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Work and play at Bristol’s Festival of Postgraduate Research

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18 March 2015

The University is holding its second Festival of Postgraduate Research on 30 April to showcase the postgraduate research taking place at the University, encourage collaborative research across all disciplines and help build a robust postgraduate research community.

The event, organised by the Bristol Doctoral College, provides all postgraduate research students and University staff an opportunity to find out about the research taking place at Bristol, and the support available to researchers. There will also be sessions for undergraduates and postgraduates on taught programmes to learn about what it’s like to do a postgraduate research degree at Bristol.

The festival aims to:

  • bring together postgraduate researchers and academic staff from all faculties and discipline to build a university-wide postgraduate research community;
  • raise awareness of the range of research taking place across the University, and highlight opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • promote postgraduate research and celebrate the quality and value of this research to the University;  
  • raise awareness of the central support and resources available to postgraduate researchers to help them maximise their potential.

The festival will enable postgraduate research students to promote their research through a poster competition and presentations by small groups of researchers working in similar fields. Small grants are being made available through the ‘Opposites attract presentation challenge’ for pairs of researchers working in different disciplines to collaborate on a project and present their output.  

Other activities include:

  • Raise a glass to research – an opportunity for researchers to present their work through talks, demonstrations, quizzes other activities, and a space for undergraduates and students taking postgraduate taught degrees to talk to current postgraduate researchers.
  • Network of University support – representatives from various University services, support teams and research institutes promoting the wide range of services and development opportunities available to postgraduate researchers during their studies.
  • Lego serious play – using Lego to think creatively about the postgraduate research experience.
  • danceroom Spectroscopy – an opportunity to hear how chemical physicist Dr Dave Glowacki joined forces with colleagues in physics, interactive art, education, performance, and technology to create an interactive experience that is part video game, part science visualisation, part art installation, and part social experiment.

The festival runs from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursday 30 April in the Anson Rooms, Richmond Building. To register, or to find out more, visit the festival website.

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