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Doctoral College Newsletter 6 March 2023

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

  • Research Showcase 2023: Save The Date!
  • Turkey-Syria Earthquake
  • Shut Up and Write- Writing Marathon Weekend
  • Training and Development
  • 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 (20 March), please email: by Wednesday 15 March.


Research Showcase 2023: Save The Date!

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:

  • Poster competition
  • Three Minute Thesis competition
  • Tweet Your Thesis competition. #TweetYourThesis

We will be sending out registration forms for each competition in due course. Please keep an eye on our webpage, newsletter and social media for further updates.


Turkey-Syria Earthquake

The situation in Turkey and Syria, following the earthquakes which struck last month and which continue to have devastating impact on lives and communities, remains a global concern.

This will be a stressful and worrying time for many in our PGR community. If you are affected by the situation in Turkey or Syria and need support, or someone to talk to, please do get in touch with our wellbeing service for support and guidance; they are here to help. You can reach them here if you’re studying in Exeter and here if you’re studying in Cornwall

As a PGR student, you can also receive counselling and support via Spectrum Life, which is a confidential and free service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University.

Please also remember that if your studies are affected by your personal circumstances, then our PGR Welfare Advisor can help you to manage this – you can reach them at


Shut Up and Write Group Writing Marathon Weekend

The Exeter Shut Up and Write Group is running a Writing Marathon Weekend on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March.

The Exeter Shut Up and Write group is a daily online writing group run by PGRs for PGRs. It runs 365 days a year, 8am-10.30pm (weekdays) and 8am – 8pm (weekends). Some sessions are facilitated and some are not.

We are always keen to have new people join – everyone is welcome! Please click this link and request to join or email Jo Sutherst.



Training and Development

New- Introduction to Social Network Analysis - Thursday 16th March 2023 13:30pm-16:30pm

This course is run by SMART Skills; further details below.

Social networks are far more than Twitter, Tik Tok, and Facebook – instead, they are the online and offline connections among individuals and organisations that organize our world. Unlike traditional quantitative social science data which often relies on large, randomly sampled populations, social network analysis looks at connections among agents and how the structure of these connections might affect things from adaptation to beliefs to voting.

This half day introductory course will introduce you to what social networks are and what we can use them to do. We will discuss basic measures of SNA with example datasets and research papers. The session will also include hands-on work with code in R to load in SNA data and run these basic measures.

To register your interest, please fill out this Microsoft formPlease send any queries to Maisie Franklin.


The below sessions are now bookable via Inkpath and more will be added very soon! We are aiming to make as many sessions as possible hybrid (accessed online and in person, please check when booking).

You can access Inkpath through your web browser, and by downlading 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

Thank you to everyone who attended our Researcher Development Spring/Summer 2022 Training and Development Programme, please note that all Spring/Summer webinars have been recorded and posted on to ELE.


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.



In-person event on Tuesday 7th March and Tuesday 21st March: Insessional Conversation Café - Come and chat with people from Exeter

The Insessional Conversation Café is an opportunity to chat with locals from Exeter and practice your English in a relaxed atmosphere. The café takes place on Tuesday 7th March and Tuesday 21st March, 16:30-18:00 in The INTO Building Room 2.02.

For further information and any queries, please contact Jo Hughes.


Apply by Friday 10th March: Venture Scientist Fellowship 2023 Cohort - Applications Open

Are you interested in getting involved in deep science venture building to propel impactful science into the marketplace?

Spin Up Science are recruiting their next cohort of researchers to help identify and support the deep science startups coming through their Venture Studio and sister company, Science Angel Syndicate. The Venture Scientist Fellowship involves working shoulder-to-shoulder with founders, investors and venture builders as they create the companies that define the next generation of scientific innovation. You'll gain experience in venture building, supporting founding teams through company launch and raising capital, as well as a front row seat to the world of deep science investment, evaluating potential portfolio investments and joining investment committees.

This is a 1-year voluntary opportunity, designed to be flexible around research - perfect for postgraduate, PhD and postdoctoral researchers looking to gain training and experience in deep science venture creation and investment. Find out more and apply here.

Application deadline: Friday 10th March


In-person talk on Tuesday 14th March: Roxane Gay: With One 'N'

Exeter UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Exeter are thrilled to announce that internationally acclaimed author Roxane Gay has added Exeter to her first ever live UK tour. Roxane Gay will be in conversation with Sharifa Hashem on Tuesday 14th March in the Forum Alumni Auditorium, 7.30-8.30pm (Please note, Bookbag bookshop, Exeter’s only independent bookshop, will be selling books including copies of Roxane Gay’s before the event, from 6.30pm in the Forum Street)

Widely considered the leading feminist voice of our time, Roxane will explore topics ranging from politics, patriarchy, Beyoncé, and reality television all in one sitting. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Her work is commended globally and her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, has become a touchstone of modern feminism. Roxane was the first black woman to lead a Marvel title, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda.

Register your in-person attendance via Eventbrite.


For students studying social sciences: Apply by 12pm on Wednesday 15th March for South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) Summer Schools

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) are running two residential summer schools for students studying social sciences. The first, from 13 – 15 June 2023 is aimed at first year PhD students and will consist of workshops and exercises aimed at finding your feet as a researcher and designing and project managing your work.
The second summer school is from 20 - 22 June and is aimed at those nearing the end of their PhD, with a focus on writing motivation, and careers and next steps after the PhD.

The summer schools are both taking place at the Bailbrook Hotel, Bath. If you are given a place, you will be expected to attend for the whole thing. The SWDTP will cover all accommodation, training, subsistence, and travel costs.

There are a limited number of spaces- to apply, please submit a short (maximum one side of A4) application stating why you would like to join the school, and why you think it will benefit you at this stage of your research journey. Please send your application to Please state clearly which school you are applying for. Email Molly Consibee if you have any queries.

Deadline for applications: 12:00pm on Wednesday 15 March


Hybrid event on Wednesday 15th March: Barriers for Underrepresented Early Career Researchers in STEM

Dr Lucy Yeomans and Daniela Fernandez of the University of Exeter’s School of Education invite you to an evidence sharing session on barriers for academic retention in STEM, taking place in hybrid format on Wednesday 15th March, 9:00-14:00 in Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, and online. Despite the advances and efforts in terms of equality in the fields of Computer Sciences, Engineering, Maths and Physics, challenges remain, especially for groups that, historically, have been underrepresented in these disciplines. In this event, we will share the findings of a systematic scoping review of literature looking at barriers for early career academics/researchers from underrepresented backgrounds – specifically in terms of gender, race/ethnicity and social class – in these four disciplines.

The event is open for academic staff, executive members, and those involved in ED&I policy and practice and improving research culture. Register for the event here

If you have any questions, please get in touch at


Showcase on Wednesday 15th March: Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (WCCEH) External Advisory Board and Showcase

The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health will be holding its regular annual showcase on 15th March 2023.

A list of the day’s open events is here, but of course, you are most welcome to drop into the Centre any time between 9am and 5pm that day to see our posters, articles and research on display.

Do please join us in the Centre from 5pm for drinks and nibbles, before we move to LT2 in Queen’s for the keynote lecture at 5.30pm.

Please sign up via Eventbrite. For further information and queries, please contact


Reading Group on Monday 27th March: Routes Reading Group

Routes Reading Group is an interdisciplinary reading group for PGRs and ECRs working on, or with an interest in, migration, mobility and displacement. The first meeting will be Monday 27th March, 1-2pm in Forum Seminar Room 5. There will be refreshments!

If you would like to attend, please email Saskia Hardcastle (


Online Panel Discussion on Monday 27th March: GW4 Roundtable: Careers in digital transformation

This is the second of a new series of career events exploring the regional strengths of the South West, open to postgraduate and early career researchers from the GW4 universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter). Join us to hear from panellists working in connection with digital transformation and digital technologies all of whom conducted PhDs before entering the sector.

The session will consist of short presentations from our panel, followed by an opportunity for questions, so this is a fantastic opportunity to start building connections with people working in, and passionate about, new technologies and digital transformation. You will also have the chance to connect with PGR-focused and ECR-focused careers consultants from across the GW4, and ask us any questions you have as well.

Book via EventBrite. If you have any queries, please contact Kenneth Howgill.


PhD Secondment Scheme: Department for Education central research division

The Department for Education is inviting higher education institutions and relevant organisations to express interest in a PhD secondment scheme. The scheme will provide opportunities for PhD students to take up 6-to-12-month placements in the Analytical Function of the department. The students will be funded by their university or relevant organisations to complete a placement to gain experience of analysis and research in government. It will include working as part of experienced team on evidence relating to the department’s objectives. As with previous schemes, the DfE host team will develop a workplan that supports the department’s work but also incorporates the student’s aims and interests to ensure a mutually beneficial experience.

There is flexibility about when the placements can commence but preference may be shown for those able to take up placements in the new year. The positions will be suitable for those working on social or natural science, economic, and/or statistical studies.

For further details please contact Alaster Smith or Michael Dale.


Research Participants Needed: Study about social interactions

Come and participate in a two-part psychology study about social interactions.

For the first part, you will complete a 5-min online survey with a chance to win a £10 Amazon voucher. Then at the end of the survey, if you are interested, you can choose to sign up for the in-person lab session. If you meet our screening criteria, we will email you within three days to appoint a timeslot for the lab session at the Washington Singer Building (EX4 4QG). You will receive £7-£10 via bank transfer for participating in the lab session.

For more information about the study and the online survey, please see here, or contact Zhiqi Zhang.



Webinar on 14th March: 'How can the State adequately protect the mental health of child and adolescent refugees?' (Exeter Routes network)

On Tuesday 14th March 4pm-5pm, the University of Exeter's Routes network are delighted to host Professor Mina Fazel, of Oxford University, and Dr Zoe Given-Wilson, of Royal Holloway, for a Routes conversation on the question 'How can the State adequately protect the mental health of child and adolescent refugees?'. The discussion will be chaired by Routes' own Raawiyah Rifath. Attendees can join using the following Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 996 8291 1951
Password: 197008

If you have any queries or would like further information, please email


Policy@Exeter Launches New Development Programme

Policy@Exeter has just launched its new Development Programme, which will give participants (at all career levels and with all levels of policy engagement experience) opportunities to improve their policy influencing skills and networks.

Apply here. There’s more information on their webpage and you can contact Policy@Exeter with any questions.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 19th March 2023



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:

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