Graduate School Update Day 2019: PGR Futures

This year’s Graduate School Update Day will be held on 26 June 2019. Update Day is open to all the university’s postgraduate researchers and research degree supervisors. The theme for this year’s Update Day is ‘PGR Futures‘. It will be facilitated by Dr Billy Bryan. You can sign up here.

Programme for Update Day 2019

09:30-10:00 – Arrival and refreshments: Morley Room, Senate Building, Waterside Campus

10:00-10:15 – Introduction to the day – Ian Livingstone and Melanie Petch

10:15-11:00 – Presentation: “Is it worth doing a doctorate? Yes, but…”Dr Billy Bryan

This talk is based on an ongoing investigation that aims to answer the question: Is a doctorate worth it? Dr Billy Bryan’s and Dr Kay Guccione’s work is based on a small exploratory study and a larger qualitative survey of doctoral graduates. The results presented in this talk (including newly emerging findings) will show how doctoral students, graduates and supervisors can maximise the value of the doctorate post-graduation.

11:00-12:00 – Parallel sessions

Parallel session: Postgraduate researchers – “Students: what do you need and how can we get it together?”

This session is centred on working out what skills, knowledge, networks and knowhow students think will be valuable for them post-doctorate. This will start off in small groups before coming together to identify the key elements needed and how they, their supervisors and the university can help.

Parallel session: Supervisors – “The doctorate – what is it good for?”

This session will involve supervisors (and would-be supervisors) working out what a doctorate is for in the modern knowledge economy, inside and outside academia. Supervisors will then come up with ideas for how they, their students and the university can add-value to the doctoral process.

12:00-12:30 – Plenary

Students and supervisors will come together to share their thoughts and solutions for making the doctoral experience valuable for everyone.

12:30-1:30 – Lunch

13:30-14:30 – UoN doctoral alumni presentations

14:30-15:00 – Panel discussion

About Dr Billy Bryan


Dr Billy Bryan is a consultant at Technopolis Group having joined in September 2017.  He works mostly in the higher education and international development fields as well as in health, green economy and research policy. He and Dr Kay Guccione are researching the concept of doctoral value. They have published their first paper on the topic and plan to publish the results of a larger follow-up study in 2019. He has written and spoken widely on the subject of doctoral education policy, most recently in the Guardian, at UKCGE events and in Westminster at the launch event of the doctoral loans. Prior to joining Technopolis, Billy completed his PhD in Medical Education at Sheffield Medical School in late 2017. He held several voluntary positions at the university, including Students’ Union Trustee, Union PGR councillor, and was on various university level committees (including senate). He holds a higher education teaching qualification, is a fellow of the HEA (FHEA) and is a governor at a Brighton primary school.


Posted on May 21, 2019, in Events, Faculties, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Education and Humanities, Faculty of Health and Society, Graduate School, Lectures & seminars, News, Researcher careers, Researcher development, Support, Workshops & Training. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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