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Past Team Members

James Young

James Young

November 2016 - October 2017

James completed his final year of a BA History degree at the University of Warwick in 2017. After partaking in Warwick's URSS programme in 2015, he recognised both the contribution that undergraduate research can have in all subjects and that university institutions have a responsibility to actively fund and encourage undergraduates to undertake independent research. James' research interests lie in religious and gender history and he will be doing his final year dissertation on English perceptions of Islamic masculinity during the Elizabethan era.


Joe Grimwade

December 2015 - October 2016

Joe has graduated with a first class honours degree in Classical Civilisation from the University of Warwick and is now studying for a masters degree at the University of Cambridge. He was an active member of Warwick's Classics department, performing in their annual production, and has written several articles for the departmental website. He believes firmly that undergraduate research should be suported: as a funded undergraduate researcher in 2014, his interests lie in the Art of Memory in the ancient world.


Tim Ziegler

July 2014 - November 2015

Tim is a current Monash University undergraduate and 2014 Dean's List Fellow, studying a Bachelor of Science in geoscience and biology. He volunteers as a fossil preparator at Melbourne Museum, and works for the School of Biology facilitating PASS undergraduate study sessions. He has previously completed a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at Monash University. He is an experienced copyeditor, with interests in palaeontology, natural history, science literacy and open access publishing. He has lived, studied and worked in Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Justine Vincin

August 2013 - June 2014

Justine completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies at Monash University in 2012 before undertaking her Honours, or dissertation, year. Justine is particularly interested in interactions between European and Asian powers in the early modern period, and her thesis focused on diplomatic practices of the Portuguese empire in Asia during the late-seventeenth century. Justine will continue to pursue this topic in her postgraduate studies in Global History. She returned to studies as a mature-aged student after a few years of working as an English language teacher and teacher trainer and enjoys transferring her passion for adult education to her tutoring in History.

Jure Jerich

Jure Jeric

August 2012 - July 2013

Jure Jeric graduated with a first class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economic from the University of Warwick, and he is currently reading MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, as a Michael Wills scholar. During his time at Warwick, he was awarded the Outstanding Student Contribution Award and the Philippa Sherrington Award for Academic Excellence.


Naomi Falkenburg

July 2011 - July 2012

Naomi studied for a degree in Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick and, having left the University, took a year out before beginning a Masters at Oxford University. She has broad academic interests, including critical theory in world politics and international political economy, social cleavages (particularly gender, class, and race), and the politics of language, education, religion, and non-proliferation.


Alexander Freer

November 2009 - July 2011

Alex graduated with a first class honours degree in English literature from the University of Warwick in 2011. He went on to study for an MPhil in Romanticism and Eighteenth Century literature at Christ's college, Cambridge and is now undertaking a PhD on Wordsworth. His research interests are in Romanticism and religion, psychoanalysis and phenomenological criticism, and he continues to take a keen interest in undergraduate education and research.


Dr David Metcalfe

September 2007 - October 2009 (Founding Editor)

David graduated with a first class honours degree in Biological Sciences with Molecular Genetics from the University of Warwick in 2006 and a medical degree (MB ChB) in 2010. He also has a law degree from The Open University. He worked as a junior doctor in London and is now an Academic Clinical Fellow in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. David worked with the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research to develop and launch this journal in September 2007 and remained a key member of the team until his graduation in 2010. He maintains a broad interest in staff/student collaboration and the potential of research to enhance the undergraduate experience. He remains involved as Editor Emeritus of Reinvention: A Journal of Undergraduate Research.

E-mail: D dot Metcalfe at doctors dot org dot uk


Assistant Editors

Eleanor Webb

Eleanor Webb

Eleanor read History at the University of Warwick. She is particularly interested in early modern religious history and will spend her final year studying in Venice in order to specialise in this research area. Eleanor believes that undergraduates have unique and fresh perspectives to contribute to their field and is therefore committed to promoting and enhancing opportunities available for the development and publication of undergraduate research. She's thrilled to be working as part of the Reinvention Journal and with talented fellow undergraduates from around the world as they pursue their research interests.

Chris Wells

Chris Wells

Chris completed his 4th year of a Physics MPhys degree at the University of Warwick in 2017. He is interested in meteorology and atmospheric physics, with regards to climate change. He has undertaken several undergraduate research placements in different areas, which has given him an appreciation for how important research experience can be and how undergraduates can contribute to their field in a meaningful way.

Matthew Peacock

Matthew Peacock

Matthew is completing a Physics MPhys Integrated Masters (4 year course) at the University of Warwick. While undertaking a research project into moddelling the behaviour of swarming animals, he was overjoyed at the number of research papers on the subject available for free public access, originating from all over the world. Matthew takes an interest in journals from both Science and Humanities and sought to become a member of Reinvention to share in the process of spreading niche knowledge and origional research internationally.

Matthew Topp

Matthew Topp

Matt is currently an Honours candidate at Monash University in the field of Medieval and Renaissance European History. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash in 2015, with a double major in Archaeology and History and his current thesis looks at the cultural history of memory in fifteenth-century Florence, through the commonplace book of the merchant Giovanni Rucellai. During his time with Reinvention, Matt looks forward to learning many new things from talented undergraduate researchers involved with the journal, from all over the world and in a wide variety of disciplines.


Bernard Keo

Bernard graduated from Monash University with a first class honours degree in History and is now continuing with a masters degree at Monash. His research focuses on Malaysia's post-World War II history, particularly the processes of decolonisation and the path towards independence within the framework of secession attempts by the state of Penang. From his time with Reinvention and the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR), he thoroughly believes in the value of undergraduate research and hopes to see more undergraduates undertaking research projects.


Alexis Tan

Alexis is an Economics student at Monash University. She is particularly interested in development economics, especially on issues facing sex workers in developing countries. Before joining the Editorial Team at Reinvention, Alexis was part of the planning team for the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) 2015.


Jana Elly Howden

Jana studyed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science at Monash University. Her areas of interest include history, genetics and molecular biology. She has interned as a research assistant in a systems biology lab focusing on non-coding RNA, and volunteers for the Western Port Seagrass Partnership planting mangroves to rehabilitate local coastlines. Jana believes that undergraduate research affords individuals a unique opportunity to combine contrasting fields of study in order to create new and interesting perspectives.


Laura Maria Riccardi

Laura is writing an Honours thesis in History at Monash University. Her particular interests lie in subaltern and working class histories. Her thesis investigates the experience of early Italian migrants to the United States within the workforce. In 2015, she was a Student Director for the International Conference of Undergraduate Research and she is an active member of the education campaign against fee deregulation.

Ben McClatchie

Ben McClatchie

Ben graduated from the University of Warwick in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics. His preferred area of study is Africa in the late and post-colonial era. Specifically, he is interested in the emergence within the literature of the African voice; which has acted as a counterweight to conventional narratives by highlighting the agency of native people.

Cavid Bernard

David Bernard

David graduated from the University of Warwick in 2016 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Over the summer he will be working as a research analyst for the charity Giving What We Can, where he will be researching the cost effectiveness of different charities and programmes working on global poverty alleviation. He hopes to move into the international development sector and work on evaluating the impacts of different national health and education policies.


Taarika Bangalore

Taarika is in her third year of the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering at Monash University. She has particular interests in sustainable architecture and building design, along with alternative renewable energy technologies. She is the current Female Engineers at Monash (FEM) industry representative, is undertaking the Leadership In a Technological Environment (LITE) program and is a mentor in the Engineering Mentor Scheme (EMS). Taarika has studied and lived in the US, Singapore and India. She is interested in the promotion of undergraduate research to engineering students, particularly in the renewable energy technology sector.


Joshua Marlow

Josh is a third year student at Monash University studying Advanced Science (with Honours). He is the current president of the Monash Advanced Science and Science Scholars Students society (MASS3) and is undertaking his second undergraduate research project in the School of Chemistry. His interests include all realms of Chemistry and is working towards a double major in the area. In particular Josh has a wish to both learn and spread scientific communication, and to this end he has mentored in extra-curricular activities such as the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and CanSat programmes.


Kirsten Carlaw

Kirsten is currently in her second year of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/ Bachelor of Laws double degree at Monash University. She is particularly interested in medical ethics and the controversy and policies surrounding such issues. Kirsten is very excited to be a part of this journal and feels honoured to help publish the creative ideas and research of undergraduate students on an international plane.

Solene van der Wielen

Solene van der Wielen

Solene is a current University of Warwick undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies and different approaches to migrant identity and multiculturalism. She is currently a research assistant on the 'Religion, Rights, and Social Justice' theme under the Global Research Priority of 'Connecting Cultures'. She has lived in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.


Hayley Simon

Book Reviews Editor

Hayley is in her fourth year studying Chemistry at the University of Warwick. She has written articles for several popular publications, including the magazine Chemistry World and Biomedical Picture of the Day (BPoD). As a librarian, Hayley has an inherent love of all books, fiction and non-fiction. She particularly enjoys interdisciplinary research and for her final year project, Hayley will be investigating the folding of proteins using Mass Spectrometry.

Jenny Entwisle

Jennifer Entwisle

Jenny is a final year Medical student at the University of Warwick. She has had an academic interest in the laboratory based study of PPE genes in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, exploring antigenic variation. She has pursued this interest during her elective in South India, at the National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis in India studying children with TB-HIV coinfections. The systematic reviews she undertook for her summer project in 2013, exploring social care interventions in the emergency department and defining re-attendance in the emergency department, are being presented at the International Conference of Emergency Medicine in Hong Kong in June 2014. She is soon to undertake another URSS-funded project, doing a systematic review on defining reattendance in the Emergency Department and is one of the two student directors for the International Conference for Undergraduate Research (ICUR) 2014.


Georgia O'Connor

Georgia graduated from Monash University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours in History. Her thesis focused on the seventeenth century English East India Company factory in Japan. Georgia will continue her research into this historical episode through a Master of Studies in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford. She will do so with the assistance of the inaugural Brasenose College Oxford-Australia Scholarship. Georgia believes undergraduate research has the potential to contribute significantly to academia, and is also greatly beneficial to the researcher’s own academic development.


Md. Roysul Islam

Roysul is in his honours year of study, starting his research career with Melbourne Museum and Monash University. His main academic interests are in the fields of biology and geosciences, with particular focus in palaeobiology, animal behaviour, evolution and taxonomy. Roysul has completed one summer research project with the school of biological sciences at Monash and another summer vacation program with the federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) at Canberra. These experiences along with science mentoring and ambassadorial roles with the Faculty of Science, have allowed Roysul to encourage his peers for future scientific research. In addition to dealing with scientific questions, he also likes to explore the realms of poetry and philosophy. He has published poems with the Monash Student Association’s official magazine ‘Lot’s Wife’ since 2012.

John Watkins

John graduated in Biological Chemistry from the University of Warwick in 2010 and is now in his fourth and final year studying Medicine at Warwick Medical School. During his time at the University, he has completed two undergraduate research summer projects, presented research both nationally and internationally, and published his work twice in the academic literature as an undergraduate. As a result of his experiences at Warwick, he has a keen interest in promoting student-led collaborative research with academic staff across the University.
Emma Jacobs

Emma Jacobs

Emma is studying for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick. She is currently in her fourth and final year, having returned from a year studying abroad in the USA at the University of California, Berkeley. Her particular interests are in contemporary and modern American literature.

James Hamp

James graduated with first class honours in Physics from Warwick in 2013, graduating top of his year and winning the Styles Prize for Excellence. His joint work on spontaneous rotating vortex arrays in microcavity exciton-polariton optical parametric oscillator superfluids won the departmental Prize for Excellence in the MPhys project. He is now studying for a PhD in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge.


Megan Roberts

Megan is studying for a degree in Law at the University of Warwick. Through her studies in Law she understands the value that critical reflection from academics can provide and is therefore very excited that undergraduates are beginning to take the plunge into the world of research. Her particular academic interests include Elizabethan law and its influence on Shakespeare's writings, the sphere of jurisprudence relating to punishment theory and the relation between Law and Economics. Megan worked with the journal team in 2012/13 before leaving to focus on her studies.


Alex Marsden

Alex graduated from the University of Warwick in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Physics, and returned to Warwick to study a PhD in microscopy, specifically looking at novel 2D materials. He had a significant exposure to undergraduate research at Warwick, completing three summer projects and being an Assistant Editor for Reinvention for 3 years. He continues to promote undergraduate research in the Physics department by working closely with students during their projects.


Alison Wheatley

Alison graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class honours degree in Sociology in 2010 and an MA Social Research with distinction in 2011. She went on to study for a PhD in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh, with funding from the ESRC Innogen Centre. Her research focuses on the sperm donation industry in Denmark.


David Hall

David studied an integrated masters degree in Physics at the University of Warwick and hopes to continue his career in research by studying for a PhD in experimental particle physics. He gradauted from the University (and the journal team!) in the summer of 2010.

David had his first encounter with undergraduate research when he completed a Warwick URSS summer project, funded by an EPSRC vacation scholarship. He found the experience particularly helpful when deciding whether to pursue a career in research. For those interested, an ePortfolio of his undergraduate research can be found here.


Ruth Simons

Ruth studied Fine Arts at Oxford Brookes University. She was the recipient of an Oxford Brookes URSS award from the Reinvention Centre for a project within the specialised field of ‘Contemporary Art and Biological Studies’. Ruth worked with the journal team on Volume 2, Issue 2 of the journal before becoming a Subject Editor because she needed to focus more time on her research.