Examples of research by Students

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Aron – Theatres & Libraries

I studied English as an undergraduate at Emma and was able to return this year to pursue an MPhil in film and screen studies thanks to the generosity of donors to the Late 80s Fund and other Emma members. It’s been the most productive and rewarding period I can remember.

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Elizabeth - 'Tinkering' in Primary Schools

Tinkering is a newly identified creative, inquiry-based, construction approach to education, which focuses on learning by doing, by trial-and-error and through play.

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Sandy – India, Sri Lanka & Transnational Politics

I am extraordinarily grateful to have been awarded a full postgraduate studentship, through the College’s research studentship fund and the incredible generosity of two Emma members.

Thumbnail for Ekaterina – The Choreography of DNA Repair

Ekaterina – The Choreography of DNA Repair

I began my PhD in pharmacology at Cambridge in 2015, upon completion of my degree in pharmacy at the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich. This opportunity would have not been possible without generous help from the Late 80s Fund and two other members of Emmanuel.

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Lewis – Culture of Fields

Having spent 2014–15 at Harvard University on a Herchel Smith Scholarship, I was delighted to return to Emmanuel this year (I completed my BA in English in 2014) to study for an MPhil in Criticism and Culture.

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Christine – Climate change & health in Nepal

My interests in food and agriculture, rural livelihoods in Asia, and economic development combine into the question: how does climate change affect the long-term livelihoods of poor residents in the rural uplands of Nepal?

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Helen – Poets and Parents

Through the generosity of the Late 80s fund and a member, I was awarded a full studentship, enabling me to study for an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature. My MPhil dissertation investigates the relationship between poetry and parenthood.

Thumbnail for Jennifer – The Hidden Hand: Texts and Translations

Jennifer – The Hidden Hand: Texts and Translations

I came to Emmanuel in 2008 to read Modern & Medieval Languages; through the support of a member and a Derek Brewer Research Studentship I am now studying for a PhD. 

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Stephen – Words and Worlds

Before I graduated from Emma last year, I knew I was interested in taking my philosophical studies further with the MPhil course and a potential career in academia. Thanks to Emmanuel, I had the funding to make these further studies possible. With financial backing of the Late Eighties and other College funds, I am now in the final term of my MPhil with a conditional offer to continue at Cambridge for a PhD. 

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Beatrice – The Reggio Emilia Approach

My research examines how notions of childhood and womanhood are constructed in the progressive education of the Reggio Emilia Approach, combining sociology, history and gender studies in an interdisciplinary study.

Thumbnail for John – Language Learning in the Early Modern Period

John – Language Learning in the Early Modern Period

My work focuses on language, and asks how speakers of English went about learning foreign languages in a period when travel, trade and exploration took them further than ever before and in greater numbers.

Thumbnail for Eleanor – Musical Notation in Medieval Paris

Eleanor – Musical Notation in Medieval Paris

I came to Emmanuel in 2009 to study for an MPhil in Musicology. I am now in my first year of studying for a PhD in Music, thanks to the support of a Derek Brewer Research Studentship.

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Fatima – Post-Colonial Literatures of Africa & the Middle East

A Lord Northfield Scholarship and an MPhil Studentship enabled me to pursue an MPhil in development studies, driven largely by my study of the post-colonial literatures of Africa and the Middle East.

Thumbnail for John – Medieval Christian Doctrine & Artistic Iconography

John – Medieval Christian Doctrine & Artistic Iconography

I came to Emmanuel in 2006 to study for a PhD, funded by a Derek Brewer Research Studentship and the C S Gray Fund, alongside the part-time post of Assistant Chaplain.