Postgraduate Festival 2017 showcases Kent students
By Dan Worth | 15th May 2017
Event on Tuesday 16 May will offer students the opportunity to learn more about postgraduate study and hear about the work of junior researchers through a mix of academic posters, pictures, and presentations.
The day will begin by meeting at the University's Sports Pavilion at 9.15am for some Chi Kung relaxation and breathing exercises with Dean of the Graduate School, Professor Paul Allain, as part of the launch of the Graduate School's new wellbeing programme, PG Minds.
The rest of the event will take place in the brand new Sibson Building and starts at 10am with an opportunity to hear from several PhD students who will present their theses topics in just three minutes as part of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.
The winning student will go on to represent Kent at the UK semi-finals, and have the chance to compete at the UK Final at the Vitae Conference in September with a prize of £3,000 towards public-engagement activities on offer.
The day later moves to a mix of presentations and panel discussions on a raft of topics, such as Life after Postgraduate Study and The Opportunities of Collaborative Doctoral Study.
These talks will include input from Dr Lawrence Beadle, a Business Intelligence Engineer at Amazon, Dr Ben Russell from the Science Museum, Dr Stephanie Decouvelaere, a Product Manager for SAGE Journal, and Professor Charlotte Sleigh from the University of Kent, among others.
A split session in the afternoon offers the opportunity to either attend a research impact panel discussion, a talk on mindfulness and meditation or take part in a yoga session with Whitstable Community Yoga.
The day will end with photo and poster presentations showcasing the research being done by Kent postgraduate students, with prizes on offer. Lunch, tea and coffee and a post-event drinks reception and social are also included.
The full schedule of the day's activities is available here and those interested in attending can register online to secure a place. Share experiences of the day on social media using the hashtag #PGFestivalKent.