Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

The ESSL Graduate School


The annual ESSL Graduate School Conference (formerly ‘Postgraduate Research Conference’) is a PGR-led event bringing research students together from across the Faculty of Education, Social sciences and Law to present their research interests in a friendly and supportive environment. The conference is also a great social networking occasion, giving an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from the experiences of postgraduate researchers in other Schools within the Faculty and fostering an interdisciplinary research environment.

Each year, the conference is organised by a group of volunteers among the current PhD researchers. This is for them an invaluable opportunity to get hands-on experience of organisation of an academic event, as well as to gain transferable skills which can be extremely helpful for their future career both in and out of academia.


ESSL Graduate School Conference – 13th April 2018


Download the Conference Programme HERE


We are very pleased to announce that Mark Carrigan will be our Plenary Speaker for the ESSL Graduate School Conference. Mark is currently Digital Engagement Fellow for the Sociological Review Foundation, and Research Associate in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Please see here for the full abstract on Mark’s presentation: What Does It Mean To Have An Academic Identity in an Age of Social Media?

All ESSL PGRs & academic colleagues are welcome!

PGRs and delegates are very welcome to attend the conference without presenting a paper – please do come and support your peers, and be part of our research community.


Register for the event now! We look forward to receiving your abstracts.


Previous Conferences

We thank those who have given presentations in the previous conferences and encourage all Phd researchers to consider speaking at the conference in future years.

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