Working Groups: Notes for Students
The purpose of the working groups is to enable students to present and discuss their PhD study with a small, supportive group of 'critical friends' from outside of their institutional setting. Furthermore, students are expected to take an active part in the analysis and discussion of other students' PhD studies.
There will be 7 working groups at the Summer School. Each working group will consist of 7 PhD students and two coaches..
Before the Summer School.
In this web area you can find the synopses of all the students participating to the Summer school. This will enable working group members to have read and thought about the synopses of everyone in their group before they come to the Summer school. In addition all students and coaches will have the email addresses of the people in their group.
You should come to the Summer school prepared to give a talk, lasting no more than 30 minutes, about your PhD project.
You should come to the Summer school with your poster illustrating the research you are carrying out; the poster will be discussed with all PhD students during poster sessions in the exhibition area, where you will put your poster on Monday 26 July.
You should expect your coaches to contact you ahead of the Summer school to confirm arrangements for your working group sessions.
We will also circulate to all attendees a complete list of PhD titles ahead of the Summer school. This will enable students to identify in advance any student whose project is in an area related to their own, and whom they might therefore want to talk to at the Summer school. The full set of synopses of all students attending the Summer School will be available on an electronic support on arrival.
During the Summer School.
We have scheduled an initial group meeting on Sunday evening for students and coaches to meet in their working groups. This will enable introductions to be made and any final details about working group procedures to be clarified. .
Each working group will have 7 sessions. This will enable each student to have a whole session focused on his/her PhD study. In addition, on the final day students will prepare and present feedback to the whole Summer School on the activities of their group. .
Each session (90 minutes) will focus on one student's PhD study. Below we provide an example breakdown of a session. Coaches will adapt these timings and activities to suit their group..
All coaches and students will work to ensure that comments and discussions take place in a positive and supportive environment..
A computer and data projector will be available in every room used by working groups. If you wish to use Powerpoint, please bring your presentation on a USB flash memory stick. If you want to use handouts, please bring enough copies with you for everyone in your group (plus a few spares)..
After your presentation, you should write some brief notes, summarising the main points that have arisen from your presentation and the subsequent discussion, and give these to one (or both) of your group coaches. You should plan to do this as soon as possible after your presentation. The purpose is to give the coaches an opportunity to review with you the main issues that you feel have arisen from your presentation.