Research Festival 2019

Returning for the second year, the annual festival showcases the outstanding research carried out by staff at the University in collaboration with colleagues and partners locally, nationally and internationally.

Creating an impact from local to global.

Celebrate a rich research landscape with world-leading academics and experts, gaining an insight into the cutting edge research that impacts our world – from the social to the economic, cultural to environmental, medical and beyond.


Can we change the world one person at a time?
What does a suitcase full of eels have to do with sustainability?
How do we create and maintain healthy landscapes?

These are just some of the questions our academics will delve into, responding to real world challenges with applicable research.  

We invite academics, partners, businesses, students, and the public to sample a diverse programme that spans a breadth of fascinating research projects.

The festival events are free to attend, though we recommend reserving your place as some events have limited numbers available.

Images of Research competition and exhibition

The University’s Doctoral College invited postgraduate research students to submit an eye-catching photographic image, and interpretation for the first Images of Research competition.

Viewers were invited to vote for their favourite entry, and the winners were Frazer Underwood and Helen Bowstead.

Helen Bowstead

PhD – Education
Plymouth Institute of Education

Disposable bodies. Athens is a city where rubbish collects on corners. Black bags, split open by feral cat claws, spew forth their contents.

The filthy streets are punctuated by human ‘nests’. Sometimes occupied. Often not. I only photograph the empty ones. Enough has been taken already.


Frazer Underwood

PhD – Applied Health Studies
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Fear: a phenomenological theme of confidence, experienced by older people living with frailty

“The fundamental issue of phenomenological method is that even in naming an experience we have already lifted it up … from the seemingly raw reality of human existence” (Van Manen, 2014: p52)

In this exploration of the lived experience of confidence, fear emerges from this hard to reach phenomenological life-world of humanity. Fear is as complex a phenomenon as confidence eludes to be. This research now hopes to expose this hidden life-world, and give hope…