Cumberland Lodge – Life Beyond the PhD 2021

The Centre for Doctoral Studies will be funding three places on the Cumberland Lodge ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ conference this year. The conference will take place from 2 pm on 16 August 2021 to 4 pm on 20th August 2021.

Now in its thirteenth year, this annual conference offers PhD students and early career researchers from across the UK the opportunity to share their experiences with each other and to take part in invaluable training in communication, public engagement, and interdisciplinary working, while also being encouraged to think about the impact of their research within its wider social context. The conference, held in a fantastic facility in Windsor Great Park, also provides an inclusive environment for doctoral students to exchange experiences, practices and aspirations.

UBEL DTP will cover the cost of the fee (£400 per student to cover the costs of four nights of single accommodation at Cumberland Lodge, along with all meals during attendance). We could also cover travel and childcare costs if necessary.

Applications will be considered for all students who have upgraded before June 2021.

To apply for this competition please complete this form and return to by Friday, 16th July 2021.  Your application will be considered by the panel and results will be released by end of July. 

Doctoral students who might like to self-fund their attendance can register via the conference webpage. It would be possible to use your RTSG allocation to fund the conference.

Parliament for PhD students – how to engage with the UK Parliament

The organisers of the online training session ‘Parliament for PhD students – how to engage with the UK Parliament’, which took place on 9th December 2020, have kindly provided us with the session’s material.

Below you can find useful resources, and the presentation that took place on the day.

page of ‘how to’ guides from the UK Parliament, including: 

  • Infographics on research impact at the UK Parliament and getting research into Parliament
  • Guidance on submitting evidence to a select committee.
  • Tips on writing a policy brief
  • Here is our “what shall I do next” webpage to help researchers think through the steps in engaging with the UK Parliament.

Access the Power Point presentation for the online event here.

The links below accompany information presented in the online session:

For further information and advice on engaging with UK Parliament please contact:

Sarah and Laura (the Knowledge Exchange Unit) on 

UCL PostDoc Appreciation Week: 16 – 20 September 2019

Postdoc Appreciation Week is a festival to celebrate UCL’s early stage research staff

16-20 September will mark UCL’s first ever Postdoc Appreciation Week to celebrate the hard work and dedication of UCL’s early stage research staff.

Learn more about the week on our website.

The week comprises of fun, informal and informative activities, including:

  • Advanced research skills sessions
  • Personal and professional development workshops
  • Wellbeing events
  • An unconference (theme: researcher experience)
  • Family-friendly socialising
  • Networking, useful resources and consultations
  • Much more!

Postdoc Appreciation Week started in the United States. By participating for the first time in 2019, UCL OD are helping to internationalise the event and establish it more widely in the UK. Learn more about Postdoc Appreciation Week.

UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme

We are pleased to announce that the 2019/20 call for the UKRI Policy Internships Scheme is now open.

The Scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. Students undertaking an internship through the Scheme will work on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and their host organisation. They will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

The call closes on 12 August 2019.

Information on how to apply along with further details on host partners, funding and eligibility can be found at:

Popular Feminisms: Tactics in Turbulent Times | 6 June 2019; 18:00-21:00

Location: Wilkins Building, IAS Forum

(Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry / qUCL)

This evening ‘salon’ invites lively discussion and debate on the future of feminist activism in the UK today. The event will bring together speakers from grass-roots and third-sector organisations, politics and protest to share insights on working for gender equality. The aim of this informal, celebratory, networking event is to offer academics, practitioners, students and the public alike a range of innovative ideas for putting research into practice and taking action. All welcome.

Book your place –