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The postgraduate research café has been created to provide an opportunity for you to showcase your research in an informal setting and network with researchers from a variety of disciplines.

The Graduate School runs the postgraduate research café at Canterbury and Medway campuses. Each café features one or two 20 minute talks from postgraduate researchers from different disciplines, with a chance for questions, debate and networking over tea and coffee. This relaxed event aims to bring postgraduates together, foster cross-disciplinary networks, and provide a supportive context for research discussion.

This year at Canterbury, we also have café slots for our postgraduate researchers to run their own short workshops. As well as an opportunity to showcase your research and get feedback from your peers, you can talk with the Postgraduate Development Advisor about your workshop plan and get feedback. We are offering 1-2 hour slots for postgraduate researchers to run sessions on their area of expertise.  It’s a great way to build your CV, get teaching experience, and expose your research to diverse audiences.


Medway Research Café runs every two weeks on a Friday in room DC-105 in the Drill Hall and is coordinated by Aiste Steponenaite. Please contact Aiste if you have any queries. Facebook Medway Research Café. Canterbury Cafés will be on:

8 November 3-5pm in the Graduate School training room (Cornwallis East, 3rd floor)

5 December 12.30-2pm in the Graduate School training room (Cornwallis East, 3rd floor).


Forthcoming sessions (Canterbury):

8 November: Your PhD learning journey

How can reflection help make us better researchers?  The better we are at reflecting, the better we are at getting to deeper levels of analysis.  Exploring our choices, assumptions and connections can help us to think about new ways to open up our studies, it can get us to think about any blindspots we have, and consider the reasons we have adopted certain methodologies and rejected others. In this interactive workshop you will experiment with different means of and tools for reflection, in order to foster your theoretical and practical understanding of reflexivity. To attend please sign up by emailing

This session will be run by Nicole Brown (with Jo Collins). Nicole Brown is a Lecturer in Education at UCL Institute of Education, and a doctoral researcher (in SSPSSR) at the University of Kent. Her research interests relate to identity and body work, physical and material representations and metaphors, the generation of knowledge, and advancing learning and teaching within higher education.


5 December:

Andy Dean from Social of Anthropology and Conservation will present on: 'How do we make sense of ourselves and the world? A cognitive and discursive approach'. 

Tom John from Tizard will discuss: 'Enhancing service user involvement in care planning'.

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Thinking of partcipating in the Three Minute Thesis competition? Rehearse your presentation at the Research café. Find out more about the 3MT.


A selection of our past presentations:

    Lesley Gray (SECL) on ‘Theatre or therapy? Twenty-four hours in the "kingdom of the sick"'

    Peter Lloyd (Computing) on ‘Automated Design of Metro maps’.

    Dr Matthew Copping (SLAS) 'Keep motivated' Getting get back into the PhD groove after the Christmas break... Dr Copping discussed keeping focused, motivated and confident.

    Chloe Trainor (School of History) on ''Little Cripples-but happy in their lot': Alienation or Inclusion? How craft worked at Chailey Heritage'.

    Rosemary Walters (School of English) on 'Charles Causley: Moderation, Movement and Modernism'

    Nicole Brown (SSPSSR) on 'The construction of academic identity under the influence of fibromyalgia'.

    Jellina Davies (SSPSSR) on 'Governance of Welfare and Homelessness: the implementation of the benefit cap policy in London'

    Martin Rooke (SSPSSR) on 'The pervasiveness of risk in society'.


    Photographs of Jellina, Martin and from a talk by Stuart Mather (Medway School of Pharmacy) on “An introduction to the Viral Pseudotype Unit: Pseudovirus serologics and pharmacologics” (2 October 2016).


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    Jellina's presentation

    Martin's presentation

    Stuart's presentation

    Stuart and Carmen

    Medway Research Cafe



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Last Updated: 11/10/2017