Doctoral Academy Conference 2016

Are you a postgraduate research student at the University of Sheffield?

If so, then we look forward to welcoming you to the inaugural Doctoral Academy Conference, which is being organised by PhD students, for PhD students. This unique one-day event will bring together doctoral researchers from all faculties. Unlike academic conferences that you may have been to before, this one is a little bit different. Firstly, the Doctoral Academy Conference allows presenters to share their research with a much broader audience than discipline-specific events. Secondly, the focus is as much on the experience of being a doctoral researcher, as it is on the exciting work that we all do. And thirdly, there will be opportunities to learn new skills through the workshop programme, and to make new connections across disciplines.

Where? The Octagon, University of Sheffield
When? June 21st 2016
How do I register? Via this link (


The Doctoral Academy Conference team (made up of five PhD students: Gregg, Neslihan, Rosie, Svenja, and Travis) is currently finalising an exciting programme for the day. Here are some of the things to look forward to:

  • A keynote presentation on PhD wellbeing by Dr Nadine Muller
  • Panel talks of PhD students sharing their research and experiences
  • A fast-paced Pecha Kucha session
  • A poster and photography exhibition
  • A selection of interactive workshops to choose from
  • Opportunities to meet researchers from other disciplines


Registration is now open! Please click here to secure your place. Places are limited and this is set to be a popular event, so don't hesitate to sign up. Registration is free, and you will be provided with lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Below are some of the highlights to expect on the day. There will also be stalls from various University services and student groups, posters and images, and a fast-paced PechaKucha session.

Themed Panel Sessions

You will have the opportunity to attend one of five themed panel sessions: Ethnography & Ethics; Researching the Everyday; Science of the Future; Accessible Healthcare; PhD Life. All sessions are as much about the PhD experience as the topic of the research.


You will be able to take part in two workshops geared specifically towards PhD students: Leadership, Public Speaking, Social Media, Wellbeing, Student-Supervisor Relationships, and Student Networks & Groups.

Keynote and Guest Workshop

We are pleased to announce Dr Nadine Muller as the keynote speaker. Nadine's talk is titled 'Knowledge is Power: Changing Academia One PhD at a Time'. We are also very happy to introduce Jennifer Jones as the Social Media workshop facilitator.


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