This page contains news and events listings from the Research Administration Office, including listings of conferences and calls for papers that we have received.
Research Student Allowance to increase from 1st October 2014
We are pleased to announce that from 1st October 2014 the annual research student allowance to support training and professional development will be increased to:
maximum of £300 per annum (for full-time student)
maximum of £200 per annum (for part-time students)
We are also working to develop an improved process to claim this departmental allowance and this will be announced in time for the new academic year.
We have moved!
Research Administration Office is now based in Cornerways 204, Park Campus. These webpages will be fully updated to reflect this change shortly.
Annual Research Student Training Needs Analysis
All research students, full- and part-time, including Professional Doctorate students (DBA, DMC, DEng, EdD), need to undertake a TNA exercise each year and fill in this form with their first supervisor (for Professional Doctorate Students, this may be their module tutor or subject adviser if pre-RD1).
This process is mandatory and also forms part of the international research student monitoring process. Please note that TNA submission is taken into account as part of the Joint Annual Progress Report that you will complete next summer.
This year, the TNA will be undertaken via Skills Forge, and the electronic form is now available in the system for you to access.
The only students who are exempt from completing the report are:
• Those students who are currently deregistered;
• Those students who have submitted their thesis for examination to the Postgraduate Research Centre by 6th December.
This should be completed by 6th December 2013. TNAF submissions will be monitored from the beginning of December and a final list of TNAF submissions will be extracted for Faculty scrutiny on 6th December.
BEPS Research Student Seminars
These seminars are a great opportunity for students to present in front of a class of their peers and doctoral supervisors, and receive feedback that may be useful in shaping the work presented.
Student research seminars will be held once a month, at 13:15 to 15:15 (rooms to be confirmed):
Wednesday 29th January
Wednesday 26th February
Wednesday 26th March
Wednesday 14th May
Wednesday 18th June
Wednesday 16th July
If you would like to present your work, please email Niki Savage (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the title of your proposed presentation.
DMC and DBA Doctoral Colloquium
In June, the Faculty of Business, Education & Professional Studies hosted a Doctoral Colloquium for professional doctorate students. You can read about the purpose of the event and see abstracts from those students who presented their work.
Library provision for research students
LIS is committed to supporting the University research community. Visit their website for more information here.
Postgraduate Researchers Interested in Sustainability Matters (PRISM) Seminars
ICT Services schedule short 2 hour tutor-led courses at all campuses. New course schedules are released every 2 months. Tailored courses & one-to-one sessions are also available.
Please visit their website.
Information about Endnote
Click the logo below.
Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Click the logo below.
Student Achievement Team
The Student Achievement Team (part of Student Services) offers a wide range of interventions and support options to students seeking to improve their academic work and enhance their study skills.
Visit their website.
University Researchers and the Job Market is a practical career development resource for research staff. It is intended to offer support and encouragement to researchers who are considering their next career move, either inside or outside of academia.
You can also visit the careers centre website by clicking on the logo below.
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To download a copy of this jobs.ac.uk e-book, click on the image below.
Conference alerts website
Calls for papers and announcements October 2013
Calls for papers and announcements November 2013
Calls for papers and announcements December 2013
Calls for papers and announcements January 2014
The University of Bristol will host a postgraduate conference on religion and theology, with the special theme of Spiritual Exercises, on 7th-8th March 2014. Further details on the event are available here.
A call for papers has been issued by the 26th International Business Research Conference, due to be held at Imperial College, London, on 7th-8th April 2014. The submission deadline for papers is 3rd March 2014. Further details can be accessed at the conference website.
The UFAW Animal Welfare Conference have issued a call for papers for June 2014. The event will take place in York, and more details can be accessed here.
There will be a conference on Sport & Leisure on the Eve of the First World War at MMU in June 2014, held in conjunction with the British Society for Sports History. Expressions of interest for this two day event should be emails by 31st January 2014.
The St Andrews Symposium on Biblical and Early Christian Studies will take place in June 2014 at St Andrews University. Abstracts of 300 words will be accepted up to 1st February 2014 and should be sent to Garrick Allen and John Dunne.
The Society for Reformation Studies has issued a call for papers for their forthcoming conference in April 2014, to be held in Westminster College, Cambridge. You can read more information and download a booking form.
The Sheffield Hallam PhD and early researcher forum has announced its first conference for June 2014. This is a good development opportunity for less experienced researchers who wish to gain practice in presenting in a supportive environment within the areas of psychology, sociology and politics. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 17th January 2014. Futher details are available here.
The Queen Mary Postgraduate Legal Conference will take place at the University of London on 5th June 2014 and is open to all PhD students. Further details can be read here.
UWE will be hosting Appearance Matters 6, an international conference highlighting current research around psychology and appearance, on 1st-2nd July 2014 in Bristol. Further information is available here.
The British Society of Criminology will hold a conference 9th-12th July 2014 at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. Further details can be found here.
The Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Summer Programme 2014 provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.
Eligibility: Applicants need to be a UK national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution. Eligible research fields are not limited.
Application Deadline: Wednesday 15th January 2014
Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 10 June to 20 August 2014
Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. Application guidelines and form are available on their website via the link above.