The pages and links here outline the key events and competitions run on campus and externally for postgraduate researchers (PGRs).

If you have an idea for an event that is not already listed, why not consider applying to the Postgraduate Researcher Environment Development Fund (PREDF). This fund provides a small amount (maximum £2000 per project) of funding for PGR-led initiatives that directly benefit groups of PGRs within the University and have an impact on the researcher environment. 

For more information view the details document and the application form.

PGRs interested in organising an event or conference might find this Conferences and events guidance document useful.

Annual events and competitions

The PGR conference

This yearly conference is organised by and aimed at PGRs to showcase, share and celebrate their research with peers and academic staff.

Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition where doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation.

Falling Walls Lab

The Falling Walls Lab is a platform for excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all disciplines to present their research, business model, innovative project or idea.

European Researchers’ Night

European Researchers' Night takes place all over Europe on the last Friday of September. It gives the public a chance to meet researchers and find out about their latest discoveries.


Contestants from around the world take part using only their knowledge and a few props to communicate their research to members of the public. 

Other events

Look out for communications throughout the year detailing events where PGRs can get involved, showcase research, and develop presentation skills in a supportive and relaxed environment. 

Regular events

The PGR support group

This is a group specifically for PGRs, run by the Wellbeing team and research specialists. Bring along ideas and lunch, and contribute to the sharing of help and support.

PGR coffee mornings/afternoons

PGR coffee morning sessions offer a chance to meet members of the Student's Union and Researcher Environment Team, or just come along for a coffee and a chat.

‘Together We Can Do It’

This programme involved a series of talks and networking events aimed at PGRs, including discussions on topical issues and learning new skills from one another.