2017 First year PhD Workshop

*Nominations now open for 3 committee members and 1 vice-chair for the 2017/2018 executive committee: https://mybisapgn.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/call-for-nominations-bisa-postgraduate-network-executive-2017-2018/ *

First Year PhD Welcome Event: Skills, Networking and Enjoying your PhD

Monday, 10 April 2017, University of East Anglia (Norwich)

(with the kind support of Palgrave Macmillan)

9:45 – 10:00

Optional Meet-up in Norwich Train Station to get together to UEA campus

(Depending on the number of participants, the BISA PGN Committee will arrange the trip to campus either by taxi or bus)

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee and registration


11:00 – 11:10

Welcome and introductions

BISA Postgraduate Network Committee


11:10 – 12:45

Doing research

Methods lab and Round table

  • Field research: Methods for research – Dr Laura Camfield, UEA

(Presentation from Laura on how to design research, plus an interactive lab with active work on a project, plus concluding Q&A – 50 min)

  • Staying safe in the field: Mental health issues – Sophie Valeix, University of Sussex

(Presentation and Q&A, including a section on blogging your research journey as a way to stay connected)

12:45 – 13:45

Lunch (provided) and networking


13:45 – 15:00

Beyond the thesis: Teaching!

An overview and Q&A discussion

  • Nick Robinson, University of Leeds
  • TBC, Brilliant Club

15:00 – 15:15

Coffee/tea break


15:15 – 16:30

Writing articles and getting published

Round table and Q&A discussion

  • Writing (& publishing) articles – Martin Coward, University of Manchester and Editor of Politics

(What do you want to be covered in this section? Send us your questions in advance!)

  • A publisher’s perspective on getting published – Sarah Roughley, Palgrave Macmillan

16:30 – 17:00

There is light at the end of the tunnel!

Casual conversation with the PGN Committee

Managing your supervisor; Procrastination; Work-life balance; What will I do when I’m done with this?; Am I really allowed to doubt?

  • Koldo Casla, King’s College London
  • Tom Watts, University of Kent
  • Daniela Lai, Royal Holloway
  • Kerstin Tomiak, Cardiff University
  • Rebecca Wilson, University of St Andrews

Information about the elections for PGN 2017-2018 Committee.

Be part of the solution. Run for office! INFORMATION SOON


17:00 – 18:00

Closure and drinks reception

Wine reception kindly sponsored by the University of East Anglia


(At 6pm, there will be optional arrangements to return to the train station)




Attendance is free but places are limited. Participants must register here by 24 March.

Please register with a short (250 words) abstract, stating your thesis title, research interest and methodology and methods.

Remember to include questions for Martin Coward or any other speaker

Some travel bursaries available.

If you want to be considered for a travel bursary (up to £50), you need to apply by 17 March 2017. In order to be eligible, you must come from outside Norwich area. You also need to confirm that you have no other funding or support from your university or any other source. Finally, you should also explain briefly why attending this event is important for you. Should you be granted the bursary, you will have to confirm your attendance within three days. Email us at bisapgnexec@gmail.com. This is possible thanks to support from Palgrave Macmillan.