Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications Graduate School

Arts, Humanities and Cultures Postgraduate Research Open day 2016


Open day 30th November 2016


Find out about postgraduate research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.  Explore our facilities, meet with staff and students and learn more about submitting a research proposal and funding opportunities.



School of English

School of History and Institute of Medieval Studies

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

School of Design

School of School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

School of Media and Communication

School of Music

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


OPEN DAY PROGRAMME [download here]

11.00 – 12.30 School Visit

Meet School staff and tour the facilities.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (Concert Hall Foyer, School of Music)

Discuss research projects with current postgraduates.

13.30 – 15.00 Research Funding

Find out about AHRC/WRoCAH Studentships and University Scholarships.

15.00 – 16.00 Research Proposals

One-to-one meetings with academics about your research proposals.



Please register online at: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ahc-pgr-open-day-2016-registration

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Practice-led PhD Symposium

leeds uniFAHACS & School of Design April 27th


Practice-led PhD Symposium – 10-4pm

This Symposium is an opportunity for practice-led researchers in FAHACS and the School of Design to share research topics and methodologies.  The event is an important step in building a research community for practice-based research in Leeds that will continue beyond the end of individual projects.  The idea is to develop relationships, networks, connections and collaborations into the future.

For more information about the Symposium, please see here.

Where: School of Design, Clothworkers Link Building [SR2 G32b]

Please contact Dr Catherine Ferguson [c.m.ferguson@leeds.ac.uk] in advance to confirm your attendance. A call for abstracts is currently underway; these should be sent to Catherine no later than Wednesday 20th April.


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ESSL PGR Conference 2016 – 21st March

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The conference is a student-led event with the principal aim of encouraging the widest participation from researchers. It is also a good opportunity to meet with other research postgraduates across the faculty. All PhD students in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law are welcome to attend.

Booking for attendees IS NOW OPEN! Please click here to book.

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Postgraduate professional development and networking event – 15th April 2016

The School of History and Institute of Medieval Studies presents: a postgraduate alumni workshop and networking event

The workshop will feature panels on ‘Academic Job Applications & Interviews’, ‘Post-docs, Second Projects, & Thinking Beyond Your Thesis’, ‘Book Publishing’ and ‘Developing Impact’, as well as sessions on ‘Alternatives to Academia’ that explore how to use the transferable skills gained from postgraduate study in a range of other fields…(read more)

Full programme coming soon. Venue: The Grant Room, School of History (Michael Sadler, 3.11)

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Making an Impact: Postgraduate Research Conference

Impact conference

Wednesday 15 June 2016

9.30am-4pm, Maurice Keyworth Building, SR G.13

This free, one-day event will bring together postgraduate students from across all Faculties of the University in order to explore and articulate the impact of their research and how it relates to the concept of ‘cultural value’. Students will be able to connect with postgraduate research students from a large range of disciplines, and to think about how explicitly engaging with ‘impact’ can benefit their future careers in both academia and industry.

Call for proposals

We would like to invite postgraduate students across the University to present for 3-5 minutes on the potential impact and cultural value of your research. Please email impactconference@leeds.ac.uk no later than Friday 15 April 2016. For more information, see link below.


Registration for attendance will be open until 31 May 2016; limited places are available so please secure your place by emailing ImpactConference@leeds.ac.uk with your name, school and any dietary requirements.


For further details about the conference, please visit www.impactconference.leeds.ac.uk

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Workshops on Wednesdays: a Leeds for Life opportunity

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The confirmed set of Semester 2 workshops run by the Counselling Service are available to all of our PGR students – all PGRs are welcome.  These workshops will all take place at Skills@library, in the Laidlaw Library. Please see the below timetable for further details:


The Wellbeing Workout [Liz Oxley]

Research has shown that there are five major contributing factors which affect our overall wellbeing. This workshop will identify these factors and invite you to explore how much you are currently investing in your own wellbeing.



Dr Who -Winter Boost [Madeleine Robinson/Counselling Staff]

The first of two workshops aimed particularly at PGR students. If you are a PGR this workshop offers the opportunity to explore, with peers, the highs and lows of being a research student. It also looks at the impact of individual learning styles and motivation on progress. If you simply want the opportunity to meet other PGR students this workshop is for you.



Social Anxiety [Barbara Lawton]

Do you tend to dread or avoid social situations? Do you assume that others will think negatively of you and that you will embarrass or humiliate yourself? This workshop helps you explore the causes of shyness and social anxiety and looks at ways you can help yourself overcome it to enjoy your university experience more fully.



Get a Good Night’s Sleep [Desmond Reid]

This workshop is for people wishing to manage sleep problems more effectively. In this practical workshop you will learn techniques for getting more – and more refreshing – sleep and for breaking vicious cycles where insomnia feeds stress, which in turn blocks sleep.



Challenging Procrastination [Barbara Lawton]

This practical workshop aims to help you understand why you procrastinate and work out ways to get on with what you keep putting off!



The Interview Mind- Set [Madeleine Robinson]

The first step to getting the things you want is to believe you deserve them. The view we have of ourselves profoundly affects how we present ourselves to the world. This workshop will explore strategies for mental and emotional preparation to manage interview stress and make an impression.

Dr Who – Spring Boost [Madeleine Robinson/ Counselling Staff]

Doing a PHD is hard work. This workshop is for PGR students to reflect upon progress and explore both helping and hindering factors. The workshop will focus upon finding creative solutions to achieve a good academic work /personal life balance and help you feel more encouraged and confident.



Managing Exam Stress [Nigel Humphrys]

An essential guide to surviving the exam period! Discover how to recognise signs of stress and find ways of effectively managing it. Develop strategies on how to maximise your performance and manage anxiety.


To book a place on any of these workshops, please sign up online http://students.leeds.ac.uk/groupsandworkshops or email stucouns@adm.leeds.ac.uk for further information.

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PGR Conference SHOWCASE 2015

PVAC Awards:

PGR of the Year 2015 – 2nd: Elisabeth Dufton, School of Design ‘Is beauty only skin deep? Designing cosmetics for delivery’

Three Minute Thesis – 3rd: Kate Fox, School of Performance and Cultural Industries – ‘Grin Up North’

Research Poster – 3rd: Claire Castle, School of Music


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PGR Online

You can now follow Claire Honess the Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies on Facebook and Twitter:



Follow LUU PG Hub on Facebook:



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Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships (LARS)

128 Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships are available for high quality Postgraduate Researchers commencing PhD study in Session 2016/17. Awards provide academic fees and a maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/16). Before proceeding with your application, it is strongly advised that applicants view the relevant School website, as some LARS scholarships have been allocated to specific projects. The closing date is 1 June 2016, but you are strongly advised to make informal enquiries to the School or an individual supervisor well in advance of this date. Applicants should have already received an offer for PhD study from the School before applying for the scholarship. Applications must be made through the University’s scholarship site.

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White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) application briefing session

Date: January 14th, 2016 | Time: 12:3013:30

image of studentsFollowing the Postgraduate Open Day at the University of Leeds in November, students intending to apply for an AHRC Studentship through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) are invited to an application briefing session.

It will take place in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), 29-31 Clarendon Place, University of Leeds, on Thursday 14th January, 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Please follow this link to register1.

If you have any questions about the briefing session please contact the Arts Graduate School Coordinator2.

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