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Friday, 13 July 2012

Call for student contributors

PhD researchers Emma Comber (Chemistry) and Sarah Bugby (Physics & Astronomy) are behind a new initiative to launch a student-led research magazine.

Over to Emma & Sarah...

"Frontier is an exciting new student-led University publication focusing on research being undertaken at the University of Leicester by students. This magazine will be student-led and we need as many contributors as possible to make it a success – could that be you?

Frontier will be a high quality magazine, freely distributed throughout the University, presenting your research in an accessible and entertaining way. We’re hoping to make Frontier something that the whole University can be proud of. 
We need people for the following roles:
·         College representatives – we are looking for someone from each college to collate work from all its departments, approve it for publication and make sure that their disciplines are being fairly represented. You’ll need to be quite well organised and not afraid to nag people; it’d also be great if you already have some knowledge of the range of research carried out by your college. 

·         Editors – depending on the demand our college representatives might need a bit of help so if you want to contribute, but don’t have as much time to spare, you could become an editor. Your main role would be checking submitted work for suitability and quality. Good spelling and grammar skills would be helpful here.

·         Design team members – we want Frontier to have a really high quality feel and a lot of that is going to be down to the layout, design and graphics used in the magazine. If you have an interest in graphic design, web design or photography, and particularly if you have experience in any of these areas, please get in touch.

·         Contributors – we’re looking for students who are able to write about their work in an accessible and entertaining manner. Articles will predominantly be about research carried out at Leicester but we’d also be interested in interviews with specialists in your field, reports on work you’ve done in external facilities or opinion pieces relevant to cutting edge research. The contributing process will be better defined once we have our editing team in place but for now please register your interest and let us know what you might like to write about. 

·         General input – Frontier is being put together for the students of Leicester, to give you a platform to raise awareness of your research and to provide an interesting and informative overview of the work happening outside your department. If you have any ideas at all for things you’d like to see included – even if you don’t have the time to get involved yourself – then please let us know. 

This is a really exciting project to be involved in and you’ll be helping us shape a publication that we hope will be around for many years to come. On top of that, working with Frontier will give you invaluable experience in effectively communicating your ideas in print and will make a great addition to your CV. We look forward to hearing from you!

We are hoping to get the first issue of Frontier out in November so we would ask you to contact us by 22 July. Please email Sarah with ‘Frontier’ in the subject line and let us know how you’d like to be involved."

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