Student and Staff Research Conference 2021

Negotiating a Changed World: New Research at London Met

London Met’s second annual University-wide research conference took place on 20-21 July 2021, celebrating a range of stimulating and intriguing new research at London Met.

The student, staff and joint student-staff papers reflected the changes that society needed to adjust to following the challenges of the global pandemic and how this impacted the way that research is carried out. The multitude of topics was presented and discussed in panels ranging from Reading DNA, through Machine learning and cyber-analytics to Linguistic identities and perceptions. A number of presentations tackled the issues of social justice, equality and inclusivity, echoing the commitments set in the Education for Social Justice Framework and Race Equity Strategic Plan.

Papers from all six Schools were presented either as a three-minute lightning talk, pre-recorded lecture, poster presentation or a 15-minute presentation. The first day was opened by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Don MacRaild, followed by the keynote lecture from Dr Marlon Moncrieffe from the University of Brighton on Decolonising the curriculum with a closing presentation from Dr Diana Luck and her students on Negotiating a changed and still changing world and the U theory.

The second day was opened by Maeva Khachfe, Head of Research Policy and Implementation and Professor Klaus Fischer, Head of Graduate School, featured the opening keynote lecture delivered by Dr Hannah Gibson from the University of Essex on Harnessing learners' multilingual repertoires with a valedictory lecture from Professor David McCarthy summarising a quarter-century journey of nutrition research and education on Holloway Road.

The conference was organised by the Postgraduate Research Student and Staff Liaison Forum, with support from the Research and Postgraduate Office and Centre for Professional and Educational Development and was delivered online on BlackBoard Collaborate.


Following the conference, awards were presented to students in the six categories, with the first three selected by the joint student-staff judging panel, and the latter three decided by the conference attendees during the live voting:

  • Best Poster
    Runner-up: Monika Rabka
    Winner: Skye William Eade
  • Best Student Presentation
    Runner-up: Anthony Phipps
    Winner: Lydia Ling
  • Best Recorded Presentation
    Runner-up: Adebowale Oriku
    Winner: Dion Mariyanayagam
  • Best Lightning Talk
    Runner-up: Amy Beddows
    Winner: Janet Douglas Gardner
  • Most Engaging Student Presentation Day 1
    Runner-up: Elliot Kidd
    Winner: Anthony Phipps and Dion Mariyanayagam
  • Most Engaging Student Presentation Day 2
    Runner-up: Cinar Aydogan, Amita Revankar and Wally Mbassi Elong
    Winner: Ama Agyeman


Read more: London Met PhD student Amy Chave reflects on the University’s recent student and staff research conference.

The recordings of conference presentations are now available to view

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Conference details

View the conference's detailed programme.

For more details about the conference, please contact the Research and Postgraduate Office.

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