Our research student culture Our research student culture

Postgraduate Research Students play a vital part in our research life. We support students' full participation in our research groups, seminars, conferences and colloquia. Workshops and reading groups enable colleagues with shared interests to comment on each other's work, engage with critical and interdisciplinary ideas and methods in the field and envisage collaborative research.

Activities for research students

We foster a vibrant research environment. Work-in-progress and new methodologies are discussed at "brown-bag" workshops; staff and graduates present their research and discuss research techniques and strategies at a weekly lunchtime seminar.
We organize regular reading groups on new and classic ideas and methods in social and political research. We connect with national and international research culture in a weekly seminar with visiting researchers, attended by all staff and postgraduates. The Political, Social and International Studies European Forum has hosted a further 41 seminars including both outstanding scholars and leading practitioners.
Students are supported to participate in university wide cross-disciplinary networks such as media@uea and policy@uea, and encouraged to gain experience in organising conferences, acquiring teaching skills and publishing in academic journals. 

Research training and career development 

To develop well-rounded researchers as well as specialists in their chosen topic, we provide training and career development in a number of forms. 
Faculty Training: The Arts and Humanities Faculty Graduate School manages a Postgraduate Personal and Professional Development Programme for all of our research students to earn 30 ‘training credits' over three years attending training workshops and programmes. The Faculty run a bi-weekly Critical Writing Workshop and an annual interdisciplinary collective seminar. Our students participate in a Faculty of Social Science training programme designed in accordance with the RCUK Joint Skills and Researcher Development Statements. This includes training in fieldwork design, statistics and quantitative and qualitative data handling. 
External Training and Support: Graduate students have institutional membership of ECPR and Chatham House, paid membership fees for PSA, BISA and MeCCSA and possibility of financial support to attend conferences and external training events.
Political, Social and International Studies ‘in-house' Training: We hold a series of day-long research workshops to explore different approaches to the study of politics. These are open to research students from any university and sometimes run in partnership with colleagues from other institutions. Past events included ‘Rhetoric as Theory and Method in Political Research' (in collaboration with Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London) and ‘Psychoanalysis as Theory and Method in Political Research (with Department of Government, University of Essex). 

Career development

Our seminars on practical aspects of professional development address publishing strategies, grant winning, media engagement and writing. We also organise non-academic careers events. Through SeaMedia, for example, students can find out about careers in the media by meeting industry representatives from Belgium, New York and the UK (including the Head of Factual for ITV and the Editor of BBC East).