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.

The latest Conference took place on 22nd March 2017.

You can see the programme and paper abstracts here: ESSL Graduate School Conference 2017 Abstratcts Booklet.

The conference focused around four broad themes:

– Environment, Development, Education
– Equality: Gender, Disability, Poverty
– Justice, Work, Community
– Responsibility, Cooperation, Growth

Dr Kath Murray (University of Edinburgh), winner of the ESRC Outstanding Early Career Impact prize in 2016, delivered a very useful and exciting talk focusing on The politics, pitfalls and rewards of research impact: researching stop and search in Scotland.

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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