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
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 at this year's conference include:
Rachel Hall - Universities Editor, Guardian
Dr Steve Joy - Head of Researcher Development, University of Cambridge
Professor Helen Nicholson - Vice Principal (Research Impact and Interdisciplinarity), Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Laura Castells Navarro - Osteoarcheaologist, and former Cumberland Lodge Scholar
Dr Paul Whittington - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bournemouth
Margaret Webster - Copywriter and writing coach
Alex Blower - PhD student, University of Wolverhampton, and Cumberland Lodge Scholar
Lucy Kissick - PhD Student, University of Oxford, and Vlogger
Dr Eilidh Cage - Researcher and Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Catherine Lichten - Senior Analyst, RAND Europe
Ben Ryan - Head of Research, THEOS
Dr Jason Arday - Senior Teaching Fellow, Warwick University
Dr Katherine O'Lone - Researcher and Public Education Officer, Woolf Institute, and former Cumberland Lodge Scholar
Dr Matthew Smith - Senior Lecturer in Public Humanities
Amy Orben - DPhil Candidate and College Lecturer, University of Oxford
Profiles for all our guest speakers can be found on this webpage.
Tickets are now on sale and you can book here, or via the 'Register now' button on this webpage.
Places include accommodation for four nights at Cumberland Lodge, from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August, including all meals and conference sessions.