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Postgraduate Research Handbook

Seminars and Workshops

Information on doctoral seminars and workshops will appear on this pages throughout the academic year.

Internal Events

Thesis Writing Workshop / Structured Writing Retreat facilitated by Dr Alison Hardy (aimed at 3rd year PhD students only) - 30th & 31st October 2018

Students are invited to apply for this two day Writing Retreat on a first come first served basis with places limited to a maximum number of  18.   This will consist of a one day writing workshop followed by a one day writing retreat which will provide dedicated time and space to progress and prioritise your PhD. This supportive environment is specifically aimed at late stage doctoral research students, i.e. third year PhD students.

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for participants to progress with their PhD writing up or a journal article. Participants must have a clear project in mind when making an application. 

Outputs: The output for this two day event will differ depending on the writing project that individuals are working on, but it is expected that these will be geared towards your PhD (e.g. writing or editing a PhD chapter/paper) or another writing project such as a journal article.


An Invitation to Apply has been sent out to all third year students.  If you have not received this email, please contact 

To register for this, please email Paul in the Doctoral Programmes Office before the deadline date of 28th September 2018.



Cohort Development Event, facilitated by Brathay Trust (aimed at 1st year PhD students only) - 16th November 2018

This compulsory day-long event seeks to help participants prepare for some of the likely challenges posed by their PhD, including:

 ·         relationships with Faculty and Supervisors 

·         engaging with the research itself 

·         managing and balancing time and energy

Presentation Skills Workshop (aimed at 2nd Year PhD students only) (Date to be arranged)

This one-day long workshop will be arranged for early 2019.  More information will follow in due course.

External Events

NARTI (Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative)

NARTI is a network of leading research-based University Business and Management Schools in the UK’s North of England. Originally funded through an ESRC research development initiative grant, NARTI has consistently encouraged collaboration between universities in order to improve both the quality and quantity of research output. 

Alliance Manchester Business School is one of 16 institutions in the network.

The network runs a regular programme of workshop and conference events throughout the year, which students are invited to attend.  For more information about the network and their forthcoming events, please visit their website.

The following events have been recently announced: