Research Festival 2022

Join us for our 4th Annual Research Festival.

Date: 23rd September 2022

Location: The Nunnery Campus

Theme: Secure, Vibrant, Sustainable

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Hosted by UCM in partnership with researchers on and off the Island, Research Vannin is taking a collaborative approach to promoting a vibrant and productive research community through the sharing of resources, events and networking opportunities.

Our goal is to facilitate collaboration between researchers, on and off-Island; promote the reputation of Island-based research, and educate.

The theme of the 2022 Research Festival is Secure ,Vibrant, Sustainable in line with The Island Plan. 

The Research Festival offers students, independent researchers and guests alike the opportunity to listen to presentations, participate in research workshops and network over coffee and lunch in the impressive environs of UCM’s Nunnery campus. 


09:00: Registration and informal networking 

09:30: The Chief Minister to open the festival

09:45: Keynote address by Dr Henry Uniacke

10:30: Attendees break into the research pathways (view the itinerary for the Secure, Vibrant or Sustainable pathways)

12:00: Lunch & networking

13:00: Attendees return to their pathways

14:00: Break and informal networking

14:30: Workshops - we have four workshops to choose from

  • Student Workshop 'The Research Question'
  • Student Workshop 'The Literature Review'
  • Research Workshop (which starts at 14:00) 'Square Peg in Round Hole: everyday creativity & research methodology' presented by Dr Peter Litman. A basic and pragmatic introduction to methodology for the new researcher and for those considering post graduate study. The workshop will introduce and discuss research methods and will involve practical exercises and a brief look at emerging research methods in specifically, the arts.
  • DESC workshop 'Showcasing Excellence in Education Action Research' presented by Pippa Edmonds and Jan Gimbert

15:30: Launch of the Research Vannin website, Best Graduate Presentation/Poster Prize sponsored by PDMS, results of the 'What is Manxness?' survey and closing remarks

Get the most out of the Festival:

  • Take part in the Citizen Research project 'What is Manxess?' by Simon Collister
  • Check out some exciting research projects in poster format including 'The IOM, Slavery and the Mosquito Coast' (John Manley, UCM BS Hons History & Heritage graduate) 'A Review of Pupping & Site Fidelity trends in the grey seal, Calf of Man, 2009-20' (Dr Lara Howe, MWT) 'Manx Mires Partnership' (Sarah Hickey, MWT) 'Menopause Awareness IOM' (Lisa Brain (UCM BSc Hons Public Health) and 'ELSPAC
  • Dissertation showcase - The 2022 UCM Dissertation Showcase, challenges even graduates to share their dissertation research project in seven minutes in a short, engaging and clear presentation.
  • Book sale - leaving students have the opportunity to bring in their books for new and continuing students to purchase. 
  • Chat with our fascinating partners from Tynwald Parliamentary Research Services, IOM Government Public Records Office, Removing Barriers, Manx National Heritage and Research Vannin Researcher Clusters.
  • Spill the Beans will be selling Hot and Cold drinks from 08:45, and lunch (wraps, sandwiches, baked potatoes, smoothies and cakes) from 12:00.


We are a proud Biosphere Isle of Man Partner and member of the Stakeholder Partnership Group.

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