Communicating your research

If your ideas are good, why keep them to yourself? As well as your written thesis, dissertation and essays, you are expected to communicate your ideas in a number of other ways. PhD students in particular should regularly attend and present at relevant conferences to practice talking about their research and receive valuable feedback from others. Master’s students may also attend conferences but will almost certainly have to deliver a presentation on their research at some point during their course. It may also be useful, whether you plan on an academic career or not, to publish your work. This demonstrates not only that you have good ideas that meet the standards of an academic community but also that you are confident about them and can communicate them well. The following pages provide some advice on preparing presentations, making the most of conferences and academic publication. However, this is also something your supervisor will be happy to advise you on.