October's Newsletter 2017  

A very warm welcome to all new and returning postgraduate research students. We hope you’ve had an opportunity to take some time out from your academic studies and enjoy the summer break. We’re really looking forward to the academic year ahead and we hope that you are too.
  Doctoral School | News Update
We would like to take this opportunity to update you with some changes going forward into the new term. From August 2017 'The Graduate School' became 'The Doctoral School' with Dr Jonathan Cooper, School of Life Sciences, College of Science, appointed as our Director.
The Doctoral School will continue to support your experience through our researcher development and skills programme and interdisciplinary activities, whilst working in conjunction with your Schools/Colleges who will maintain discipline specific provision. 

In addition Colleges will begin to introduce College Graduate Schools to further support and enhance the postgraduate research environment and a new Doctoral School Management Board will oversee Postgraduate Research Students across the institution.

For further information please email: 
  NEW 2017 - 2018 Researcher Development Programme | Book Now
The Doctoral School is pleased to announce the launch of the NEW 2017/18 Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme which is NOW open for registration.

About the Programme

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is delivered by the Doctoral School and offers academic, professional and personal development through a number of training workshops and event opportunities, all intended to support the research community at the University of Lincoln.

The programme is delivered under four thematic areas:

• Research Skills
• Communication Development
• Writing & Publishing
• Career Development

Each theme is designed to enable you to identify and develop skills, and acquire the knowledge and expertise needed to achieve standards of excellence in your research and professional life. The workshops are delivered by expert facilitators both across the university and externally to support our students at all stages of their research.

Click here for further information
  Doctoral School Induction | 10 October
Newly enrolled postgraduate research student? Don't forget to register for our Doctoral School induction session!
Further details and registration
  PG Coffee Morning | 11 October
New and returning postgraduate research students, head along to our welcome coffee morning to meet and get to know your fellow researchers in good company with a hot beverage. 
Further details and registration
 Postgraduate Common Room and Study Space | 3rd Floor MHT Building
The University of Lincoln is pleased to announce the provision of a Common Room and Study Space specifically for our community of postgraduate students. The area, located on the third floor of the MHT building, incorporates a comfortable sitting area along with meeting/group rooms and quiet study space.

Designed to provide somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of other campus communal areas, postgraduate students on both taught and research programmes are encouraged to use the rooms for group and personal study.

There is a good sized common room with comfortable seating, along with eight study rooms that can be used for meetings, group work, or quiet study. It is an ideal venue for postgraduate students from across the four University Colleges to come together to work together and alongside one another.

The rooms are available during normal building opening hours and are signposted from the third floor stairwell and lift foyer in MHT.
   Students' Union  | Conference Funding 
"We will help you to go to an external conference." 
The Students' Union can provide some financial support for undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to attend external conferences as presenters. Presenting at a conference on some of the work you have been doing, is a great opportunity for you to: 
  • Increase your professional development
  • Gain real-world experience
  • Gain confidence in presenting
  • Practice external networking
Criteria for funding external conferences will be developed shortly - for further information please contact 
EMDoc Conference Oral Presentation Winner | Annie Xu 
Congratulations to PhD Research Student Annie Xu, School of Fine and Performing Arts, awarded Best Oral Presentation, 'Art and Text Collisions in Contemporary Chinese Art', at the East Midlands Doctoral Network (EMDoc) Conference 2017. 

 I am very appreciative of the Doctoral School for giving me this opportunity to attend and present at the EMDoc Conference 2017. It was my honour to do the presentation as a PhD researcher from the University of Lincoln. Winning the best oral presentation in this conference gave me a lot confidence in my research. Encouragement and interest from both the audience and other researchers made me realise the importance and potential of my research on Chinese text art and VR text art.  

Annie XU, School of Fine and Performing Arts, College of Arts, University of Lincoln.

Find out more about EMDoc

  Postgraduate  Research Symposium  | School of Life Sciences 

'Geoff the Tortoise' Image credit: Samantha Penrice, Associate Demonstrator, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln
The School of Life Sciences postgraduate research symposium is being held in the Stephen Langton building on Wednesday 11th October from 1pm to 5pm.

The postgraduate research symposium is a highlight of the research undertaken by current students in the School of Life Sciences, covering amazing science from the molecular sciences which study diseases to animal welfare and behaviour. Research students will be presenting their research as a mixture of selected talks and posters.

Postgraduate Research Symposium Programme:

13:00-13:10  Welcome 
13:10-13:25  Introducing the animal sciences
13:25-13:40  Physiological differences between dogs with and without separation related problems
13:40-13:55  Comparison of rat behaviour in two different housing conditions
13:55-14:10  The hydrological characteristics of nests and their construction materials
14.10-14.25   Linking sinking speed and shape in planktonic foraminifera

Coffee Break
14:45-15:00  Structural bio mechanics determine spectral tonality of bush-cricket calls
15:00-15:15 Introducing the biosciences
15:15-15:30 Unlocking the true potential of Hsp90 as a cancer target
15:30-15:45 Alzheimer's disease and Mitochondria: DO mitochondrial alterations precede the onset of AD?
15:45-16:45 Poster Session with nibbles
16:45 Prize Giving
Session Closes
For further information contact Dr Stefan Millson or Dr Anna Wilkinson

Open  Access Week 2017

The Doctoral School and University Library are hosting a programme of events to coincide with International Open Access Week:
The programme will commence with the launch of the first issue of the postgraduate e-journal, E|mporium, and will continue all week long. We will be hosting a number of workshops and events to give researchers more information on areas including Open Access policy, sharing research information, and the changing landscape of academic publication.
Visit the Open Access Page on our website
Get Involved
By getting involved with E-mporium you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of professional and transferable skills. As well as enhancing your research portfolio, E-mporium presents an invaluable opportunity to enrich your postgraduate experience and develop yourself as a researcher.
There are three ways you can become a part of E|mporium:
  • As a Contributor
  • As a Peer Reviewer
  • As an Editor
  Join us for the launch of the first E-mporium issue on Monday 23rd October,  at the University Library, during Open Access Week 2017!
Find out more about E|mporium
   Cumberland Lodge | Colloquia Scheme 2017 
The Colloquia scheme gives postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and early career researchers  (ECRs) the opportunity to design and run a one-day interdisciplinary conference with the support of the Cumberland Lodge team.
Since Cumberland Lodge established the scheme in 2012, the subjects discussed have been incredibly varied, yet consistently seek to address topical issues facing today’s society.

The two most recent colloquia titles are listed below:
  • Social Cohesion in Times of Uncertainty, September 2017
  • Population Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Birth and Death, September 2016

What’s on offer?
Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park is offering its expertise and superb venue to a group of postgraduates and early career researchers to facilitate an interdisciplinary conference. In consultation with Cumberland Lodge staff, you will deliver a well-crafted one-day conference, raising your public engagement profile and developing the impact of your academic research.

You will gain experience in: 
  • Devising publicity strategies
  •  Networking
  • Writing funding applications
  • Project management

What should I do next?
For more information and to download an application form visit:
The deadline for applications is Friday 27th October 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype. Successful applicants should expect to run their event in autumn 2018.
   BSA Sport Study Group PG Forum | School of Sport and Exercise Science
Health Advancement Research team (HART) and the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln hosted the British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Postgraduate Forum on 1 September
The event was organised by Ms Rachel Williams (former PhD student, HART researcher), Dr Elizabeth Stamp (former PhD student, MTOUGH/HART researcher), Mr Gareth McNarry (PhD student, HART), and Ms Bethan Sullivan (research student, HART). Dr Nikolas Dickerson, Senior Lecturer in Sport Sociology, gave the keynote talk which focused on ‘popcorn’ patriotism and US cultural politics.

 The key session themes cohered around: embodiment, identity and the senses; integrated care, exercise and weight loss; sport development and coaching; health and physical activity; and gender and the media.  A wide range of topics and methodological approaches was discussed, including Dr Alex Blackett of Lincoln, who presented on creating a high-performance coach identity when ‘fast-tracked’ into a post-athletic coaching career in men’s association football and rugby union. Ms Stacey Mitchell, a former research student in HART and currently a Regional Golf Development Officer, also gave an inspiring talk on women’s golf and life beyond postgraduate study. Our thanks to the organising team and all the presenters and attendees, who made such a success of the Forum. 
Credited to Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, Professor in Sociology & Physical Culture, and Director, Health Advancement Research Team, University of Lincoln

For further information please visit the HART website 
   Women in Academia Introductory Workshop | 10 October
This informal introductory workshop will allow new and existing members to meet one another and learn more about what the group has to offer throughout the coming academic year. It will also give you the opportunity to let WIA know what you want to gain from being part of the group, as well as any specific workshops or training you would like to see them provide.

The session will comprise of a brief talk from the committee and a discussion with members to allow everyone involved to get to know one another. For further information please email the acting WIA President Shelby Sutterby
Book onto the Women in Academia Workshop

   PG Picture of the Month  | Competition

  September's Winner is ...
Congratulations to Giano Sui, 'When Music is merely about the dots it is still compelling to me', College of Arts, School of Fine and Performing Arts. Please contact the Doctoral School and claim your prize!
Jamie Kunz, Lincoln Law School, Three Minute Thesis Presentation 2017
  Watch | Three Minute Thesis 
Jamie Kunz, Lincoln Law School, presents his Three Minute Thesis entitled 'To  what extent would environmental objectives be better served if international courts and tribunals moved away from anthropocentric perspectives in their jurisprudence?'

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