School of English

PGR Symposium

The 2018 Symposium will take place as follows:

Thursday 17th May 2018

9am to (approx.) 4.30pm – Senate Chamber, Trent Building

A programme of events will be available here before the 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).

Yaoyao Chen - PGR Symposium 2016
Yaoyao Chen presenting at the 2016 PGR Symposium


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

Students who are not required to present, but would still like to do so are most welcome to take this valuable opportunity, and are kindly asked to please note this on the registration form so that we can make appropriate arrangements for you.

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 will be prizes – awarded by an audience ballot – for the best presentations.

We kindly ask all PGR students to confirm their attendance at the Symposium, by completing the Registration Form which will be available from the PGR Symposium Registration Page, and emailing it to Mrs Jo Pullen.

Dr Jo Robinson - Director of Graduate Studies

Dr Nathan Waddell - Deputy Director of PGR Students

Photos and videos can be viewed in our media gallery

Video from the 2016 PGR Symposium - Yaoyao Chen


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