Category Archives: PGR

Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period

28 April 2017 – 9am-5pm Charles Hastings Building, City Campus.

Postgraduate Conference – Deviation, Degradation and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Periodemrgposter-1Early Modern Research Group

Our Research Group brings together researchers with shared research interests c.1550-1800.

The Early Modern Research Group gathers University of Worcester staff and external scholars with interests ranging from medieval drama and pageantry, through to Shakespeare and the Jacobeans, from witchcraft and the devil during the Renaissance to Irish history after the Restoration, from seventeenth-century landscape poetry to the long eighteenth century in fiction, poetry and journalism. The group is directed by Drs Cinpoes and Mueller.

For further details please email:


Tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student for a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher

HEA_Surveys_logos_PRES - colourThe Postgraduate Research Experience Survey at the University of Worcester is now open. The survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a postgraduate research student.

Feedback is vital to the university and your department. It lets us know how your programme of research is going, and allows us to compare how we are doing against the experience of students at other institutions, helping us make changes that will improve the experience for research postgraduates in the future. All your responses will be confidential and any reporting will be anonymous.

Information about previous PRES surveys and the changes that have been made as a result of feedback can be found on the ‘Student Surveys’ page on the Research Degree Programme Blackboard organisation.

To complete the survey, look out for emails in your student email inbox with a link to the survey. Alternatively, log in by visiting using your student username (all uppercase, e.g. XYZA1_15) and the password w25_amazon_gift_card__02031orcester1

Please complete the survey by the 18th May for a chance to win 1 or 3 £25 Amazon gift cards.


Opportunity to become a Student Panel Member

Dear StARs

Are you interested in opportunities to develop your skills and make an impact upon the quality of the student experience across the University?

We are looking for Student Representatives to help with the development and approval of new courses and the review of existing ones.

This opportunity will allow you to:

  • make valuable contributions to courses outside your own Institute and potentially bring back good practice to your own course/Institute;
  • develop and enhance your skills, CV and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR); and
  • meet and make links with academic staff and students from across the University.

Training will be required to help you prepare for the role but there is also the opportunity to earn £90 for each approval or review you are involved in.

Training sessions (with lunch included) are currently scheduled for:

  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 12:15-1:45pm at St John’s Campus
  • Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 12:15-1:45pm at City Campus
  • Friday 24th March 2017 at 12:15-1:45pm at St John’s Campus

If you are interested or have any queries please contact Richard White ( via email.

Many thanks

The Academic Quality Unit (AQU)

Claiming expenses?

business-17610_640Quick reminder that if you are on a studentship and claiming expenses (whether through Access aCloud or submitting a booking request form) – please remember to include evidence of support from your Director of Studies. We cannot process your claim without this!

You can attach a screenshot of an email along with your receipts on Access aCloud or forward the email along with your booking request to the Research School.


Introduction to Statistical Methods

An introduction to the role that statistical inference and hypothesis testing play in quantitative analysis in research, and an overview of some simple but commonly used statistical tests.

Date: 1st March 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE G027

CVs for Researchers

This practical workshop session will start by looking at the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of CV writing before looking at the particular requirements for non-academic (reverse chronological) CVs and academic CVs. Bring your CV along.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G008

Engaging the Public with Your Research

Public engagement has in recent years become central to the research agenda. The ability to share your research effectively with non-experts has become an increasingly important skill for a researcher to develop.  This session will explore fully the meaning of public engagement and its significance to your research.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G024

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights

This session will provide a basis overview of the nature of Intellectual Property Rights when engaging in externally funded research projects or unfunded collaborative projects. This session will be useful for all colleagues who are currently engaged in research projects or who are interested in doing so in the future.

Date: 8th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G012

Hosting an International Visiting Researcher at UW (Staff only)

This session will provide information to colleagues who are interested in hosting an International Visiting Researcher at the University of Worcester. It will explain what support and processes are in place at the University, and also explore the benefits of hosting an International Visiting Researcher.

Date: 9th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G010

Leading in Research (Vitae material) for PGRs

This workshop is an introduction to Leadership which you may wish to explore further once you have completed it. Whether or not you are presently in an ‘official’ leadership role, developing your leadership skills will make a significant contribution to your success in getting things done, forging collaborations and advancing your career.  It is likely that you will already have demonstrated leadership skills in your day to day work as a research student, or through current/ past employment, on a sports field or through voluntary work.  This workshop will help you to identify and put into practice leadership skills and behaviours in your daily life.

Date: 14th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G010

Making Sense of Stats in Applied Health Research

This is a session about statistics from a non-statistician, so there will be very little maths! The session leads on from the real statistics teaching delivered by statisticians, and focuses on using and interpreting statistics in applied research rather than on how to ‘do’ statistics (the examples will be from mental health research as that is my area of expertise).  I will use worked examples from my own research, including making sense of SPSS outputs and how to translate these into a Results section for a thesis/paper.

Date: 15th March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:30

Location: EE G021

Engaging Parliament with Your Research

The aims of this session are to give participants the knowledge they need to engage effectively with Parliament and its various processes. At the end of this session participants will gain an understanding of the key ways to engage with Parliament as part of their research and identify when and how to effectively enhance this engagement.

Date: 21st March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:15

Location: BY 1145

External Research Relationships and Collaboration

This workshop will explore the topic of external research partnerships and collaboration. What are the potential benefit and the risks? What factors need to be considered when embarking on an external collaboration/partnership in terms of leadership and collective responsibilities. The workshop will identify key elements to discuss and agree when drawing up a partnership agreement to support a successful collaboration.

The format will include some brief group exercises and small group discussion to allow participants with experience of external collaboration to share and discuss personal experiences of successful and unsuccessful partnerships and to consider factors that are critical to partnership success or failure. A PowerPoint slide presentation will cover key points of the workshop.

The workshop would be appropriate for students coming towards the end of their research degree or staff seeking advice on how to network and form collaborations but also would be appropriate for staff who are currently working on funded or unfunded projects with external collaborators.

Date: 23rd March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal

This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to systematic reviews and critical appraisal methods, with a particular focus on the synthesis of quantitative health research. This workshop is suitable for students who wish to conduct a systematic review as part of their PhD, and academic or research staff who would like to conduct a systematic review as part of a research project, or in preparation for a funding bid.

We will use a mix of group work and practical sessions to introduce the following topics:

  • What is a systematic review?
  • Developing a protocol for your systematic review
  • Literature searching
  • Data extraction
  • Critical appraisal
  • Writing the synthesis
  • Reporting your systematic review
  • Disseminating your systematic review

Please note that this workshop will not cover meta-analysis.

Materials will be provided for workshop attendees. A laptop or tablet will be required for this session.

Date: 30th March 2017

Time: 9:00-5:00

Location: EE 2021

All information correct at time of posting. For the most up to date information and to book your place, please visit the student portal: or the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Date for the Diary: Spring Drop In Session


Something to discuss? Helen Tabinor, Research School Manager and Su Fagg, Research Support Librarian are holding the next drop in session in March. All welcome to come along to discuss anything PGR related (Helen) and Library Services (Su).

Date: Thursday 9th March 2017

Time: 11:30 – 13:00

Location: Helen – JL 1015 / Su – JL 1021


Do you have a story to tell or something to share?

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the University of Worcester as an educational institution. As part of our celebrations we are launching a memory collecting project and want to capture personal stories and photographs of people’s time here at Worcester. So much has happened in the seven decades since the first students arrived and we think it is important to gather and share these memories as part of the University’s heritage.

Over the next few months a small team of staff and students will be speaking to former students, local residents and staff members about their time and experiences at the University of Worcester.

We would love to hear from you about your time here! Often it is the smaller details that provide the greatest insight and any memories, photographs and stories (big or small!) would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to be involved in this unique and exciting project get in touch!

Luke Fletcher
01905 542273

Fully Funded PhD Studentships- Now Being Advertised

Research at the University of Worcester has grown significantly over the last 10 years. This growth is most clearly shown in the outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Worcester was the most improved University in the UK based on Research Fortnight’s “Research Power” measure, reflecting a more than four-fold increase in the number of staff submitted compared to RAE 2008 and a commensurate increase in the quality of the research. As a consequence of its REF 2014 submission, Worcester’s QR income for 2015- 16 is up by 341% from 2014-15.

The University is committed to further developing its research profile in the coming period, through a strategic approach to its support for and investment in research. As part of this investment it is funding a number of PhD studentships in its areas of particular research strength. These are three-year, full-time, doctoral research studentships. Each studentship attracts a bursary, in addition to a full tuition fee waiver.

The full studentship adverts can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Illness and Treatment Perceptions in Bipolar Disorder

Exploring borderline personality disorder diagnosis in bipolar disorder in the UK

Domestic Violence in the Family Court System

Dementia and Sports reminiscence, memory and nostalgia: Engaging with the cultural dimensions of sport as a means of improving community engagement for people living with dementia.

Exploring informal processes in the workplace to develop contemporary career interventions, using a reconceptualised framework of career success.

The socio-ecological sustainability of the ‘Tiyeni’ conservation agriculture system in Malawi

History of Religion and Education

Please visit the University of Worcester’s website to download the relevant application form, and return this by the closing date to the Research School at Please note that each project has an individual closing date which is listed on each advertisement.

SAVE THE DATE: Research Student Conference – 29 June 2017

Greetings from the 2017 Research Student Conference Committee,

We are excited to host the 4th annual Research Student Conference and we can reveal the confirmed date as 29th June 2017 and the location will be the Hive.

Following a successful ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ Conference in June 2016, we are upping our game and plan to make 2017 bigger, more inclusive and wider reaching. Initially please save the date and disseminate to colleagues and students. We will be in near future launching our call for papers, any questions in the meantime please contact and follow our twitter account @UoWPGC

Research Student Forum – Tuesday 14 February


The next Research Student Forum will be taking place on Tuesday 14th February from 12:30-14:00 in JL 2002.

All students are welcome and the Forum has a number of purposes. It is a social occasion; a chance to meet fellow students. It is an opportunity for us to share important developments in the University’s research policy. It is also an opportunity for students to raise issues that they think are important.