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QMUL’s second annual GradFest: Monday 13 - Friday 17 June

Thursday 2 June 2016

The QMUL Doctoral College is hosting an exciting week of cross and inter-disciplinary events organised by PhD students for PhD students (but open to everyone) taking place across our three main campuses. 

This is an opportunity for PhD students to get together with students outside of their discipline and learn new skills and disseminate their research in a variety of formats, as well as network and socialise. The theme of this year’s Gradfest is connectivity. 

The week will see events on everything from publishing in academic journals and how to work with policy makers to workshops on Photoshop, careers advice sessions and yoga and mindfulness classes. There are also some evening social events including cocktails and karaoke provided by QMSU! 

All events are free to attend and open to all.  For a full timetable of events and how to sign up, please go to: https://qmulgradfest.wordpress.com/

Keynote event: Thursday 16 June, 6pm, Mile End campus

Connecting research with the wider world: optimism and impact

In the current economic climate of cuts, higher student fees, loans not grants, and the ever-more difficult landscape in which to secure research funding, it is very easy to believe that higher education and research done in higher education institutions is no longer valuable and no longer making a difference to the world as we know it. 

This keynote session seeks to promote a greater feeling of optimism in higher education and examine the very real, tangible ways in which university research is, when connected with the non-academic world, making a difference to the world we live in.

The event will include reflections on:

  • Establishing connections with non-academics
  • Connecting research with wider audiences
  • Research and making progressive differences. 

This panel will take the form of a Question Time-style event with panellists for Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering and Medicine and Dentistry.

The event will be followed by a wine reception.  Sign up via the GradFest website: https://qmulgradfest.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/2016-doctoral-college-debate-connecting-research-with-the-wider-world-impact-and-optimism/

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