The School of Education congratulates doctoral researcher Sarah McLaughlin on winning entry in the South-West Doctoral Partnership Conference 2021 poster competition
11 November 2021
The School of Education is delighted to announce that EdD doctoral researcher Sarah McLaughlin produced the winning entry in yesterday’s South-West Doctoral Partnership Conference 2021 poster competition.
The student-led 2021 conference, held at We The Curious, in Bristol, was titled ‘Getting Through It: Uncertainty in Research’ and attracted doctoral students from all over the UK.
Sarah McLaughlin with her prize-winning poster at the 2021 SWDTP Conference in Bristol
Sarah’s prize- winning entry was created about her EDd research at the School of Education, University of Bristol.
She also presented at the conference on the creative research methods she used to enhance her research during lockdown in the pandemic. Face-to-face research was stopped, so focus groups and interviews moved online. She explained “I tried out a method using playdoh, whereby participants used playdoh to model representations of their experiences of returning to education as mature students. their creativity enhanced the online interviews.”
‘Educating the Rita’s’ – A case study into the lived experience of mature, working-class women on an Access to Higher Education course
Speaking about this fantastic achievement, Sarah said, “The prize was a book voucher, which I am using to take my son to the bookshop to choose a book, as I want to encourage his love of reading, and also as a reward for understanding I spend a lot of time writing my EdD.
It gave me confidence in presenting my work, especially as I am at writing stage and feeling unsure of whether I am good enough!”
We at the School of Education are so proud of your success and your fantastic work!
School of Education blog
You can read more about Sarah’s doctoral research in her blog post, published on the School of Education Blog: https://schoolofeducation.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/2021/05/14/educating-the-ritas/
School of Education EdD Doctoral Programme
Find out more about our EdD doctoral programme by visiting our website: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/study/doctoral/eddbristol/
Sarah McLaughlin is a lecturer on the Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals programme with Bristol Medical School, and a Doctorate in Education researcher with the University of Bristol.