National Postgraduate Conference


In July 2019, the Graduate Students’ Association played host for the first time to the National Postgraduate Conference! Postgraduate students make up almost a quarter of all students in the UK, but are often underrepresented or overlooked. This conference aims to ensure that Students’ Unions around the country are equipped to represent them.

The National Postgraduate Conference 2019 was a day of information sharing focused on the postgraduate experience in Higher Education. We heard from experts in the PG experience, on topics from postgraduate mental health to the postgraduate widening participation and the national picture. It was also an opportunity for Sabbatical Officers and Students’ Union staff from across the country – and as far away as the Exeter and Strathclyde Students’ Unions – to network and share best practice.

We had a great time organising and we’re looking forward to playing host again next year!



Event Plan

The Graduate Students’ Association

Date: 26th July 2019

Venue: The Berrick Saul Building, University of York

9.45-10.30 Arrival + Registration

10.30-10.45 Welcome

10.45-11.30 The Story So Far: National Postgraduate Representation

Rose Bennett

11.30-12.15 Q&A with the Postgraduate Unions

12.15-13.15 Lunch

13.15-14.00 The Alternative Guide to Funding: Postgraduate

Luke Blaxill

14.00-14.45 Workshops:

The Wellbeing Thesis

Larisa Dinu and Ann Kirkman

Supporting social transitions of international postgraduate students

Jenna Mittelmeier

14.45-15.00 Coffee and Cake

15.00-16.00 What is Postgraduate Widening Participation and what does it mean for 

Postgraduate Officers?

Paul Wakeling

16.00-16.45 Workshops:

Building a Postgraduate Community

Amy Bullard

Academic Achievement: Engaging Postgraduates in Academic Processes

Charlotte Chamberlain

16.45-17.00 Closing Remarks

17.00-18.00 Wine Reception