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Thesis forum: Reflecting on the PhD

In July the thesis forum welcomed two speakers who shared their experience of the PhD with us.

Dr Georgios Patsiaouras (Management) Georgios completed his PhD at Leicester in June 2010 and returned as a Lecturer in September 2011. He emphasised that his discussion of the PhD process was very much his unique experience. It was refreshing to hear a frank account of the ups and downs of completing a PhD. He felt that researchers should regard the four years of the PhD as the training required to become an academic. Georgios juggled teaching, marking, invigilating and publishing three papers during his PhD candidature
When Georgios began to write up his PhD he came up with a strict formula for achieving a consistent  output. Over 7 months he aimed to write 350 words a day, no more or no less. After successfully working to this model, he was left with three months to make revisions and edits and getting the thesis completely ready for submission. He strongly advocated a strict daily routin…

Postgraduate Enterprise Fellowships

Are you a postgraduate student interested in the commercial development of cutting-edge new technologies? Maybe you are interested in learning new business skills to improve your employability? Or perhaps you have an idea of your own as a commercial proposition?

A number of internship opportunities currently exist for postgraduates to work within Enterprise and Business Development to assist with the commercialisation of new technologies emerging from the University's research base.

Training will be provided in the following areas:
HEIF and Knowledge Exchange within the context of UniversitiesAssessing new Technology DisclosuresIntellectual Property RightsMarket and Competitor AnalysisMarket Intelligence ResourcesThe Process of CommercialisationFinance and Investment The training is expected to begin mid September 2012 - exact date to be confirmed. Bursaries of up to £2,000 are available. Duration of the Fellowship is 6 months and will be structured to fit around your research an…

Call for student contributors

PhD researchers Emma Comber (Chemistry) and Sarah Bugby (Physics & Astronomy) are behind a new initiative to launch a student-led research magazine.
Over to Emma & Sarah...
"Frontier is an exciting new student-led University publication focusing on research being undertaken at the University of Leicester by students. This magazine will be student-led and we need as many contributors as possible to make it a success – could that be you?
Frontier will be a high quality magazine, freely distributed throughout the University, presenting your research in an accessible and entertaining way. We’re hoping to make Frontier something that the whole University can be proud of.

Summer events

Our speakers at the July thesis forum will be Dr Shujaul M. Khan (Biology) and Dr Georgios Patsiaouras (Management). Shujaul passed his viva in May so he will be able to provide a very recent account of the PhD process. Georgios completed his PhD at Leicester in June 2010 and returned as a Lecturer in September 2011. There will also be plenty of time for group discussion and informal chat.

Hope to see you next Tuesday!