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Call for Contributions – Research Supervisor Symposium 2022 

September 30 @ 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome contributions from all PGR supervisors across the University of Bristol, including well-established supervisors and those who are new to supervising postgraduate research. Application link at the bottom of the page, deadline Friday 30th September 2022.

The Symposium offers a safe and inclusive space for University of Bristol PGR supervisors to share best practices and pedagogies, and to explore their experiences of supervising PGR students. Presentations will be grouped around two interlinked core themes: supervising international students and developing PGR research communities.

Formats for presentations may include:  

  • poster presentations 
  • lightning presentations (up to 5 minutes) 
  • short presentations (up to 10 minutes) 

Symposium details

Taking place on Tuesday 13th December 2022, 9.00 to 12.00pm at the Wills Memorial Building, event registration will be widely advertised in advance.

Key themes

How can we best support our growing communities of students, given the diversity of their backgrounds and prior experience?

How might we learn from each other what the challenges might be, and how we might best address these?

These are the key themes of our 2022 Research Supervisor Symposium.  We know that engaging in a postgraduate research (PGR) degree can be an immensely rewarding and life changing experience for many students, an experience which results in profound professional and personal development and transformation. Yet it has also been recognised that for some, PGR study can be an isolating and lonely experience in which many students face mental health and wellbeing challenges.   

Our PGR communities are becoming increasingly diverse with significant numbers of home students from underprivileged backgrounds and international PGR students joining each year. It is important to recognise that our international PGR students face particular challenges in their postgraduate research degree experiences, and the marginalising nature of power relationships hidden in higher education can result in feelings of alienation and otherness.  

Research has found that the relationship between PGR students and their supervisor(s) and the impact of social working environments and research cultures has considerable influence on student experiences of the research degree and on their outcomes. At the Research Supervisor Symposium we invite colleagues to explore their experiences, and ask:

  • How do we best support our international students and uncover and address issues of isolation and alienation?
  • How do we understand the challenges our home and international students face and how can we best overcome them?
  • How do we develop inclusive and engaging PGR research communities and build cohort identities that seek to support student wellbeing and promote positive degree outcomes?

How to apply

Please complete the Expression of Interest form (opens in Microsoft Forms) to submit a brief summary of your idea/ presentation by Friday 30th September 2022.

Decisions on the programme will be made by Friday 28th October 2022.

If you have any questions, please email bilt-info@bristol.ac.uk.