Festival of Postgraduate Research 2022

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Festival of Postgraduate Research 2022

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Join us at our fourth Festival of Postgraduate Research on Thursday 16 June when doctoral students and supervisors from across the university come together in celebration of doctoral research at Brighton.

This year’s festival is smaller than those in previous years. We know how busy our doctoral students are so we’re running fewer research competitions and offering more opportunities for you to interact and attend support sessions. The festival is primarily an in-person event although we hope to offer an online-attendance option for some of the afternoon talks.

Vote in our online Research Photograph Competition by 16 June, 3.15pm!

The festival programme 

Morning activities:

10.00: Wellbeing Walk to Hollingbury Hillfort Meet outside Huxley (train station entrance) for a chance to stretch your legs, get away from your screen, and see some spectacular views of Brighton in this pre-festival option. This is a fairly gentle walk with some moderately steep hills; please wear appropriate footwear.

11.00-13.00: Festival Fair, registration and coffee. Come along to explore our drop-in activities and network with your peers. Activities include:

  • Blind date with a Living PhD Book -Huxley 406/7: Chat to our Living PhD Books about their research projects and research life. All welcome.
  • Pure profile photo shoot – Huxley foyer: Get a professional profile photo taken and make your Pure profile shine! Supervisors welcome too.
  • Pure profile advice and support drop-in – Huxley 401: Drop in for individual advice on writing a strong research profile and guidance on navigating Pure’s technical elements. Supervisors welcome too.


12.30-13.15: Paperbag lunch If you want lunch, please ensure you have booked your festival ticket by Sunday 12 June! Please note, this is not a buffet-style lunch. The lunches are individually packaged so you can eat outside if the weather is good. 

Afternoon session

Talks in Huxley Lecture Theatre


14.50-15.20: Break, refreshments and 3MT audience voting


16.00+: Drinks reception and prize winners announced.

Our festival competitions

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitionnow closed to submissions! 

Could you explain your thesis in three minutes or less, using only one slide?
First prize: £400
Live competition: Thursday 16 June

The Research Photo competitionnow closed to submissions!

Capture an aspect of your research in a digital photograph!
First prize: £150
Runner up prize: £100