School of English

PGR Symposium

In accordance with our regulations for Annual Review of Postgraduate Research Students, attendance at the Symposium is compulsory for all registered, full-time research students (attendance is not compulsory for part-time students, or students in their writing-up period).

Presentation at the PGR Work in Progress Symposium is taken into account in the Annual Review process.  More information about the connections between Annual Review and the Symposium can be found in the Research Students Handbook.

Aimee Bailey presenting at the 2018 PGR Symposium


This year's PGR Symposium was held on Friday 24 February 2023, 09:00 to 17:00, in the Senate Chamber, Trent Building.

Download the 2023 Programme

The next PGR Symposium will be held on Friday 23 February 2024 in the Senate Chamber, Trent Building (timings TBC).

  • First year students are required to attend the Symposium. They are very welcome to participate by delivering a presentation if they wish.
  • Second year students must participate and deliver a paper.
  • Third years are required to chair a session at the Symposium.

Attendance at the Symposium is compulsory for full-time PhD students in the School.

The event is the centrepiece and showcase of our research students’ academic year, intellectually and socially, and brings together the School community in an important and dynamic way. 

Presentations (which must not exceed the stated time) should be aimed at a non-specialist audience, since they will be presented to other postgraduate research students, along with members of staff from across the sections of the School. The paper does not need to be a finished piece of work. The intention is that this exercise should be useful to you as Research Students, both in terms of clarifying your own ideas and gaining more experience of presenting them, and in allowing you to benefit from the questions and comments of those in attendance.

There are prizes – awarded by an audience ballot – for the best presentations.


Deputy Director of Graduate Studies: Dr Michael Jones
Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Kathy Conklin
Senior Administrator: Graeme Docherty


Back to top​

School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900