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Conversations about the doctoral experience

A report has been published detailing the proceedings and recommendations from the Postgraduate Researcher Symposium held in November last year. The event was co-hosted by the British Library, the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), Vitae and the National Union of Students (NUS). Doctoral researchers, supervisors, librarians and staff supporting researchers were brought together to discuss how to improve the doctoral experience.

Doctoral researchers identified the following top ten priorities that would improve the doctoral experience:
Doctoral researchers have a say in how they are supervised.Access to funding (bench fees, travel grants, bursaries, information about what is available.Adequate infrastructure to carry out research project, e.g. space for work.Universal system of progress monitoring.Proper recognition of the value of researcher-led activity and community, both social and professional.Inclusivity for different types of research/researcher.Provisions for the work o…

Thesis forum #1

The first thesis forum of the term got off to a good start. It was great to see students in attendance from many different subjects and from both pre- and post-APG stages. Jeremy Bradley started the forum with a   highly engaging overview of his experience of publishing a monograph. Jeremy discussed his dealings with the publisher, the timescale involved in his project and the relationship between his book and his thesis. He also outlined the main options for publishing as a postgraduate student. Jeremy recommended the following web resources:
List of CFPs for conferences, journals and book collectionsList of academic publishersBrickfive (publishing blogs and articles by young professionals) In addition to the options mentioned by Jeremy, keep an eye out for essay competitions run by societies or journals. There are often prizes involved and the valuable opportunity to turn your essay into a journal article. The website PhD2Published is also worth checking out for tips on publishin…

Thesis Forum: 15th May

Plans for the first thesis forum are shaping up nicely. Jeremy C Bradley will be our first guest speaker and will share his experience of preparing a monograph for publication. There will also be a chance to hear from Dr Duncan Stanley (Research Skills Developer) about the support and training provided by the Postgraduate Researcher Development Team. If you would like to contribute to future forum sessions, please email me or pop in to the GSRR on weekday afternoons, 2-5pm.