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Doctoral College

Doctoral College Training

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 PGR Student Induction

Queen Mary's PGR Student Induction is open to all beginning PGR 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 Doctoral College Director as well as the faculties Deputy Deans for research and find out more about the life of a PGR student at Queen Mary and the training and support you can expect to receive.

The 2022/23 Semester 2 induction took place from 30th January to 2nd February 2023.

Session recordings and presentation slides are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PGR students: 

Cohort Training Days

Cohort training days provide specific researcher development training tailored to a specific year of PGR research. Not only will these help you to make the most out of your time as PGR student but you will have the chance to meet, chat and work with fellow PGR students from different disciplines across Queen Mary

First Year Cohort Day

  • DC101 - 1st Year PGR Day - Maximising the Impact of Conferences and Networking

At this stage in doctoral studies 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 PGR graduates have shown that networking skills are one of the main things they wish they had developed more effectively during their doctoral studies.

Trainer: Dr Steve Hutchinson

2022/23 date – tbc


Second Year Cohort Day: Understanding the impact of your research

This event gives PGR 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.

2022/23 date – tbc

Handouts and copies of presentation slides from previous sessions are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PGR students: 

Third Year Cohort Day: Employability

  • DC300 - 3rd Year PGR Cohort day: Career Planning and Employability 

The third Doctoral Cohort Day focuses on helping students make plans for life beyond the doctorate, whether they decide to follow a career within or outside of academia. This took place 20th February 2023 in The Octagon, Queens' Building, Mile End.

2022/23 date- 20th February 2023

Kick-start your enterprise skills

Join the Doctoral College for an afternoon of entrepreneurial skill building. This session will teach you the basics of Enterprise, Intellectual Property, Invention and Innovation, in an interdisciplinary setting.  

This is now open for registration on the Queen Mary course booking system: with course code DC700.

First 2022/23 date - 21st March 2023

PostGraduate Hour

The Doctoral College opens its (virtual) doors every other Wednesday for an hour-long drop in session for Queen Mary's PGR students for useful tips and chatter. This is an opportunity for PGR students to contact the Doctoral College with any queries in an informal setting but also for catch-up with fellow PGR students across Queen Mary.

More information to follow shortly.

Graduate Festival

GradFest is a series of training and development events organised by PGR students for PGR students.

GradFest 2022 took place 13th to 17th June 2022 as a series of remote and in-person events. Details are available on the GradFest website

GradFest normally takes place in February. The call for events happens in late October and allows PGR students to apply for funding to run events as part of the festival. 

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