a child, and consequently, she loved to travel and get to know and understand different cultures. As an adult in a multicultural marriage, she learned a lot about the perspectives of others and faced her own challenges of discrimination. Hayley's immediate priority is to provide leadership, professional advice and guidance on developing the EDI/ Social justice and Inclusion agenda. This includes looking at any disparities in processes and practises that cause disproportionate disadvantages to groups of people. Any changes that are made are informed by the evidence gathered from grassroots intelligence. She hopes to play a part in helping the University achieve a truly inclusive culture for all staff , students and visitors alike, a culture that supports everyone to thrive.

    Dr Catherine Baker is EDI Lead for the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education and Reader in 20th Century History in the School of Humanities (FACE). She belongs to the AHRC Peer Review College and frequently reviews proposals for other national funding councils around Europe

    Dr Olufikayo Bamidele (PhD, M.Sc. AFHEA, RSPH) Dr. Olufikayo Bamidele (PhD, M.Sc. AFHEA, RSPH) is a Research Fellow (Evidence Synthesis) on the TRANSFORM programme at the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull. With a background in Microbiology and Public Health, she studied for her PhD at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, where she was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarship for her study titled 'Post Treatment for Prostate Cancer: The Experiences and Psychosocial Needs of Black African and Black Caribbean Men and their Partners'. Olufikayo’s research is broadly focused on addressing inequalities in cancer experiences and outcomes, particularly in relation to ethnicity and the psychosocial aspects of prostate cancer survivorship among Black men and their partners. She is also passionate about improving her understanding of how ethnicity intersects with other determinants of health (such as gender, age, acculturation, and employment) to influence illness experiences and healthcare access/utilisation among underserved Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. Her methodological expertise is in qualitative research and evidence synthesis. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, she has authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and delivered national and international talks.

    Mahrukh Doctor is Professor of Comparative Political Economy in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull. Currently, she chairs the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team for the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics. The faculty is working towards a Bronze Award. She is also School Research Director. Previously, she was Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Law and Politics, and then the School of Politics and International Studies. Her commitment to EDI issues arises from personal experience, disciplinary knowledge and a deep recognition of the value of embedding equity into all institutional actions.

    Jim Gilbert is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Hull and the Research, Development and Innovation lead for Aura. His background is in instrumentation and measurement in energy and manufacturing systems with a particular focus on offshore wind energy. He is a co-director of the EPSRC Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub where he leads on Equality Diversity and Inclusion and works with the Offshore Wind Industry Council to promote greater diversity in the sector.


Workshops will be held through the day - book your place now

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Cinema Sc​ientifique

See the diversity of our research portfolio through our short films

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