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In 2010, Southampton Solent University ran its first research and enterprise conference. Following this successful launch event, the University continued to organise an annual conference on these themes. In 2014 the event was relaunched under the new Research and Innovation banner.From the beginning, the conferences have been a platform to showcase the exciting work produced by our students and colleagues.

Research and Innovation Conference 2017: Making an Impact

With an exciting programme, and more delegates and contributors than ever, #RIConf2017 was a resounding success. We would like to extend huge thanks to our inspiring speakers and presenters, including keynote addresses from:

  • David Sweeney, Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
  • Prof Andrew Chitty, AHRC Creative Economy Champion
  • Lauren Bowker, Textile Alchemist, The Unseen
  • Prof Mike Wilson, Dean for Research and Professor of Drama, Loughborough University


Download the 2017 conference abstracts

We would also like to highlight the valuable contribution of student researchers at all levels, and note the winners of the student competitions:

  • Lucy Glen, Solent University - Two Minute Dissertation
  • Oksana Razina, Solent University - Three Minute Thesis
  • Laila Charlesworth, Leeds Trinity University - best poster
  • Ben Wareham, Solent University - best PechaKucha
  • Aldous Rees, Solent University - best oral presentation

2016 Research and Innovation Conference: Practice-Related Research

The 2016 Research and Innovation Conference focused on the theme of practice-related research. The event was a fantastic success thanks in no small part to the contribution of our our delegates and presenters, whose enthusiasm for research was greatly inspiring.

We particularly wish to acknowledge the participation of our student researchers, who took part in a number of competitive categories. We extend our congratulations to the winners:

  • Aldous Benjamin Rees, PhD student, won the student oral presentation competition for the Maritime, Technology and Environment Hub.
  • Tom Dyer, undergraduate, won the student oral presentation competition for the Creative and Digital Industries Hub.
  • Obiajulu Ede, PhD student, won the student oral presentation competition for the Business and Society Hub.
  • Patrokolos Androulakis-Korakakis, undergraduate, won the student oral presentation competition for the Sport, Health and Wellbeing Hub.
  • Jessica Colwill, undergraduate, won the student poster presentation competition for the Sport, Health and Wellbeing Hub.
  • Emily Isha Yillah, graduate, won the 2-minute dissertation competition.  She is aligned to the Creative and Digital Industries Hub.
  • Emmanuel DeFever, PhD student, won the PGT 3-minute thesis competition.  He is aligned to both the Creative and Digital Industries and Sport, Health and Wellbeing Hubs.

Download the 2016 conference programme

2015 Research and Innovation Conference: Research-Informed Teaching

The 2015 Research and Innovation Conference explored the different ways in which research and innovation can be linked to teaching and the students experience. Delegates reviewed case studies from Solent's own practise and took part in workshops to learn more about delivering engaging and research led curriculums.

Download the 2015 conference programme

2014 Research and Enterprise Conference: Public Engagement

2014's conference focused on the theme of public engagement. Presentations covered a range of topics including working with the media, the importance of community projects to the student experience, collaborative research processes and peer evaluation. 

Download the 2014 conference programme

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