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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 2023/24 Semester 2 induction will take place as a series of remote and in-person sessions from 15nh to 17th January 2024.

Please note that most sessions will be held via Zoom. 

Registration will open shortly. Details will be available on this page. 


In-person session

There will be an in-person session on Tuesday, 16th January 2024, 2-4pm. Further details will be announced shortly.

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.

2023/24 date: 5th March 2024

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.

DC200 -2nd Year PhD Cohort day: Understanding the impact of your research - covers information on research impact and effective research communication. 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, behaviours and organisations etc.

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.

PostGraduate Hour

The Doctoral College opens its (virtual) doors 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.


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