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This is the first Graduate School Newsletter of the new academic year 2017/18 - issue no.4
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ESSL Graduate School Newsletter
Issue 4, November 2017
Director's Welcome Note

Welcome to the first issue of the ESSL Graduate School newsletter of the 2017/18 academic year. Another lively academic semester is upon us and there are plenty of exciting postgraduate training events and funding opportunities flagged in this issue. Also included are features on current and former ESSL postgraduate researchers (PGRs) that I hope you will find interesting and useful.

It has been a busy summer and autumn for the Graduate School. Vicky Burrett has taken over the role of Graduate School Manager, following the departure of Elisa Coati. Vicky joins us having gained plenty of experience of postgraduate research matters as the Graduate School Manager in the former Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication. I am delighted that we managed to attract someone of Vicky's calibre and experience to the role and am much looking forward to working with her to enhance the PGR experience in ESSL.

ESSL colleagues have also been involved in helping to bring to fruition plans for the
Leeds Doctoral College, which launched in September. As you can imagine a huge amount of work has been invested in moving the plans for the Doctoral College through the various stages of consultation and planning to finally establishing and launching it. So it was very pleasing indeed to see it officially opened in September by the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands. Do make use of the support services it offers, or just pop along to level 12 of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building to have a look around its office-space.

Another key area of work for the Graduate School over the summer has been the
White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP). ESSL colleagues have been heavily involved in establishing its interdisciplinary training pathways, through which the partnership will deliver its research training and skills development agenda. More of that later - but for now, I wish to emphasise that all PGRs in ESSL, regardless of their funding source, are eligible to attend the training activities and events brought together under the auspices of the WRDTP. So, do make sure you engage with and benefit from its training pathways - and I hope to meet you at some of its events and activities over the forthcoming academic year.




 
The Graduate School Team


Stuart Lister, Graduate School Director



Vicky Burrett, Graduate School Manager



Georgie Barns, Postgraduate Research Administrator (Law)



Louise Greaves, Postgraduate Research Administrator (Education)




Matthew Wilkinson, Postgraduate Research Administrator (SSP & POLIS)



Jessica Lewis, Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer



Kim Petch, Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer




Karin Houkes, Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer
Welcome to new PGRs!
Many congratulations on gaining a place to study for a research degree at the University of Leeds!

On behalf of all members of the ESSL Graduate School, academic staff, support staff and postgraduate researchers (PGRs), we extend a very warm welcome to you. We hope very much that you will find the University to be a supportive, inclusive and collegial environment, and that you have a successful and rewarding time studying with us.

You are joining a truly international community of PGRs, which brings together researchers from all parts of the globe. We believe the cultural and social diversity that this brings will help to enrich and enhance your academic experience at the University. So we very much hope that you are able to benefit as much as possible, both personally and professionally, from being part of this multi-cultural community.

We have over 350 PGRs in the Faculty of ESSL, studying across its four academic schools (Education, Sociology and Social Policy, Politics and International Relations, and Law). This means that there is a huge range of research topics being studied by our PGRs, but also that there is a great deal of innovative and interdisciplinary work taking place across the Faculty. This intellectual diversity greatly strengthens our collective research endeavour - and we encourage you to make the most of the opportunities that you will have to meet, work and socialise with PGRs from within and beyond your own academic school and intellectual discipline.

Also, do look to benefit from the wide range of research activities taking place in the Faculty and across the wider University. Integrating yourselves into the research culture and ambiance of he University is crucial to developing your own intellectual agendas, but also for your research methods training and skills development.

There are many ways of accessing information about the various research and training opportunities available to you, but we would recommend particularly that you register your email address with the ESSL net distribution list (by visiting
here) and follow the Twitter accounts of the ESSL Graduate School (@ESSLGradSchool) and the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (@wrssdtp).

Whether you joined us in October or more recently, we hope that you are settling in to life as a ‘Leeds PGR’ and becoming accustomed to the daily rhythms of studying for a research degree
News from your PGR Reps

Chiara Bruzzano – 1st year Education
 Oriana Casasola – 2nd year Law



We will be writing to you soon to invite applications for the role of Faculty Rep, but do please contact us if you wish to be considered.

In Focus: PhD Graduates
Dr Laura Connelly graduated with a PhD from the University of Leeds in July 2016. Three months later Laura was appointed to her first lectureship post, in the School of Health and Society at Salford University. We met up with Laura to ask her about her time studying with us.

Perhaps you could start by telling us a little about the focus of your PhD thesis?
My thesis explored the governance of sex trafficking in England and Wales. Specifically, it examined how trafficking has become a public policy issue that is enveloped in, and conditioned by, moral struggles and divergent political agendas, which manifest both in the control of women’s bodies and state borders. Importantly, as I had a supervisor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and a supervisor in the School of Law, I was able to bring an interdisciplinary focus to my research. 
 
Looking back, what do you feel was the most rewarding aspect of your time studying at Leeds?

Lots of things – but I really benefitted from being surrounded by leading academics in the field, as it helped me to immerse myself in the research culture, which was both inspiring and motivating. I also really enjoyed being a part of a collegial group of postgraduate researchers. There was a very supportive atmosphere in the PhD office space in the Social Sciences building, which really helped to alleviate any feelings that studying for a PhD was a lone pursuit.

And, conversely, what did you find to be the most challenging?
T
he empirical part of my PhD study involved conducting semi-structured interviews with practitioners from a wide range of Non-Government Organisation and policing institutions, and gaining access to them required a great deal of time, energy and persistence! I also found it to be quite a challenge juggling the competing pressures of completing the thesis whilst trying to gain as much as possible from all the training and development opportunities on offer in the Faculty and the wider University.
 
Which of these training and development opportunities do you feel you most benefited from?
I
gained some hugely valuable experience from a placement I managed to secure with National Ugly Mugs, which is a charity that I greatly admire. Other than that, lots really! I always tried to present my work at both the Sociology and Social Policy and the Law Annual PGR Conferences, and I routinely attended research seminars and lectures by visiting scholars. I also completed the University of Leeds Teaching Award, which was excellent training for the Graduate Teaching Assistant role that I took on. All this helped me to develop a rounded CV, which definitely helped me get a job I really enjoy!      

And how have you found the transition, from life as a PGR to life as an academic?
Someone once told me that doing a PhD is the hardest part of an academic career. So far, I agree. Life as a full-time academic is challenging, but in different ways to the PhD. It is definitely more varied, but on a day-to-day level, I think it is even more rewarding.
 
Finally, what advice would you give to our current PGRs?

It took me a little while to realise that there is no ‘right’ way to do a PhD. So I would advise approaching the task in a way that works best for you. And working out exactly what this is may take a little bit of time. Sometimes it might mean finding time to take advantage of training, research or teaching opportunities, but at other times, it might mean focusing on your thesis and looking after yourself by not taking on too much.
PhD student Petra Desatova interviewed by Thai newspaper Prachatai about her doctoral research
Petra Desatova School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Laura Connelly graduated with a PhD from the University of Leeds in July 2016. Three months later Laura was appointed to her first lectureship post, in the School of Health and Society at Salford University. We met up with Laura to ask her about her time studying with us.

Perhaps you could start by telling us a little about the focus of your PhD thesis?
My thesis explored the governance of sex trafficking in England and Wales. Specifically, it examined how trafficking has become a public policy issue that is enveloped in, and conditioned by, moral struggles and divergent political agendas, which manifest both in the control of women’s bodies and state borders. Importantly, as I had a supervisor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and a supervisor in the School of Law, I was able to bring an interdisciplinary focus to my research. 
 
Looking back, what do you feel was the most rewarding aspect of your time studying at Leeds?

Lots of things – but I really benefitted from being surrounded by leading academics in the field, as it helped me to immerse myself in the research culture, which was both inspiring and motivating. I also really enjoyed being a part of a collegial group of postgraduate researchers. There was a very supportive atmosphere in the PhD office space in the Social Sciences building, which really helped to alleviate any feelings that studying for a PhD was a lone pursuit.

And, conversely, what did you find to be the most challenging?
T
he empirical part of my PhD study involved conducting semi-structured interviews with practitioners from a wide range of Non-Government Organisation and policing institutions, and gaining access to them required a great deal of time, energy and persistence! I also found it to be quite a challenge juggling the competing pressures of completing the thesis whilst trying to gain as much as possible from all the training and development opportunities on offer in the Faculty and the wider University.
 
Which of these training and development opportunities do you feel you most benefited from?
I
gained some hugely valuable experience from a placement I managed to secure with National Ugly Mugs, which is a charity that I greatly admire. Other than that, lots really! I always tried to present my work at both the Sociology and Social Policy and the Law Annual PGR Conferences, and I routinely attended research seminars and lectures by visiting scholars. I also completed the University of Leeds Teaching Award, which was excellent training for the Graduate Teaching Assistant role that I took on. All this helped me to develop a rounded CV, which definitely helped me get a job I really enjoy!      

And how have you found the transition, from life as a PGR to life as an academic?
Someone once told me that doing a PhD is the hardest part of an academic career. So far, I agree. Life as a full-time academic is challenging, but in different ways to the PhD. It is definitely more varied, but on a day-to-day level, I think it is even more rewarding.
 
Finally, what advice would you give to our current PGRs?

It took me a little while to realise that there is no ‘right’ way to do a PhD. So I would advise approaching the task in a way that works best for you. And working out exactly what this is may take a little bit of time. Sometimes it might mean finding time to take advantage of training, research or teaching opportunities, but at other times, it might mean focusing on your thesis and looking after yourself by not taking on too much.
PGR Events from across the Faculty


Inequalities Research Network workshops 2017/18 - download the programme here

This workshop series will explore diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches to researching inequalities, to inform and to enable new conversations and connections. All PGRs are welcome to come to one, some or (ideally) all the sessions as we hope to build on-going conversations with presenters and participants. The series runs (more or less) fortnightly through term time. It is interspersed with the Sociology and Social Policy (SSP) seminar series http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/events/, and  run in partnership with SSP.

**The sessions will be in room 12.21/12.25 Social Sciences Building from 1-2pm. All welcome**


ASEAS postgraduate seminar, 26 April, University of York
This seminar is an opportunity for postgraduate students to develop a conference presentation. Participants will offer and receive feedback on their research from peer discussants. Senior academics will facilitate the workshop sessions and offer tips for delivering effective conference talks.
We invite a broad range of papers reflecting different stages of research - from research design, theoretical frameworks and methodology to reflections on fieldwork experiences and/or present analyses of empirical data.
Eligibility: Postgraduate students (enrolled in a Masters by Research or PhD course in the UK) currently doing research on Southeast Asia.
Funding: Partial travel bursaries will be awarded to successful applicants who are ASEAS members (student rail-fares/coach fares with the UK only), as below:
Zone 1 (e.g. Durham, Newcastle, Leeds, Bradford) - £12.50
Zone 2 (e.g. Manchester, Sheffield) - £15
Zone 3 (e.g. Warwick) - £30
Zone 4 (e.g. London, Oxford, Cambridge) - £50
Student membership of ASEAS is just £12/£13 per year. Apply here to join or renew your membership.
Application: Abstracts (max. 250 words) due by 22nd February. Successful participants will be notified by 28 February.
Successful participants will be expected to submit a Powerpoint presentation OR a conference paper of about 5000 words by 16 April, and will act as discussant for another presentation/ paper.
Registration fee:  £10 (includes tea/coffee, lunch)
Application form is here.
Non-presenters are also welcome to attend in order to learn from the discussions and tips. Registration fee: £15 (ASEAS members), £20 (non-members). Please register your interest in attending by contacting us on J.E.Cochrane@leeds.ac.uk
Venue: The seminar is taking place in the beautiful 16th century King’s Manor buildings, in the centre of the historic city of York - https://www.york.ac.uk/about/campus/landmarks/kings-manor/
Enquiries to  Dr. Janet Cochrane on J.E.Cochrane@leeds.ac.uk
 

School of Law PGR Conference - Brexit and EU Law: A Way Forward

11 June 2018, 09:00 - 17:00 | Conference | Liberty Building, University of Leeds

The outcome of the European Union membership referendum in 2016 has presented the United Kingdom with its greatest challenge of modern times. As negotiations for an exit strategy continue, the School of Law at the University of Leeds is keen to open up conversations on the socio-legal implications of such a monumental transition.

The purpose of this conference is to provide academics, PhD students, researchers and scholars with a platform to discuss some pressing issues that may emerge as a consequence of Brexit. The conference is keen to establish possible solutions to the challenges that lay ahead.

For more information please visit our event webpage or contact us on BrexitLaw@leeds.ac.uk

 

Inequalities Research Network – Workshop Eight: Measuring inequalities

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Sophia Kennedy
When:
April 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where:
12.21/12.25 Social Sciences Building
Leeds LS2 9JT
UK
Cost:
Free

This workshop series will explore diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches to researching inequalities, to inform and to enable new conversations and connections. All are welcome to come to one, some or (ideally) all the sessions as we hope to build on-going conversations with presenters and participants. The series runs (more or less) fortnightly through term time. It is interspersed with the Sociology and Social Policy seminar series http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/events/2, and run in partnership with SSP.

Speakers:

  1. The value and utility of standard measures: the Index of Multiple Deprivation as a measure of inequality , Dr Tracey Farragher, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  2. Poverty, inequality and economic measurement, Gaston Yalonetsky, LUBS
  3. Developing an equity measure using new generation big data: The case of health burdens related to active travel., Gillian Harrison, Susan Grant-Muller, Frances Hodgson, Nicholas Malleson (Institute for Transport Studies/School of Geography)

 





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Training and Development Opportunities
White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership training opportunities

The WRDTP offers a range of research methods training for postgraduate researchers, which is delivered by its seven partner Universities (Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, and York). All ESSL PGRs can attend these events. Whilst some of the training  will be bespoke and specific to the intellectual agenda of one (or more) of its seven thematic training pathways, others will be more generic and of interest to all PGRs. You will be offered training in four key areas:
  • Discipline-based training: provides a high-level understanding of academic debates in their field, and a supportive research environment in which to develop PhD topics
  • Professional skills for research leadership: develops experience of how academic work is funded, published and translated into practical use beyond the university
  • Advanced research methods training: provides exposure to cutting-edge methods that support students’ own projects and their future research ambitions
  • Interdisciplinary working – Pathway training: enables students to articulate how their PhDs contribute to wider societal challenges through work within one of the seven thematic Pathways of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership
Training will be delivered via a range of formats (e.g. conferences, seminars, workshops, 'summer schools'), which will sit alongside and complement the support of academic supervisors, schools and faculties, to create a research environment in which postgraduates can thrive.

The expectation is that via each Pathway, PGRs will be able to access research methods training without incurring an additional charge, at any of the partner Universities (subject to availability, prior permission of the tutor and prerequisite qualifications). Registration is generally available 6 weeks prior to the event.


Find out more about the training available from the WRDTP by downloading its 'Training FAQs' here. Next training event: "Advanced Qualitative Methods Taster Day", 29th November at the University of York.

Library Workshops for PGRs

Workshops for PGRs running up to the end of December 2017 can now be booked on the University Training Catalogue. Click on the following link and select
'Research@Library' from the course catalogue drop down menu. Workshops will include:
  • Literature searching for your research degree
  • Literature searching for research project
  • Increasing the visibility of your research
  • Research data management essentials
  • Safeguarding research data

Student Sustainability Conference - 8th February

The University of Leeds’ second Student Sustainability Conference will be taking place on Thursday 8th February, 2018. The overarching theme for this year is ‘Shaping the Future’, bringing students, staff, businesses and members of the public together to experience the diversity of Undergraduate and Postgraduate work which reflect aspects of positive social, economic and environmental development.
 Click
here for further information.

Organisational Development & Professional Learning (OD&PL)

OD&PL offers some great training opportunities for all PGRs, offering workshops and courses on the following:
  • Excel for research
  • Word for thesis
  • The final stages of your research and thesis presentation
  • Time management during your research degree
  • NVivo training
  • Preparing for your transfer (including transfer viva)
  • How to read a research article
  • Ethics & ethical review
  • PGR core language skills (becoming a doctoral researcher)
  • SPSS training
  • Increasing the visibility of your research
  • PowerPoint techniques
Click here to view the above courses in more detail, and book your place.

White Rose Reciprocal Agreement - library access

White Rose Libraries has recently announced the launch of the PGR reciprocal access scheme, which means that any of our PGRs can now register as a White Rose Libraries member at either the University of Sheffield, York or Leeds. You will be entitled to the same borrowing and access rights as at your home institution with e-resource access limited to walk-in rights as per licensing restrictions.

All you need to do to join up to this scheme is visit one of the Leeds University Library's enquiry desks, show your library card and receive a confirmation letter to take with you to the other White Rose Libraries. On arrival at another institution, use this letter, along with your library card, so that you can be registered as a WRL PGR member. All registrations must be done in person.

Studentship Networks

We have the aspiration that funded networks will act as platforms for future funding bids.  We therefore advise applicants to consider how the Studentship Network will align with opportunities from funding bodies (for example the Research Councils’ priorities) and to include this information in the proposal.  You can see more information about the scheme here

The latest round of  Supported Activity in Brussels is now open and is available to staff members from the White Rose Universities.  Deadline for applications  – Friday 20th April 2018. Your activity will need to start after September 2018. Would you like to engage with Brussels stakeholders such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and/or universities in... https://www.whiterose.ac.uk/news/call-for-applications-supported-activity-in-brussels/ 
 

Three exclusive 7-month paid internships in Brussels and the UK for students following their final year of study from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York 3 x Internships: White Rose Brussels Office Deadline: 12pm (noon) Monday 9th April 2018 Interview date: w/c 7th May 2018. Interviews will be held in Leeds Start date: Monday 3rd September 2018 […]
https://www.whiterose.ac.uk/news/internship-opportunities-in-brussels/
 

1. The British Library's Doctoral Researchers' Open Day: Social Sciences
29 January, 10:00 - 16:30, London.

At this introductory event you will learn about the Social Sciences collection and will discover how to unlock its potential for your research. From anthropology to socio-legal studies, from sociology to economics, from health studies to business and management, you will find resources here that are unavailable elsewhere. The day is an opportunity to meet with our expert staff and other researchers across the social sciences.
For more information, and to register for a 'free Reader Pass', click
here.

2. The British Library's Doctoral Researchers Open Day 2018: at Boston Spa
31 January, 2018, 10:00 - 16:30, Boston Spa.

Complementing the Reading Rooms at the British Library's main St Pancras location, the Library's site at Boston Spa offers researchers an alternative gateway to their vast research collection. This includes academic journals covering all disciplines, millions of monograph titles and the national newspaper collection, as well as access to the British Library sound archive and the web archives.
For more information, and to register for a 'free Reader Pass', click
here.

Leeds Doctoral College Showcase
(The 8th annual University of Leeds PGR Conference)
4 December, 2017: Great Hall 11:00 - 16:30


'Showcase’ is the University of Leeds Doctoral College celebration of postgraduate research including presentations, lunch and a key note speaker. The day includes postgraduate researchers presenting their research in the following competitions: 
  • 3MT – Participants have just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to communicate their thesis to a non-specialist audience
  • Research Image of the Year
  • University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher of the Year 2017
Please check the conference website for updates on the programme and consider entering its competitions: http://www.pgrconference.leeds.ac.uk/. Also, do support this important event by attending on the day.
Funding Opportunities


Early Career Researcher Conference funding, 2018 - Sociological Review

Deadline for applications 1st December, 5pm
Applicants must demonstrate that they plan to give a paper at the conference; must not be in receipt of other funds such as DTP, University and ESRC scholarships, postdoctoral funding with specific allowance for conference attendance or be in permanent academic position or in receipt of a full-time wage. Postdoctoral applicants must be within three years of the award of their PhD.

Successful applicants are
expected to provide a 750-word report – of the event or of your paper – for the blog of The Sociological Review within one month of the event. To find out more information about how to apply click here.


CUHK Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence for 2018–19  is now open for application till Tuesday, 3 April 2018. The Programme supports CUHK PhD students to visit your institutions as well as your PhD students to visit CUHK for short-term research attachments. The visit is to be completed between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. For inbound students, we provide them with free on-campus accommodation during the visit period.
 
The programme guidelines and application form can be accessed here. I would be grateful if you can disseminate this opportunity to your PhD students and relevant supervisors so they can make use of the Programme to facilitate collaborations between our institutions, especially in relation to the WUN RDF.
 
For enquiries, please contact my colleague Ms. Olivia Kwok at mobilityscheme@cuhk.edu.hk.
 

International Writing Competition - how good are your blogging skills?
Deadline for applications 1st December.

Justis Publishing are currently advertising the first Law and Technology International Writing Competition, with a grand prize of £2,000 for he best 1,000 word blog-style article. The competition is open to all university students around the world. The winning article will also be published in the Justis newslegger, which reaches over 30,000 people within the legal profession. The first runner-up in each category will win £250. To find out more, click here.

LeedsforLife Conference Awards 2017/18
Through generous support from the Footsteps Fund and Santander Universities, there is funding available for undergraduate and postgraduate students to contribute towards the costs of attending academic conferences that will enhance knowledge and develop skills. To fill out an application form, and to read more about the eligibility of this funding, please use the following link:
https://leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/Home/TheFoundation

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG)
The British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) aims to promote women's opportunities in education and public life. National BFWG scholarships are awarded to women research students in their final year of formal study towards a PhD degree. To find out more, click
here.

Trusts, Charities and Foundations
The types of award available vary widely, some amount to a few hundred pounds a year and may just cover research expenses such as ravel and fieldwork.
Prospects provides information about funding postgraduate study in the UK. It offers guidance on finding funding from public funding bodies as well as charities, trusts and foundations.

Reference books such as the Grants Register and the Directory of Grant-Making Trusts are available from the
Leeds University Library.
 
Pathways to PhD Impact
 

 
Ben Willis - School of Politics & International Studies

Drawing on research undertaken for his PhD, Ben co-authored two major reports for Protection Approaches (a UK-based human rights Non-Government Organisation (NGO) that focuses on identity-based violence). Both reports were published between May and June 2017, and attracted a good deal of interest among policy-makers and professionals.

The first report,,
Maintaining Momentum in a Changing World: Atrocity Prevention in UK Policy, examined how the UK government can further advance its commitment to preventing mass atrocity. The second report, Protecting Populations from Identity-Based Violence: A Review of the 2017 General Election Manifestos, reviewed the pre-election manifesto pledges of the major UK political parties with regard to combating identity-based violence both at home and abroad.
PGR Acheivements
 
 





 

Ashwin Mehta - School of Education

Ashwin recently gained second place in the competition to find the Learning Technologist of the Year 2017, as awarded by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). The ALT is a national association which aims to advance education through increasing, exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of Learning Technology for the benefit of the general public. This is a fantastic achievement by Ashwin, whose work also received the Community Choice Award, as voted by members of the learning technology community.
 
Commenting these prestigious accolades, Ashwin said “It was an honour for my work to be acknowledged by the prestigious ALT panel and the wider ALT community by receiving two awards at this year’s conference. I have spent the last five years developing Learning Technology ecosystems that support medical research in sub-Saharan Africa. I am privileged that the esteemed Learning Technology community recognised the impact of my work as comparable to best practices in the field.”



Magali Eben - School of Law

Megali has successfully applied to become an American Bar Association Antitrust International Scholar-in-Residence. This prestigious appointment will enable Megan to conduct research in the US, with the support of a $10,000 scholarship.

This is terrific news, both for Megan and the Graduate School. The American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law International Scholar-in-Residence Programme provides funding for two distinguished scholars to visit the United States to pursue competition policy-related research. Megan will visit the United States for a period of 8 to 12 weeks in the Spring of 2018, coinciding with the 66th Annual Spring Meeting of the Antitrust Section. During her stay, Megan will conduct research, meet and interact with members of the U.S. antitrust community, and attend the annual Spring Meeting in Washington DC.

Contact us to tell us about your research achievements and help us to celebrate the successes of our PGR community.
News from around the University

Launch of the new Doctoral Collage

A dedicated hub for our Postgraduate Research community opened its doors on the 5 October. The Doctoral College was formally launched by the Vice-Chancellor at a celebratory lunch, with speakers including Professor Lisa Roberts (Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation), Devesh Mistry (runner-up, Leeds PGR of the Year 2017), and Marta Giannichi (winner of the Leeds Three-Minute Thesis competition, 2017). Based on Level 12 of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, the Doctoral College aims to coordinate the support already available to the PGR community in Faculty Graduate Schools, Organisational Development and Professional Learning, the University Library, the Language Centre, Leeds University Union, the Careers Service, the Student Education Service, the Research and Innovation Service and elsewhere across the University.

Lunchtime drop-in sessions are now underway regularly, offering training, support, and advice on PGR examinations, OD&PL training, and publishing, all of which can be found on the Drop-in Timetable.

Download a copy of the latest Doctoral College Newsletter here.


MyCareers - University Careers Centre

The MyCareers web-based platform, run by the University Careers Centre, became fully operational in September 2017. MyCareers acts as a 'one-stop-shop' for the full range of services that you might need when thinking about your career options and professional skills development. You can now login into MyCareers and access information about employment opportunities (inside and outside of academia) and PGR-focused workshops (e.g. on writing effective CVs, on approaches to interviews), as well as book appointments with Faculty-specific careers consultants.

You can also access the ESSL-specific area of the Careers Centre
here.

 
Graduation News 

Very many congratulations to the following postgraduate researchers, who have been recently awarded their research degree!

School of Education
  • Antri Avraamidou - 'Mathematics that arises from collaborative gameplay in The Sims 3' [awarded 19/06/2017]
  • Nasir Mahmood - 'A critical ethnographic study of misrecognition of identities, agency and belonging of British Pakistani muslim teachers in their educational and social contexts' [awarded 11/09/2017]
  • Pieter Murre - 'Headteacher values in five Dutch reformed secondary schools: comparing perspectives of heads, staff and pupils' [awarded 01/11/2017]
School of Law
  • Ian Leach - 'Risk and accountability in public order policing' [awarded 19/06/2017]
  • Lerong Lu - 'The regulation of private lending in China' [awarded 03/08/2017]
  • Ummi Masood - 'Countering cyber attacks in Malaysian Law: assessing the concept of cyber attacks and the countermeasures' [awarded 19/06/2017]
  • Mohd Norhisyam Modh Yusof - 'Human trafficking law in Malaysia as reflected in policies and practices' [awarded 19/06/2017]
  • Heidarali Teimouri - 'The responsibility to protect and international intervention: A case study of Libya' [awarded 03/08/2017]
School of Sociology & Social Policy
  • Lynley Aldridge - 'The overseas working holiday and graduate employment trajectories: a cross-cultural comparison' [awarded 03/08/2017]
  • Emily Webb - '"We are a roma nation". Support for romani nationalism amongst Britain's romani populations' [awarded 19/06/2017]
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