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Doctoral College Newsletter 17 April 2023

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

  • One Week Extension Date(!): Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2023
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Research Showcase 2023
  • Training and Development
  • PGR Shut Up and Write Group
  • 1-2-1 Careers Appointments
  • Opportunities
  • Wellbeing
  • Enquiries

If you have a news story or an opportunity you would like to advertise in the next newsletter (2 May), please email: by Wednesday 26th April.

One Week Extension Deadline: Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey (PRES) 2023

The survey will close in one week (Monday 24th April).

All PGR students are invited to complete the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). This will just take 15 minutes of your time to complete and your responses will be invaluable to helping us make positive changes to continually strive for improvement. PRES is a national survey run by AdvanceHE, the results from this survey are used to inform the planning of the PGR experience at the University.

This is your chance to let the University know what we are doing well and what we could improve when it comes to the experience of PGRs. You can visit our ‘You Said, We Did’ page on the Doctoral College website to see how your responses have helped us to respond to your feedback in the past and help us to continue to improve the PGR experience.

To access the survey you will have received an email with your unique completion URL on Thursday 2 March and in various reminders. If you have not received an email and believe you should have, please email: For every person who completes the survey, we will donate a £1 to charity. You will be able to choose the charity that you wish to donate to at the end of the survey.



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.


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 and Development

NEW TERM: Learning and Teaching in HE Programme

The LTHE programme provides an introduction to the core concepts and techniques of teaching in HE, and aims to give those new to teaching an understanding of how to provide an active, stimulating student-centred learning experience. PGRs who intend to take on postgraduate teaching assistant (PTA) roles need to complete Unit 1, with option to undertake Units 2 – 5 if you intend to mark and assess. We are offering an online only route this Summer Term. Find out more here, and register by Wednesday 26th April here.


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


PGR Shut Up and Write Group

Did you know that we have a daily online writing group run by PGRs for PGRs?

The Exeter Shut Up and Write group runs 365 days a year, 8am-10.30pm each day. Some sessions are facilitated, and some are not.

Always keen to have new people join us – everyone is welcome!

Please click this link and request to join or email Jo Sutherst.


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.



Webinar on Wednesday 19th April: SWDTP Webinar Series: The Many Faces of Activist Research

This webinar, taking place on Wednesday 19th April 2-4pm online, explores theoretical, methodological, and practical tools for conducting what can be broadly defined as “activist research”. This is a form of research that challenges the traditional separation between theory/action, academy/society and is committed to producing knowledge grounded in and generative of social and material changes in particular places. There are many ways in which the intersection between these domains is understood and practiced: from “scholar-activism” and “militant research”, to “community experiments” and “participatory-action-research” and more.

Each Zoom webinar in the series will feature short presentations from three speakers and will have a chance for audience questions and answers.

For full information and speakers, please check out EventBrite. Register via EventBrite.

For any questions please contact Mary Pearson-Fearns.


Call for Papers- Deadline Thursday 20th April- Serious and Organised Crime Conference 2023, Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th June 2023

The Centre for Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery Studies (TEAMS) at the Hume Institute for Postgraduate Studies are holding their first annual virtual conference in collaboration with the Centre for Crime, Justice and Security at Staffordshire University on 17th and 24th June 2023. We welcome papers connected to serious and organised crime.

We invite abstracts of no more than 200 words on the research you wish to present at our first virtual conference, which relates to serious and organised crime, to be submitted no later than 20th April 2023.

We welcome submissions from disciplines, including but not limited to criminology, sociology, political science, economics, computer science and law.

For more information, please visit our webpageAny queries can be directed to Louis Martin

Deadline for submissions: Thursday 20th April 2023.


In Person Open Day on Friday 21st April- British Library Doctoral Open Day

The British Library would like to invite you to the next Doctoral Open Day onsite at St Pancras, London, on Friday 21st April, to look at its Asian and African Collections.

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!

Our Asian and African collections cover hundreds of languages and are key to anyone studying materials from Africa, South East Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and Central Asia.

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 hereFor enquiries, please contact


In Person Workshop on Wednesday 26th-Friday 28th April - Register by Friday 21st April- Human Centric Artificial/Computational Intelligence and Applications

This three-day workshop, taking place from Wednesday 26th April to Friday 28th April in Reed Hall (Streatham Campus), is designed to bring key data scientists and AI experts from both academia and industry to sharing up to date research and innovation developments themed on HCAI/CI, but also help identify the key challenges in stakeholders. It will take place as part of the outreach activities of the Alan Turing Institute and the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) at the University of Exeter (partnering with the University of Oxford and the University of Birmingham).

This workshop is anticipated as playing as the springboard to explore potential collaboration between academics and with industrial stakeholders.

Register via EventBrite. If you have any enquiries, please contact IDSAI.

Deadline for registrations: Friday 21st April 2023


In-Person Event on Monday 24th April: Launch of Exeter Health Analytics Research Network

A new university-strategic research network is launched next month – Exeter Health Analytics. To kick-start the network, they are holding a day-long launch event at the Living Systems Institute (Streatham Campus) on Monday 24 April 2023, during the day in LSI and followed by dinner at Reed Hall.

Exeter Health Analytics is a new cross-faculty research network connecting researchers interested in analytical methods in health research. The core aim of the network is to facilitate the development of analytical methods and their application to novel health-related research questions through sharing expertise and increasing capacity in analytical skills. All staff and students are invited to learn more about the network, meet with other researchers, and help shape the network’s future activities.

To express your register in the network or register for the event, please complete this short form. Any questions, please contact Niccolò Tempini.


In-Person Conference on Thursday 27th April: Galvanising the African Diaspora UK Research Community for Scientific Innovation and Sustainability in Africa

This conference, being held on Thursday 27th April 9am to 4pm in Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, is run by ASRIC, the highest advisory body for Science, Technology and Innovation on the continent and has brought together the largest congregation of scientists, policy experts, industry experts from within Africa and from the Diaspora.

There is a need to build a roadmap for engaging with more of the Diaspora and to consult with them on the most relevant ways they can participate actively in shaping Africa’s future and prosperity. To support this ambition, ASRIC is hosting high level Science and Innovation Symposium (the Forum of Africa Researchers in the Diaspora – FARID), in strategic partnership with Lancaster University UK, to develop Diaspora engagement strategies and action to ensure the mutual benefit of Africa and its Diaspora.

Register via EventBrite. For information and clarifications, email the Chair of the ASRIC Diaspora UK Chapter, Dr Akanimo Odon. For help and advice on logistics and accommodation, send email to Chisom Ejileugha.


Call for Abstracts: The Open Review

The Open Review is a student-led peer reviewed academic journal. They are doing a call for abstracts with this year's theme being 'power'.

Submit your short essay (4000 words), research article (5000 words), artwork, digital image, photograph or poetry (with a 500 word description and discussion), via this Google Form.

Application Deadline: Sunday 30th April 2023


Workshops on Tuesday 2nd May: Monograph Writing Day

Running as part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' "Project Monograph" (which is designed to support and encourage monograph writing at Exeter), this day showcases some of the best books recently written by Exeter colleagues as well as offering practical advice to aspiring writers on topics such as "how to transform your PhD into a book" and "how to write a book proposal." Attendees are welcome to pick and choose those sessions which most appeal to them, while academic and professional service colleagues who can provide informal advice on writing, pitching and promoting monographs will be present throughout. Each session will also be recorded and made available as a permanently-accessible resource as part of our Research Toolkit.

The event will run on Tuesday 2nd May from 10am-5pm in Digital Humanities Laboratory Seminar Room 1.

Registration will be opening shortly; please direct all enquiries to Rachel Dallyn.


Call to PGRs: join Children & Young People's Wellbeing@Exeter Network (In-Person Symposium on Friday 5th May)

Are you a postgraduate researcher whose research interests impact or involve children and young people’s health and wellbeing? Join the Children and Young People’s Wellbeing @ Exeter research network to meet new colleagues, form new collaborations and discuss your research. To join or find out more, contact

Or simply come and meet us at our annual symposium in Reed Hall on Friday 5th May, 9am-3pm, where we will have a dedicated session for short introductions from early career researchers and newly arrived staff. For registration and to find out more about the symposium, visit the Eventbrite page.


In Person Workshops- Register by Thursday 11th May- Researcher’s Wellbeing Through Art

Researcher’s Wellbeing Through Art is a researcher-led initiative that offers four free art workshops in May and June to doctoral researchers in any stage of the academic career. It aims to introduce Fun-Theory to academic research by encouraging researchers to step away from their desks and use their hands to initiate an artistic investigation of their research questions which would feature in their very own art exhibition at the Positive Lights Project on Sidwell Street. These workshops do not require prior art-experience, any additional fee or pre-preparation just a curiosity to try something new!

Register here by Thursday 11th May 2023. If you have any queries, please contact Shibani Das or Rebecca Howarth.

Follow the team on Researcherswellbeingthruart on Instagram for more updates!

Registration Deadline: Thursday 11th May 2023


In-Person Workshop on Wednesday 17th May- Early Career Researcher Creative Communications

In this in-person workshop, taking place on Wednesday 17th May, 10:00-16:00 BST in Baring Court 202 (St Luke's Campus), you’ll hear from academics and artists who use creative ways to communicate research and have a go yourself. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Sign up via Eventbrite; sign up is required as spaces are limited.

This event is open to Early Career Researchers (ECR), PhDs, or anyone else who identifies as an ECR. For more information, please contact Bekkah Bernheim, Sian de Bell, or Becky Whear.

This activity is a Researcher-led Initiative that has been funded by the University of Exeter Researcher Development and Research Culture team.


Join Exeter Food network

Are you a postgraduate researcher whose research interests are related to food issues? Join Exeter Food to meet new colleagues across different disciplines, faculties and campuses, who work on food-related areas. 

Our members are working toward a better understanding of the significance of food in the human experience, and solutions to our world’s most pressing food-related problems. We hold regular events and share information and opportunities in food research through a monthly newsletter. To join the network and find out more go to our webpage.




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, Cathryn Baker 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.

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