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Doctoral College Events

The Doctoral College run several events throughout the year that give you an introduction to the research community at QMUL as well as chance to develop new skills and meet and collaborate with other researchers.

QMUL PhD Student Induction

QMUL PhD Student Induction is open to all beginning PhD students. Induction runs twice a year, once at the beginning of the Autumn semester and once during the Spring semester. It is a chance for the Doctoral College to welcome you formally. You will be able to meet the Deputy-Deans for research and find out more about the life of a PhD student at QMUL and the training and support you can expect to receive.

The 2018/19 Spring induction will be on 03 April 2019.

Venue: Rotblat Building, Charterhouse Square.

For more information and to reserve a place go to: and search for course code: DC100

Cohort Training Days

Cohort training days provide specific researcher development training tailored to a specific year of PhD research. Not only will these help you to make the most out of your time as PhD student but you will have the chance to meet, chat and work with fellow PhD students from different disciplines across QMUL.

  • First Year Cohort Day: Maximising the Impact of Conferences and Networking

At this stage in the PhD some students have already attended conferences, and many will be thinking about it. Networking is very important at conferences, but many students are unsure how to go about it; recent surveys of PhD graduates have shown that networking skills are one of the main things they wish they had developed more effectively during their PhD.

2018/19 date – 12 June 2019

  • Second Year Cohort Day: Understanding the impact of your research

This event gives PhD students the opportunity to find out about ‘impact’ and what it means to researchers, the college and the Research Councils, as well as to consider the impact or potential impact of their own research and how this can be communicated to others.

2018/19 date – 27 February 2019

  • Third Year Cohort Day: Employability

The third Doctoral Cohort Day focuses on helping students make plans for life beyond the PhD, whether they decide to follow a career within or outside of academia.

2018/19 date – 10 September 2019

Doctoral College Debates

Doctoral College debates are held annually and welcome the participation of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and members of staff alike. The debates are on topical issues and are a fun and lively introduction to the research community at QMUL.

Past debates:

The 2016 Doctoral College Annual Debate took place during GradFest2016 and stood under the motto of “– Connecting research with the wider world: optimism and impact”.

The Debate panelists were:
Professor Peter McOwan – Vice-Principal (Public Engagement and Student Enterprise)
Professor Cathy McIlwaine – School of Geography
Professor David Berman – School of Physics
The panel was chaired by Professor Jon May.

The panel discussed questions submitted by the audience, including various issues such as establishing connections with non-academics, connecting research with wider audiences, research and making progressive differences.

The 2015 Doctoral College Annual Debate took a ‘Question Time’ format as the closing event of GradFest2015.  The Debate panel was:
Professor Simon Gaskell, Principal QMUL.
Professor Averil MacDonald, Women In Science and Engineering Campaign board member.
Holly Else, Times Higher Education Journalist.
Sam Miles, QMSU PGR Rep.
The panel was chaired by Professor Jon May.
The panel discussed questions submitted by the audience, including various issues such as the cost of higher education, payments to PhD students who teach at QMUL and the place of PhD researchers in the wider UK research environment.

The 2014 Doctoral College Annual Debate discussed the ethics of research and was shaped by questions from the floor to a distinguished panel of experts: Professor Richard Ashcroft, Ms Elizabeth Hall, Dr David Collier and Professor Jacqueline Rose. The debate was followed by a free Curry Evening in the Old Library, Whitechapel Campus.

The 2013 Annual Debate –  The “Murderer from Mile End”, Dr Alan Drew, Leverhulme Fellow, Physics, QMUL, was up against “The Killer from Kings”, Prof. Evelyn Welch, VP (Arts & Sciences), Kings College London, debating the motion “This House believes transferable skills training is a complete waste of time”.

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