Student Successes

Dental Academy Students and Staff Publish Article in Dental Magazine


Undergraduate students from the King's College London Dental Institute on outreach at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, Philip Walker and Charles Brandon, along with Dental tutor Peter Raftery have published an article in dental magazine, 'The Probe' about getting to grips with the principles and applications of NSK's iPex II apex locator.


An apex locator helps pinpoint the end of the root of a tooth, used in endodontics to help determine the space of the root canal.


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Psychology Graduate Wins National BPS Project Prize in Psychobiology


A Sun Bear
A Sun Bear
Derry presenting his research at the Annual British Psychological Society Psychobiology Conference
Derry presenting his research at the Annual British Psychological Society Psychobiology Conference

Derry Taylor, who graduated with first class honours from our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree this summer has won this year's national BPS Psychobiology Section Undergraduate Project Prize 2016, for his research, exploring the communicative repertoire of Sun Bears. The prize consists of an expenses-paid invitation for Derry to attend the Psychobiology Section Annual Scientific Meeting and present the findings from his project.


Derry told us more about his project:


"For me, there are three reasons why sun bears are significant. 1) As a rare species, anything we can learn about them is of interest. 2) They are a mammal, and we were working from the idea that perhaps emotion, and behaviours associated with emotion, are common to all mammals. 3) Similar forms of communication have been identified amongst canines, and bears are the most closely related animal family, which makes an interesting comparison


"The British Psychological Society Psychobiology Section Undergraduate Project Prize is given to the undergraduate project that their committee has deemed the best project in the field of psychobiology (which broadly includes animal behaviour, as well as other areas interested in biological aspects of psychology such as neuroscience). I think the appeal of entering is that it allows your work to be judged within the context of work that occurs at different universities throughout the uk which is a great opportunity for students so showcase their work and be recognised for it at the national level. 


"I think the psychology degree at portsmouth is quite unique, in that we learn a lot about animal behaviour because the psychology department at Portsmouth has a lot of great researchers interested in animal behaviour. This meant that I learnt about animal behaviour throughout my entire degree, and was also given opportunities through work placement modules to participate in other research on animals at zoos and in the dog cognition centre, so my degree gave me the background understanding and also the research skills to be able to do my own project on sun bears. 


"The Annual British Psychological Society Psychobiology Conference is for researchers and students that are interested this field to come together and share their most recent research, and discuss their ideas and findings with one another. I think the aim really is to both keep up to date with the field, and also to develop ideas and projects by getting to know others in the field and hearing their opinions. Each day everyone gets together for breakfast, then we begin with a few talks from various people, then there is a lunch break, followed by more talks, and in the evenings everybody gets together for dinner and drinks. This year it was at lake windermere which was a really nice location. As an undergraduate student I was quite nervous to present my research to people who are not only strangers but also professional researchers, but I found everyone to be very friendly, and they were really just interested to hear about my project. I think it’s a really great opportunity for anyone to share their research with others, but for me I think it was a particularly useful experience for me because I hope to get into academia myself, which would involve talking at conferences, so this was a really great first experience at a conference for me."


Derry's supervisor, Marina Davila-Ross added, "Derry's project interestingly shows that sun bears communicate in more complex ways than previously known for bears. Animals beyond the typically assessed ones (such as nonhuman primates and domesticated species), need to be understood better in their behavioural actions, abilities and emotions and Derry's work represents an important contribution to this research approach. The plan is to publish this work."


SEES Student Wins Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to student, Robert Orr  who won the Subsidence Forum Dissertation Prize 2016 for his submission: “Investigation into the surface settlement caused through tunnelling: with focus on the Crossrail Project in Bond Street.” Highly commended went to Harry Gordon also from Portsmouth University for his submission “An analysis of ground stability in the vicinity of gas storage salt caverns at Edfe’s Hole House Farm, Cheshire, UK.” The initiative would be run again in 2017 inviting Universities from all over the Country to submit projects.

SHSSW Student Selected to Represent UoP's Top Graduate at Award Ceremony

SHSSW graduate, Sam Nightingale has been selected from all the other Royal Society of Biology accredited course 2016 graduates at the University of Portsmouth to be put forward for the Degree Accreditation Awards Ceremony as UoP's Top Graduate.


Every year the Royal Society of Biology hosts an annual Degree Accreditation Awards Ceremony to celebrate biosciences in higher education. The Awards Ceremony is an evening which celebrates universities who have been awarded Advanced Accreditation and/or Accreditation of their bioscience degree programmes over the last year. The ceremony showcases the achievements of top graduates who have attained the highest grade in their accredited degrees and offers a platform for all invited to connect with top bioscience graduates and network with academics, leaders and decision makers from industry and government, from across the UK.

Congratulations to First Geography Students to Complete Science MRes 


Congratulations go to Tom Hunt, Tom Thorpe and Ryan Williams, the first students to successfully complete the MRes Science programme within the department. Tom Hunt’s research, supervised by Dr. Tara Woodyer, Prof. Liz Twigg and Martin Schaefer examined the effectiveness of gamified features in running-based mobile applications. Tom Thorpe’s research was supervised by Dr. Nick Pepin and Dr Alastair Pearson and examined the effect of valley geometry on the size and strength of cold-air pools across Shropshire river valleys. Tom Thorpe has now been successful in securing a NERC funded PhD at Leeds.  Ryan Williams,  supervised by Nick Pepin and Harold Lovell, used satellite data to measure temperature  change in remote regions, including the Arctic and Mt Kilimanjaro and has also been successful in securing NERC funds to continue with a PhD registered at the University of Reading. 

DSES Student Awarded Summer Internship


Adrian Fautly, who graduated this summer with 1 st Class Honours in Sport and Exercise Science was recently awarded an eight-week Summer Studentships as part of a programme jointly funded by the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust and the British Lung Foundation. The studentships are designed to attract the brightest and best clinicians and researchers of tomorrow into the field of CF and only ten such awards were made nationally.


Adrian was awarder his studentship for ‘Determining the best maximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing protocol for children, adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis’. This project will enable clinical care teams and researcher to rank clinical tests based on their accuracy to measure aerobic exercise function and is important because lower levels are associated with a poorer prognosis, reduced quality of life and increased risk of being hospitalised.


Adrian has recently returned to DSES to begin his MSc in Clinical Exercise Science.

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