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Our annual ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ conference is back! Join us for this unique celebration of postgraduate research culture in the UK.

Now in its 12th year, this annual, sell-out conference invites PhD students and early career researchers from all over the UK to share experiences of doctoral study, take part in valuable personal development opportunities, and explore the wider social value of doctoral research, in an inclusive and supportive environment. 

The varied programme includes sessions on:

  • Presentation and writing skills

  • Public engagement

  • Self-leadership for researchers

  • Interdisciplinary research proposals

  • Mental health for doctoral students

  • Sharing research with a nonspecialist audience.

'Life Beyond the PhD' offers opportunities for sharing research and career aspirations, exploring collaborative and interdisciplinary ways of working, and presenting to a diverse, non-expert audience.

The programme is designed to highlight the value of PhDs, both inside and outside of academia, and to generate ongoing support networks that cross traditional, institutional and disciplinary boundaries.

More than 480 students and early career researchers, from 113 different higher education institutions across the UK, have already benefited from participating in this event. 


Speakers for this year's conference will be announced shortly. Watch this space.


We will be opening for bookings on Monday 3 June 2019.

Tickets include accommodation for four nights at Cumberland Lodge, from Tueseday 27 to Friday 30 August, including all meals and conference sessions.

Single occupancy - £395

Shared occupancy - £295

Many universities are able to support students to attend, so please enquire as to whether this is the case. In a limited number of cases we can also provide travel bursaries from our charitable funds, to help delegates to attend.


If you have any questions about our 2019 conference, please contact our Programme Team at

Please note that this conference is not yet open for bookings. More details will be published shortly.

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Dates and times

From: 27 Aug 2019 - 2:00pm
To: 31 Aug 2019 - 2:00pm
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