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Call for volunteer speakers: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in your PhD workshops 2020-2021

* Would you like to inspire fellow PhD students?
* Or build your professional development portfolio?
* Or be a part of a supportive research community?
* Do you have valuable experience and insights to share with fellow postgraduate researchers?

If so, we want you!

We’re looking for current PhD and postdoc researchers to share their experiences in the three main How to Survive your PhD* workshops at the start of the next academic year to help support and inspire new doctoral students.

We’d love to have you on board – the more experiences and speakers we have, the more we’ll be able to help and connect to new students who will be just starting their PhDs. Read on for more details.

Workshop dates

Note: Volunteers are welcome to participate for just one session; or for as few / as many as they like. 

How to Survive your PhD (2 workshops)
– Wed 28 October 2020
– Wed 20 February 2021

How to Survive the International PhD experience
– Thurs 19 November 2020

Online session
As some students may still not be able to travel into the UK for the new term(s), we may also, or instead, conduct an online session. 

About the workshops – what’s involved

These ‘PhD Survival’* workshops are organised by PhD students and post-docs for new PhD students, to offer peer support and advice. They aim to create safe spaces for discussing various aspects of the PhD experience, and to share personal insights and advice that students won’t find through official channels. More information about the workshops and an online guide can be found here.

You’ll work with the PGR liaison officer, Jamie Khoo, and other volunteers to plan and speak at these workshops, and facilitate discussion with other students.

Each session will involve:

    • filming a very short interview/conversation with volunteer speakers (done via Zoom), on a topic of their choosing
    • videos will be uploaded to and compiled as a YouTube playlist, to be shared with workshop participants before the session
    • participating in a panel discussion and/or Q&A at the workshop itself
    • joining breakout discussion groups during the workshop with participants, and  helping to facilitate conversations and answer questions
    • each workshop would require approximately 4 hours of your time (for preparation and for the workshop itself) 

This is a great chance to be a part of an important, peer-led activity that strongly supports the PGR community. You’ll also gain valuable skills in project management/event organisation and receive a certificate of participation from the University to add to your CV and portfolio.

If you’d like to volunteer for any of these workshops as a speaker or facilitator, please email PGR Student Liaison Officer, Jamie Khoo: (Jamie will then send out further details to all volunteers and begin planning towards end August / early September)

We’d love to have you on board and look forward to hearing from you!

*Please note that we are moving to change the title of this project/series in the near future, but for now are still referring to it by this name.

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