Research Seminars

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The next Postgraduate Research Seminar will hopefully be held in Easter term, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

About the Seminars

As part of our effort to ensure that postgraduate life at Grey is as rich as possible, we host (approximately) termly Postgraduate Research Seminars.


The seminars are chaired, with a small introduction to the session and speakers. Each speaker then presents for 10-12 minutes, the floor is opened for questions, and the speaker is thanked. Wine, juice, and snacks are provided.

If you have any questions about participating, whether about presenting or attending, please contact the MCR President.

Audience during talk

Previous seminars:

June 21st, 2018

  • Once upon a car that stole energy from Nature - Douglas Uke (PhD, Engineering)
  • The Chromatic Aberration of the Human Eye - Abigail Finch (PhD, Physics)
  • T. Rex: Is It Still the King of the Carnivores? - Marcus Lancashire (PhD, Chemistry)

March 10th, 2018

  • Virgin or Virgin Mary? The Manipulation of Christianity by Empress Pulcheria of Rome - Rachael McGlensey (MA, Museum and Artefact Studies)
  • Cave Art: Was it a waste of time? Costly Signalling in Palaeolithic Cave Art - Rhiannon Gittins (MA, Museum and Artefact Studies)
  • WWFs Attitude Era in the Monday Night Wars, and how this reflects sports' entertainment in the late 90s - Tom Ryan (MSc, Maths)
  • Our Buying Behaviour is Manipulated by the Well-designed Servicescape - Jessica Suen (MSc, Marketing)
  • Dinosaurs: Cold Blooded Killers? Endothermy, Homeothermy and Tachymetabolism in Dinosaurs - Marcus Lancashire (PhD, Chemistry)
  • Why is the Sky Blue? - Dan Kinch (MSc, Maths)

February 8th, 2018

  • Eye-tracking in Reading Processes - Ellen Taylor (MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience)
  • Phenomenology - Not just a Long Word - Matthew Kirk (PhD, Physics)
  • Neanderthals: Our Unfortunate Sister? - Rhiannon Gittins (MA, Museum and Artefact Studies)

November 28th, 2017

  • Introducing Mindfulness Meditation - Renju Mathew (PhD, Physics)
  • CH catalysis for CB bond generation - Jay Wright (PhD, Chemistry)
  • Meaningful Interactivity: How I learned not to suck at Dungeons and Dragons - Lily Hulatt (PhD, English)

October 4th, 2017

  • Fighter Aircrafts - Iman Frozanpoor (PhD, Engineering)
  • Four Wave Mixing - Renju Mathew (PhD, Physics)
  • Beyond the Sex Bureaucracy: Sexual Violence in Higher Education - Jenny Hoogewerf-McComb (MJur, Law)

July 4th, 2017

  • Julia Kristeva's 'Powers of Horror' and Gothic Fiction - Lily Hulatt (MA, English)
  • Sweet Stuff!!! How about Chinese Dessert Today? - Petula Wong (MA, Creative Writing)

June 6th, 2017

  • Machine Learning and Artificial Neural Networks - Martin Moxon (MSci, Computer Science)
  • Rap: rhythm and poetry? - Alec Letcher (MMath, Maths)

March 11th, 2017

  • Animal Ethics: A Look at the Moral Debate Surrounding Animal Welfare - Brad Berwin (MSc, Global Politics)
  • Hello Police Emergency: An Emotional Labour Approach to Work, Stress, and Burnout in the Police Communications Call Centre - Stuart Flegg (MSc, Management)
  • The Contemporary (American) Coming-of-Age Novel - What it is and why it's more than Teenage Fiction - Helen Gienger (MA, English)
  • Invisibility Cloaks: Soon to be a Reality? - Sarah Gray (PhD, Chemistry)
  • Raptors: Myth vs Reality - Marcus Lancashire (PhD, Chemistry)
  • Making an Ultra-narrow Bandwidth Faraday Filter - Renju Mathew (PhD, Physics)
  • Monstrosity or "Misogyny"? Female Sexuality and Monstrosity in Medieval Romance - Hannah Piercy (PhD, English)
  • Social Policy and the Geographical Distribution of Educational Opportunities in the UK - Madeleine Winnard (, )

February 16th, 2017

  • From Quantum Weirdness to Quantum Computing - Renju Mathew (PhD, Physics)
  • "I did it for me": US Crime Narratives and Responsibility as seen in Breaking Bad - Lily Hulatt (MA, English)
  • Bioinspired: Harnessing Water Recovery Solutions from Nature - Jack Panter (PhD, Physics)

November 24th, 2016

  • Walking across beach sand is hard and other discoveries: An analysis of selected variables that affect the production of cost surfaces - Edward Caswell (PhD, Archaeology)
  • Medieval Romance: What, Who, How, Why? - Hannah Piercy (PhD, English)
  • An Introduction to Fluorine and Green Chemistry - Craig Fisher (PhD, Chemistry)

October 5th, 2016

  • Melanopsin - The 5th Human Photopigment - Abigail Finch (PhD, Physics)
  • The Development of Weird Fiction: from Dunsany to Vandermeer - Maciej Matuszewski (PhD, Physics)
  • Dark Matter: A Particle Physicist's Perspective - Matthew Kirk (PhD, Physics)

July 7th, 2016

  • Revealed - The dirty truth in your laundry - Sarah Gray (PhD, Chemistry)
  • Space, Time and Symmetry - Darren Scott (PhD, Physics)

March 3rd, 2016

  • Imprisoning Atoms for Interrogation Purposes - Renju Mathew (MPhys, Physics)
  • Born to Run: Paleofitness and Paleoenergetics - James Curtis (MSc, Evolutionary Medicine)
  • Detecting Extragalactic Planets - James Collinson (PhD, Physics)

December 3rd, 2015

  • Monsters - Hananh Piercy (MA, Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies)
  • Do you smell? Manipulating odour perception using a priming paradigm - Stuart Flegg (MBA, Management)
  • T. Rex: Is it still the King of Carnivores? - Marcus Lancashire (PhD, Chemistry)

October 7th, 2015

  • A Beginners Guide to String Theory - Maciej Matuszewski (PhD, Maths)
  • History of Grey College - Dr Peter Swift
  • What Don't We Know - Matthew Kirk (PhD, Physics)

June 18th, 2015

  • Dark Matter - A Particle Physicist's Perspective - Matthew Kirk (PhD, Physics)
  • Fluorine - that savage beast among the elements - Craig Fisher (PhD, Chemistry)

March 2nd, 2015

  • The science of meditation, or how to boost your brain in one easy step - Malgorzata Zwiefka (Psychology and English)
  • Introducing Indonesia - James Cahyadi (BA, Economics)
  • WWII: Dealing with Death; how the conflict changed the Nations' approach to their fallen soldiers - Mathilde Lair de Gourmont (LLM, Law)
  • Dance: An Introduction - Ghislaine Odjevwedje (Philosophy)

November 20th, 2014

  • Literary Responses to the Trauma of 9/11: Emily Perri (Modern Languages)
  • A Tangled Web - The Importance of the Cell's Internal Skeleton: Andrew Plygawko (MScR, Biological Sciences)
  • The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Mathilde Lair de Gourmont (LLM, Law)

October 1st, 2014

  • The Chemistry of Soap and Bubbles: Romnik Thind (PhD, Chemistry)
  • What is String and M-theory: Sheng-Lan Ko (PhD, Physics)
  • Collaborating within a Worldwide Egyptological Academic Community and A New Archaeological Expedition to the North Eastern Nile Delta: James Bennett (PhD, Archaeology)
  • Observing Black Holes: James Collinson (PhD, Physics)

May 9th, 2013

  • Russia-China Strategic Partnership: a Geopolitical Counterbalance to US Dominance? Rafael Contreras-Luna (PhD, Politics)
  • Evolutionary Roots of Modern Warfare, Krista Pezley (MSc, Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • Some Assembly Required: Being in a Long Distance Relationship with your Research Collection, Jennifer Ayles (MA, Archaeology)

February 21st, 2013

  • Working Capital Management: A Case Study Based on Haier Group, Jing Xu (MSc, Accounting & Finance)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: When Buffet bought Heinz, Lin Cai (MSc, Accounting & Finance)
  • What can we learn about climate change from looking at Arctic plants? Rachael Oakenfull (PhD, Biological & Biomedical Sciences)
  • Overcoming the Postcolonialism hangover in Solomon Islands, Calvin Ziru (MA Politics & International Relations)

February 7th, 2013

  • Russia, a Global Power in the Asian Century? Rafael Contreras-Luna (PhD, Politics)
  • Late Quaternary glaciation of the continental shelf offshore of NW Ireland, Catriona Purcell (MSc by research, Geography)
  • How denim stitched up the fashion world: the coal miners' trousers, Brandon Viray (MA, Business Management)
  • A Season at Athribis 2012-2013: Uncovering Ancient Egypt's Last Great Stone Temple, James Bennett (PhD, Archaeology/Egyptology)

November 15th, 2012

  • Dispelling the Myth: The barbarous Welsh! Jane Scott (MA, Medieval History)
  • Why does cutting onions make you cry? Romnik Thind (PhD, Chemistry)
  • The Lived Experience of Heart Disease: Views of Embodiment and Therapeutic Choice Amongst South Asians in the UK, Kunal Kapoor (MSc, Medical Anthropology)
  • The Development of Egyptian Settlement in the Third Intermediate Period: An Overview of the Research, James Bennett (PhD, Archaeology/Egyptology)
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