This is the Programme for the 2023 in person Intellectual Party.

Meet each other and the organising team at the Waterwitch pub from 7.30 on the 28th

Thursday 29th June

10.45–11.00          Welcome – Plenary gathering for the whole intellectual party        (Marcus Merriman Lecture theatre)

11.00–12.00          Session 1 – The object of my PhD: purpose (Seminar rooms in Bowland North)

12.00–12.30          Coffee break

12.30–13.30          Session 2 – The object of my PhD: metaphor (Seminar rooms in Bowland North)

13.30–14.30          Lunch

14.30–15.30          Session 3 – Craft skills (Seminar rooms in Bowland North)

  • Writing Applications for External Research Funding
  • Acquiring an Academic Identity

15.30–16.30          Extended coffee break/Floorball for all intellectual party participants

16.30–17.30          Session 4 – Designing the perfect PhD project (Seminar rooms in Bowland North)

17.30–18.00          Coffee break

18.00–19.00          Three Minute Thesis competition (Marcus Merriman Lecture theatre)

19.00                      Wine reception and BBQ dinner (Bowland North, Back Courtyard)

Friday 30th June

9.30–10.00            Positioning exercise for the whole intellectual party
(Bowland North, Back Courtyard)

10.00–11.00          Session 1 – Abstract questions : expand and explain

11.00–11.30          Coffee break

11.30–12.30          Session 2 – Abstract questions : Writing 250 words and more

12.30–14.00          Faculty book launch and lunch, with Basil Germond and others.

14.00–15.30          Session 3 – Tricycle chats in which groups of three or four participants talk with each other about the following questions:

How did your PhD project come about?
How is your PhD going right now?
What is something interesting that you have read recently for your project?
What is a problem you are currently facing with your research?
How do you get on with your supervisors?
What is the best/worst thing about working on a PhD?
What is your drink of choice when working on your PhD?

15.30–16.00          Coffee break

16.00–17.00          Session 4 – Craft skills

  • Academic Journals and Special Issues: Editing and Publishing, SR4
  • Preparing for Your Viva, SR5
  • Creating Impact at Scale (Research Commercialisation), SR7

17.00                      Grand finale – The jungle of academic life (Marcus Merriman Lecture theatre)

18.00                      End

Rooms and groups

More detail on the craft skills sessions on 29th and 30th June.


  • Claire O’Donnell, “Writing Applications for External Research Funding” SR4

This is a hands-on session that will look briefly at how you identify relevant and suitable sources of research funding and how you begin to engage with your research funders. In this session, we will take a brief look at an example of a successful application for research funding to see how this is structured and how you might begin to think about the application writing process.

  • Marian Iszzat White, “Acquiring an Academic Identity”

A workshop on acquiring an intellectual identity, on generating ‘your’ ideas, and becoming known for them.


  • Dany Girard and Tom Brassington, “Academic Journals and Special Issues: Editing and Publishing” SR4

In this workshop, we hope to demystify the process that goes into guest editing a special issue of an academic journal. We shall go through the process, from initial idea-mapping to publication, and talk about the tasks that go into producing a journal special issue. For an interactive portion of the session, we will provide files of the journal special issue guest editor form to help illustrate to attendees the types of things prospective editors are asked for. The end of the session will feature a 15-minute Q&A.

  • Hannah Stoddart, “Preparing for Your Viva” SR5

This session will involve a Q&A type of discussion and an opportunity to think ahead to the final stages of your PhD journey: the viva. The session will cover tips and guidance on planning and preparing for the viva, based on recent experience.

  • Charlotte Stuart, “Creating Impact at Scale (Research Commercialisation)” SR7

Mobilising research. Translating research. Creating impact at scale. Commercialisation. These are all terms used to describe the ways in which researchers create sustainable mechanisms to ensure wider uptake and application of their expertise or research outputs and create direct value to beneficiaries beyond the scope of a time and funding limited research project. In the arts, humanities and social sciences commercialisable research outputs can take many forms, including toolkits, advice delivered through consultancy work, training programmes, digital tools and other resources. During the session you will hear examples of FASS academics who have or are in the process of commercialising in a range of ways, including through social enterprises, standard limited.