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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 2021/22 Semester 1 induction will take place as a series of online and in-person sessions from 27th September to 1st October 2021.

Further details can be found on the induction week programme [PDF 607KB]

The majority of sessions will be held via Zoom. 
There will also be an in-person session on Wednesday, 29th September 2021. This will be our 'Getting to Know You Tea & Cake' session. This will take place in two groups in line with Covid-safety measures. 

  • Group A will be 11am to 12.30pm and
  • Group B will be 2.30pm to 4pm.

Both will take place in the Students' Union Hub, Blomeley Rooms 1 & 2 on the Mile End campus. This session can be booked via the course booking system with course code DC110.

Please register by going to cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk and search for course code DC104 (the subsequent sessions with course codes DC105 to DC108 are linked so students should be able to book all sessions in one go). The International Student Welcome is course code DC102 and the Getting to Know You Tea & Cake in-person session is DC110, with two different times available to book. All sessions are open for registration. Registered attendees will be sent the session link. 

There is a dedicated Welcome Session for International Students. This can be found under course code DC102 on the course booking system www.cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk.

Please note that access to the Course Booking System is a two-stage login process. To access the course booking system on www.cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk students need their Queen Mary IT log in first.

Then students will need to register a user account on the course booking system itself.

To do so, please go to ‘Register’ (third tab at the top of the page) and complete the requested information to create a login.

Following this, students can use the ‘Login’ tab (second tab at the top of the page) to log on to the system and book (or if required, cancel) courses. 

Any students who do not have their Queen Mary IT log in yet please email doctoralcollege@qmul.ac.uk to register. 

Session recordings and copies of presentation slides from previous inductions are available on the QMPlus page for Queen Mary PGR 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 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

  • DC109 - 1st Year PGR Day - Your PGR journey: getting the best start

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 – 13th September 2021  

Both sessions are now open for registration on the Queen Mary course booking system: http://cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk with course codes DC101 and DC109 respectively.

 

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.

The 2021 Cohort Day will run remotely in two separate sessions. It is recommended that students attend both sessions.

  • DC200 -2nd Year PGR 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. 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 PGR 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 PGR students: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6218 

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 will take place 6th October 2021 online and be 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 PGR and how to broaden your job search
  • Followed by a choice of 2 sessions:
    • 6 time-saving LinkedIn secrets for researchers
    • The PhD Job Searching guide

  • DC301 - 3rd Year PGR Cohort day: Wellbeing Session - Crossing the finishing line

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.  

2021/22 dates

  • 6th October 2021 (remote training sessions)
    DC300 - 3rd Year PGR Cohort day: Career Planning and Employability; 10.30am to 1pm
    DC301 - 3rd Year PGR Cohort day: Wellbeing Session - Crossing the finishing line; 2-3.30pm
    &
  • 7th October 2021 (in-person networking brunch)
    DC302 - 3rd Year PGR Cohort day: In-person Session - Networking Brunch; 11am to 1pm

All sessions are now open for registration on the Queen Mary course booking system: http://cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk with course codes DC300 - Careers session / DC301 - Wellbeing Session, and DC302 - In-person Networking. We look forward to welcoming you shortly.

PostGraduate Hour

These are drop-in events for Queen Mary's PGR students for useful tips and chatter. Dates for the 2021/22 semester 1 are:

  • 13th October 2021; 1-2pm
  • 27th October 2021; 1-2pm
  • 10th November 2021, 1-2pm
  • 24th November 2021, 1-2pm
  • 8th December 2021, 1-2pm

Session details are currently being finalised and registration for these sessions will open shortly. Please check back here. 

Graduate Festival

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

The next Graduate Festival will take place in 2022. For more information please see the GradFest website