Bristol Doctoral College

Bristol Doctoral College

We grow, develop and support our thriving community of postgraduate researchers across all research degree programmes at the University of Bristol.

The Bristol Doctoral College supports and develops our thriving community of postgraduate researchers across all research degree programmes at the University of Bristol.

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Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 06/06/2024

Congratulations Rachel Hare, English PhD student and 2023 winner, for your amazing presention at the Coimbra Group international 3MT final held today in Turku, Finland 🙌

Rachel’s presentation ‘Art of the Swoon’ explores the meaning & gendering of faints in early modern literature & beyond.

24/05/2024

Happy 115th birthday to the University of Bristol! 🥳🎂
On 24 May 1909 - 115 years ago, the University of Bristol was granted its Royal Charter by King Edward VII, enabling it to confer degrees and formally establish it as a university.


Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 15/05/2024

The winners of the 2024 University of Bristol Three Minute Thesis competition...🥁

Winner - Mia Arundel​, Biological Sciences (PhD) with their presentation 'Where the Wild Things Were'

People's Choice Award Winner - Katy Yalci​, Biochemistry (PhD) with their presentation 'What controls growth?

Runner-up - Daniela Rozental-Devis​​, Creative Writing (PhD)​ with their presentation 'The Disabled Writer’s Balancing Act'

15/05/2024

Congratulations to this year’s Three Minute Thesis finalists! 👏

Yesterday's final demonstrated the wide variety of postgraduate research conducted at the University of Bristol, with presentations ranging from re-wilding and honey bee behaviour to the power of language and championing better representation for people with disabilities.

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 10/05/2024

⏰The 2024 Three Minute Thesis finalists are...

Yerkesh Rakhymzhanov, Learning, Leadership and Policy (EdD) - Language policy in training Kazakhstani civil servants

Emma Atkins, Sustainable Futures (PhD) - The fridge: friend or foe

Daniela Rozental-Devis, Creative Writing (PhD) - The Disabled Writer's Balancing Act

Mia Arundel, Biological Sciences (PhD) - Where the Wild Things Were

Mini Graydon, Biological Sciences (MSc by Research) - Honey bee decision making

Katy Yalci, Biochemistry (PhD) - What controls growth?

Francesco Mitrotta, Aerospace Engineering (PhD) - Breaking the glass ceiling of buckling

Book your ticket to watch these astonishing presentations and vote for the winner of the People Choice Award 🏆

Final, 14 May, 3 to 5 pm, Arts Complex (Lecture Theatre B.H05), book your tickets here: https://ow.ly/RFfO50RBclq

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 09/05/2024

Congratulations to all our 2024 3MT semi-finalists! 🎉

This week we saw 11 amazing presentations from postgraduate researchers across the University of Bristol all competing for a place in the Final of Three Minute Thesis. It has been amazing to see all the hard work this year's competitors have put into their presentations and the variety of research at the University of Bristol.

Congratulations again and watch this space to find out who will be in the Finals 👀

Book your tickets to the final here: https://ow.ly/3ih350RAoGu

26/04/2024

⏰Tickets for 3MT are live!

The annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition showcases the astonishing breadth of the University’s postgraduate research in front of a live audience and judging panel by challenging competitors to be clear, compelling and concise as they deliver a spoken presentation on their research topic in a mere 180 seconds with one slide.

Semi-final, 7 May, Arts Complex B.H05 LT, 3 to 5 pm
Final 14 May, Arts Complex B.H05 LT, 3 to 5 pm

Book your tickets via the link in our bio 🔗

26/04/2024

⏰Tickets for 3MT are live!

The annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition showcases the astonishing breadth of the University's postgraduate research in front of a live audience and judging panel by challenging competitors to be clear, compelling and concise as they deliver a spoken presentation on their research topic in a mere 180 seconds with one slide.

Semi-final, 7 May, Arts Complex B.H05 LT, 3 to 5 pm
Final 14 May, Arts Complex B.H05 LT, 3 to 5 pm

Book your tickets here ➡️https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/university-of-bristol-3mt-2024-3267519

13/03/2024

How can you elevate your conference presentation? 🤔

As conference season approaches, it was great to see so many PGRs at our Lunch & Learn last week on ‘How to Elevate your Conference Presentation’.

Here are our 3 favourite tips from the workshop:

⭐ Pick that one thing! Conference presentations are not a place to explain your whole thesis, so making sure to focus your presentation on one argument/question/hypothesis that will create an engaging and coherent presentation.

⭐ Don’t fear the Q&A! Consider the Q&A as a precious chance for conversation, not as an inquisition.

⭐ Make the slides your backup dancers, and you’re Beyoncé!

Bookings for our next Lunch & Learn ‘How to use AI in Postgraduate Research’ are now open.

See the link in bio for more information 🔗

31/01/2024

Could you present your research to a non-specialist audience ... in just 180 seconds?⏰

Applications are now open for the University of Bristol's Three Minute Thesis® competition — the presentation challenge where being concise is key.

Interested in giving it a go? The closing date for applications is Monday 5 February — don't let the clock tick down, apply now using the below link
apply now using the below link⬇️
https://ow.ly/lSRV50QwclR

12/01/2024

Be More Empowered for Success PGR: Demystifying your Thesis
2 Feb, 3 to 4.30 pm, PGR Hub

Writing your thesis can be daunting, but it can be fun too! Join us, over coffee and cake, for an interactive and creative session on planning your thesis.

Sign up via link in bio 🔗

11/01/2024

Bristol Medical School Short Courses

There are still spaces on some of our live online short courses, taking place between now and July.

Can't do the live course?
We offer free access to short course materials and recordings for all UoB staff and PGRs.

Link in bio 🔗

10/01/2024

Opportunity Bristol 💸📚
A reminder that you have until 29 Jan to apply for our scholarships for UK students from Black backgrounds to undertake a fully-funded research-related master's degree.
Our next Application support workshop is on 17 Jan.
https://bit.ly/3tK9wPQ

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 15/12/2023

Celebrating the season! 🎉 Big thanks to everyone for making our PGR winter party so memorable. Delicious food, amazing crafts, and the best company - there’s nothing like it!

06/11/2023

We are proud to announce that applications for our 2024/25 Scholarship Scheme are now open!

Opportunity Bristol provides financial support to UK students from Black backgrounds to undertake a fully funded research-related Masters degree.

This scheme is part of the University of Bristol's Black Bristol Scholarship Programme and is designed to help awardees gain the research skills and experience needed to apply for funded doctoral research opportunities in the future.

You can find more information about this scheme, how to apply and sign up to one of application support workshops here ➡️ https://ow.ly/386z50Q0YtZ

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 01/11/2023

Happy Academic Writing Month! ✍️

Whether you're looking to start a new project or finish an ongoing one, take the time this month to focus on your writing goals.

Use the tag on the BDC events calendar to see our complete catalogue of events. Follow the link in our bio for more info🔗

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 18/10/2023

How can you communicate your research effectively?

University of Bristol PhD student Jessica Foley recently took her research on the road to the Green Man Festival to explore how you can learn about the diversity of animal ageing at a music festival.

You can read Jessica's full blog, "A Hundred Happy Birthdays: Music & Ageing at Green Man Festival" here 👉https://ow.ly/JcUC50PY0V4

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 02/10/2023

Why not take a look at our October events for PGR students? 👀

If you are looking to come to one of our coffee mornings or attend a writers retreat we have something for you!

See the link in our bio for more info🔗

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 29/09/2023

🎉 We had a fantastic turnout at our first Be More Empowered for Success PGR event of the 23/24 academic year! Thank you to our amazing Advocates for organising this Meet and Greet and to everyone who came along 🤩

The Be More Empowered for Success PGR programme aims to bring together home Black, Asian and minority ethnic postgraduate research students from across the university to work on three main areas:

• “Access” to help support entry into postgraduate study
• “Belonging” to improve the postgraduate student experience
• “Empowerment” to build skills and connections

Our team of Advocates are busy designing this year's event programme - watch this space for updates 👀

Want to learn more about this programme? Check out the link in our bio 🔗

04/09/2023

B:Active PGR sessions are now live! 🤸‍♂️

Stretch, relax and try something new at our weekly yoga sessions, starting this Friday 9 to 10 am in the PGR Hub, followed by coffee and cake. 🧘‍♀️

All other B:Active classes will start next week, including Karate and Pilates (new for this year). 🤙

Find out more and book your place here: https://ow.ly/JVHO50PHqlW

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 01/09/2023

Looking for something to do this September? 📚

Check out our new events page, with all your PGR events and workshops in one place.

See the link in our bio for more info.🔗

25/08/2023

After being crowned the winner of the University's 2023 3MT competition in June, 3rd year English PhD candidate Rachel Hare has fought off competitors from 70+ other UK universities and made it to the final of the national Three Minute Thesis competition with her presentation ‘The Art of the Swoon’.

Join us for a live final screening in the PGR Hub at 12 pm on 15 September and vote for Rachel to receive the ‘People’s Choice’ award of £1000 provided by UKRI to spend on a public engagement activity.

Find out more here: https://ow.ly/JGRn50PEmUI

Did you miss watching the University of Bristol final? You can watch all the 2023 presentations here: https://ow.ly/vthY50PEnkO

03/07/2023

Join the team!⭐

Are you a Home postgraduate researcher? Are you looking to influence positive change across the areas of Access, Belonging and Empowerment?

We are looking to recruit 3 paid PGR Advocates to join the Be More Empowered for Success PGR programme for 2023/24.

Apply here: https://ow.ly/HN8m50OZay3

Applications close on 24 July

28/06/2023

Join the team!✨

Are you someone who loves planning events, connecting with fellow PGR students and creating a sense of community?

The Bristol Doctoral College are looking to recruit 3 paid PGR Engagement Advocates who can team up with us to organise and run the Lunch and Learn series for the 2023/24 academic year.

Click here for more information: https://ow.ly/h19Q50OZab1

Applications close on 2 July

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 16/06/2023

The Final of 3MT 2023 is over ⏳

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our competitors in the final round of the University of Bristol 3MT competition!

Congratulations to all the finalists and participants who competed in the 1st round and semi-final. Also, a big thank you to our judges who had the tough task of selecting the winners amongst these great presentations.

We look forward to seeing you all at our 2024 competition. If you are interested in participating next year, you can register your interest here: https://ow.ly/nuLL50OQgoS

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 16/06/2023

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2023 Bristol 3MT competition! ✨

Winner, Rachel Hare

Runner-up and winner of the People's Choice Award, Emmaline Stotter

Congratulations to Rachel, Emmaline, and all the finalists, for their exceptional presentations! Best of luck to Rachel, whose winning presentation, The Art of the Swoon, will now progress to the 3MT national competition. 🤩

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 09/06/2023

Your Three Minute Thesis finalists are...🥁

Zhipeng Deng, Injectable Gels: Healing Broken Bones from the Inside Out

Benito Wainwright, Seen The Light or Left in the Dark? Eye Evolution in the Rainforest

Rachel Hare, The Art of the Swoon

Mark Bemelmans, What’s hiding between the pixels? Using high-res data to monitor volcanoes

Huijun Sun, Fabrication of a new zirconia composite for dental restoration

Jessica Foley, Ageing gracefully: lessons from a butterfly

Emmaline Stotter, Fighting an Ancient Foe

Book your place to watch the final of 3MT for an amazing showcase of postgraduate research at the University of Bristol.✨

14 June, 3 pm, Priory Road Complex

Book your tickets here: https://ow.ly/BELV50OK6r9

Photos from Bristol Doctoral College's post 07/06/2023

3MT Semi-final!⏳

Thank you to everyone who came along to yesterday's 3MT semi-final. A huge round of applause goes out to all our participants for delivering exceptional presentations.🤩

The final of 3MT will be on the 14 June, Priory Road. We invite you to join us in cheering on our finalists, take part and vote for your favourite presentation, and join us for celebratory drinks and canapes after the event. 🥂

Book here: http://ow.ly/8ZxP50OI1kO

See you there!

24/05/2023

Tickets now live for the 2023 3MT competition! ⏰

Book your tickets now to see participants showcase their research topics in just 3 minutes.

Take part and vote for your favourite presentation, and join us for celebratory drinks and canapes after the events.✨

Semi-final: 6 June 3 to 5:30 pm, Arts Complex
http://ow.ly/fM8O50Oucng

Final: 14 June 3 to 5 pm, Priory Road Complex
http://ow.ly/buV350OucnL

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00