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13 August 2018, 2:00pm to 18 August 2018, 2:00pm
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Our annual ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ conference is a unique celebration of the postgraduate research culture in the UK.

Now in its 11th year, the conference invites PhD students and early career researchers to share their experiences, take part in training, and explore the value of doctoral research in an inclusive and supportive environment. 

Delegates participate in workshops on:

  • presentation and writing skills,

  • public engagement,

  • self-leadership for researchers,

  • interdisciplinary research proposals,

  • mental health for doctoral students,

  • sharing their research with a nonspecialist audience.

The conference offers opportunities to share research and aspirations, to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary ways of working, and to present to a diverse, non expert audience. The event demonstrates that PhDs have a value both inside and outside academia.

Over the last ten years, over 400 students and early career researchers from 106 different Higher Education institutions have participated in this event. Whatever the future holds, the support networks established by these events have proved to be invaluable.


Confirmed speakers so far include:

Professor Dorothy BishopProfessor of Developmental Neuropsychology, University of Oxford

Dr Becky Black, Department for Education

Dr Bill Bruford, Musician and Independent Researcher

Katie D'Arcy, Independent Careers Advisor

Dr Owen GowerDirector, UK Council for Graduate Education

Rachel Hall, Guardian Higher Education Network

Professor Rosemary Hunter, Professor of Law & Socio-Legal Studies, QMUL

Dr Steve Joy, Head of Researcher Development, University of Cambridge

Professor Helen Nicholson, Vice Principal (Research Impact and Interdisciplinarity), Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Gina Wisker, University of Brighton

Dr Hannah Rose WoodsCultural Historian


Tickets include accommodation from Monday 13 - Friday 17 August, all meals and sessions.

Single occupancy - £395

Shared occupancy - £295


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact either Dr Rachel Smillie, Education Officer, at, or Alice Wigley, Assistant to the Education Officer, at

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