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Doctoral College Newsletter 2 May 2023

Welcome to this fortnight's issue of the Doctoral College Newsletter. In the following sections you will find:

  • Research Showcase 2023
  • PGR Shut Up and Write Group - 30 Day Challenge
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Training and Development
  • 1-2-1 Careers Appointments
  • Opportunities
  • Reminders
  • Wellbeing
  • Enquiries

If you have a news story or an opportunity you would like to advertise in the next newsletter (15 May), please email: by Wednesday 10th May.


Research Showcase 2023

This year's PGR Research Showcase will be taking place from Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June. The Showcase provides an opportunity to promote the up-and-coming talent of Exeter's research base and to give postgraduate researchers the opportunity to develop their presentation, communication, and impact skills. As part of the Showcase, there will be three competitions that you can participate in:

To register for the Poster competition, please fill in the form here.

To register your participation in the Three Minute Thesis competition, please fill in the form here. We will be hosting 3MT in person on Streatham campus. Penryn students are encouraged to participate as we can offer support with travel. Students are asked to send their slide to by 12pm on Monday 22 May.

#TweetYourThesis competition runs from 9am GMT on 5th June until 5pm GMT on 9th June. To enter, you must tweet during these times using the #tweetyourthesis and tagging @ExeterDoctoral.

Please keep an eye on our webpage, future newsletters and social media for further updates.


Training Needs Analysis

All PGR students are required to complete a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) form every academic year. Prior to completing the form, you should discuss your training needs with your supervisors. You can view a list of questions asked in the Training Needs Analysis here so that you can prepare prior to filling out the form.

We have a Training Needs Analysis webpage which includes more information and frequently asked questions. 

Please aim to complete your form by Friday 12th May.


PGR Shut Up and Write Group- 30 Day Challenge

Need to focus on your writing? Why not join the Doctoral College Shut Up and Write 30-day challenge in May. Write just 500 words a day to achieve an incredible 15,000 words in just 30 days.

Join the Teams group & kickstart your writing. PDF trackers available in the channel or email Jo Sutherst.


Training and Development

The below sessions are now bookable via Inkpath and more will be added very soon!

Please carefully check the delivery mode of your session as some of our new sessions are in-person only.

You can access Inkpath through your web browser, and by downloading the Inkpath app.

Please note all of our events have limited spaces; if you cannot attend, kindly remove your booking.

To learn more about Inkpath and to get started with your account please watch the following introductory content:

    Continuous tutorial video
    Individual section tutorials

Video Passwords: exeterinkpath2021

You can find all of our sessions on Inkpath under 'Activities.' If you have any technical questions/difficulties using Inkpath please email the helpdesk, If you have any questions about the training programme please contact


1-2-1 career appointments available

1-2-1 careers appointments with our dedicated PGR careers coach, Kenneth Howgill, are available to book throughout the Spring term on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. Kenneth is a qualified and experienced career coach, lecturer and learning and development professional with over 20 years’ experience within the corporate sector, universities, further and adult education. He has held management roles in the public, corporate and not for profit sectors, leading professional development, coaching programmes, and recruiting graduates. Kenneth is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and holds a business degree, a master's in music and a professional career coaching qualification.

All appointments are 50 minutes long and can be booked via Inkpath.



Hybrid Seminar on Wednesday 3rd May - Inclusivity Matters!

The Inclusivity Matters committee would like to invite you to an upcoming event which is part of their Inclusivity Matters! seminar series, which aims to improve awareness of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) on campus and more broadly.

The first seminar on the topic of Disability & Accessibility will be held on Wednesday 3rd May, 1pm -3pm in the Exchange Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus or join online via Teams. This will include a talk from guest speaker, Dr Kelsey Byers, on their experience as an advocate for disability in science and their work on the inclusion of disabled students in STEM. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion composed of the speaker and members of our campus who are relevant to the discussion and whose perspectives tend to be underrepresented.

This is a hybrid event, so you will be able to join in person or via Teams. All students, ECR and staff are welcome to attend this event. The venue will be wheelchair accessible, and refreshments and a quiet space will also be provided for those attending in person. Information for joining online via Teams will be shared closer to the event.

If you are interested in joining, please sign up for a free ticket on their Eventbrite page.


Call Out for Posters- Deadline 5pm on Friday 5th May - Presentations with PogLSS

Final reminder to sign up for 'Presentations with PogLSS' which will be held in the Living Systems Institute WEH and Seminar Rooms on Thursday 18th May 2023.

This annual student-led PGR conference aims to bring together students from across all the different faculties at Exeter. There will be talks about PhD placements, talks on social media management, and most importantly, showcases of your work. An additional ‘Three-minute thesis workshop: building confidence in rapid story telling’ session will be held on Tuesday 9th of May for those who apply.

If you would like to attend or present your work at the conference, please submit posters and 3 min flash talk abstracts by 17:00 on Friday 5th May. There will be prizes for the best posters and talks! Submit your poster here.

Supported by the Researcher-Led Initiatives 2023.


Webinar on Thursday 11th May- Social Justice Q&A Panel Series: Inclusion & Heritage

Our next event in our Social Justice Q&A Panel series invites four speakers to discuss their work on issues and challenges around social justice and heritage.

It will take place on Thursday 11th May, 13.00-14.30, via Teams, chaired by Prof James Clark (Archaeology and History)

The Panel will consist of Celine Elliott (Cornwall Museums Partnership), Prof John Cooper (Archaeology and History), Dr Caitlin Kight (School of Education) and Dr Farangis Ghaderi (IAIS).

To register, please complete this short form. For more details, please click here.


In Person Open Day on Friday 12th May - British Library Doctoral Open Day (British & European Collections: From Antiquity to 1600)

The British Library would like to invite you to the next Doctoral Open Day onsite at St Pancras, London, on Friday 12th May, to look at its British & European Collections: From Antiquity to 1600.

The series offers PhD students the chance to discover our research resources and explore the practicalities of using the Library. It is aimed at first-year doctoral students, but those in other years who want to increase their knowledge of The British Library and its collections are also very welcome!

Come and explore the Library and its services, as well as our amazing Western Heritage collections alongside our curators and reference specialists. This day will appeal to all researchers undertaking PhDs with a particular focus on History, Literature, History of Art and Religious Studies. Join us for a closer look and to find out more in sessions with our curators, and meet other researchers in your area – no matter what your time period! Refreshments will be provided.

Book here. For enquiries, please contact


Festival on Sunday 21st of May - Exeter Phoenix Bloom Festival

The Exeter Phoenix Bloom Festival, taking place all-day on Sunday 21st May from 10.30am onwards, is a day of community activity in support of mental health and wellness. Meet with organisations and communities who are there to support mental health and wellbeing in Exeter and the South West.

- Take part in FREE activities - all programmed with feeling better in mind! (Bring the family along - there will be activities for all ages!)
- Share your thoughts and experiences in panel discussions and at our Open Mic hosted with Spork! Poetry

For a list of activities and sessions, please see Exeter Phoenix's webpage.


Festival on Monday 22nd May - Wednesday 24th May: Exeter Pint of Science 2023

On 22-24 May, the Pint of Science festival will simultaneously bring thousands of scientists and their research out of the lab and into pubs, cafes and community halls near you. The three-day festival has events in over 25 countries around the world. University of Exeter researchers will be speaking at different venues across the city!

Each night will provide a unique line up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments held in a relaxed and informal environment. Alongside the main talks, this year audiences go head-to-head in the largest ever multi-city pub quiz, in association with interactive quiz company, Kwizzbit. Teams in each venue compete against others across the city and the rest of the UK as they tackle a series of science-themed questions to prove which city has the strongest trivia knowledge.

Tickets (£5 each) and more information is available here. Please contact with any queries.


In Person Masterclass on Wednesday 24th May - Repatriates Masterclass

This is an in-person event only, taking place on Wednesday 24th May, 2pm-4pm in Reed Hall Upper Lounge. Refreshments will be provided.

This Masterclass is aimed at postgraduate students and staff with interests in questions of repatriation, restitution and the return of artworks from western collections to their countries of origin. It will be led by Professor Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Central European University), a leading theorist and historian of coloniality and the arts who has a long track-record of producing both major academic interventions in the field, as well as contemporary artistic responses to such debates.

To register for this event, please complete this short form. For more details, please click here. If you have any queries, please contact


In-Person Event on Thursday 25th May - Processions for Tupaia / Botanical Drift

This is an in-person event, including a ‘walk and talk’ element in Reed Hall gardens, taking place on Thursday 25th May, 11am - 1pm in Reed Hall and Reed Hall Gardens. The event is hosted by Prof Tom Trevor (Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies).  Refreshments will be provided.

Following from her Repatriates masterclass, Prof Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll will lead this event, discussing two further projects which unpack the contemporary legacies of colonialism, through consideration of material cultures, ‘museopiracy’ and the histories of plants.

To register for this event, please complete this short form. For more details, please click hereIf you have any queries, please contact


Limited Spaces Available - Workshop on Tuesday 27th June 2023 - Training for Careers

This workshop, taking place on Tuesday 27th June, 10.45-5pm at University of Plymouth, is being offered by Generation Delta for students who identify as Black, Asian, and/or minority ethnic women, who are registered as Home doctoral students, and who have already completed their upgrade/transfer or are in the last stage of their doctoral studies.

What will be covered?

  • The doctoral viva process
  • Academic interviews
  • Writing for academic journals
  • Creating an academic CV

There are 25 spaces available, which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Register hereFor more information contact Dr Queenie Eng


Get Involved - Promotional Videos for PhD study

We’re looking for current PhD candidates across all our campuses who would like to be in some short films talking about your research, the PhD application process, funding, and your experience as a PGR student at Exeter.

We’re interested in PhD students across all our faculties, and are happy to offer a £20 voucher for taking part.

We’re particularly keen to hear from PhD candidates from diverse backgrounds, including mature students, international students, people with caring responsibilities, people with disabilities, and people with unusual routes to PhD study or funding stories.

This project is an excellent opportunity to disseminate your research, work on your communication and presentation skills, and gain experience in front of a camera.

If you’re interested, please fill out this form. Contact Michelle Langridge if you have any enquiries.



Every Mind Matters
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. The NHS have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. See their website here.

Sprectrum.Life provides a confidential telephone, video, and live chat counselling service to help with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement and more.

Wellbeing Centre
If you would like to speak to our PGR Support Advisor for Welfare, they can be contacted at: or tel: 01392 726207. Further wellbeing information, tools and support can be found on our wellbeing webpages.



Details on how you can contact the PGR support team, either via email, telephone or face to face via our hubs (located on all campuses) is available on our contact us webpage.

Remember you can come along and meet the team or to ask any enquiries you might have at either of our helpdesk hubs below at any of our campuses:

The Streatham PGR Hub is open from 10.00am – 3.00pm Monday to Friday. The Streatham Hub is situated in the Old Library Ground Floor next to the Quiet Study Space and Bill Douglas Centre.

The St Luke’s PGR Hub is open from 10.00am – 3.00pm Monday to Thursday. Students wishing to access the hub should go to the Info at St Luke’s desk and request PGR support, the PGR team will then be called to see you.

The Penryn PGR Support Office is open from 10.00am – 2.00pm Monday to Friday and is based in the Postgraduate Suite in Daphne Du Maurier building 3 (next to the SU and opposite the Stannary).

For enquiries surrounding training and development, please contact the team on:

To view previous versions of the newsletter, you can do so here.

Information on all PGR support


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