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Hope welcomes new PhD scholarship students

PhD researchers 2016 Thursday 11 February 2016

The arrival of 15 new PhD scholarship students means the future looks bright for research at Hope.

New team members have been welcomed to the Education, Health Sciences, Psychology, English, History and Music departments, and the faculties are thrilled to have them on board.

Principal Lecturer in Geography Dr Janet Speake said: “It’s wonderful to welcome the scholarship students and exciting for them to be starting on some great projects that will enrich the University’s research.”

Johnny Parr, who completed his Masters at Hope, joins the School of Health Sciences with a focus on upper limb research.

He said: “I’ll be looking at the visual motor cortical mechanisms underpinning learning to use a prosthetic hand, and can’t wait to work on research that will ultimately help people.”

Anna Johnen, who joins the Psychology department from the University of Sussex, explained how the new Health Sciences Building is the ideal setting for research.

“My PhD focus is on memory and emotion, which is exactly the area I wanted to research after studying a Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience," said Anna. "I’ll be spending a lot of time working with the EEG machines, so it's really nice to have access to good facilities and be based in such a great learning environment."

Speaking about the launch of the new PhD programmes, Associate Professor and Post-Graduate Research Co-ordinator Dr Alan Hodkinson, said: “It’s great to see the University investing heavily in the development of students and the further enhancement of the institution as a centre of research excellence, both nationally and internationally.”

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