Douglas Burnham

About Douglas Burnham

Professor of Philosophy

Teaching training for Research Degrees Students

If you are a research degree student here at Staffordshire, and are doing some part-time teaching for us, then you are required to attend teaching training workshops, normally at no cost to you. The first step in this is the Teach Well workshops, the first date of which is Wednesday the 16th of November, 2016, 1030 to 1200 and the main, full day workshop on January 25th. In your second year, you should take the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education. For both, your first steps should be to contact

CFP Social Inequality

Social inequalities and social research Social inequalities are a central issue for the social sciences. We are all located within a structure of unequal relations of power, status and economic resources with lasting consequences, and our choices and opportunities are enabled or constrained by these unequal relations. Social science is concerned with the lived experiences of these inequalities, how they reproduce, and how they persist and endure. Once only understood as an issue of economics and politics, the understanding of social inequalities has now expanded to include symbolic representations of cultural difference.

We invite doctoral and early career researchers to submit abstracts concerned with social inequalities. We welcome abstracts on empirical and theoretical research on social inequalities, which could be based on, but not limited to, the following broad themes:

  • Social class
  • Gender
  • ‘Race’, ethnicity, and the nation
  • Disability
  • Sexuality
  • Age and the life course
  • Education
  • Health
  • Place and space
  • Global inequalities
  • Intersections of inequality

This is a one day event, costing £10, to be held on Saturday, 25th February 2017. We welcome abstracts of 250-350 words in length for presentations of 15 minutes, to be submitted to by 25th October 2016. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

The Enquire Conference Team

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IEEE workshops

Research students may be interested in a couple of talks arranged with IEEE.  They are:

Tuesday 27 September. Ashley LT001  IEEExplore: what’s new, tips and tricks session 2.30-3.30

Tuesday 27 September. Ashley LT001  Publishing with IEEE 3.30-4.30

Booking is through Eventbrite:

  1. IEEEXplore – Whats New Tips and tricks –
  2. Publishing with IEEE –

The Publishing talk covers the process from submission to acceptance and Open Access publishing so may be of interest to a wider audience of research students.

Induction workshop for new research degrees students

How does your research degree work; what kinds of things do you have to do (other than be clever), what are some good tips, and things to watch out for?

The following day-workshop is a required part of the induction for all research degree students who (i) have enrolled with the University on or after September 2015 and (ii) have not attended the day-workshop for the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. (This workshop is part of the program that replaces the PgCert.) Some students will be unable to attend, but all presentations will be made available online. (Clarification: Professional Doctorate students are welcome to attend, but this induction is not a requirement for them.)

Times Tuesday 1st March Cadman Conference Room, College Road, Stoke
9:00 – 10:30 Douglas Burnham: Introduction (Getting Started on your  research degree; working with your supervisors; progression stages)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 –   12:00 Alan Eardley: Moving Towards Completion (Late Stage Review,  writing up and submission, examination)
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch (delivered to room)
12:45 – 14:15 Eleanor Johnston: Library and Electronic Information   Resources
14:15 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 16:00 Jana Fiserova: Literature Review as Integral to Research
16:00 – 17:00 Nachi Chockalingham: Research Ethics

Please book your place on this event by emailing

Graduate School Blog

The main purpose of this blog will be to be the calendar of events coordinated by, or reported to, the Graduate School. (See the Events tab, above.) So: induction events, workshops, research methods training of various types, conferences, visiting speakers, exhibition launches, etc.


Please send suggestions to be added to our calendar to Dominic Collins.