The 6th Staffordshire University PGR Conference will take place on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 in the Ashley Centre at Staffordshire University. All our research degree or professional doctorate students are invited as are all research-active or interested academics and support staff. We will also be inviting PGR students from neighbouring Keele and from our partners Buckinghamshire New University.

What is it all about?

As in previous years the aim of this year’s conference is to provide a multi-disciplinary, inclusive and supportive environment where students and staff from the participating Universities can meet to present and discuss research plans and activities.  If previous conferences are anything to go by, the posters and presentations will cover an extremely diverse and exciting range of topics.

The conference has been designed so that it is suitable for those who are early research students, mid-research students as well as final year students.


In addition to developing your skills in presenting to a diverse academic audience and receiving constructive feedback on your poster or paper presentation, a really important part of the Conference are the informal opportunities that will be available to network with others on the PgR journey.

Conference Schedule

9:30 – 10:00    Ashley Centre Foyer      Arrival, Registration & Refreshments

10:00 – 10:15   LT01                              Welcome & Introduction: Prof. Martin Jones, Deputy Vice Chancellor

10:15 – 11.15   LT01                              Keynote Speech – Prof. Martin Parker, University of Bristol

11.15 – 11.30   Ashley Centre Foyer     Break and Refreshments

11.30 – 13.00   LT1-4                            Paper Presentation Session 1

13.00 – 14.15     LT111/3 & LT114/6     Lunch and Poster Presentation (poster presenters to be in place by 13.30)

14.15 – 15.30   LT1-4                            Paper Presentation Session 2

15.30 – 15.45   Ashley Centre Foyer     Break and Refreshments

15.45 – 16:30   LT01                              Panel Discussion – What can you do with a PhD?

16:30 – 17:00   LT01                              3 Minute Thesis Competition

17:00               LT01                              Closing Remarks

The full conference schedule and abstracts for the various presentations are downloadable below:

PgR Conference 2018 Schedule

PGR Conference 2018 – Paper Presentation Abstracts

PGR Conference 2018 – Poster Presentation Abstracts

PGR Conference 2018 – 3MT Abstracts


Voting for the Three Minute Thesis Competition

After the Three Minute Thesis Presentations at 16:30, you’ll be able to vote for your favourite here.

Voting for the Poster Presentation Competition

After viewing the posters in room LT114/6 at lunchtime (13.00 – 14.15), you’ll be able to vote for you favourite poster here.

Booking your place

All conference delegates, regardless of whether or not they not they are presenting or taking part in the Three Minute Thesis competition – should book their place HERE. Please email to let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

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