The University of Huddersfield has recently published the first issue of a new journal of Huddersfield student research. Fields is quite unique as a journal in that it gives students, both undergraduate and postgraduate taught, the chance to publish their work through a rigorous academic peer review process. As well as giving a platform to this excellent research, the process gives the students valuable experience of the publishing process – something which they can draw on if they choose to pursue a career in academia.
There was an official launch for the journal in the new Heritage Quay archive facilities, where Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Thornton and Editor Professor Michael Clarke met with the student authors to celebrate the publication of their work. The student authors talked with passion about the research they had undertaken and published in Fields. The students all highlighted how they welcomed the opportunity to make their work available, gave thanks for the support they had received and saw the benefits in revisiting and updating research to develop it further.
“I was delighted to hear the students speak about their research with great passion and enthusiasm and see their excitement about their undergraduate work being made publicly available in Fields. It confirmed my view of the quality of work being done by our undergraduates and the potential to raise aspirations and profile through its publication in a properly refereed journal.”
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning Professor Tim Thornton
“At Huddersfield we believe strongly in inspiring our students to work to the very highest standards and to see the work they do, even as undergraduates, as having the potential for further impact in the wider world in terms of research and the discovery of new knowledge. Fields is designed to encourage students to aspire to such high standards, not simply to think of fulfilling coursework requirements when undertaking assignments but to consider the larger picture, and to be excited at the potential of academic exploration. It encourages students to see themselves as part of a simulating environment in which innovative academic investigation is undertaken. For students we hope that Fields will provide a challenging and stimulating goal, inspiring some to consider the possibility of continuing their academic work as research students.”
Professor Michael Clarke, Head of Research for Music, Humanities and Media, and Editor of Fields
“The experience of writing for the journal has certainly been a positive one. It has allowed me to develop publication skills, improve my academic work and take on board different perceptions and criticisms. The opportunity has also allowed me to revisit a piece of work that I am particularly proud of and present it to a wider audience.”
Reece Goscinski, student author, on Harold Wilson’s Pipe