Presenting at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival7th June 2013
It was a great pleasure to have been invited to speak at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival 2013. I took part in a panel session exploring the background and future possibilities of Energy Harvesting with Dr Paul Mitcheson and heart surgeon Sukumaran Nair. In the presentation to a sold-out crowd of 100 members of the general public, I gave an overview of the motivation for energy harvesting, and spoke about some of our recent EPSRC funded research in the area. It was a very enjoyable experience, and the session seemed to be very well received with many interesting discussions with attendees afterwards.
Dr Merrett presenting at the Times Cheltenham Science Fair
I was walking amongst giants, as other speakers at this year's Science Fair included Professor Peter Higgs, the man who the recently discovered Higgs particle is named after! Further information on my appearance can be found on one of ECS' news articles.
The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is a six-day celebration of science, engineering and the arts aimed solely at the general public. It is widely acclaimed as the UK's leading science festival and is renowned for its creative programming. It aims to present a broad range of science and scientific issues in an exciting and engaging environment - through a variety of formats including debates, panel discussions, single speaker talks, interactive workshops and exhibitions. The Festival continues to grow each year, with 39,000 tickets issued in 2012 and 17,000 visitors at free exhibitions and events.
"Cheltenham is really the gold standard for science festivals"
- Professor Lord Winston
"The Cheltenham Science Festival is, without doubt, the premier science festival in the country because it is supported by pretty much everyone who cares about promoting science in Britain"
- Professor Brian Cox
For more information, click here.
Promoted to Associate Professor3rd March 2014
I have been promoted to Associate Professor, effective immediately!
This recognises my contribution to education and research at the University, and reflects the international recognition of my work.
(in actual fact, I've been promoted to Senior Lecturer until later in 2014, when the University is renaming the role to Associate Professor)
Awarded Prestigious Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award25th July 2011
I was recently awarded a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for my work on incorporating online learning into ELEC1032: Engineering Challenges. This module is delivered to all first-year Electronic, Electrical and Electromechanical undergraduates in ECS (in 2010/11, 139 students). It is primarily skills-based and, in previous years, disengagement has been witnessed as the semester progresses. This year, I introduced the delivery of lecture material online with an aim to improve the learning experi... [more]