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'Opposites Attract' Collaboration Challenge

Two students working together at a laptop

As part of the Festival, we gave doctoral researchers from different areas the opportunity to team up and explore how they might collaborate to produce some kind of output to be presented at the Festival Closing Reception.

Each of the six pairs had six weeks to work together, and many will be continuing with their collaborations following the Festival period.

Collaborative Pairs

Alex Owen (Web Science) and Marta Glowacka (Psychology) - are exploring Psychology and Web Science – how can we work together?

Anthony Preston (Physics) and Kyle Mayers (Marine Biogeochemistry) - are working on the application of renormalisation group theory to biological systems

Nashwa Ismail (Education) and Matthew Tyler-Jones (Archaeology) - are going to prototype an app for tutors and course leaders that will gamify the objective of creating on-line Communities of Practice among their students.

Hang Tran (Organisational Behaviour) and Zhu Xiaotong (Education) - are looking at experiences of Asian PG students in UK HE - via a case study of Southampton Business School

Dana Thomson (Social Stats & Demography) and Daniel Devine (Politics & International Relations) - are creating a visual representation of the overlap of datasets and quantitative terminology, across disciplines that apply social statistics, to identify where research gaps are and where there is room for more collaboration.

Linda Baines (Innovation & Enterprise) and Paul Kelly (Education) - are exploring 'Mutally Intelligible' - the changes in Higher Education

*Opposites Attract was devised and first run by Bristol Doctoral College.

Follow their collaborative journey

Follow our research pairs' progress on the 'Opposites Attract' blog.

Matthew and Nashwa have also been blogging about their progress here.

'Opposites Attract' pairs present their projects

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