University Graduate School Events general information

The University Graduate School runs a busy programme of events throughout the academic year. These events are designed to provide opportunities for postgraduate researchers to gain experience and skills that they can use to improve their research and their career prospects.

Visit our events calendar or read more about our main annual events below.

Research Poster Conference

The Research Poster Conference is the flagship event for the University Graduate School. Postgraduate researchers from across the Colleges come together in the Great Hall of the Aston Webb Building to present their research to fellow researchers, a panel of judges and members of the public. 

This event is a great opportunity for postgraduate researchers to get experience producing and presenting posters that can engage a non-specialist audience with their research, and also a great opportunity to build on your networking skills. 

This year there were over 90 postgraduate researchers from all five Colleges of the University presenting their research posters and more than 400 guests joined us on the day of the Conference.  Well done to everyone who participated and Congratulations to this year's overall winner - Clare Ziegler.  

This year the Research Poster Conference will take place on Wednesday 13 June 2018 and applications for this year’s conference are now open. Please visit our website for more information.

If you would like to see photographs from this year's Research Poster Conference, please visit our Flickr page


Images of Research

Can you capture your research in a single image? That's the challenge that we present to our postgraduate researchers at the annual Images of Research event. To view and vote for this year's entries visit the Images of Research 2017/18 catalogue.


Events at Westmere

The University Graduate School organises regular academic, social and networking events at Westmere such as Shut up & Work, Research Across Campus, PhD Chat as well as wellbeing activities such as Yoga and Qigong. We also run monthly induction activities to welcome postgraduate researchers joining the University at different times of the year. These events are a great opporunity to network with other PGRs, gain new skills and explore the postgraduate journey in a supportive environment, so make sure you check out our events calendar regularly.

We also support PGR-led events, so if you would like to organise an event at Westmere or if you are interested in contributing to one of our events, please email 

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland, in which doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on their thesis topic, its originality and its significance.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae. Individual UK universities run their own competitions, to put forward one winner per participating Institution. The University of Birmingham is one of the Institutions participating in the 3MT competition.

Well done to this year's winner Meryl Lewis and runner up Emily Summerton.