Undergraduate Students Research Presented at International Conferences
Second year degree students at Hadlow College will soon be starting their dissertation research into a range of exciting subjects across all curriculum areas.
Designed to develop a student's research skills, as well as encourage them to look at an area they're particularly interested in in-depth, a dissertation comprises around 10,000-12,000 words and accounts for a quarter of the final year assessment. As such it presents a real opportunity for the student to firmly cement their final grade.
This year, animal management students have conducted in-depth research into the effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin colour variation of frogs, the variables which are associated with a greyhound's speed and the impact on public perception of zoo animal popularity related to their conservation status and understanding of conservation status. Some of the topics our equine students have looked at include: whether exhaustion of the rider affects the physical performance and control of the horse; the depth of knowledge of nutrition amongst the leisure sector of UK horse riders and how equestrian sport is impacted by current participation.
The quality of research undertaken by Hadlow College students in the past has enabled the dissertations to be presented to international conferences such as the International Society of Equitation Sciences (ISES) Conference which takes place in August each year and the Horses Inside Out Annual Conference which is hosted at the Royal Agricultural University. Plus, for subjects such as Landscape Management, the final year Landscape Management Plan uses a real-life situation and is often offered to the participating organisation free of charge.
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