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OU Research Showcase

7th-9th September 2018, Warwick University
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

OUPS is proud to present an Open University Research Showcase,  presenting and celebrating some of the latest research from leading Open University academics.

Come and meet the academics behind the course material - leading researchers from the school of Psychology will be joining us for the weekend to present the latest research behind the writing. This is a fantastic opportunity to mix with psychologists, ask questions and find out all about the vibrant postgraduate community at the Open University.

** Attendees at the Research Showcase are also welcome to attend any sessions that are part of the ‘ Thinking of Postgrad?’ weekend running at the same time **


Confirmed speakers and their areas of research are as follows – titles of presentations and abstracts will be confirmed soon.

  • Dr Rose Capdevila is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Research for the School of Psychology. She is Co-editor of Feminism & Psychology. Her research focuses on the construction and transgression of discursive boundaries around identity - in particular political and gender identities. She is also interested in the role and politics of methodology in psychology.
  • Dr. Sarah Crafter is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Open University. Her academic interests lie in the area of migration, diversity, identities and practices, with a focus on children, young people and families. Her theoretical interests are grounded in sociocultural theory, transitions,critical or contested ideas of ‘normative’ development and cultural identity development. One strand of Sarah’s research focuses on feelings of identity and belonging amongst child language brokers. They are children and young people who translate and interpret for family members who do not speak the local language following migration to a new country. She uses ethnographic and arts-based methods, such as interviews, drawing, sculpture and drama role-play.
  • Dr. Kesi Mahendran is a social and political psychologist. She works on migration-mobility, non-mobility, belonging, integration and citizenship - including public dialogue on sovereignty & European Union citizenship.  A specialist in dialogical approaches, her research programme seeks to support the dialogue between citizens and governments on vexed political questions e.g. immigration. 
  • Dr. Ailsa Strathie is a lecturer in psychology. Her research interests lie mainly in the application of psychology to 'real world' issues. Current work focuses on the links between policing and social media; examining the impact that social media have on police investigations, and how social media networks are used by the police to interface with the public. Other areas of interest are faceidentification, particularly forensic facial image comparison; the role of human factors in transportation accidents; and the communication of expert evidence.
  • Dr  Hayley  Ness is a senior lecturer in psychology and the Postgraduate Directorfor the Department of Psychology. Her research is primarily in the area of eyewitness memory for faces, although she also has wider interests in face processing, eyewitness memory and the use of visual evidence in court. Hayley is a member of the Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), which is one of the six Open University centres of research excellence. She is also part of the centre’s Forensic Psychology Research Group. 
  • Dr Gini Harrison is a senior lecturer in psychology and an applied cognitive researcher working primarily across the domains of clinical psychology and forensic and criminal justice work. Her clinical work focuses on the ill-health effects of exposure to neurotoxic compounds and the manifestation and measurement of stress, anxiety and depression in different cohorts. In addition, she is involved in research into the implementation and effectiveness of eHealthtools to promote mental health and wellbeing. Her forensic research examines how well people perform as witnesses with aparticular interest in how we become experts in face recognition, how this changes with age, and what cognitive and neural mechanisms and/or social behaviours may underlie this expertise.

What's included ?

Costs are fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, tuition, handouts and also include social events. Please note that all meals are still included in the non-residential option.

What to expect

The lectures are conducted in lecture theatres within the University campus, and you will be provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes on arrival.

If you book the residential package then you will have a room in student halls complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. Ensuite rooms include a bathroom with toilet and shower while standard rooms share toilet and shower facilities on the same floor. 

There are welcome drinks and also a psychology book stall, and these are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone. All meals are included in the price of the weekend.

Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!


The weekend takes place at Conference Park, University of Warwick. Accommodation is in single bedrooms on campus.

Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.

Travel and directions

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