Welcome to our weekly update about news and upcoming events for the PGR community.

Hope everyone is keeping well and settling into new ways of working.  It’s been a big adjustment for us all, but by pulling together we can cope with the new normal for as long as we need to.  It’s been inspiring to see so many inventive ways of being together whilst apart via the various social media channels and we’re working on bringing you ways to keep in touch with our community during this time.

As ever, you can contact the Doctoral School team via https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/doctoralschool/contact-us/ and you contact your College admin team via https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/doctoralschool/doctoral-community-2/college-support-teams/

We do have quite a few pieces of news to pass on, so we’ve included a quick summary in this email, but you can get more details via the Doctoral School blog via the links below:

 1.  Library Research Support Drop-In Sessions

2.  SHU PGR Virtual Café

3.  Creating Knowledge Conference 2020

4.  Viva Survivors – online Getting Creative session

5.  The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme – 2020-21

6.  The Journal of Imaginary Research


1.  Library Research Support Drop-In Sessions

The Library Research Support drop in will be open for doctoral and M by Res researchers and staff:

10.00 – 11.00 am on Mondays

2.00 – 3.00 pm on Fridays

You can join the drop-in at https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/15c3d88bbc6e4d1aa9a68774aff80f72


2.  SHU PGR Virtual Café

We’ve brought forward the launch of the SHU PGR virtual café in the spirit of keeping connected.  Similar to the staff Random Coffee scheme, if you’d like to sign up for a random match with another PGR student please enter your details on our google form:  https://forms.gle/qeJJpngZ2KPFrHjf7.  Further details about the scheme can be found on:  https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/doctoralschool/shu-pgr-virtual-cafe/


3.  Creating Knowledge Conference 2020

Whilst the Creating Knowledge Conference unfortunately will not be able to go ahead in the format originally planned, we are working on various sessions to run 9 – 12 June to come together as a research community in spirit, if not in person.

As a PGR student there are various ways that you can get involved:

3MT® 2020

We are taking expressions of interest, with the closing date of Wednesday 15 April 2020.  Please email doctoralschool@shu.ac.uk if you would like to take part and let us know your name and College.

SHU Research Image Showcase 2020

Deadline for entries:  Tuesday 21 April 2020 (5.00 pm).  Submit your image and entry form by email to doctoralschool@shu.ac.uk.  You can find further information on the SHaRD blog via https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/shard/creating-knowledge-conference-2020/shu-research-image-showcase-2020/

Abstracts for Presentations

Abstracts for 5 minute lightning presentation should be no longer than 250 words and should be submitted using this form before 23:59 on Tuesday 7 April 2020


4.  Viva Survivors – Getting Creative (blog by Nathan Ryder)


A free 1-hour session on creative and fun viva prep running over Zoom on Wednesday 8 April 2020. If you’re looking to kickstart your viva prep with a smile, or you don’t know how to start, or you feel blocked because of everything going on, this session is for you.  In 1 hour we’ll cover the basics of viva prep, what it’s really for, and five creative responses.  If you have questions about the viva or prep, this is a chance to get some answers too.

Full details are at the link and places are limited to sixty attendees.  The session is free, but if you want to attend you are encouraged to register soon.


5.  The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme – Sheffield Hallam University – PhD tutor opportunity – 2020-21

The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning university access charity.  They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

The Brilliant Club will be running an online webinar on 8 April 2020 at 1pm and 30 April 2020 at 11am, where you can find out more about the opportunity of becoming a Scholars Programme PhD tutor.  To access the webinars, please follow the following links:

Wednesday 8 April 2020, 1pm – https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/286072125

Wednesday 30 April 2020, 11am – https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/594231989

Further information about the scheme can be found on our blog via : https://wp.me/p7BoI8-Vk


6.  The Journal of Imaginary Research

The Journal of Imaginary Research is now accepting submissions of new short fictional pieces for a special issue, to be published in summer 2020.   A key aim of the journal/zine is to encourage colleagues to embrace writing simply for fun, as an act of care.  We also hope that reading and writing our imagined works, will bring an enjoyable diversion into your work lives.  We are putting together a special issue in recognition that a fun diversion might be welcomed at this unprecedented time.  Submissions to kay.guccione@gcu.ac.uk by Friday 24 April, 2020

Further info on our blog, via https://wp.me/p7BoI8-Vi


Don’t forget that as ever you can always contact us on doctoralschool@shu.ac.uk to let us know of any events that you have coming up – or any good news stories you’d like to share.

Look after yourselves and each other and stay safe

Nicola, Elizabeth and Liz