As part of the conference’s mandate to provide opportunities for postgraduate students to develop their skills and research profile, it offers three workshops which will be held concurrently at the conference. Two of our workshops are already confirmed with the third to be announced shortly.

Meet the Editor: This session will offer an opportunity for delegates to hear from and pose questions to Peter Hopkins, the current editor and chief of the esteemed journal Gender, Place and Culture. Peter will give advice as to what you need to do in order to get your work published, explain the publication process, choosing the correct journal to publish your work in, and more broadly give an inside insight into publishing. This will be an interactive session based on discussion and debate and will therefore be largely student led, so please come prepared with any questions or topics you may wish to pose to Peter. This event is suitable for postgraduates at all stages, however may be more beneficial to those close to completing.

The Impact Agenda: What is it and How Critical is it in Postgraduate Research?: This interactive session will offer students an insight into the impact agenda with a chance to discuss what impact means for postgraduates with Cheryl McEwan. Cheryl is currently working on an ESRC Knowledge Exchange funded project to develop the impact of her current research concerning sustainable wildflower harvesting and ethical consumption in the Western Cape. Cheryl will get you to think about how your research may have impact, and also to consider ways to gather evidence and communicate impact. As impact is becoming an increasingly important tool by which to evaluate academic research, this session may be particularly useful for those planning on pursuing a career in academia.

Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Research: The world is faced with many global, complex problems which require response that span disciplines and cross-cultural divides. This workshop will be led by Robin Humphrey and will draw on an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural Research Development School which Robin co-organised in Bristol (July 2013) and then Kyoto (December 2013). This School formed the inaugural event of the UK/Japanese RENKEI collaboration in higher education, facilitated by the British Council, Japan, and it was recently shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award for an Oustanding Contribution to Early Career Researchers. Robin’s workshop will therefore discuss innovative researcher development techniques for working across cultures and disciplines and will provide students with the opportunity to discuss and learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with cross-cultural collaboration. A short video of the Kyoto School can be found here.

Careers and CVs for Academic Jobs: Detailed abstract TBC. Due to unforeseen circumstances Nina Laurie is now unable to lead this workshop, so it will now be led by Alison Williams, who has very kindly agreed to step in to ensure the workshop can still go ahead. This interactive workshop will discuss the academic job market, CVs, pitching both yourself and your skills to prospective employers, and what to do when you finally get in front of that interview panel.

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