Research Festival 2023

On 13th October 2023 we were pleased to hold our 5th annual Research Festival at The Nunnery with the theme Secure, Vibrant and Sustainable in line with The Island Plan.

Event Highlights

  • The event was opened by the Chief Minister
  • The keynote address was given by Dr Douglas Fox who is a Climate Research Scientist and was among the leaders of the team who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore
  • UCM's Geoff Chatwood launched UCM's Sustainability Model

Recordings and presentations

Thank you to all the speakers and presenters who have allowed us to make this content available to you.

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"From Clicks to Bricks: mega trends in University education" - Dr Terence Karran (University of Lincoln)

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"Chatbot Vs Librarian: one search, two answers, a whole lot of questions" - Dr Stacey Astill (Keyll Darree) & Rachel Butler (UCM)

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"Evaluating the quality of a Dependency Tool in Community Nursing Practice –a qualitative evaluation of a new way of measuring community nursing workload on the Isle of Man.” - Niall Quayle (Nurse Educator)

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“Supporting an ageing population: new possibilities for ‘non-traditional’ interventions” Dr Paul Kingston (Professor of Ageing and Mental Health)

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“Awesome Manx Women” - Professor Jo Davis

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“Women in Politics: in the Chamber” - Dr Catriona Mackie (UCM)

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“A paradigm shift required in celebrating our world of differences - how we scaffold learning for today’s young minds” - Ella Magee & Mike Roberts (Removing Barriers EDU)

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“The Vikings and Our Manx Landscape” - Dr Peter Davey

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“The Loss of a King: the correct identification of Skeleton 3 from Rushen Abbey” - Dr Marie Weale

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“Manx Blue Carbon Project” - Rowan Henthorn & Jacqui Keenan (DEFA)

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“What can a university offer a society that is living in the shadow of existential environmental threats?” - Dr Matthew Warren (UCM)


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“SDG Advocacy on the Isle of Man: A case of missing data” - Dr Christa McCartney (UCM)

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“UCM Sustainability Plan: transforming a large organisation” - Geoff Chatwood (UCM)

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“Peat Survey & Restoration and Seagrass Conservation” - Sarah Hickey (DEFA) & Dr Lara Howe (Manx Wildlife Trust)

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"The Research Question" - Dr Christa McCartney (UCM)

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"The Literature Review" - Dr Christa McCartney (UCM)

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More information

The date for the 2024 Research Festival is yet to be announced. Please follow us on social media for further announcements. 

Thank you to everyone who attended the event including:

  • Tynwald, Parliamentary Research Services 
  • IOM Government Public Records Office 
  • Removing Barriers 
  • UCM Hive & Book Sale 
  • Manx National Heritage 
  • Biosphere Isle of Man
  • Our catering provider Beans on the Scene

Last year's event

If you missed last year's Research Festival you can watch most of the content here again.