October 2011 Newsletter
Conferences and workshops
Training and Development
Conferences and workshops
21-23 June 2012, Loughborough University
Call for papers deadline: 20 March 2012.
PopFest is an annual population studies conference for postgraduate students organised by fellow postgraduates. To celebrate the 20th annual PopFest, the conference in 2012 will reflect on the past 20 years of population studies and look forward to the challenges facing population studies in the next 20 years. PopFest welcomes representatives from various disciplines such as Social Sciences, Demography, Human Geography, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Health, Development, Social Policy, Energy and other related fields. All research projects, completed or in progress, relating to population studies will be welcomed.
There will also be a poster session during the conference to allow researchers to present their work in this format. PopFest also gives postgraduates the opportunity to chair sessions, if you are interested in chairing a session please contact us and we can try to find the best session for you to chair.
Abstracts (500 words max) and proposals for poster presentations should be submitted to Popfest2012@lboro.ac.uk by 20 March 2012.
You can read more about the abstract submission and the conference here.
Dates: 4 November 2011, 25 November 2011, 2 December 2011, 27 January 2012 and 10 February 2012
Times: 10.30 - 16.00
Location: British Library, London
Price: Free, lunch included
The National Postgraduate Open Days are specially tailored days of talks, workshops and networking opportunities at the Library, focusing on your research subject. Each day includes a general introduction to relevant research sources, curator talks and workshops, and details on how to get a Reader Pass. To ensure the days are accessible to research postgraduates from across the UK, students from outside London may apply for a limited number of £30 travel bursaries.
The days are extremely popular, so early booking is advised. The days are free to attend and lunch is provided.
To find out more and book your place please follow this link.
After the success of last year's event, PhD students at the Centre for Translation, Interpreting & Intercultural Studies (University of Salford) organised the second edition of the OCTIS Conference. The conference took place in October 2011.
We would like to congratulate the organising committee for another successful event. With over 100 registrations from researchers and practitioners worldwide, the event was again hosted fully online and attendance was free.
This year's conference focused on "Translation and Interpreting in the Digital Age: Perspectives on Practice and Research" and gathered speakers and delegates from the UK and abroad (Indonesia, Spain Germany, Poland, South Africa, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Belgium, Algeria, Australia etc.) The aim of the online conference was to bring together international postgraduates from within the various areas of Translation and Interpreting Studies and to give them the opportunity to present papers to their peers.
For further information please visit the conference website.
by Cristina Costa
Salford Postgraduate Research Training (SPoRT)
Click on the links below for more details of forthcoming sessions.
Mon 31 Oct (10:00 - 13:00) Social Media for Newbies
Tue 01 Nov (10:00 – 12:00) The Interview: Its Place in Social Scientific Research Strategies
Wed 02 Nov (10:00 – 12:00) Designing a Research Project and Successful Project Application
Thu 03 Nov (14:00 – 15:00) How to Complete a Learning Agreement (online)
Wed 09 Nov (10:00 – 12:00) Introduction to Project Costing and Budget Development
Wed 09 Nov (13:30 – 15:00) Effective Job Applications and Interviews
Wed 09 Nov (14:00 – 16:00) Doing a Literature Review (Library)
Mon 14 Nov (12:00 – 17:00) SPSS
Tue 15 Nov (13:00 – 16:00) How to Blog (for Researchers)
Wed 16 Nov (10:00 – 13:00) Statistics – introduction
Wed 16 Nov (13:00 – 16:00) Myers Briggs Personality Profiling
Thu 17 Nov (10:00 – 12:30) Introduction to Endnote X5 (Library)
Tue 22 Nov (10:00 – 13:00) How to Twitter (for Researchers)
Wed 23 Nov (14:00 – 16:00) Your PhD…What Next? Planning for a Successful Career
Mon 28 Nov (14:00 – 16:00) Working in the UK During and After your PhD (for international students)
Wed 30 Nov (14:00 – 16:30) Introduction to Endnote X5 (Library)
Thu 01 Dec (13:00 – 16:00) Getting Things Done (Researchers)
Thu 01 Dec (09:30 – 16:00) NVivo (day 1 of 2)
Fri 02 Dec (09:30 – 16:00) NVivo (day 2 of 2)
Wed 07 Dec (10:00 – 12:00) Doing a Literature Review (Library)
Thu 08 Dec (14:00 – 15:00) PhD Progression Points (online)
'The Writing Researcher' is an online collaboration between the Universities of Salford and Minnesota, and is open to all postgraduate and early career researchers. Participation involves responding to regular writing prompts (or 'memes') which are posted on the 'Writing Researcher' project blog. Researchers compose something on this given theme on their own blogs (the project facilitators can help with setting up individual blogs). The shared topic acts as a springboard for discussions about writing and writing practices, and participants are encouraged to provide feedback on one another's writing.
Through these interactions, participants should improve the fluency of their writing, as well as establishing an international, interdisciplinary peer network.
New prompts will be given every fortnight. The first prompt is all about writing in plain English. You can find more information on the project website or contact Cristina Costa in Research and Innovation for more details.
by Cristina Costa
Sergei Mudrov, in his writing-up period, School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
The 6th general conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) was held at the University of Iceland (Reykjavik) in August 2011. It was the largest ECPR conference in its history, with more than 2300 participants from all over the world. A special welcome address was given by President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.
The main reason for attending this conference was the opportunity to deliver a paper, titled “Christian Churches as unique participants of European integration: the process of EU Treaties’ reform”. This paper was written on the basis of my PhD research and contained important findings from both theory and empirical chapters.
My presentation at the conference brought the following benefits. Firstly, I was able to get some useful and highly professional comments on my paper, which can now be used for making certain correction in the PhD thesis. In addition, through my presentation I was able to disseminate my findings to wider academic audience. This included not only the chair and participants at the panel, but also other presenters and those who attended the session. In fact, due to the wide geographic distribution of other presenters it is fair to say that the topic of my research became known on several continents. After the session, I had a conversation with Petr Kratochvil, Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations of Czech Republic. He expressed special interest in my paper, since his own research was going in the similar field. Therefore the benefits were seen not only for the presenter, but for others, engaged in the research in the area of religion and politics in general and Churches and European integration in particular.
Overall, I evaluate the outcome of my participation in the conference as fruitful and beneficial, as seen in the light of the above mentioned. The two main objectives: benefits for my own research and benefits for other scholars, working in this field, were reached in full.
by Sergei Mudrov
Thomas Hughes-Roberts, 2nd year PhD student, School of Computing, Science & Engineering
I would like to share my experience from this year’s SPARC conference, in which I presented and was delighted to win the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research. The conference was an amazing experience kicked off with some talks about the PhD process with experienced Professors and researchers offering invaluable advice which I am sure will stand me, and other students who attended, in good stead during the course of our study. This level of support continued throughout, as the event was very well attended by students from a wide and varied range of disciplines, giving the chance to network with fellow students and learn about a variety of PhD experiences.
I presented my research in disclosure behaviour on the Internet and how a cross-disciplinary approach is required to gain an understanding of the reason behind observable and paradoxical behaviour. The conference provided a friendly and positive atmosphere in which to present and a great opportunity to gain feedback and practice in front of professionals and students alike. I also enjoyed attending presentations made by students from disciplines I ordinarily would never have had the chance to listen to and learned a variety of presenting methods and techniques from them. I would urge attendees in the future to, not just go to the topics in your area, but also to go to as many different presentations as possible. I’m sure you’ll find the experience eye-opening and extremely worthwhile, just as I did.
With the close of the conference came the award ceremony and I was surprised and very happy to win the research award; it really did give me a boost in my work and greater confidence in going forward with it. I would like to take this chance to thank everyone involved with the conference and to say how very pleased I am that research at this level is valued, promoted and recognised by the University.
by Thomas Hughes-Roberts
Application Deadline: 1 December 2011
Announcement: 15 December 2011
The PGR Student Fund is available to any current University of Salford postgraduate research student in good standing with the university. The aim of the fund is to encourage research students to engage in wider research activities that are related to their ongoing research in an interesting and innovative way.
The award is up to £500.
For more details please check the website.
Application Deadline: 16 December 2011.
Announcement: January 2012.
BFWG North West offers a bursary by competition of £300 to enable woman postgradaute student to attend a conference relevant to her studies or research in 2012.
For more information on eligibility and application procedure please read here.
Study Abroad Studentships support an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning in any overseas country, with the exception of the USA.
Studentships are tenable for between 12 and 24 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2012 and 1 May 2013.
For more information on eligibility and application procedure please read here.
For other Leverhulme Scholarships/Fellowships please follow this link.
Postgraduate Scholarships for study in Canada 2012/2013
The Awards are offered annually for British students or graduates wishing to pursue a postgraduate course at a university or other appropriate institution in Canada. It is tenable for one year only, will cover air-fares, fees, maintenance and other allowances.
Candidates applying for courses of more than one year may be required to provide assurances that they have sources of additional funding available to them that will enable them to complete the course. These awards are not available for study at doctoral level.
Candidates should be United Kingdom citizens resident within the United Kingdom. They should hold, or expect to hold, a first or upper second class Honours degree. In addition they should be able to show convincing reasons why they wish to study in Canada.
For more information on application procedure and eligibility please read here.
The Vitae NW Hub is pleased to announce that a series of workshops especially for part-time researchers will run during the 2011/12 academic year. Each workshop will follow the same format, with skills sessions changing at each of the different university locations. There is no charge to attend these workshops. Here is the list of the forthcoming workshops:
1 November 2011, University of Chester (Warrington campus)
Skills sessions: Academic writing styles & Getting the best from a part-time supervisor
March 2012 (date tbc), Manchester
Skills sessions: Structuring your Thesis & Making progress: avoiding defeatism and self sabotage
25 May 2012, University of Cumbria
Skills sessions:Speed reading essentials & Realising your potential using the Researcher Development Framework
June 2012 (date tbc), Liverpool
Skills sessions: to be confirmed (tbc)
30 January – 01 February 2012, Nottingham Belfry Hotel
Free and open to all postgraduate researchers and research staff.
This 2 day residential course will look at the building blocks of the collaborative style of research: inclusive communication, cultural awareness, robust planning, negotiation and the ability to work effectively with others. Whether your collaboration is with another academic in your department, or partners from different subjects, sectors and countries, it will help you to develop winning strategies for connecting and working with others.
The course will be attended by up to 40 researchers from across the country, from different disciplines and career stages. The course will be led by a team of experienced facilitators who will work with you throughout the 2 days to support your learning. They will be from a variety of backgrounds with experience in collaboration, academia and other sectors.
For more information and booking please follow this link.
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