PhD at The Alan Turing Institute – applications open

Queen Mary is a university partner of the Alan Turing Institute, which is seeking motivated graduates to apply for its fully funded doctoral studentship scheme commencing October 2019.

The Turing PhD programme offers all the benefits of completing a PhD at a world-class university, as well as a unique opportunity to study in a collaborative research space, while utilising the Turing’s position as the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Turing students will have access to a wide range of exceptional benefits:

  • Spend time in both a university research environment and at The Alan Turing Institute.
  • Access to a range of training, events, seminars, reading groups and workshops delivered by leaders in research, government and industry.
  • Opportunities to collaborate on real-world projects for societal impact with current and emerging industry partners.
  • Expert support and guidance through all stages of the studentship, delivered by supervisors who are Fellows of the Turing or substantively engaged with the Turing.
  • Networking opportunities and brilliant minds researching a range of subjects with opportunities to collaborate and join or start interest groups.
  • Opportunities to supercharge your research with access to cutting edge resources.

Studentships include a generous tax-free stipend of £20,500 per annum, a travel allowance and conference fund, and tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years.

Find out more about the studentship and apply.


JSPS Summer Programme 2019

Application Deadline: 15 January 2019, 23:59 GMT
Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 11 June to 21 August 2019

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

For the 2019 Programme, 18 fellowship places are available for UK nationals.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance (158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a UK national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the time of application. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo.
A link to application guidelines and form are available on the JSPS London website here:

Also reports written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows about their experiences of this programme can be found on the JSPS London website at the following link:

For any Enquiries please e-mail:

Life Sciences Initiative – Centre for Genomic Health PhD small grant award

The Centre for Genomic Health (CGH) is offering 2 small grants, each worth £5,000, to support the research of PhD students in labs affiliated with the Centre. These grants are designed to support projects close to the manuscript writing stage or strengthening a clinical fellowship application. The funds should be used to help finish off the final few necessary experiments.

Application Guidelines:

1. Must be written by PhD students (basic or clinical) in their 2nd, 3rd or final year, or clinical fellows working towards writing a fellowship application.

2. The project must be in the field of genomics (does not have to be restricted to human work).

3. PhD students that submit an application for these small grants must be first or joint-first author on the resulting manuscript.

4. Manuscripts based on work that is supported by these small grants should list the CGH as an official affiliation (in addition to the lab’s primary affiliation).

5. The application should be a maximum of one A4 page only. In this single page, please explain the project, a justification for the proposed experiment(s), timelines for manuscript/fellowship submission

6. Deadline is Friday 16 November 2018
(decisions will be announced by 3rd December 2018).

7. Successful applicants from previous round cannot apply.

8. Submissions should be sent to Naheedah Choudhury

ESRC writing competition 2018-19 in partnership with SAGE Publishing


The ESRC’s writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication by ESRC-funded students.

Are you an ESRC-funded student? Are you keen to communicate your research to a wider audience? Then the ESRC writing competition, in partnership with SAGE Publishing, is for you.

ESRC want to hear from you about your research: ESRC are keen to support and reward outstanding written communication.

In a change to previous eligibility requirements, the competition is only open to students who are in receipt of ESRC funding on 7 December 2018.

Full details at

QMUL Educational Development 2018 Research Seminars – “Teaching With Academic Freedom and Teaching Without Academic Freedom”

Date: 14 November 2018
SCAPE 1.04

How we teach is determined by our personal, institutional and cultural attitudes to free speech and academic freedom. Many academics no longer believe in free speech and as a consequence have failed to defend academic freedom. Similarly, universities no longer believe in free speech and university leaders have neglected academic freedom. Most importantly, a cultural climate dominated by a fear of giving offence has caused academics to self-censor and institutions to ensure that academics never offend.

These personal, institutional and cultural attitudes have undermined the traditional methods of teaching that characterised what I call the ‘Socratic University’ and have given way to methods of teaching in what I call the ‘Therapeutic University.’

Using examples of teaching practice this talk aims to start a debate about the therapeutic turn in teaching and how it can be challenged.

Dennis Hayes is Professor of Education at the University of Derby. He is the founder and director of the campaign group Academics For Academic Freedom (AFAF). In 2008, he co-authored with Kathryn Ecclestone the controversial and bestselling book, The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education which is to be re-issued next year in the Routledge Education Classic Editions series with a new introduction. His latest book, The Death of Academic Freedom? Free speech and censorship on campus will also be published by Routledge next year.

Book Tickets via Eventbrite: “Teaching With Academic Freedom and Teaching Without Academic Freedom” with Dennis Hayes

Tickets are free but we need to make sure everyone gets a seat.

For any questions or ticket problems please mail Maren Thom

Careers panel event: Roles in Research and R&D

Careers panel event: Roles in Research and R&D

Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End
Date:  22 October 2018
Time: 6-8pm

R&D is an essential component of innovation and evolution within a business, and there are career opportunities within academic, industrial and government environments open to researchers in all fields. On Monday night join our panel of Research and R&D professionals (including two PhDs) to learn about careers beyond academia which specifically utilise your academic knowledge and/or skills.

Confirmed guests:
Dr Victor Higgs – Managing Director, Applied Nanodetectors Ltd – (PhD in Chemistry)
Noah Kidron-Style – Product Manager (data innovation), HM Revenue & Customs – (MA in Philosophy and Politics)
Ruth Plackett – PhD student and former Research Officer at charity CLIC Sargent – (PhD in Epidemiology and Health Care)
Tasqeen Ahmed – Science and Engineering Fast Streamer, Civil Service Fast Stream – (MSc in Cancer, Molecular Pathology and Genomics)

Panel chair: Andrea Cox, Careers Consultant for Researchers

Book your place via TargetConnect (you will need your student ID to register):

Thinking Writing PhD Writing Retreat – 18 October 2018

Our first Writing Retreat of the academic year is only a few days away!

It will take place this Thursday 18th October in the spacious top floor rooms of the Crown pub in Bow, with pleasant views of Victoria Park.

It will be a quiet and supportive setting for you to really get ahead with your writing. Here are the details…

Thinking Writing PhD Writing Retreat

Thursday 18 October, 9:15 – 16:45, The Crown, 223 Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5SN

  • A single-day writing retreat held off campus for PhD students at all levels which…              gives participants a chance to work on their writing in a supportive atmosphere
  • offers strategies to help with problems around writing research and increase productivity, and
  • has optional 1-2-1 consultations with a facilitator to discuss your individual work

There are a limited number of places available for this retreat, so if you think you would benefit from attending, do sign up soon!

The cost is £15 for QMUL PhDs and £30 for non-QMUL PhDs.

You can book your place here:

Get in touch at, if you have any questions.