UPDATE – British Library Doctoral Open Days

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The box office is now open for the upcoming British Library Open Days.  The days explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services – including navigating the physical and online collections. Students are encouraged to choose the event which is of most interest and relevance to their studies, from the following:

2020

British Library Doctoral Open Days

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January and February 2020

The British Library has scheduled a season of Doctoral Open Days in January and February 2020.

Booking is essential and tickets will become available via their Box Office in mid-October. The Open Days are designed for first year PhD students who are new to the British Library.  The days explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services – including navigating the physical and online collections. Students are encouraged to choose the event which is of most interest and relevance to their studies, from the following:

2020

Birkbeck PhD and MPhil Awards July 2019



Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in July 2019

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In June 2019, fourteen Birkbeck Researchers were awarded for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

Department of Cultures and languages

Department of English, Theatre and Creative writing

department of film, media and cultural studies

  • 1 MPhil in Visual Arts and Media

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

DEPARTMENT OF Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

DEPARTMENT OF Management

School of Law

Department of law

School of Science

department of biological sciences

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF Applied Linguistics and Communication

Department of History, classics and archaeology

Department of philosophy



Birkbeck PhD and MPhilStud Awards June 2019

Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in June 2019

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In June 2019, eleven Birkbeck Researchers were awarded for their work in the following areas:

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

DEPARTMENT OF Computer Science and Information SystemS

DEPARTMENT OF Management

School of Science

department of biological sciences

department of earth and planetary sciences

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF Applied Linguistics and Communication

Department of philosophy



Birkbeck PhD Awards May 2019

Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in May 2019

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In May 2019, nine Birkbeck Researchers were awarded for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND HUMANITIES

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY OF ART

School of Law

Department of Law

School of Science

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF History, Classics and Archaeology

  • 1 PhD in Medieval and Modern History

Department of philosophy

  • 1 MPhilStud in Philosophical Studies

Department of psychosocial studies

BPSN Bulletin

ISSUE 6
This bulletin aims to keep postgraduate researchers informed of upcoming courses, events and opportunities in the Bloomsbury area.

  • In the spotlight – Bloomsbury Festival
  • What’s new? Voice, Presence and Impact
  • Book now! June courses available

In the spotlight

Bloomsbury FESTIVAL
Taking place over 10 days from 11 – 20 October 2019 across Bloomsbury’s major venues and hidden spaces, the festival aims to amplify creative development in Bloomsbury, give a platform to its emerging talent and create interesting collaborations across arts and science.

For more information visit the Bloomsbury Festival website here

Book now! Courses with places still available

8 June 2019: IMLR Saturday Research Training Workshop: Before, during and after the PhDSAS
This course covers publishing in the modern languages; the PhD viva, before, during and after; organising a conference and giving a conference paper; applying for an academic job, writing CVs, interviews.

11 June 2019: Publication Workshop 1: Writing a Paper, Authorship Issues and Getting PublishedLSHTM
This workshop will cover what journal editors are looking for; authorship issues; conflict of interest. Input from journal editorial staff and academic staff.

12 June 2019: Conducting sensitive interviewsLSE
Sensitive interviews include interviews about emotionally difficult topics or deeply personal issues, interviews with vulnerable populations or research that could have negative consequences for participants.

12 June 2019: Wickedness in Academic Research: How to Avoid Becoming an Innocent VictimLSHTM
To introduce students to some of the complexities around publication ethics and research misconduct and how these can be navigated.

13 June 2019: Your PhDilemmas: One-to-One Sessions for Research StudentsUCL
PhDilemmas can help with work blocks, loss of direction, feelings of isolation, lack of motivation and time and project management.

15 June 2019: Meeting the Challenge of the Part-Time DoctorateUCL
An introductory presentation highlighting the aims and objectives of the session will be followed by group work and plenary discussions on specific challenges and solutions.

17 June 2019: Visualising Data (Level 2): Creating Charts, Dashboards and MapsLSHTM
To guide research colleagues on how they can visually convey their research data via charts, geographic data and dashboards.

20 June 2019: Animal Research: Critical, Challenging & Creative ThinkingUCL
We will consider how animals are used in research both within the UK and at UCL, as well as the broad spectrum of societal opinions regarding animal use in research and how research is communicated to society.

20 June 2019: Overcoming Writer’s Block for Research StudentsUCL
This full-day workshop is designed to provide an awareness of writer’s block for PhD students. It includes strategies to both prevent and unblock.

26 June 2019: How to get Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistance with your researchLSHTM
To provide staff involved in research activities with guidance on how to set up and use an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research assistant.

English and Humanities PhD Conference

A friendly and supportive in-house conference, showcasing the work of doctoral students in Birkbeck’s English Department. 
Organised by students in the 2nd year.

13 June 2019, 1pm-9pm, Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

Free entry. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.

Keynote (1-2pm) by Anthony Joseph:

A discussion of Kitch, Dr Joseph’s fictional biography of the Trinidadian calypso icon
 Lord Kitchener (Peepal Press, 2018):

‘Kitch: A Liminal Life,
A Community of Voices’

Student panels at 2.15pm, 3.45pm, 5.15pm, 7pm
Plenary discussion: 8.15pm-9pm

For more information, contact: workinprogressbbk@gmail.com

The Art of Not Doing Conference – call for papers


In a culture that valorises busyness, productivity, pace and “progress”, stillness can be radical. Refusing, ignoring, omitting, not doing; sometimes the most political actions look like doing nothing at all. But who gets to not do? When and how is not doing a politicised, racialised, privileged, resistant or utopian act?

Through conversation, provocation, installation and self-care, we look at unproductivity as an activist practice and the ways in which caring, resting, suspending, pausing and breaking can be re/claimed as political acts by and for everyone, particularly those marginalised by the racial and gender inequalities of neo-liberal capitalism.

As part of this one-day conference, we are inviting paper proposals/provocations and interdisciplinary submissions from Birkbeck graduate students, early career researchers and individuals from wider academic, creative and activist communities. Alongside paper proposals, we welcome submissions of artworks, shorts films, and proposals for performances and acts of care. Please read the about section before submitting.

Deadline for submissions: 10th of June

Send submissions to: theartofnotdoingconf@gmail.com

Conference website

Birkbeck PhD Awards April 2019

Birkbeck Research Degrees awarded in April 2019

Birkbeck awards over 100 PhDs each year. In April 2019, 11 Birkbeck Doctoral Researchers were awarded a PhD for their work in the following areas:

School of Arts

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND HUMANITIES

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY OF ART

School of Business, Economics and Informatics

DEpartment of Computer Science and Information Systems

DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT

School of Law

Department of Law

School of Science

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF History, Classics and Archaeology

  • 1 PhD in Medieval and Modern History
  • 1 PhD in Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology

BPSN Bulletin

bpsn logo

The following bulletin is provided by the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN) of which Birkbeck is a member. Our membership of the BPSN provides Birkbeck PhD students with an expanded range of training and development opportunities.

This Issue:

  • Opportunities – First Mondays: Networking for Entrepreneurs
  • Book now! May courses available
  • June courses

OPPORTUNITIES

First Mondays: Networking for Entrepreneurs
3 June 2019

Everyone is welcome at our monthly networking evenings. Be inspired by successful entrepreneurs and form lasting connections with peers that could help you start or grow your business.Visit UCL Innovation & Enterprise for more information: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/enterprise/events/2019/jun/first-mondays-networking-entrepreneurs-june

Places Still Available in May!

8 May 2019: Public Engagement: Developing Your Own Activity KCL
This half-day workshop will allow you to share your public engagement ideas and work with other participants to critique and improve them. Focus will be on the practicalities of public engagement.

8 May 2019: Format your Thesis UCL
Bring your own laptop or Mac to this hands-on session and learn the essential skills to format and edit your content in Word.

9 May 2019: Organising Successful Academic Events SAS
This session runs through the key areas of organising a successful academic event. We will discuss the different event types, public engagement, impact, timing, venues, audiences, speakers and finance.

15 May 2019: Ethical issues: The use of deception in research LSE *NEW*
Deception is a common feature of some social science research approaches yet absent or even forbidden by professional norms in other closely related social sciences. What is deception?

16 May 2019: Translation and Interpreting – IMLR Graduate Forum SAS
Forum members meet once a month during term-time to share and discuss their work in an informal setting, and invites students to present their research and host film screenings, reading groups and workshops.

16 May 2019: Manage Your PhD Research Data (Data series: 2 of 3) LSE *NEW*
In this practical workshop the LSE Research Data Librarian will give you essential tips for collecting and organising your PhD data so you can locate what you need with ease.

18 May 2019: IMLR Saturday Research Training Workshop: Researching Multilingually. Possibilities and Complexities SAS
The workshop aims to support developing researcher awareness with regard to practices of researching multilingually and in this way, work towards a more clearly articulated ‘researching multilingually’ methodology.

20 May 2019: Cross Purposes: Networking with ease UCL
The workshop is designed to be an event that leads a group though ideas, models and conversations resulting in a greater sense of rapport within a group.

28 May 2019: Specific Heat Capacity – Voice training UCL
Specific Heat Capacity is a three-hour voice workshop based on theatrical as well as practical experience, and aimed towards anyone wishing to develop their vocal ability.

30 May 2019: The PhD Viva in the Humanities and Social Sciences SAS
This session will look at a range of practical matters including choosing examiners, and the roles and strategies of the student, the examiners and the supervisor.

June courses

3 Jun 2019: Scientific classification and scientific realism – Key Concepts in Science and Technology Studies UCL
In this session we will take a look at an important and ongoing debate in contemporary philosophy of science: are we justified in accepting the most secure findings of scientists “at face value”?

3 Jun 2019: Publishing and Archiving Research Data (Data series: 3 of 3) LSE
This workshop will give an introduction to the current and quickly developing data publishing and archiving landscape and why it matters to researchers (including funder requirements).

3 Jun 2019: IMLR Saturday Research Training Workshop: Before, during and after the PhD SAS
This session covers publishing in the modern languages; the PhD viva, before, during and after; organising a conference and giving a conference paper; applying for an academic job, writing CVs, interviews.

12 Jun 2019: Critical Thinking and the Researcher: An Exploration UCL
Critical thinking is one of the higher abilities looked for in the research degree candidate. The greater understanding and application of critical thinking, the better the researcher.

13 Jun 2019: Your PhDilemmas: One-to-One Sessions for Research Students UCL
You are the manager of your PhD. If you want to explore ways of re-gaining control, come along and chat to Dr Louise Baron on a private and confidential one-to-one basis.