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Collaboration, Networking, Engagement: The GuildHE Research Doctoral Summer School 2021

6 September 2021 - 7 September 2021

The GuildHE Research Doctoral Summer School is an opportunity to develop as a researcher alongside a cohort of doctoral candidates drawn from smaller and specialist universities and colleges from across the UK. This year the School will feature a range of presentations and interactive sessions on the theme of ‘Collaboratrion, Networking, Engagement.’

At the School you will be able to:

  • Focus on your own professional development as a researcher in the company of your peers from across a wide range of universities and specialist colleges;
  • Meet and engage with experts in research policy and culture;
  • Get an insight into some key areas of development and their policy context to equip you on your researcher career journey;
  • Leave with a spring in your step and the motivation to explore specific areas of development in more detail with research supervisors and colleagues, through GuildHE Research and through engagement with partners operating in the broader knowledge economy.

For the second year running the Summer School will take place online.


The day will include a range of opportunities to introduce your own research, meet and network with your peers, alongside the following facilitated sessions:

‘Reaching out to others: Collaboration and engagement’ – A highly interactive session that will be facilitated by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), introducing key ideas and encouraging discussion through a mix of presentation, interaction and facilitated conversation, aimed at increasing understanding of engagement and impact

‘Developing your resilience’ – Presented by Matt Verrell, Executive Coach and Transition Coach, this session will aim to equip participants with strategies and approaches to roll  with changing work structures and environments.

‘Engaging with the Parliament’ – Naomi Saint from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) will introduce participants to the UK Parliament and how you can get your research noticed by politicians and policymakers.

‘Research Culture: Diversity and Anti-Racism’ – GuildHE Research colleagues will present on the work we are doing to support anti-racism and to champion diversity, including research into the lived experience of postgraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds commissioned from the Institute for Community Studies

GuildHE Research Doctoral Programme 2021-2022

The event will be complemented by a programme of opportunities to engage with the cohort of participants throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. The GuildHE Research Doctoral programme for 2021-2022 will include the following events:

November 2021 – Academic Writing Month
February 2022 (exact date TBC) – Academic Writing Workshop
April 2022 (exact date TBC) – GuildHE Research Doctoral Spring School


6 September 2021
7 September 2021




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