Our Research Conference is an annual event held for all our third year doctoral trainees in Clinical Psychology in the last week of September. The Conference provides trainees with the opportunity to give an oral or poster presentation of their research to an audience of around 150 peers, University staff and stakeholders.
The annual conference is usually opened by the Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dylan Edwards, along with Head of Department Professor Niall Broomfield. All cohorts attend the conference as part of their standard participation in research teaching, highlighting the strong experiential approach we take to training in research on the Programme, with second year trainees encouraged to submit abstracts of their work in progress.
We also invite a range of other Programme stakeholders including staff, supervisors, service users and carers and colleagues within the Medical School and other Schools across the University.
This year we were able to record the entirety of the conference and will be making this available for all to see via this page soon.
A conference brochure and booklet of abstracts is produced, both of which are available to download below, and prizes are awarded for the best oral and poster presentations. Our most recently introduced prize is the Ross Chernin Memorial Award, in memory of Ross who was a Trainee at UEA and Clinical Psychologist in the region. The award is generously supported by his family. Ross’s passion and values as a Clinical Psychologist are reflected in the prize being offered for the project which makes the biggest difference to service users or participants.
In addition to providing trainees with the experience of submitting to and presenting at a conference, the event has become an important rite of passage for trainees as they reach the end of three years of training. The conference is not only about sharing and discussing the high quality and methodologically diverse clinical research that has been completed, but also reflecting and celebrating with friends, peers and colleagues.