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Hello all Research students! Welcome to the Postgraduate Network (PGN)!

This is a society with an aim to eliminate the isolation that research students tend to feel as they complete their degrees.  It’s a space to arrange social gatherings as well as academic events that will help us connect and develop with others.

Within the PGN lie the student representatives for your school, who are your first port of call if you have any queries, feedback, or issues about your degree, school, or college. You can also get involved as a student rep yourself! See below for more detail.

Also within the PGN is the Postgraduate Conference Committee, which organises the annual PG conference at the Hive.  This is a great opportunity for research students to present their work in a safe, encouraging space, and to listen to new and exciting topics.  Go to this webpage for more information on the conference.  You can also get involved in the committee! See below for more detail.

If you’d like to be more involved in any of these, please get in touch with the Chair.


PGN roles:

We are always looking for people to get involved in official roles as we’re a growing Society.  It’s a great opportunity to keep in touch with peers and develop skills that will boost your CV.  Make your research student experience the best it could possibly be!  You could be a Chair or Vice Chair, helping to organise and plan events, or a Secretary, taking minutes of meetings, or a Treasurer, in charge of the money.  If you have some good ideas for new events why not join us at one of our meetings!

Our meetings occur before Student Forums, dates of which are on Blackboard.  Emails will be circulated before each meeting.

The current Chair is Lois Donnelly.


PG conference:

Being part of the conference committee is an amazing opportunity!  There are official roles for Chair and Vice Chair, but everyone is encouraged to bring new ideas to the table and take up specific tasks.  This is a great opportunity to boost your CV, your HEA application, meet other research students and contribute to the dissemination of postgraduate research.

All research students are welcome to join the committee and we are looking for people who could help with any of the following: 

  • Organising the venue and catering 
  • Networking
  • Social media
  • Liaising with university staff 
  • Reviewing submissions of abstracts 
  • Building/ formatting the programme 
  • Practical help on the day 

These are just some of the roles available, there might be one or more you are interested in!

The 2019 Conference Committee Chair is Alison Gisby.


Student Reps:

If you like understanding the workings of a university and would like to meet other students, this is a great role! 

There is a student representative role for each school within the university and they attend college research committee meetings (around 4 per year).  The role involves:

  • collating feedback from students in your school before meetings,
  • during meeting: take minutes, give student opinion on any agenda items, and bring up any issues students have told you about.
  • providing feedback on outcomes of committee meetings and sending any minutes to your students and senior rep.

Senior representatives attend university-level committee meetings with a wider overview of all student issues and opinions.  The current senior rep is Lois Donnelly.

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