In this new series, which forms part of Let’s Talk About [X] and [X]position, LEADS will illuminate the high-quality research being undertaken by undergraduate, postgraduate students and staff at the University of Glasgow. [X]pertise runs on the last Wednesday of every month between 3 and 4pm. Each session will consist of three 15 minute talks, and will be held via Zoom for the time being.
While still prioritising multidisciplinary communication, the sessions will focus on a broad theme for the month and showcase the research relating to that theme from across the University.
Presenters are invited to showcase their research, as well as discuss any methodological challenges and developments within their wider field. In doing so, the series aims to broaden cross-subject communication and encourage inter-disciplinary research.
These sessions will be recorded and live-streamed to YouTube so that you can refer back them at your leisure.
Our upcoming themes:
April 28th: Art, Culture and Identity
This month we focus the role of art and culture, currently and historically, in shaping who we are as individuals and as a collective. We are looking for broad, multidisciplinary research which has considered the relationship between art, culture, and identity.
May (26th): Climate Change (Part 2)
June (23rd): LGBTQ
March 31st: Climate Change (Part 1)
What do we know about climate change, and what are we doing to tackle its effects environmentally, socially, politically, economically, etc.? We encourage discussions that take a multitude of views. We aim to have a broad, common, multidisciplinary discussion around this as one of the key challenges facing humankind.
February 17th 3-4pm: Mental Health
This month will focus on research relating to improvements in understanding, recognising and treating the mental health crisis. We encourage presentations on the numerous dimensions from which mental health can, and has been, understood and experienced within society and across the globe.
What's in it for you?
Who should apply? And why would you?
[X]pertise provides an opportunity for both students and staff to present their research to an interdisciplinary audience.
If you're someone who's interested in communicating your research a wide ranging audience, from undergraduate to academic, and are comfortable giving a talk with questions, we'd love to hear from you.
I am a UG or PGT student: why would I get involved?
If you're a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) who has done original research in an area which relates to one of the monthly themes, you should apply to present your research. This will give you the opportunity to build on your presentation skills as well as allow you to meet people who are conducting research into similar areas. This would be particularly useful for you if you're considering postgraduate research.
I am a PhD student: why would I get involved?
Participating in [X]pertise will enable you to practice and refine your presentation skills. We also think that it's important for PhD students to have the opportunity to share your work to a wider audience and this series will allow you to share your work in a multidisciplinary setting. You'll also get the opportunity to discuss your research with those who share similar research interests.
Who should attend?
Anyone can attend! If you're interested in finding out what's going on across the University, want to make new connections or learn about something new, then [X]pertise is for you.
What are the benefits of presenting?
These sessions will provide an opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate students to network with each other, and with staff doing research in similar fields.
To help you prepare your presentation, trained staff in LEADS will act as presentation mentors. The staff will help you create engaging, entertaining talks suitable for an interdisciplinary audience.
Most degrees have presentation or poster assessments. While the interdisciplinary style of [X]pertise is different from what you'll have to do on your course, it'll let you see what the atmosphere is like when a crowd of people listen to (and question) someone else on what they've been working on.
Even if you're just watching, you'll learn about presenting.
Most degrees have presentation or poster assessments. While the interdisciplinary style at [X]pertise is different from what you'll have to do on your course, it'll let you see what the atmosphere is like when a crowd of people listen to (and question) someone else on what they've been working on. You'll also learn about the diverse amount of research being undertaken by staff and students at all levels across the University.