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The 10th Man Met Postgraduate Research Conference 2018

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Date: 7th March 2018 - Theme: 'Provoking Discourse'

Manchester Met Postgraduate Research Conference 2018 will focus on 'Provoking Discourse'

Research in all disciplines is shared through discourse, but sometimes discourse is restricted by concerns such as being perceived as ‘wrong’ or a desire to please or to ‘fit in’. This year we are putting together a positive programme to encourage you to be a little more daring.

In the context of research, a provocation can be useful, it can push at the edges of what is possible - to make visible the questions, difficulties and issues faced. It asks your audience to speak back, encouraging debate and discussion. Drawing out potential provocations within research can allow a consideration of conflicts that push at the edges of discourse to form new perspectives and knowledge.

Unique Opportunity

The conference serves as a platform for finding new ideas and disseminating them to a wider audience. The conference offers added value as presenters will receive a personal feedback report compiled from comments from the judging panel and the audience. We are also offering to film students’ presentations so that they can reflect on their performance later. (This will not be shared without the student’s permission). Prizes will also be awarded for best oral and poster presentations as well as for the installation.

This exciting event will provide a supportive environment for postgraduate researchers where they can receive significant and useful feedback on their work.


· Presentation practice
· Personal feedback report to each presenter after the conference
· Gain experience presenting to an academic audience
· Articulating research to a general audience
· Communicating research to a wider audience beyond the immediate discipline
· Conversations, insights, networking and broadened perspective
· Feedback on focused and general questions
· Seeing standards of research across multiple disciplines
· Prizes for best presentations
· It is FREE!

Helping you to prepare

We are happy to help you in preparing and gaining any skills that will help in writing your submission abstract, presenting and poster design for the conference.

Time                   Date                                Workshop

13:00-15:30        25th October 2017            Conference Paper Presentation
10:00-12:00        1st November 2017           Writing a Conference Abstract
10:00-13:00        11th December 2017         Poster Design and Presentation

You can sign up for these on Skills Forge or contact Madelyn Hickman for more information (

Keynotes Speakers

Professor Keith Still, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Call for Abstracts and Abstract Submission Guidance

Please note that abstracts should be submitted on the form provided in line with the submission guidelines.
Go to the 'Call for Abstracts' tab for full information (top right of this page). 


Registration for the conference is now open! Please click here to register and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.





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Conference Programme

For our conference attendees, our full programme will be available in print on the day. To compliment this, we've created a handy online guide to the day's scheule, and a list of all our planned contibutors too for you to download below.
Provoking Discourse Schedule

Provoking Discourse Poster, Lightning and Installation Contributors







Keynote Sessions

Professor Keith Still

Manchester Metropolitan University

Watch Professor Keith Still's Keynote Live, 16:40pm (UK Time) 07 March 2018


Keith is Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). The main focus of his research is crowd dynamics and the development/delivery of an online MSc programme in crowd safety and risk analysis. 

Keith has consulted on some of the world’s largest, and most challenging, crowd safety projects. 

He develops and teaches a wide range of crowd dynamics, crowd planning, crowd safety and crowd risk analysis short courses for event organisers, the police, first responders, emergency planners, city authorities, building control officers, licensing officers, architects, event managers, security companies, venue operators and consulting engineers. 

These courses draw on his extensive research and application of crowd dynamics over the last 28 years and focus on anticipating and preventing crowd-related accidents and incidents in places of public assembly. 

Keith, and his colleague Marcel, were responsible for the phrase “alternative facts” when he worked with the New York Times to produce the now famous Obama/Trump crowd size image. 

During his talk Keith will show that crowd forces can reach levels that are almost impossible to resist or control. He will show the extreme pressures generated by the domino effect as crowd pressure may reach 4500N (1000lbs). He will also examine the causality of crowd related incidents, with specific focus on the reasonably foreseeable crowd risks for planned events. One of the first questions to be asked, during expert witness cases, is “Was the incident reasonably foreseeable?” and “At what point in time could the incident have been avoided/averted?” 


Alice Fox

University of Brighton

Watch Alice Fox's Keynote Speech Live, 09:40am (UK Time) 07 March 2018

Alice has worked for many years, using performance and visual arts alongside some of the world’s most socially excluded groups to provide platforms for voicing opinions, concerns, dreams and ambitions, to expose prejudice and combat isolation.

Alice is currently working with Tate Exchange and The National Gallery. She has been invited by the British Council to present her ideas, through keynote lectures, workshops and performances in Nepal, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

She has also won the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 2017.

Alice Fox founded The University of Brighton's pioneering MA Inclusive Arts Practice, which creates radically new forms of collaboration between students and excluded community groups from around the world.

As course leader of the new MA, Fox brings this wide-ranging international experience to her work at Brighton. Yet along with its highly innovative content, the course also breaks new ground in pedagogy, since artists with learning disabilities teach alongside academics as a way of expanding the boundaries of inclusion and challenging conventional notions of who holds knowledge.

Alice's research is also concerned with developing creative mechanisms through which excluded groups can gain access to museum and gallery collections. Alice is working with education and outreach teams at the National Gallery, Tate, The National Museum of Fine Arts Taichung and the Museum of Traditional Arts in Taiwan to achieve this.


Manchester Street Poem co-producing group workshop

Facilitated by the Manchester Street Poem co-producing team (including Manchester Met PhD researcher Nigel Allmark)

Co-production is a term that broadly refers to how traditional service providers and users work together equally to design, deliver and evaluate services locally. This approach is being used by the Manchester Homelessness Partnership where key stakeholders and experts by experience are coming together to co-produce solutions to some of the longstanding problems that face those in our community without a home. The Manchester Street Poem is one of the artistic endeavours associated with the Manchester Homelessness Partnership and in this workshop, some of the team will help you to ‘think’ about, ‘feel’ and ‘do’ co-production in practice through discussion and experiential exercises.


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Conference Committee

The conference is organised by Manchester Met postgraduate research students. The conference committee is administratively supported and funded by the Graduate School.
The 2018 committee includes:


  • Sarajveet Kaur Bajwa (Health Professions)
  • Lin Charlston (School of Art)
  • Kimberly Camille Lazo (Accounting, Finance, and Economics)
  • Gemma Katherine Meek (School of Art)
  • Natasha Moorhouse (Tourism)
  • James Scott Vandeventer (Marketing, Operations and Digital Business)
  • Nigel Allmark (Psychology)


With support from:

  • Gerard Francis Devney (Marketing, Operations and Digital Business)
  • Jordan Peel (Management)
  • Charles Dahwa (Management)



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Call for Abstracts

We invite you join us and explore the theme of Provoking Discourse through presentations, practical demonstrations, performances, artwork, recitals and film. This testing ground for ideas encourages researchers to communicate challenges experienced and engage in constructive debate around these may produce and provoke new discourse.

Examples may include but are not confined to:
- Exploration of unusual methodologies, modes of practice or curious experiments
- Research which challenges accepted theories
- Unconventional forms of participation
- Innovative and risky design
- Works-in-progress and unanswered research questions

The closing date for oral presentations and posters submissions is now passed.
The deadline for submission of Installation and Practical Demonstration abstracts is 8th January 2018

Participants will be notified if they have been accepted by end of January 2018.

The organisers welcome papers within the scope of the following areas:

· Business and Law

· Education

· Health, Psychology and Social Care

· Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences

· Art and Design

· Music and Musicology

· Science and Engineering

· Apparel

· Tourism Management

· Food and Nutrition

· Exercise and Sport Science

· Interdisciplinary Studies 

Presentation formats

The conference includes a variety of presentation format, including oral presentations, posters, performances and art installations. Information on the presentation formats is given below:

Oral Presentation

These will be presented in parallel sessions that have been organised by the committee. Presenters will be allocated 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.


Posters are an effective way of communicating research visually so it is advisable that they contain a mixture of graphics and text. Posters should be A1 in size and can be either orientated portrait or landscaped. They will be displayed throughout the conference and there will be a designated space  where delegates and presenters can discuss their research more comfortably.  See the Poster Guidelines and Checklist for help in desigining an effective poster.


This mode covers all performance related abstracts including dance, music, creative writing etc. Note that the space allocated for the performances is roughly 10m x 2m so please bear this in mind when submitting your abstract.

Installations and Practical Demonstrations

Pieces of art and practical demonstrations of research methods will be displayed throughout the conference. Presenters are advised to be available beside their pieces to discuss with delegates during lunch and refreshment breaks and must be with their pieces when the panel decides on prizes at the end of the conference.

Submission Guidance

Delegates should submit an abstract in .docx, .doc or .rft  format (no more than 250 words exclusive of the title, names, institution and references). The abstract should indicate how your submission meets the conference theme of "Provoking Discourse". It must be presented in black print and set in font Calibri or Times New Roman. See the Abstract Submission template.

Abstracts can take various forms, for example: empirical research, reflective accounts, work in progress etc. When writing your abstract you may want to consider ensuring that certain points are covered:

  • The aims and objectives of the research you want to present;
  • The methods used;
  • The outline of the findings;
  • The conclusions and implications of this particular piece of research.

Download the Call for Abstracts

Please send your abstact to: 

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