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The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

See here for a recent review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (“the Concordat”) is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment...

Top tips for writing your PhD research proposal

Top tips for writing your PhD research proposal By Prof John Mercer   We all know that feeling. You’ve finally made your mind up that you want to take the next big step – whether that’s a new job or going back to uni to do a postgrad degree. The only problem is...

Media Insight Training: Dan Thurley

As someone who works on the ‘other side’ of the media in a purely technical capacity coordinating live shots for TV news, I found some of Simons ‘war stories’ really, interesting and it opened my eyes to a journalistic side I hadn’t considered before and so I found...

Happy new (academic) year!

A huge welcome to all our new and returning doctoral researchers! The PGR Studio team have been busy planning an exciting programme for the next year and are also excited to announce our PGR Studio booklet! The booklet includes our manifesto of researcher development,...

PGR Opera: Quilt Song by Susie Self

All PGRs are invited to the premiere of Susie Self's new opera, Quilt Song. The opera is part of Susie's PhD work at BCU and offers a challenge to traditional operatic forms and styles. The opera takes place at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham on Friday the 19th and...

Early Career Survival Guide

In view of the mounting challenges facing early career academics after the PhD, Dr Derek Dunne (Cardiff University) and Dr Toria Johnson (University of Birmingham) have compiled this online survival guide. The guide includes a range of resources, useful for those who...

Vivid Stream by Susie Self

Here's PhD Student, Susie Self's, new Installation Opera VIVID STREAM, which was performed at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on the 27th June 2018 as part of The CODA Festival.   https://vimeo.com/277801188 The installation is designed to run independently and...

About the experience (not the research): Angela

About the experience (not the research) with Angela English   In this series, we sit down with a current (or recent) PhD researcher and actively try not to talk about their research. Instead, we chat about their experience of doing a PhD, how they cope with the...

My Erasmus Experience: Bukola Ajala

The Erasmus exchange programme has impacted my life in very significant ways.  I arrived at Birmingham City University on the 29th of January 2018 and left for my home country exactly at the expiration of the 3-month programme. I left both the institution and the...

Viva 60-second interview: Dr Sarah Raine

Hi Sarah, congratulations on passing your viva! What was your PhD title? ‘A Little Togetherness’: Making claims, negotiating boundaries, and forging meaning as a younger member of the British northern soul scene. Can you explain in a couple of sentences what your PhD...

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