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    'Sampling the effects of the exposome on telomeres: A meta-analysis' - Dr Gillian Pepper (Newcastle University)

    Monday 8th January, 16:00-17:00, Building 9: BG09B

    After studying as an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool, I won an Interdisciplinary Bridging Award in order to continue my undergraduate research on morning sickness. I then went on to gain experience in science policy and communication. I undertook work experience with the BBC Specialist Factual Unit (TV), and with BBC Focus Magazine. I worked for Newton’s Apple as a Policy and Project Manager and later as their Director. I spent 2 years working as a Communications Manager at the Department of Health, while I completed my MSc in Evolutionary Psychology at Brunel University. I was awarded my PhD in behavioural sciences from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University in 2015. I went on to work as a visiting postdoctoral scholar with the Newcastle City Council Public Health Team, then joined the Newcastle Institute of Health and Society, where I spent 2015 working as a postdoc in the Health Psychology group with Vera Araujo-Soares.My main research interests are around socioeconomic differences in experiences, attitudes and behaviours, and their relationship to inequalities in health and ageing. I use observational and experimental data to examine differences in health behaviours, reproductive scheduling, social trust and, more recently, biomarkers of ageing.

    'Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and the Financial Markets' - Dr. Christopher Townsend

    Wednesday 10th January 2018, 15:30, W152, Williams Building

    The seminar will give an overview of how blockchain based crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin work and describe some of the financial landscape in which they operate. I will discuss various challenges in this area, ranging from theoretical issues associated with token language specification, security and anonymity concerns and legal and regulatory challenges.

    The rise of crypto-currencies provides a number of theoretical, legal and commercial challenges and navigating these challenges may play an important part of our financial services landscape in the future. The seminar would suit mathematicians, computer scientists or those interested in the technical workings of the capital markets.

    'Feeling Supported: school practices, social networks and young people’s transitions'

    Monday 15th January 2018, 11:00-17:00, C219-20, The Boardroom, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University

    Middlesex University and the University of Sheffield are pleased to present this academic symposium, bringing together leading scholars in the field of educational sociology, youth transitions and social policy, to explore new research and share ideas and concepts. In particular, this symposium considers the impact that students’ networks, resources and relationships can have on their perceptions of support throughout their school careers, and aims to highlight the role that notions of self-concept and relationships with teachers, parents and peers can play. The symposium arises from a large FP7 project on young people at risk of early school leaving ( that has been running since 2013. Approaching the end of this many-layered 5 year project, it provides a valuable and timely opportunity to share our findings, discuss research ideas and consider opportunities for new collaborations.

    Sign up via Eventbrite to secure your spot!

    Confirmed speakers:

    Dr Alessio D'Angelo (Middlesex University), Dr Kim Allen (University of Leeds), Dr Nicola Ingram (Lancaster University), Dr Avril Keating (Institute of Education UCL), Prof Robert MacDonald (Visiting Research Professor (Adjunct), Monash University), Prof Meg Maguire (King's College London), Prof Louise Ryan (University of Sheffield), Prof Ingrid Schoon (Institute of Education UCL), Prof Tracy Shildrick (Newcastle University)

    To view the Programme and Register via Eventbrite please follow the link :

    'Thinking differently about feedback: for learning in courses and in work' - Professor David Boud

    Tuesday 16th January 2018, 14:00 - 16:00, C223, College Building

    Student opinion surveys typically place assessment and feedback as the least successful aspects of courses. This is still the case after decades of institutional efforts to address the problem. Feedback is not just problematic in courses, working life involves many feedback encounters which are often not fruitful. How then can we rethink feedback so that it can become more effective without it become more burdensome? The session will explore new ways to think about feedback, how learners can have a more productive role in feedback processes and how feedback can lead to positive effects on learning.

    Interested in assessment and work-integrated learning? At the end of this session there will be a briefing about a pan –university research project that you may be interested in joining: Carol Costley and David Boud are looking for expressions of interest from Middlesex University colleagues to jointly undertake studies that will lead both to high quality publications and make a difference to the quality of student experience at Middlesex. Contact Carol Costley
    David Boud is Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Research Professor of Work and Learning at Middlesex University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He is one of the most highly cited Australians in the field of teaching and learning in higher and professional education. He has been a pioneer in developing learning-centred approaches to assessment across the disciplines, particularly in self-assessment, building assessment skills for long-term learning and new approaches to feedback. He is currently undertaking a national project ‘Feedback for Learning: Closing the Assessment Loop’

    'Effect of Anthropogenic Pollution on the Fitness of Tetracycline Sensitive Shigella Flexneri in Thames River Water' - Rugare Maruzani (senior GAA at Middlesex University)

    Thursday 18th January 2018, 12:00, Port-7A, Hendon Campus

    Antibiotic resistance is threatening to be one of the biggest public health concerns the world faces. The chemical and antibiotic pollution of the environment has been linked to an accelerated rate of emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Our research focuses on how pollution impacts the fitness of drug resistant microorganisms.

    'Cleaning up the Economy: Business Models of Environmental Social Enterprises' - Ellen Stenslie, PhD Fellow (Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric); NWBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Visiting researcher at CEEDR/CUSP

    Wednesday 24th January 2018, 16:00-18:00, C219-C220, College Building, The Burroughs, Hendon NW4 4BT


    Environmentally motivated social enterprises (ESEs) sit at the heart of business model innovation for sustainability. They might be finding new ways of producing local food and energy, recycling, providing transport or conservation, while running their businesses. By having environmental aims as their core purpose, they are living examples of organising business institutions differently to bring societal and environmental change. Still, there is a lack of empirical research within this field. Ellen is presenting her study, that aims to contribute towards an increased understanding of this particular type of enterprises in the UK. Her paper more specifically seeks to explore key characteristics of ESE business models in regard to how they organise to achieve environmental impact; how they aim to contribute towards more sustainable societies; how they are financed; their legal structure(s); and how they adapt to overcome barriers in their economic and political environment. It is clear that ESEs organise themselves in an institutionally different way from conventional businesses, promoting other logics than profit maximisation. However, ESEs also encounter multiple challenges, e.g. achieving and balancing their environmental and economic aims. In order to overcome these they, for example, adopt multiple legal forms and/or change institutional dynamics in their business model.


    Ellen Stenslie is a PhD researcher with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of International Environment and Development Studies. Her PhD research is on institutional dimensions of environmentally motivated social enterprises in the United Kingdom, including legal structures. Ellen holds a MA in International Environmental Governance, a BSc in Business Management and Organisational Psychology and further studies within Political Economy. Areas of research interest include alternative forms of enterprise, ecopreneurship, creating sustainable economic institutions, law and environmental governance systems. Ellen is a visiting researcher with CUSP at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University London.

    **All welcome - postgraduate and PhD students are particularly encouraged to attend.

    **Refreshments will be provided - to confirm a place please notify Pamela Macaulay:

    "Four legs badass, two legs wasteman!": Reimagining Orwell for Austerity Britain - James Kenworth

    Wednesday 24th January 2018, 16:00 - 17:30, BG09A (Building 9), Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

    In 2014, James was given special permission by AM heath Agents on behalf of the George Orwell estate to adapt and modernise Orwell’s classic satire, Animal Farm, and give it a fresh, contemporary twist, injecting its timeless tale of a revolution that went wrong with a gritty, urban, ‘in-yer-face’ language.

    The play was unique in another respect: it was staged on one of London’s longest established and largest inner city farms: Newham City Farm, home to a large collection of farmyard favourites such as cows, horses and sheep.

    In this presentation, James will explore the process/methodology of adapting a literary classic with a contemporary spin, with special emphasis on a creative and expressive approach to playwriting language/dialogue. The paper will also address the challenges of setting the play on an inner city farm and how the use of non-conventional theatre spaces affects and reconfigures the relationship between a play and audience.

    Click here to see all 2018 Language & Communication research seminars.

    All welcome – no need to register.

    'Introduction to Text Mining (with Quanteda)' - run by Collaborative Technologies and Organisations Research Cluster

    Friday 26th January, 11:00 - 14:00, Hendon College Building CG12A

    Quanteda is an R software package that enables the extraction of information from and analysis of large bodies of text. In this workshop, we will use an interface developed by Dr. Ahmet Suerdem and the team, hence knowledge of R software is not a prerequisite. The workshop will start by collecting a corpus from Twitter. The sample corpus will be used as a case during the workshop. This workshop covers the tools and procedures for analysing texts according to two approaches: inductive text mining and deductive content analysis. It covers Quanteda’s tools for:

    identifying important concepts of interest in the corpus
    analysing clusters and patterns of words or similarities among cases (clustering and multidimensional scaling)
    building and validating word categorisation dictionaries
    relating frequencies of words or content categories to other variables relevant to the cases.

    Tools for automated document classification, topic modelling (extraction) and other text mining techniques will also be briefly introduced. This workshop aims to provide an overview of Quanteda capabilities and workspace, so that participants can explore the software’s tools independently.

    Any colleague who wishes to attend the text mining workshop should RVSP to:

    Attendees should bring their laptop to the workshops.

    For FACI candidates:

    Workshop: Breathing, talking, moving. An encounter space for MDX staff and researchers where we'll breathe, move together and experience some talking dynamics. The workshop will be facilitated by Dominique Rivoal and Vivian Barbosa.

    Tuesday 30th January, 18:00 - 20:00, Grove Studio 4 (GG93), No previous experience is required, wear comfortable clothes.

    Dominique Rivoal is technical staff at MDX and is interested in body-mind integration. She will be introducing Mind Clearing exercises to facilitate relating during this workshop.

    Vivian Barbosa is a Dance lecturer at Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil). She is visiting MDX as part of her doctorate research and will be introducing movement and breathing principles from Yoga and Rudolf Laban's work.

    For more infos please contact:

    'A MDX Conversation with BBC's Huw Edwards and Investigative Reporter Mark Daly'

    Tuesday 30th January 2018, 12:30-13:30, CG41, College Building, The Burroughs, Hendon

    The Journalism team at Middlesex University are pleased to welcome BBC's Huw Edwards and Panorama's Mark Daly for the second of our MDX Journalism Conversations series.

    Join us and our journalism students for a lively conversation. Huw Edwards, who graces our screens every night for BBC's flagship News at Ten, will be joined by Mark Daly, an  investigative reporter known - among other things - for his work on exposing doping in sports on Panorama. Together, we'll discuss the latest trends in journalism and media.

    Grab your ticket now to secure your seat here:

    If you have any queries, please send an email to:


    'Introduction to Social Network Analysis' - run by Collaborative Technologies and Organisations Research Cluster

    Friday 2nd February, 13:00 - 16:00, Hendon College Building C120

    Social network analysis (SNA) is the process of investigating social structures through the use of  networks. It characterizes networked structures in terms of nodes (individual actors, people, or things within the network) and the ties, edges, or links (relationships or interactions) that connect them. In this workshop, after a brief introduction to SNA, we will cover:

    • Collecting network data
    • Visualizing network data
    • Calculating major social network indicators such as Centrality and Cohesion Measures
    • Detecting  cliques and factions in a network.

    We will use UCINET software for applying these concepts. At the end of the workshop, participants will be ready to do apply SNA concepts to their cases.

    Any colleague who wishes to attend the social network analysis workshop shoud RVSP to:

    Attendees should bring their laptop to the workshops.

    'Assessing the impact of a drug law enforcement operation against a heroin and crack cocaine market in England' - Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) Seminar - Tim McSweeney, Home Office, formerly Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology Middlesex University

    Wednesday 7th February 2018, 16:30 - 18:00, board room C219-20, 2nd Floor College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

    The government’s recent review of the 2010 drug strategy concluded that despite an annual spend of at least £1.6 billion, “there is a lack of high quality evidence to assess the impact of drug enforcement activities” (Home Office, 2017: 76). This seminar presents evidence from an independent evaluation on the impact of a large-scale drug law enforcement operation by one English police force using data relating to: over one million emergency (‘999’) and non-emergency (‘101’) calls for service; interviews with different stakeholders; and observations (of tasking and co-ordination meetings, pre and post-operation de-briefings, and warrants being executed).

    All welcome and it is free to attend but please book at

    'Terrorism, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation' A Horizon 2020 seminar - Dr Brunilda Pali, chair: Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero.

    *Dr. Brunilda Pali is researcher at the Restorative Justice and Victimology research team in the Leuven Institute of Criminology. She was lead researcher in the FP7 project ALTERNATIVE and is co-editor of Restoring Justice and Security in Intercultural Europe (Routledge 2017), and Critical Restorative Justice (Hart 2017). She is also Secretary of the Board of European Forum for Restorative Justice.

    This event is part of the project TAKEDOWN: Organised Crime and Terrorist Networks

    Funding has been received from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement N. 700688.

    All welcome to attend, or please contact for any queries.

    For information about the Researcher Development Programme, Writing Retreats and Research Retreats, please see our training page.

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