Thanks to the efforts of over 20 presenters and tutors, and sponsorship from SAMS and the ESRC, 100+ doctoral students from many countries enjoyed a packed and varied programme at this year’s Doctoral Symposium.
BAM President Ian Clarke’s opening address on ‘The impact imperative and doctoral researchers’, and Andrew Pettigrew and Bill Starbuck’s closing presentations on ‘Scholarship with Impact’, combined aspirations, sobering facts and encouraging reflections and dispelled any doubts about the relevance of the ‘impact agenda’ for early-career academics.
The Research Conversations sessions gave 20 students in-depth personal feedback about their own research challenges. Seven workshops, targeted at the distinctive needs of students at each stage of their projects and all research methods, were lively and well attended.
The high popularity of the Communicating your Research topics reminds us of the practical value of this event to the doctoral community. Once again, a huge vote of thanks to all who made this a very successful event.
Jacky Holloway, Doctoral Symposium Chair 2010