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Student Research Conference 2018


This year’s Student Research Conference was held in the Drama Theatre on Monday 22nd October 2018 and was very well attended by Year 3 BEd students and Year 2 BA and BSc students.

The keynote address was given by Suzanne Fillis, who is currently completing her PhD at Queen’s University and is a graduate of our BA and MA programmes.  Her presentation on ‘The Trials and Tribulations of Research in Early Years Education’ referred to her own research ‘journey’ and provided encouragement to students about to embark on their first piece of independent research.

This was followed by presentations from three of last year’s graduating students who each presented their outstanding final year dissertations.  Laura Ervine (BEd Primary) presented on ‘Can Mathematics Resource Packs Promote Positive Attitudes Towards and Increase Parental Engagement in Mathematics?’ while Naomi Boyd (BEd Post-Primary) addressed the topic ‘Positive Mental Wellbeing in Young People: Whose Responsibility Is It?’  Shannon Elliott (BSc) then presented a poster presentation on her ‘Investigation of Primary Teachers’ Perceptions of Barriers Preventing the Delivery of the Recommended Amount of Quality Physical Education.’  Each presentation was followed by an opportunity for students and staff to ask brief follow-up questions.

The final presentation was delivered by two members of academic staff: Dr David McKee and Stephen Wallace spoke on the topical subject of ‘Physical Activity for Health: Is your Smart Device telling you the Truth?’

Dr Noel Purdy, Director of Research and Scholarship commented: ‘As in previous years, the student research conference is a celebration of the very high standard of undergraduate student research at Stranmillis, and serves as an encouragement to those students planning their final year dissertations.  Well done to everyone involved.’

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