2015 First Year PhD Workshop

Are you starting out the PhD journey?
Do you want tips and training that will guide you on your way?
If so, the BISA PGN First Year Welcome is for you.

Where: University of Surrey
When: Friday 13th November
Register here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-year-phd-welcome-workshop-tickets-18364651166

This event is designed to offer a forum for doctoral candidates in their first year of study to learn about key skills specific to their needs. It is a one-day workshop which incorporates a variety of PhD skills presentations, interactive discussions, and opportunities for question and answer sessions. Beyond the level of skills and aptitude training, this is a platform for PhDs to network and share experiences with their peers, encounter and build relationships with others in different areas of specialty, and develop their connections with the BISA PGN. This event is tailored to the needs and experience level of first years, and is a unique space and collegial environment, in which they can enhance their personal and professional capabilities for the years ahead, while enjoying an active and informative day.

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with the kind support of the University of Surrey’s Department of Politics and Palgrave Macmillan

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First Year Welcome Event: Crafting Skills, Creating Networks and Building Resources for Approaching International Studies

Friday November 13th 2015, University of Surrey (Oak Suite)

With the kind support of the University of Surrey’s Department of Politics and Palgrave Macmillan

8:45 – 9:20

Registration and coffee

9:20 – 9:30


Katharine A. M Wright, Chair BISA Postgraduate Network

9:30 – 10:45

Research and Researching: Practical Skills

Round table and Q&A discussion

  • Field research: ethics and practicalities – Dr Mara Malagodi, City University London
  • Elite interviewing – Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos, University of Surrey
  • Funding: for research, fieldwork and conferences – Carol Spencely, Researcher Development Programme

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee/tea break

 11:00 – 12:15

Making your PhD work for you

Round table and Q&A discussion

  • The why, how, what and where of conference attendance – Ciaran Gillespie, University of Surrey
  • Social media and academia – Dr Jack Holland, University of Surrey
  • Student-Supervisor relationships: making them work for you – Dawn Duke, Researcher Development Programme
  • Getting to the finish line! – Sam Cooke, University of Surrey

 12:15 – 13:15

Lunch (provided)

 13:15 – 14:30

Beyond the thesis: Teaching!

An overview and Q&A discussion

Dr Nick Robinson, University of Leeds

14:30 – 14:45

Coffee/tea break

14:45 – 16:00

Looking Forward: Beyond the Basics

Round table and Q&A discussion

  • A publisher’s perspective on getting published – Sarah Roughley, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Writing (& publishing) articles – Dr Laura Chappell, University of Surrey and Co-Editor European Security
  • Work-Life Balance – Dr Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey
  • Getting involved in your PGN – Katharine Wright, University of Surrey and Chair BISAPGN


Speed networking and PhD skills session

Informal session providing the opportunity for workshop participants to meet speakers and engage with specific topics from across the workshop.

  • Abstract writing and getting the most from conference attendance – Alison Yeung, Research Development Programme
  • Getting involved in your PGN – BISAPGN committee
  • And a selection of speakers from across the day’s programme

Followed by a wine reception kindly sponsored by the University of Surrey’s Department of Politics



Attendance is free but places are limited and participants must register in advance via the eventbrite page: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-year-phd-welcome-workshop-tickets-18364651166

If you want to be considered for a travel bursary (up to £50), you need to apply by 30 October. In order to be eligible, you must come from outside London/Surrey. 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 should confirm your attendance within three days. Applicants should email us at bisapgnexec@gmail.comThis is possible thanks to support from Palgrave Macmillan.