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'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 Semester 1 PGR Induction for 2022/23 took place as a series of remote and in-person sessions from 3rd to 6th October 2022.
Session recordings and presentation slides are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PGR students: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6218
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.
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
2021/22 date – 14th June 2022
During this workshop we will think about the start of your journey as a PGR researcher, where you are now and where you hope to get. The aim is to help you identify what support, guidance and good habits you need to help you stay well during your PhD.
Trainer: Dr Fryni Panayidou
2021/22 date – 15th June 2022
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.
The 2022 Cohort Day will run in two separate remote sessions plus one in-person session. It is recommended that students attend all sessions.
2021/22 date – 8th and 9th February 2022
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. 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.
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.
Drop-in to discuss the impact of your work: a current/proposed project, an application for funding, impact acceleration funding or your ResearchFish submission.
Handouts and copies of presentation slides from previous sessions are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PGR students: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6218
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 will take place 6th October 2021 online and be comprised of three sessions:
The session will cover wellbeing during the final stages of doctoral studies. The session will look at the process of finishing the PGR degree whilst trying to maintain some work life balance. This session will also look at how to combat barriers to completion such as perfectionism and imposter complex.
2022/23 dates tbc
Material from previous sessions is available to students on QMPlus: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6218
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.
The 2022/23 semester 1 schedule will be announced shortly.
Sessions will shortly open for registration on the Queen Mary course booking system: http://cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk with course code DC600.
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.