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,
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 Bishop, Professor 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 Gower, Director, UK Council for Graduate Education
Rachel Hall, Guardian Higher Education Network
Dr Steve Joy, Head of Research and Development, University of Cambridge
Professor Gina Wisker, University of Brighton
Dr Hannah Rose Woods, Cultural 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alice Wigley, Assistant to the Education Officer, at email@example.com.