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. 

The conference is open to all students, alumni, members of staff and the public. Next year's conference will take place on 10 June 2020, so please save the date.



Images of Research Exhibition

Can you capture your research in a single image? The University Graduate School presents this challenge to our postgraduate researchers and the images we receive represent the exciting research projects our postgraduate researchers are working on at the University of Birmingham. 

The entries for the Images of Research are displayed on campus as part of the University's Arts and Science Festival as well as in other venues. This is a unique opportunity to raise your research profile and engage a public audience. For more information about the Images of Research exhibition, please visit the website.

The Images of Research entries from previous years can be found here:

Images of Research 2018

Images of Research 2017

Images of Research 2016

Images of Research 2015

Postgraduate Researcher Events and Monthly Induction Activities

The University Graduate School organises regular academic, social and networking events at Westmere such as Shut up & Work and PhD Chat as well as wellbeing activities such as weekly yoga sessions. 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 postgraduate researchers, 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 

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.

For more information, please visit the 3MT website.

Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School

The Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School (PESS) is an annual intensive week-long programme developed specifically for postgraduate researchers. Participants work together in small teams to solve a real life strategy challenge being faced by an influential local organisation. 

The course provides top quality training alongside a fantastic opportunity to work on real strategic issues. On the final day each team presents their findings to a panel which includes the organisation’s representative/s. 

No previous experience is required and participants from all subject areas are welcome. Bookings for PESS open in spring term.

PESS 2018 web



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