Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers event

What is the Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers’ event?

The Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher’s Event is a one day event designed to build specific academic skills, promote good working habits and facilitate conversation between like-minded researchers.

When is the event:

Tuesday 19th June 2018

Who is the event for?

The event is aimed at PhD, post-doctoral, and early career researchers.

How much is the event?

£35 – this includes lunch and refreshments.


10:00: Registration and coffee and breakfast
10:30: Welcome talk and Interactive opening session
11:00 Paper Review Session. This session gives you an opportunity to participate in an interactive review of your own work. You will engage in a discussion with an experienced academic and fellow peers (PhD students/ECRs), all of whom will review your work in advance. Our academic reviewers have significant experience as editors and reviewers for top tier journals, and have invaluable insight into the world of publishing. We welcome submissions of up to 3,000 words and the format of what you submit is your decision. We acknowledge that researchers at different stages of their career or PhD projects can have a range of developmental goals, so we would like to invite you to indicate the particular area you would like your reviewer to focus their feedback on. These may include conceptual or theoretical ideas, writing style, or appropriateness for a particular journal. If you are presenting in the main conference you may wish to consider using your extended abstract for this session.
13:00: Lunch
14:00: Submitting Early Career Research Funding Applications across Europe: Top Tips for Success. In this session, you will find out how to:

  • Start building your bid-writing skills as an Early Career Researcher
  • Make sure your funding application has the best chance of success
  • Find out where the relevant grants are for Early Career Researchers
14:35: Impact Training. Impact is becoming an increasingly important part of the research cycle. This session aims to give you an overview of the kinds of activities and approaches that you can use in to help create and maximise impact from the research you do, and will pass on some top tips to help you become an impactful academic. The session covers traditional pathways to impact, but includes a session specific to new technologies. Social media and blogging are an easy way to encourage discussion and debate around important topics and research. They can be a great platform to build a profile, access new insights, connect with stakeholders and enhance the impact of your research. This brief introduction offers an insight into how you can start engaging with social media to maximise the reach and accessibility of your research.
15:15 Refreshment Break
15:30: Careers Session “What can you do after you have completed your PhD?” – Two different speakers, both with PhD’s, will give you an insight into their different career paths. One speaker has followed a traditional academic path in Higher Education, while the other is now a practitioner working in industry.
16:30– Networking event and skills session. The final session will combine networking and knowledge sharing, with confidence and skill building. The session will help delegates identify the skills that will be helpful for gaining maximum exposure for one’s research at an international conference. It will also feature content such as elevator pitches (learning how to promote your research concisely in a short space of time) and how to identify key contacts that might be useful for your research.


To submit a piece of work for this session, please upload in this link by midnight on Friday 27th April 2018 (GMT). For any requests or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Winnie Lam at

To promote collaboration and maximise the opportunity for learning we would like you to peer review papers which you will be discussing in groups in the session. These will be distributed via email nearer the time and will provide you with the opportunity to experience reviewing others’ work as well as broadening the feedback you receive for your own work.