Conference award for PhD student's presentation

Karen Connor

A Lancaster University PhD student’s conference paper has been highly commended at the Networking for Healthcare Education Conference (NET). Karen Connor is a part-time student on the Doctoral Programme in Educational Research and Senior Lecturer in Nursing Education at Edge Hill University. Karen’s presentation, which was based on research she is doing for her PhD, was entitled ‘Second year student nurse engagement: Sophomore slump: Reality or myth?’ Karen was highly commended in the category of Best First Time presenter.

Karen said “The conference gave me a great opportunity to present the work I am undertaking for my thesis and receive feedback. At the same time, it increased my confidence in my work and the ability to talk about and answer questions on my research in a supportive environment”. 

Karen’s supervisor, Professor Paul Ashwin said: “This award recognises the excellent work that Karen has been doing in completing her thesis. It is another really good example of the ways in which students on our PhD programmes combine their professional expertise with scholarly educational research.”

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