2017 Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Student Led Symposium

As one of the student reps for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, I have been involved in helping to organise a student led event which takes place very soon.

We have organised a student led symposium with the theme of ‘Survival Strategies for the Modern PhD Student’

You can register for the symposium on this eventbrite page and more information on the student led event can be found below.


2017 Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Student Led Symposium

Survival Strategies for the Modern PhD Student

Thursday 20th 12:30pm–6:30pm to Friday 21st April 9am–3pm

Hugh Fraser Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow


Keynote Speaker: Professor Steve Yearley

School of Social & Political Science: University of Edinburgh

Can academic ‘engagement’ be enjoyable and can one prevent it becoming a new euphemism for marketing and self-promotion?

Description: Engagement, participation and stakeholder involvement have become mainstream over the last twenty years. They are now as likely to be an obligation as an aspiration. In this talk I want to reflect on my experiences with engagement – during and after the research process, with policy organisations, with community groups and with public audiences (at festivals, zoos and theatres). I hope to highlight the trends which are leading engagement to become routinised, and to suggest ways to avoid the routines and to promote rewarding forms of engagement.


Special Contribution: Professor Rowena Murray

School of Education: University West of Scotland

This Writing Workshop will include writing to prompts, ‘snack’ writing, analysing academic writing, writing an abstract/summary, using prompts in series, outlining and writing groups, micro-groups and retreats. This will be a practical session, involving writing activities and discussions of how these activities can contribute to the writing of theses, journal articles and other texts. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops to this workshop – if you have one – although it’s not a requirement.

Topics covered during the event:

Activism & Academia

Unpacking the Academic Job Advert

Dealing with Supervision

Writing Strategies


Surviving the Viva

There will also be a dinner event open to all delegates on Thursday 20th April 2017. This will be held between 6.30pm-9pm at Siempre Bicycle Café.

The event is free to PhD students studying at a Scottish university and it is organized by the SGSSS student representatives. Fifty places available on a first come, first served basis: Registration essential via Eventbrite. Lunch, coffee/teas, dinner (20th) & Breakfast, coffee/teas and lunch (21st) provided for delegates.

Accommodation grant available up to £60 for Thursday 20th April only. Travel expenses paid (public transport within Scotland only). For further information and to record access or dietary requirements please email: sgssocsci@gmail.com

The official event poster can be found here: 2017 SGSSS SLS Poster


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