It is heartening that in those three years the event has grown from quite modest beginnings — although immaculately organised and presented — to this event which not only included presenters from the three schools of Social Science and Law, Plymouth Business School and the School of Geography but, for the first time, included presenters from other Universities. Indeed, thanks to the wonders of modern technology we even managed to have a presentation fed live from Canada.
As a result, we have both increased the number of papers and also broadened our scope. It is heartening to also note the variety of methodological approaches that our presenters employed to collect the data for their papers. With that in mind I would like to thank all those that both took part and attended the event.
However, as always there are some people who need special thanks, as without their hard work and enthusiasm all we would have is an idea. Therefore I need to thank the following for all their hard work: The presentation sessions were divided into streams and it is to these this introductory chapter now turns.
The papers presented in this stream reflected this and engaged the audiences with a number of topical and timely topics. Layla Wilkie-Buckley continued a crime and justice theme by establishing the role of religion and diversity in society and then examining the manner in which the state provides for freedom of religion, as enshrined in Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, specifically by looking at provisions in hospitals and prisons.
Mark Harron also looked at diversity but this time by focusing specifically on the recruiting profiles of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. Michelle Jolley moved the discussion away from the Proceedings of the Plymouth Postgraduate Symposium The final two papers in this stream turned their attention to aspects of politics.
Finally in this stream, Neil Fisher provided a historical look at the reasons behind the spectacular defeat of the once great Liberal party in the general election. This was a significant event in British electoral history as it seems to mark the beginning of the two party system that dominates contemporary British politics.
Geography and Tourism Given that in South West England we live in one of the premier tourist regions of the UK, this stream is of great importance to us as individuals and as part of a wider economic community. The papers in this stream reflected two major concerns: James researched how other nations in the Arctic regions manage their fleets and concludes that there is scope for some privatization within the Canadian system. Saer Barhoum looked at the manner in which the land is managed in terms of farming techniques.
Specifically, Saer posed questions about the choices, motivations and reasons farmers had in terms of shifting to organic methods. Saer found that the concept of risk featured heavily in this decision making process. The final paper in the stream comes from Martyn Steer-Fowler and looks at the phenomena of purchasing static caravans as second homes.
Using a qualitative approach, Martyn aims to find out why some people choose this form of second home despite there being a number of other alternatives. Proceedings of the Plymouth Postgraduate Symposium Business and Finance Given the turmoil that we currently see in the worlds of business and finance, this stream is a timely and instructive one.
It is equally interesting because it demonstrates the global nature of much of what is happening in the world of commerce.
This is best illustrated by the fact that the papers included in this stream deal with matters in Egypt, Turkey, Taiwan and the UK. Staying in the world of Egyptian commerce, Karim Sorour, in a paper that was probably more timely than was imagined at the time it was written, discussed the nature of corporate governance as applied to Egyptian banks and the banking system. Tarek Kandil uses a mixed method approach to examine the effects of culture on share price information, by looking at banks and the behaviour of banking leaders in both the UK and Egypt during the period to This was one of the most diverse streams and demonstrates the wide-ranging nature and mix of concerns that is British society in the early twenty first century.
However, further investigation notes that, like many often used social concepts and constructs, clear and agreed definitions are hard to find. Jacqui Rogers and Julia Palmer presented papers which discussed methodological concerns.
Zaheer used a quantitative method to sample online gamers to examine three phenomena: Finally, we have two abstracts. The presenters of these, Sally Murrall and Hussein Abdou, each address problems that are both contemporary and timely. The set of papers which follow this brief introduction should be seen as a good indication of the state of post-graduates both at the University of Plymouth and beyond. As such, it is my opinion that post-graduate education in the UK is both strong and flourishing.