The Doctoral College run several events throughout the year that give you an introduction to the research community at Queen Mary as well as chance to develop new skills and meet and collaborate with other researchers.
Queen Mary PhD Student Induction
Queen Mary's PhD Student Induction is open to all beginning PhD students. Induction runs three times a year, once at the beginning of each semester. It is a chance for the Doctoral College to welcome you formally. You will be able to meet the Deputy-Deans for research and find out more about the life of a PhD student at Queen Mary and the training and support you can expect to receive.
The 2020/21 Semester 3 induction took place as an online session 21st May 2021.
Session recordings and copies of presentation slides from all 2020/21 (semester 1 / 2 / 3) inductions are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PhD students: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6218
Cohort Training Days
Cohort training days provide specific researcher development training tailored to a specific year of PhD research. Not only will these help you to make the most out of your time as PhD student but you will have the chance to meet, chat and work with fellow PhD students from different disciplines across Queen Mary.
First Year Cohort Day: Maximising the Impact of Conferences and Networking
At this stage in the PhD some students have already attended conferences, and many will be thinking about it. Networking is very important at conferences, but many students are unsure how to go about it; recent surveys of PhD graduates have shown that networking skills are one of the main things they wish they had developed more effectively during their PhD.
2020/21 date – September / October 2021 (date tbc)
Second Year Cohort Day: Understanding the impact of your research
This event gives PhD students the opportunity to find out about ‘impact’ and what it means to researchers, the college and the Research Councils, as well as to consider the impact or potential impact of their own research and how this can be communicated to others.
The 2021 Cohort Day will run remotely in two separate sessions. It is recommended that students attend both sessions.
- DC200 -2nd Year PhD Cohort day: Understanding the impact of your research
This event gives PhD students the opportunity to find out about ‘impact’ and what it means to researchers, the college and the Research Councils, as well as to consider the impact or potential impact of their own research and how this can be communicated to others. The successful contemporary researcher must be able to identify the various ways that their research is disseminated within academia and also how their research can inform public policy, practitioners, behaviors and organizations etc.
- DC204 - 2nd Year PhD Cohort day: Wellbeing Session - Keeping up the Momentum
The mid-point of the doctorate can sometimes be challenging; you may have had a few setbacks, your research may be changing direction or feel uncertain, and you may find that you’re experiencing a dip in your motivation. This session aims to help keep you going with your research, by reflecting on your journey so far and identifying what may hinder or help your progress. We’ll discuss unhelpful beliefs, feelings or behaviours that doctoral students often experience (eg imposter syndrome, procrastination, stress) and give you some tips to combat or manage them.
2020/21 date – 23 February 2021
Handouts and copies of presentation slides are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PhD students: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6218
Third Year Cohort Day: Employability
The third Doctoral Cohort Day focuses on helping students make plans for life beyond the PhD, whether they decide to follow a career within or outside of academia. This took place 22nd September 2020 online and was comprised of three sessions:
- A bird’s eye view of the current labour market and how it relates to researchers
- Understanding your transferable skills as a PhD and how to broaden your job search
- Followed by a choice of 2 sessions:
- 6 time-saving LinkedIn secrets for researchers
- How to ace your online interview
A further session covered wellbeing during the final stages of the PhD. The session looked at the process of finishing the PhD whilst trying to maintain some work life balance. This session also looked at how to combat barriers to completion such as perfectionism and imposter complex.
Session recordings are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PhD students: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6218
2021/22 date – tbc
Queen Mary Students' Union are very pleased to be able to share with you our event line-up for our Postgraduate Fortnight, our two-week celebration of Queen Mary and Barts & The London PhD and Masters students.
This includes Campus Cake - a chance to check in and have a chat with the Doctoral College over a socially distanced outdoors cuppa.
Join us on any of the following dates:
- Date: 9th June 2021
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Location: Blizard Mews
- Date: 16th June 2021
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Campus: Mile End
Location: outside Graduate Centre
- Date: 18th June 2021
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Campus: Charterhouse Square
Location: Charterhouse Square Lawn
PGTips are drop-in events for Queen Mary's PGR students for useful tips and chatter. Dates for the next term will be announced shortly. Please check back here.
GradFest is a series of training and development events organised by PhD students for PhD students. GradFest normally takes place in February. The call for events happens in late October and allows PhD students to apply for funding to run events as part of the festival.
The next Graduate Festival will take place in 2021. For more information please see the GradFest website.