1st Prize - Danny Buckley
2020 Vision Research Photography Competition
Since 2017, and as part of the University’s Annual Conference for Research Students, the Doctoral College run a photography competition called 2020 Vision. It brings together our local community and our research students through showcasing the next generation of researchers and demonstrating the real-world impact of our research.
Our Doctoral College community includes over 650 students across eight schools. We have one of the most distinctive and varied portfolios of Masters and Doctoral study in the UK including 12 professional doctorate programmes. This project and the work from our research students shows the strength of our community, the depth of our passion for research and our creative flare. We are extremely proud of our research community and the diverse range of research of our students.
The winning entries
About the project
My PhD research is designed to provide new knowledge on different types of therapies for those living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Research UK Charity have previously warned us of a ‘national health crisis’ as recent predictions estimate that one in three people born into the world today will develop dementia before they leave it again. We are also aware that these people spend up to 65% of their time entirely alone.
Winning the 2020 Vision was a complete shock to me. I had submitted a picture taken during the data collection phase of my PhD of two elderly participants enjoying their time on the Golden Memories programme. The image represents the impact that a programme can have on those living with dementia, and it is such a pleasure to see the happiness expressed on my participants faces. This prize means a great deal to me as Covid has impacted greatly on my data collection and on those who participated in my study. I hope to see the programme up and running again during the summer period, but between now and then I intend on using my prize money to support me with the write up of my thesis.
2nd Prize - James Fortune
About the project
Hyenas and vultures are physically very different; yet both species are scavengers. They are able to co-exist and utilise the same resource by applying different strategies to obtain nutrients. In isolation, both species can access the resource equally. Due to their larger size, hyenas are more dominant than vultures. Therefore if hyenas are present, vultures will be inhibited from accessing the resource.
Many parallels can be drawn between these interspecific relationships and those observed in my research of two plant pathogens of oilseed rape. Like hyenas and vultures, the pathogens can co-exist and use the same plant resource. My research provides evidence to show that one pathogen can inhibit the others access to the resource via the production of a toxic chemical. This is important because food productivity must increase by 70% by 2050, with increased demand for crops for biofuels and livestock feed. The importance of multipurpose crops, such as oilseed rape, that can provide food, feed and fuel are rising. An increased understanding about their interspecific interactions would help reduce yield losses through development of novel control strategies.
3rd Prize - Brian Jukes
About the project
Although better known today for his ‘science fiction’ of the 1890s, H G Wells’ first published book was not The Time Machine (1895) but The Text-Book of Biology (1893). Wells wrote fiction and articles on science concurrently. My research examines the intertwining of science and literature in the 1890s and how this impacts his fiction. In an 1895 interview, Wells claims that ‘fiction is widening its territory’ and ‘has become a mouthpiece for science.’ My research considers Wells’ contribution towards the popularisation of science in this period through the periodical press, including his article on how science should be made more accessible; his attacks on what would now be regarded as pseudoscience; and the prevalence of scientific discourse within his gothic works. This is all viewed within the historical context and literary trends of the 1890s.