We are excited to announce that registration for the Birkbeck Graduate Research School Conference, ‘A celebration of 100 years of the Birkbeck PhD: Past, Present and Future‘ on 22-23 April, is now open. This exciting event will bring together doctoral researchers and PhD alumni from across the research student community at Birkbeck. Further details will be announced over the coming weeks including a poster competition with prizes.
As part of the conference we are opening a call for current PhD students to contribute – we are looking for volunteers to describe their research focus and methodological approach, with an aim of exposing the range of approaches available, and facilitating discussion on the ways that methodology could be viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective. If you are willing to give a talk please complete this brief form by 24 March. We will endeavour to provide as many opportunities to present as we can but please note we may need to select speakers in order to represent the range of methods.
BGRS Conference 2020
A celebration of 100 years of the Birkbeck PhD: Past, Present and Future
DAY 1 – Wednesday 22 April (18.00 – 21.00)
OPENING NIGHT: The Birkbeck PhD – Past, Present and Future
- A history of the Birkbeck PhD
Joanna Bourke is Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, where she has taught since 1992. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Joanna will speak about the history of the first doctoral research at Birkbeck.
- Highlighted current doctoral research at Birkbeck
Some of our current PhD students will present their winning Birkbeck 3 Minute Thesis talks.
- The future of PhDs in the UK
Dr Stephen Hill, Director of Research at Research England, will speak about the future of PhDs in the UK.
Paulette Williams, Founder & Managing Director of Leading Routes, will talk about the ‘Broken Pipeline’ report into representation and diversity at PhD level study, and the implications for doctoral research and beyond.
- Drinks Reception
Talks will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the opening night of the conference.
DAY 2 – Thursday 23 April (09.30 – 19.00)
On the second day you will be able to attend a range of panels and other sessions organised by the conference steering group, which is made up of current PhD students. Sessions will involve Birkbeck staff, alumni and current research students.
- Methods and Disciplines
This theme will provide the chance to find out more about research methods and disciplines and will include PhD students giving brief presentations on their research methodology or an aspect of it. PhD students willing to give a talk should complete this brief form by 24 March.
- Research impact
Discover about research impact in the context of doctoral studies and continuing research after a PhD.
- The PhD and Beyond
This session will provide the chance to hear from former Birkbeck PhD students and staff who will speak about their careers and work beyond their PhD.