BAM2011 Doctoral Symposium

Doctoral Symposium 2011

Booking for the 2012 Doctoral Symposium will open on the 1st March 2012. More information will be available soon.




    Andrew Petigrew and Bill Starbuck give their closing plenary at the BAM2011 Doctoral Symposium

  • High quality development workshops
  • One-to-one impartial expert tailored advice
  • Network with peers and senior academics
  • Costs just £100
  • First 100 get a free BAM2011 Conference place * Waiting list now in operation

Registration Closed

Due to an unprecedented demand for the 2011 Doctoral Symposium, we have had to close registration to assess our capacity.

Please email if you are interested in registering so you can be added to the waiting list.

If we are able to accept more registrations, you will be informed in due course.

 Symposium Overview

The 2011 Doctoral Symposium will be held at The Aston Business School on 12th-13th September 2011. It will begin on the evening of Monday the 12th with registration and a plenary session followed by dinner. The main Symposium sessions will take place on Tuesday the 13th.

The symposium will comprise plenary sessions along with methodology clinics (aimed at 1st and 2nd year students) as well as Research Conversations led by senior academics from within the community (aimed at 3rd year students). The Research Conversations provide an invaluable opportunity to receive one-to-one impartial expert advice tailored to your needs during the vital final stages of your PhD.

Programme Information

Next year's programme will be released in the early part of 2011. For your information, please see the BAM2010 programme.

Research Conversations

The research conversations are intensive one-to-one roundtable discussions on a students' research with senior academics in their field. These are recommended for third-year doctoral students, who already have some research experience and would like to gain some feedback on their work. First and second year students are recommended to participate in the methodology clinics, as they will benefit from these clinics, and often do not have sufficient theoretical or empirical material to present and discuss in the conversations.

If you wish to attend a research conversation you need to register for the Doctoral Symposium before the Friday 13th May 2011, and your paper for must then be submitted by Friday 10th June 2011. Papers are limited to five pages, excluding key references and title page. A paper must include a clear indication of the purpose of the research, the research method, major results (to date), implications and key references.

For guidelines and further information please click here


BAM members Fee:    £100    (there are 120 places available)

Not a member? Not a problem, you can register for a years membership on the symposium registration form, so no need to sign up in advance.

Full-time Student Membership:      £25     (proof required)
Part-time Student Membership:    £80

If you are interested in all the other great benefits of membership for doctoral students then check out our student area here.

Remember, the first 100 students to register get a free BAM2011 conference place.

BAM2011 Conference

Every year BAM offers the first 100 people to register for the Doctoral Symposium a free place to the main conference on a first come, first serve basis.

* There is now a waiting list in operation

After the first 100 free places at the conference, delegates wishing to attend it, will need to register for the conference separately.

Special offer! Full-time students attend BAM2011 for £220

Click here for more information on BAM2011

** PLEASE NOTE: If you qualify for the free place but do not attend the symposium, and only attend the conference, you/your institution will be invoiced for the full conference fee in addition to any fee paid to attend the symposium. These places are highly sought after, so please bear this information in mind when planning your attendance**

Bursary Information

Full time students at a UK University can apply for a bursary at the time of registration to cover part of the cost of attending the Symposium. To qualify for a bursary, students must post proof of their full time student status on University letter headed paper to the BAM office within two weeks of registration.

Update: SAMS have sponsored 50 student bursaries, and these have now been allocated. If you still wish to apply then please email, however please note that there is now a long waiting list and new applications are unlikely to be successful at this stage.


BAM has partnered with Aston University to offer this exclusive and affordable accommodation for Doctoral Students attending BAM2011 Doctoral Symposium and Annual Conference in Birmingham.

Aston Student Villages are Aston University’s brand new en-suite bedrooms as part of a £200million campus redevelopment. There are a limited number of rooms on offer so book early to avoid disappointment.

Student residencies facilities include: single bed, en-suite shower room, study space, tea & coffee making facilities (hospitality tray). Internet access available upon a purchase directly from provider by connecting to the network.

Room price: £25.50 (including VAT, breakfast is not included) Accommodation can be arranged by calling Aston reservations team on 0121-204-3726 quoting BAM2011 conference.

2010 Feedback

The Doctoral Symposium was a great success in Sheffield 2010 with very positive feedback.-

  • 'Training I received will further help me develop aspects of my skills and techniques for data collection and analysis'.
  • 'Useful ideas prior to the main conference',
  • 'The symposium helped me to feel less foolish about not understanding everything that life-long academics speak of, built my confidence.'
  • 'It was great getting out of the lonely study room and meet people that are in the same situation.'

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