National Postgraduate Conference

Postgraduate students make up almost a quarter of all students in the UK. Despite this, Universities often overlook their postgraduates. This can mean there’s not enough recognition of their experiences in Higher Education.

The National Postgraduate Conference 2019 is a day of information sharing focused on the postgraduate experience in Higher Education. Hear from experts in the PG experience, on topics from postgraduate mental health to the current funding landscape, and network with Sabbatical Officers and Students’ Union staff from across the country.

This conference is aimed at PG Officers, Education Officers and Union Staff in organisations across the UK.

Each organisation may have up to 3 delegates, if you would like to enquire about inviting more delegates please email

Venue: Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Date: 26th July 2019

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Booking is £8 per delegate and will cover catering on the day

Full schedule

9.45-10.30 Arrival + Registration

10.30-10.45 Welcome

10.45-11.30 The Story So Far: National Postgraduate Representation

Rose Bennett

11.50-12.15 The Alternative Guide to Funding: Postgraduate

Luke Blaxill

12.15-13.15 Lunch

13.15-14.15 What is Postgraduate Widening Participation and what does it mean for Postgraduate Officers?

Paul Wakeling

14.15-15.00 Workshops:

The Wellbeing Thesis

Larisa Dinu

International Integration at Postgraduate Level

Jenna Mittelmeier

15.00-15.15 Coffee and Cake

15.15-16.00 Q&A with the Postgraduate Unions

16.00-16.45 Workshops:

Building a Postgraduate Community

Amy Bullard and Matt Stallworthy

Academic Achievement: Engaging Postgraduates in Academic Processes

Charlotte Chamberlain and Chris Bovis

16.45-17.00 Closing Remarks

17.00-18.00 Wine Reception