Abigail Cox is in her final year of Television Production in the Faculty of Media and Communication and is participating in the upcoming Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) conference on 7 March 2018.
“I was inspired to submit an abstract to SURE as it looked like a great opportunity to showcase my research and also to develop my public speaking and communication skills,” says Abigail.
Her research explores the representation of refugee in contemporary documentary and current affairs reporting. “I have always followed the refugee crisis in the news. It is an incredibly important issue within humanity today, which is often not helped by negative media representation of the refugees themselves.”
Abigail was inspired by the BBC 2 series Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, “After watching this TV series, I knew that I had to use it as a case study,” she says. “I wanted to explore the key reoccurring representational themes within contemporary documentary and current affairs broadcasts which highlight the refugee crisis. This series offers new modes of documentary filmmaking which challenge the existing perceptions of refugees.”
“Overall, I think SURE is a great way to showcase work, especially to a wide variety of people. SURE offers students a chance to discuss their research with people outside of their faculty or programme, which is perhaps an opportunity we would not normally have.”
The Showcasing Undergraduate Research Excellence conference will taking place on 7 March 2018. Many undergraduate students from across the university will be presenting their research throughout the conference in a variety of different ways, from presentations to posters and art installations. Please register via the Eventbrite page if you would like to attend.