Our annual Postgraduate Research (PGR) Symposium is back for another year.  

This great on-site event gives PGR students the chance to present their work, and gives all other students a chance to find out more about postgraduate research – and whether it could be the perfect next step on their career journey.  

What and when is the PGR Symposium? 

The PGR Symposium is a free three-day event targeted towards PGR students or students interested in a career in research.  

This year, the Symposium is taking place between Monday 19 and Wednesday 21 June.  

Who can attend? 

ANY student can attend the Symposium, however the theme this year is ‘Being a Researcher’ so if you’re interested in a career in research, this event could be the perfect fit. Sign up now. 

Where is the PGR Symposium taking place? 

The PGR Symposium will be held in-person in Binks at Exton Park – rooms CBK011 and CBK013/1&2.

Do I have to pay for a ticket? 

No! The event is 100% free.  

What format will the event take? 

The Symposium will take place over a three-day period, with different events taking place each day. 

Monday 19 June: 

A full day of workshops targeted towards PGR students, or those interested in research. Workshops will cover the following;  

  • the lived experience of a PGR student (including busting some of the myths about what being a PhD student really is) 
  • writing (from how to just start writing to how to incorporate creativity into your work) 
  • careers (both inside and outside of academia) 
  • disseminating your research (including work on perfecting your ‘elevator pitch’ and how to consider different audiences). 

Tuesday 20 June and Wednesday 21 June: 

These two days will be filled with PGR student presentations. This year, you can choose between a longer, 15-minute talk with 5 minutes for questions, a shorter ‘Snap-shot’ talk for 5 minutes, or a poster. See below for how to submit an abstract. 

In addition, across the three days there will also be:  

  • Two plenary sessions whereby speakers will be discussing their career journeys, from starting their PhD to working in their current role. They will be sharing tips and guidance they have picked up along the way. 
  • A panel session discussing the ‘Research Life-Cycle’ with speakers discussing topics such as publishing in different formats across different disciplines, applying for different research grants and presenting in different forums. 
  • Plenty of opportunities to meet and network with delegates, with some exciting social events in the pipeline!  

How can I get involved/sign up? 

All students can register for their free tickets here.  

If you’re a current postgraduate student, you can apply to do a presentation (see details below). 

The call for abstracts is now live. All postgraduate students are invited to present however there will be priority given to postgraduate research students for oral presentations.  

How do I submit an abstract?  

  • You can submit a 250 word abstract here  
  • Please ensure to submit prior to deadline of 9am on Friday 17 March and make sure to let your supervisors know prior to submission. 
  • This year, you can choose between a longer, 15-minute talk with 5 minutes for questions, a shorter ‘Snap-shot’ talk for 5 minutes, or a poster.  
  • Please note, you may not get your first choice 

How can I find out more? 

You can email pgrevents@chester.ac.uk for more information.  

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