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Connections: Graduate Research Day with Harris Manchester College

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Photo: Graduate Research Day 2016

Saturday 18th June saw the first joint Graduate Research Day between sister Colleges Homerton (Cambridge) and Harris Manchester (Oxford).

Eleven students spoke about their work in a series of academic conference-style presentations. The audience of postgrads and Fellows learnt about a diverse range of topics, loosely themed around the subject of ‘connections’, including: group modelling with spaghetti and marshmallows, legal definitions of types of sea, the genetic sequencing of blended worms, the varied linguistic uses of the ‘poo’ emoji, and contemporary challenges to Cockney culture.

Graduate Tutor Melanie Keene said: “The quality of both speakers and questions was uniformly excellent, and testament to the thriving graduate research culture of Oxbridge institutions. We look forward to a repeat occasion in Oxford!”


  • Sarah Madden (Homerton): An alternative approach in the fight against cancer
  • Sean McIntosh (Harris Manchester):  What is the connection between people and mathematics?
  • Ruth Sims (H): Capturing light fields in a light sheet microscope
  • Guillermo Parada (H): What if we can sequence whole animal transcriptomes?
  • Alistair Beecher (HM): Connections in the parish: Anglican hegemony in Alresford c.1780-1939.
  • Charles Greensitt (H): Group work in Design and Technology
  • Mandy Pipher (HM): Emojis and the English Language: are they connected?
  • Valentina Arnonica (HM): Italy, the Mediterranean and boat people: how policies of maritime migration shape the political space of the sea
  • Andy Espinoza (HM): Displacement without mobility? The impact of immigration on long-term residents of the 'global city'
  • Meghanne Flynn (H): Meeting monsters in Young Adult novels
  • Helen Please (HM): Is west or breast best? Why western breastfeeding trends fall short in the developing world.

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