Four students were honoured for their presentations at the University of Bolton Student Research Conference (SRC) held recently on campus.

The SRC 2016, a three-day University-wide celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative achievement, marked the University’s first multi-disciplinary student research conference.

The conference was an opportunity for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students to learn from one another about the research process.

Students shared knowledge and experience through oral and poster presentations.

More than 100 people across all Academic Schools took part with 32 students, presenting research on a wide range of social and natural science disciplines.

Award certificates and cash prizes were awarded to four students for their outstanding performance in their research and presentations.

Award recipients were:


  • Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation

Luke Hilton, School of Sport and Biomedical Sciences

Title: The Catalytic Kinase Subunit Gene Family in Arabidopsis: An Expression and Interaction Analysis


  • Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation

Saaria Ahmed, School of Sport and Biomedical Sciences

Title: Primates: Exploring the Taxonomic Classification


  • Best Postgraduate Oral Presentation

Patrick Uzuwe, School of Media and Creative Technologies.

Title: Towards Ubiquitous Mobile Asset Tracking Using Mobile Smartphones and Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready Technology


  • Best Postgraduate Poster Presentation

Lisa Williamson, Bolton Business School

Title: Thrive! Configuring Integrated Communications for Emerging Brands’ Reputation and Value: Heuristic Guidelines for Online and Network Marketing Messages in Service and Manufacturing Industries


Professor Patrick McGhee, Assistant Vice Chancellor responsible for research said: ‘I am delighted that the University of Bolton SRC 2016 has been such a resounding success.

‘In line with our focus on being Teaching intensive, Research informed this event has provided excellent opportunities for our students to show their qualities and achievements as researchers.

‘This conference has emphasised that at the University of Bolton we support students to explore their potential; not as passive recipients of information, but as active investigators, analysts, critics and scientists.  I am particularly pleased that the initiative has been student-led, organised by students, for students.’

The conference also included three keynote speeches; from Psychology, Professor Jerome Carson and via live video presentation from Professor Celine Pascual-Espuny from Aix-Marseille University, France and by Professor Maria T. Cuomo from University of Salerno, Italy and University  Professor

‘Presenting research at a conference is an excellent way for students to meet other researchers exploring similar topics, to engage in discussion and debate, and to learn,’ saidHead of School of Sport and Biomedical Sciences, Anna Fitzpatrick.

‘Such events encourage students to test their own hypotheses and uncover new ways of interpreting the world around them.  Many of the projects featured at student conferences lead to further research, publication, or presentation at international conferences.

‘Hence, participation in a research conference benefits students educationally, professionally, and personally, whereas it has a huge pedagogic, employability and intellectual value.’

SRC LogoThe SRC is a student-led initiative organised by the University of Bolton, its Postgraduate Research Society, and the Bolton Student’s Union.

Dr Ibby Adia Executive Dean responsible for the Student Experience said: ‘There is nothing more powerful than students organising their own conference, in the process developing many key transferable skills that will help them to succeed in the world of work.

‘The fact this was a Student Research Conference is particularly pleasing as it provided a forum for students to share their own research and to stimulate scholarly debate and discussion’.

Bolton Students’ Union President, Arthur Kaddu said: ‘Bolton Students’ Union was excited to support the first multi-disciplinary Student Research Conference.  This conference was student led and organised by students with the support of the Students’ Union and Dr Ianis G. Matsoukas.

‘It was a privilege to open up the conference, I had the chance to listen to student’s research and was very impressed with what University of Bolton students produce.

‘These kind of events help improve employability for our students, and also bring together all our students and staff.  I look forward to having more of these initiatives to improve the student experience for all students.’

The three-day University-wide celebration of student research and scholarship concluded with a discussion regarding the importance of such activities.

If you are a University of Bolton student and would like to be involved in organising next year’s SRC, please contact

The SRC is funded by the Learning Enhancement Fund, and a start-up biotechnology company.



Twitter: @UoBSRC


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