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Graduate Student Talks

As part of our Graduate Training Programme, the Department requires you to give a talk or poster presentation in each of your three years in the Department. If you look at Section 3 of your Student Log you will see that we set out our expectations, which are as follows:

Year 1

  • A talk to your own Research Group during your regular meetings is compulsory in the first year. These are held on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, depending on the individual group's arrangements. This will earn you 2 points in your Log. You should receive verbal feedback from your supervisor on your presentation skills following this talk.
  • If you have already done a master's degree, you may wish to give a Beer Talk, linking in what you have done so far with what you propose for your PhD. This is not compulsory in the first year but several students are happy to give a Beer Talk on a Friday evening and this earns you 4 points in your Log.

Year 2

  • You are expected to present your work again to your own group (2 points) in the second year.
  • You are welcome to present your work, either a talk or poster, at (for instance) Departmental Seminar Day or an external seminar (e.g. in another Department or Institute) or at a Journal Club (worth 4 points), but this is not compulsory in your second year. Should you do so, we recommend that you 'practice' your talk at a research group meeting beforehand.
  • A Beer Talk is compulsory in Year 2 and this is when most students prefer to give one. (4 points)

Year 3

  • A poster presentation at the Departmental Graduate Poster Competition is compulsory in your third year (4 points).
  • If you haven't done so already, you should give a presentation at a conference or scientific society in your third year, which you should practice with your Research Group (for which you will receive feedback from your supervisor).
  • If you were away in the field in Year 2 and missed giving a Beer Talk, now is your chance to catch up!

All this is intended to build your confidence as well as your presentation skills and, we hope, to enhance your career prospects.