Nottingham was the location of the third Commonwealth Scholars Regional Network Conference, organised by Midlands and Oxford Coordinator Abdul-Jalilu Ateku, 2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Ghana (PhD Conflicts, Governance and Development, University of Nottingham). The Scholars’ presentation day symposium afforded Scholars the opportunity to share insights into their current research at both Masters or PhD level, and to gain feedback from Commonwealth Scholar colleagues. 30 Scholars took part in the event, which took place on Monday 20 July 2015 at the University of Nottingham, with presentations from a wide range of disciplines.

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The introductory speech was given by Dr Christine Humfrey, former Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner; and former Director of the International Office at the University of Nottingham. Chaired by Commonwealth Scholars, the panel presentation sessions featured the following presentations:

  • Metaphorical diagrams as a qualitative research method: a case study of epistemological orientations among Kenya Secondary School students
    Herine Otieno, 2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Kenya (PhD Maths Education, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • An investigation of teachers’, head teachers’ and ministry officials’ perspectives on leadership for learning and continuing professional development
    Gregory Julius, 2013 Commonwealth Scholar from Montserrat (PhD Education, University of Birmingham)
  • Character in the age of big data
    Emily Rosamond, 2011 Commonwealth Scholar from Canada (PhD Art, Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Factors affecting distribution of Ugandan trade publishing books
    Crystal Butungi Rutangye, 2014 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Uganda (MA taught Publishing Studies, University of Stirling)
  • When ‘hindsight’ is ‘foresight’: epistemic accidents theory and nuclear weapons
    Ahsan Chaudhary, 2014 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Pakistan (MSc taught International Relations, University of Bristol)
  • Critical analysis of legal mechanisms of post-conflict and access to justice for the victims
    Ruth Muigai, 2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Kenya (LLM Human Rights, University of East London)
  • Antibiotic resistance genes in the oral cavity of healthy individuals in the UK and Bangladesh
    Md. Ajijur Rahman, 2013 Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh (PhD Microbial Diseases, UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Geriatric undernutrition in low and middle income countries: a systematic review
    Eugene Kpinee, 2014 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Ghana (MPH Public Health, University of Nottingham)
  • The association between dental caries and anthropometric measures in 5-9 year old Bangladeshi children
    Masuma Mishu, 2013 Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh (PhD Dentistry, University College London)
  • Colorectal cancer cell lines as in vitro models of tumour heterogeneity
    Mustak Ibn Ayub, 2012 Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh (PhD Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer, Oxford Hertford)
  • Nonlinear damping design and vibration control
    Uchenna Diala, 2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Nigeria (PhD Contol Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield)
  • Effects of learning on somatosensory and auditory decision-making and experiences: implications for medically unexplained symptoms
    Akib Huque, 2012 Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh (PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester)
  • Fieldwork experience
    Mohammed Gunu Ibrahim, 2013 Commonwealth Scholar from Ghana (PhD Educational Leadership and Management, Keele University)

Photos of the conference can be found on Flickr. More information on the Regional Networks can be found on our website.

 Scholar Conference, Nottingham