Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

ESRC First Year Student Conference

The ESRC and The University of Nottingham DTC are delighted to be hosting the ESRC First Year Student Conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

The conference offers a stimulating programme set in the delightful parkland of The University of Nottingham campus.

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Postgraduate students sitting on bank in front of Trent Building, University Park


View the programme online or download a pdf version.

Who can attend?

ESRC-funded first year students are eligible to attend a conference in the autumn of their first year of study. This conference will be for all ESRC-funded students with a start date of September/October 2013.

If your start date is later than the date of the conference you should contact us to discuss which conference you should attend.

Contact and Enquiries

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Free Conference

The event will start with a networking buffet at 7pm on Tuesday 26 November.

The conference the next day offers an exciting packed programme of presentations and workshops, delivered by cutting-edge scholars on themes including:

  • impact
  • interdisciplinarity
  • internationalisation
In addition, you will also be able to find out more about the support and opportunities available to ESRC DTC students to help you develop your research and career, as well as have the opportunity to form connections with other ESRC-funded students from both within and beyond your discipline.

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How to book your place

The conference and accommodation is free, (bed and breakfast accommodation will be provided in the adjacent Orchards Hotel), and travel expenses (standard rail or economy class flights) will be paid.

To secure your place, a £10 fee is charged. This will only be refunded to those who attend the conference

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Orchard Hotel at dusk, University Park

Overnight accommodation will be provided on campus in the new Orchards Hotel which is next to the East Midlands Conference Centre

Please note that in the event of this being oversubscribed alternative accommodation will be provided in a City centre hotel. Transport to and from the hotel will be arranged.

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Previous events

Students have found the events really useful – see what they had to say:

The conference was a unique opportunity to meet students from all over the country and make some new friends and contacts. As a PhD student at the beginning of your career, the conference takes place at the critical time for making and developing connections and support, with the workshops and networking opportunities specifically geared towards this.

Laura Moralee, University of Exeter

The ESRC student conference was well worth attending. The fact that the sessions were numerous, diverse and ambitious in their scope and level of detail meant that the conference should really have taken place over two days rather than one in order to fit everything in, but to hold that against the event would be unfair. I gathered a great deal of new information pertaining to previously unknown funding streams, academic networks and opportunities for overseas study, and it is useful for any ESRC-funded DTC students to attend such a conference in order to be brought together with other students in the same position and hear from speakers associated with different aspects of the research council's work.

Harry Pitts, University of Bath


Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 4507