Researcher receives Academic Excellence Award

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Eastleigh’s creative industries researcher Paul Spencer has received an Academic Excellence Award from the University of Winchester.

The creative industries research and support officer and PhD student was one of ten people to win an Academic Excellence Award 2015. A panel including the faculty heads of research and the director of postgraduate research have honoured postgraduate students who demonstrate continued academic excellence and contribute towards the research environment of the university.

Each year the University of Winchester offers a small number of Academic Excellence Awards and successful postgraduate research students receive a £1,400 contribution towards their ongoing research degree programme.

Director of postgraduate research Professor Millie Taylor said: “The competition for these awards was fierce with research students making excellent progress on a range of impactful projects at the university.

“There were lots of presentations, publications, networking and external facing activities that students have been involved with that the panel deliberated over in relation to how far into the PhD programme each nominee was, and what is expected in their subject area.

“The recipients of the awards will be asked to talk about how they have been contributing to the research environment of the university above and beyond what they are doing in relation to their individual research degree at an event to be organised next academic year.

“It is the something extra that gave the clearest signal to the panel about who should receive the awards this year – however, the panel was moved to comment on the overall excellence of our research community and to congratulate the recipients on their contribution to this.”

Paul Spencer is the creative industries research and support officer at Eastleigh Borough Council and a part-time PhD student at the University of Winchester who is expected to submit his thesis for examination in 2016.

His thesis is entitled Creative Industries Development in England: Case Studies in Urban South Hampshire 2011-14. His supervisors include Dr Fran Mason and Dr Paul Manning from the Faculty of Arts as well as external supervisor Eastleigh Borough Council’s head of culture Dr Cheryl Butler.

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