PhD students should present their work at School research seminars as part of their research degree.
You are expected to present at least two seminars during your studies:
- About 1 year after you start (2 years for part time)
- A half seminar (25 minutes including questions)
- At this stage, you might not have results to discuss, but you can explain the subject area, discuss your research aim/question, and provide an idea of the approach you want to take.
- This should help you prepare for transfer
- About 2.5 years after you start (4.5 years for part-time)
- A full seminar (50 minutes including questions)
- At this stage, you will probably be more or less finished with research so you should be able to present most of what will appear in your thesis.
- This should help you prepare for your thesis submission and viva
You might not want to talk in front of people, but it is a good opportunity and a really important part of your PhD. At some point during your studies, you will have present at a conference and these internal seminars are a good chance to practice preparing and delivering a talk in front of a friendly audience. The feedback you receive during the seminars could be very useful to you – pointing out work you might not have known, encouraging you to think about the direction of the research, and giving you an idea what questions conference audiences (and external examiners) might ask. In short, it will help you develop your soft skills and help with your research project.
It would be very useful if supervisors and assessors could attend their students’ seminars, to provide a friendly face and to provide feedback to the student afterwards.
These seminars are not a formal requirement of the University’s PhD program, however it is a School norm that all students give these seminars.