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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

26th & 27th September 2017

2-day Thesis Writing Workshop / Structured Writing Retreat with Professor Rowena Murray (aimed at 3rd year and Submission Pending PhD students)

Author of  'How to Write a Thesis’ (4th ed)


'Writing in Social Spaces'

as well as 

'Writing prolifically' in S Carter and D Laurs (Eds) Giving Feedback on Research Writing: A Handbook for Supervisors and Advisors.

‘Writing by academics: A transactional systems model for academic writing behaviours’ (with Kempenaar), Higher Education Research and Development, 35(5): 940-950.

Students are invited to apply and register their interest for this event which will consist of a two day programme - 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 in a peaceful location is specifically aimed at late stage doctoral research students, i.e. third year and submission pending 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.


Places are limited and allocated subject to your application being accepted.  An Invitation to Apply has been sent out to all third year and submission pending students.  If you have not received this email, please contact Applications must be received by the Doctoral Programmes Office before the deadline date of 4th September 2017.


Brathay Cohort Development Event, delivered by Brathay Trust (1st year PhD students only)

In 2017-18, this compulsory event will take on 2nd March 2018 - Save the Date!

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: