Published: 31 January 2018

FASS Festival of Research 2018

More than 170 guests and delegates took part in the FASS Festival of Research at the University to celebrate the impressive research that happens in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Surrey.

David Frohlich sitting in a chair

The Faculty was represented by staff and students from across its nine Schools and Departments, and was joined by the University’s new Vice-Provost for Research and Innovation, Professor David Sampson, and distinguished visitors from business, public bodies and the local community, including the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mike Parsons, and Councillor Gordon Jackson, as well as members of the Guildford Society.

The programme was designed to showcase the cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at Surrey within FASS. In four themed discussion panels—Technologies Impacting Life, Automation and Society, UK & Europe in a Changing World, and Gender, Languages and Sexualities—FASS researchers were joined by colleagues from other faculties to address a series of contemporary issues that shape and challenge society. Panel members presented highlights of their current research to their fellow panellists and the audience, generating a lively debate and responding to questions from the audience.

University of Surrey Researcher of the Year 2017, Dr Lucy Bell from the School of Literature and Languages explained the practicalities of applying for research grants from an ECR perspective. In addition, a staff research exhibition and a Faculty PGR poster competition allowed staff and students to present their research during the breaks, and a prize was awarded for the best PGR poster to Lucy McDermott from the Department of Politics.

Professor Graham Miller, Executive Dean of the Faculty, said: “The Festival was a true celebration of our passion for studying emerging social, cultural, technological, and behavioural practices and ideas relating to all aspects of human life and experience. It provided a platform to discuss novel ways of addressing these ideas, to create new networks, and to develop dynamic collaborative bonds.”

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