Postgraduate workshops take place regularly in the department. These are informal forums that provide students with the opportunity to meet together to present work in progress, to discuss matters of common interest, or to seek help from others over a particular research problem or practical issue. Workshop topics also include academic skills, such as writing for publication. The workshop series is coordinated by the course leader. The workshop acts as a key focus for PGR students, fostering an active graduate research environment. Students are encouraged to develop ideas for workshops and seminars with the course leader.
For further details contact:
Dr Victoria Robinson, Course Leader, PhD Programme
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Postgraduate reading group
The Postgraduate Reading Group runs on a monthly basis and gives PhD students in the department the chance to meet for a focused discussion about sociology, current affairs and the experience of doing a doctorate. It is an opportunity to discuss burning issues, classic texts or issues relevant to our own research in an informal atmosphere. The reading group is open to a wide range of sociological work, including contemporary research, social theory, social policy, methodological issues, public sociology, classical texts or even reflective readings on the experience of doing a PhD.
Reading group schedule, 2012-13 - TBC
A Postgraduate Conference is held in the Department at least once a year, organised by and for postgraduate research students themselves through the medium of the postgraduate research conference committee. All students are expected to make at least two presentations at a Conference during their period of study.
The Postgraduate Conference Committee is comprised of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students, with work and responsibilities delegated across the team to include both the practical organisation of the conference, giving papers and chairing sessions. Although the Conference is the collective responsibility of the PGR community within the Department, help and assistance, when necessary, is available from the PGR tutor.
Sheffield On-Line Papers
The Sheffield Online Papers in Social Research (SHoP) provide an excellent opportunity for students to get their first publication. Details and previous issues are available at:
Departmental seminar series
Departmental seminars are held regularly and are central to the Department´s research culture. They provide opportunities for you to hear outside speakers as well as to get to know the work of staff in the Department. Postgraduate students are expected to attend these seminars.
The Department offers second and third year students experience of seminar teaching in the Department, generally at undergraduate Level One. Students should discuss this with their supervisor and the Director of Learning and Teaching, Dr Lorna Warren.