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Yolanda King (SU Postgraduate Officer)

MA Criminology
SU Postgraduate Officer

Current Students’ Union Postgraduate Officer. Graduated in BA Geography at the University of Nottingham in 2016. I then returned to study Ma Criminology which I thoroughly enjoyed. I studied a range of topics on the sociology and theories of crime which has supported my pursuit of a career in the police service. In September I began my term in office as Postgraduate Officer and I have completing my dissertation which focuses the ethnic diversity of police applicants, alongside my position in the Students’ Union.

Daniel Grossegger

Second year PhD student

As a current 2nd year PhD student I am investigating the self-healing ability of bitumen and asphalt. Though research in this field is going on for over 60 years, there are still unanswered questions and I try to tackle these with new approaches. Beside my research I administer the position as postgraduate engineering research representative, which gives me the opportunity to engage in different student projects, like this conference, and make a positive change for my fellow student researcher. And I am part of the sustainability research network, in order to connect students across disciplines to interact, discuss and to create awareness under the topic of a sustainability.

Agata Miezeniec

1st year PhD Student in Biochemistry

An enthusiastic and optimistic scientist! She believes science is the key to making the world a better place to live in. Her research is focused on linkage between epigenetics and energy metabolism. She hopes to help people struggling with obesity and other metabolic disorders. Additionally, she is interested in coaching and networking and she would like to utilize these passions to develop the community of local students. Working with people, for people, is her joy.


Ashley Lewis

I’m an ethnographer and second year PhD student in the school of Sociology and Social Policy with a focus on Science and Technology Studies. My focus is on interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the natural and social sciences; hence my interest in this interdisciplinary conference! I have an MA in International Relations and a BSc in Public Relations and wanted to pursue my interests in environmental governance and sustainability by hopping on board the ‘Sustaining Urban Habitats: An interdisciplinary approach’ project currently running at the University of Nottingham.

Snigdha Dutta

Second year PhD student, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

As a devout positive psychology follower, through my PhD I am hoping to understand how resilience develops in university students in the context of a higher education setting. As a resilience researcher, I am an idealist and full of hope for the existence of universities where psychological well-being of students is a priority along with academic success. Studying and researching at the University of Nottingham has been fantastic because of how it celebrates and embraces the sheer diversity of the student population. Apart from researching, I’m also a resident tutor and a part of an incredible welfare team for undergraduate students at the University.


Ipek Sarala

She has completed her undergraduate education in Mathematics Education at the Middle East Technical University. She has MSc degree in Elementary Science and Mathematics Education from the same university. She also has MA degree in Learning, Technology and Education from the University of Nottingham. She currently is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD research mainly focuses on the effects of different dynamic geometry and drawing tools on senior grade middle school students’ learning of three dimensional shapes. She is planning to conduct a design based research which compares the cases in the United Kingdom and the Turkish Republic. She was on the LINK 2017 Committee, and is looking forward to be a part of the conference again this year.

Hannah Williams

Originally from south Wales I got my MPHYS (Master of Physics) at the University of Manchester in 2015. I am now a third year PhD student at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre. My PhD focuses on the development of quantitative measures for gastrointestinal magnetic resonance imaging. I have just gone through the (very long and painful) process to obtain NHS ethics to carry out a study to investigate differences in the lymphatic systems of patients with different gastrointestinal diseases. Outside the PhD office I am the captain of the postgrad netball team who play in IMS

Sara Wong

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I graduated from King’s College London with a Bsc in Biomedical Science and it was during my undergraduate years when I realised that the research side of science is an area that I am passionate about. My research interests mainly lie within pharmacological interventions for neurological and psychiatric diseases. This led me to pursue my current PhD at the University of Nottingham, where I am investigating oxytocin as a potential treatment for attenuating negative and cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia. Outside the lab, I am actively involved in volunteering and public engagement activities and am an active volunteer of the Red Cross Society in Malaysia, where I am from. I also enjoy teaching and tutoring and have tutored primary to high school students in various subjects

Abdelaziz Fadoul

2nd year PhD student, Civil Engineering

3rd year PhD student in Civil Engineering

My main research area is the application of novel Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to the design and construction sectors. I am aiming to bridge the identified gap between the available advanced techniques such as Building Information Technologies (BIM) and the demand to ease the evident struggle in achieving an integrated design in buildings and excelling current benchmarks.



Randrianarison Lanja Miharintsoa

After completing my undergraduate degree in management in my home country Madagascar in 2017, I came to the University of Nottingham to follow the MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management course. My short-term objective is to grow the family business back in my country but my project or long-term vision is to contribute to the education area and especially researching about the relationship between innovation and education systems and how to implement innovation effectively so that it could contribute to education in the context of developing countries.

Nimesh Parmar

I am a second year PhD student in the field of respiratory medicine. My PhD focuses on studying a novel therapeutic target in Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Apart from doing PhD stuff, I am actively involved in volunteering and public outreach activities.

Ayesha Taylor-Camara

I’m a 1st year AHRC/M3C Film and Television doctoral candidate. My research looks into the impact of big data on the British TV Industry and its audiences, in particular, how big data and algorithms potentially threaten the ‘publicness’ of public service broadcasting. The public is inclusive of people from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and with the media industry already lacking in diversity and equality, how will machine leaning and predictive algorithms that rely on historical data reflect the wider public when the internal structures do not even resemble it? As a young black woman I would like my research to inform the media industries about both the opportunities and challenges big data poses on audiences whilst using it to springboard me into a career in media consulting – helping to increase diversity within the industry.

Kunj Sachdeva

Interdisciplinary researcher, recently enrolled for the second masters at University of Nottingham doing M.Sc. in Bio-Engineering. I have completed my graduation in Applied Life Sciences from the prestigious Delhi University, India and Masters in Remote Sensing and Geo-Informatics from Amity University, India. In my last job, I worked as a Junior Research Fellow in Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) under Ministry of Defence, Government of India. I am also engaged in research activities with Public Health Foundation of India along with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on the theme of ‘Road-map to Combat Zoonoses in India’ (funding from the International Development Research Centre, IDRC, Canada). Additionally, I am interested in research networking and developing educational aids/ tools for the primary school students.