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Student research journal launch - Beauty biased juries & execution of mentally ill Texans

A new online journal showcasing the research of Undergraduate Students launches on 20th September. The papers in the launch edition include a psychology student’s study on how people are biased by someone’s physical attractiveness when deciding whether they were guilty of a particular crime with obvious implications for the jury system. Another student research paper examines of the mentally ill in death penalty cases by the state of Texas

The new journal is produced, edited and managed by students and staff at the University of Warwick and Oxford Brookes University and is called "Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research"

The online journal is double blind peer-reviewed, a process which is co-ordinated by the Editor and the Subject Editors, who are staff and students at the University of Warwick and Oxford Brookes. The journal welcomes academic articles from all disciplinary areas and will be published bi-annually. Each issue welcomes a ‘guest’ paper from undergraduate students studying at other Higher Education Institutions across the world.

The full list of Journal Board can be found at

It is published through the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research, a collaborative Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning based at the University of Warwick and Oxford Brookes University. The aim of the Reinvention Centre is to put research at the heart of the undergraduate curriculum and to integrate undergraduate students into the research cultures of their subjects and universities.

Reinvention’s editor David Metcalfe, from the University of Warwick said:

"This journal aims to help reinvent the passive student as an active researcher, it may claim some credit for changing the undergraduate experience and, perhaps, for a number of academic careers forged as a consequence. "

"Despite the wealth of interesting, undergraduate research, undergraduate research journals have a long way to go to achieve the level of credibility required to make an impact on academia. To date, not a single undergraduate journal has been indexed in any of the major research databases. We hope Reinvention will break through that barrier."

You can see the launch issue and all papers if you go here:

The Editor David Metcalfe can be reached on

07828823794 or 024 76523629.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager
Communications Office, University House,
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8UW, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)24 76 523708 Mobile/Cell: +44 (0)7767 655860