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Festival of Doctoral Research

Connect and Celebrate

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we have taken the decision to postpone the Festival of Doctoral Research that was due to take place from the 4 - 21 May. We are however planning to take elements of the festival forward in a virtual format.

The Three Minute Thesis final will proceed as a virtual event to be held before the end of June, with details to be confirmed nearer the time. If you have not done so already, you might also hear about changes to your upcoming Faculty heats.

We are also planning to proceed with the activities fund, and would like to thank applicants very much for the time and energy they have put into their applications. We will be in touch shortly regarding the outcome of these applications, and to work with successful applicants regarding the possibility of holding their events remotely (or postponing to next academic year).

The Director’s and Research Awards will also be going ahead as planned and are currently open for applications. The awards will be made this academic year and winners will be celebrated virtually, but the awards ceremony itself has been postponed to the autumn. All other activities, including the Bake your PhD and the Research Showcase, will also be postponed until the autumn.

As I am sure you can appreciate, this is a dynamic situation and we are all working as best we can to make alternative arrangements. We will do our best to keep you updated of any changes and new virtual events as soon as we are able.

Activities Fund 2020

Activities Fund

Applications for the Activities Fund are still open! Apply to put on an event during the Festival of Doctoral Research.

2019 winners

Doctoral College Research Awards

The Research Awards will recognise the exceptional contribution of doctoral researchers to research group, School, Faculty or University research strategy.

Take a look at the Festival of Doctoral Research 2019 page for full highlights from last year!

The Festival of Doctoral Research over the years

The Festival of Doctoral Research is the perfect opportunity to foster a sense of togetherness and share interests across our wide range of research disciplines


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