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Annual Research Student Conference

Anglia Ruskin University research students, supervisors and staff are invited to the Thirteenth Annual Research Student Conference entitled 'Supporting You Through Your Doctorate'. The conference is being held on Thursday 11 July 2019 on our Chelmsford Campus.

Research students were asked to submit abstracts to be considered for either poster or oral presentation. The call for submissions has now closed and we have contacted all students who submitted an abstract. If you have not received an email, please contact

How to book

You can book your place via Eventbrite. An attendance certificate will be available on request after the conference.
Coach transport has been arranged for those travelling from our Cambridge Campus, if required. If you wish to book a place on the coach, please indicate this when you register for the conference.


If you have any questions or queries about the conference, please email

Conference schedule

The current conference schedule can be downloaded here.

Keynote speakers

Speaker Biography - Shane Dowle

Shane Dowle manages the University of Surrey’s Doctoral College and is a part-time PhD researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London. Shane’s research project explores the factors that help or hinder timely completion of PhDs. He hopes that he will submit his own PhD on time…


How can doctoral students make the most of the doctoral experience and still complete on time?

The doctorate in the United Kingdom is changing due to an intensification of policy interventions during the last three decades. These interventions have dislocated the PhD from its purely knowledge-based origins and have pushed it toward providing a broader training that produces graduates who are expected to be entrepreneurial leaders (Balaban, 2016) capable not only of producing knowledge but being a competent user of knowledge, with the capacity to translate it into a commercially or socially viable enterprise (Hancock & Walsh, 2014). The economic and social benefits of doctorates have encouraged policies that restrict the timescales for completion of doctorates, seeking to ensure the efficient supply of highly skilled graduates for the knowledge-based economy.

Consequently, there is now additional pressure on doctoral students who are not only asked to learn about the knowledge-production process but to take advantage of the myriad of value-adding opportunities that will leave them well-prepared for a variety of career trajectories; all within a constrained timescale.

In the context of a dynamic and changing doctoral landscape, this presentation asks: how can doctoral students make the most of their doctoral experience and still complete on time?

The presentation draws on interviews [n=28] with students, supervisors and administrators in a Russell Group university and two focus groups with cross-institutional representation. Based on insights from the research, the presentation shares the typical critical incidents (Woods, 1993) within the doctoral experience and shares tactics and strategies for how such incidents might be approached.


Balaban, Corina. 2016. "From steward to leader: a decade of shifting roles for the PhD student." Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences 9 (1):90-100.

Hancock, Sally, and Elaine Walsh. 2014. "Beyond knowledge and skills: rethinking the development of professional identity during the STEM doctorate." Studies in Higher Education 41 (1):37-50.

Woods, Peter. 1993. “Critical events in education.” British Journal of Sociology of Education 14 (4):355-371

Speaker Biography - Dr Atika Kemal

Dr Atika Kemal is a Lecturer in Management and Marketing at the Essex Business School (EBS) at the University of Essex. Prior to joining EBS, she was an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University from where she gained her PhD in 2016.