As well as Postgraduate Student Representatives, and the school office, there are two primary contacts that can help discuss matters with regards to both prospective and current postgraduate students. These are the Director of Postgraduate Research, primarily in charge of research degrees, and the Director of Postgraduate Studies, primarily in charge of our taught postgraduate programes. Contact details for the current holders of these posts can be found below.
Director of Postgraduate Research: Professor Andrew Gordon
Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Amy Bryzgel
If you are interested in studying with us, either by research or on one of our taught programmes, then please consul our Degree Programmes page for more information on the programmes available, the research interests within the school and help and advice on how to apply.
Postgraduate Research Events & Support
Below you can find information on some of the resources and events that run throughout the academic year to help our postgraduate students excel throughout their studies.
- Common Room
The School of LLMVC has a dedicated space for its PGT and PGR students, a friendly common room located in Taylor C6. The door is kept locked but you can get the code easily from the School office or Dr. Bryzgel. The common room is yours to use as you like, for meetings, quiet study, social events, to eat lunch or grab a coffee. There is a coffee machine, tea kettle, microwave and refrigerator for you to use, and cosy chairs to relax in. The Common Room also features a “de-stress” corner, with de-stressing toys and games, and coloring books.
The Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr. Amy Bryzgel, holds regular informal drop-in coffee hours in the Common Room throughout the semester. This is a chance for students to come and discuss any issues or queries, or just have a casual chat. Dr. Bryzgel often brings her own home-baked cookies or cupcakes, and students have also been known to bring their own home-baked treats as well!
- Research Gym
The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture pioneered the Research Gym: Training to be a Researcher in the Humanities, in 2015. The Gym offers regular training sessions related to the skills needed to be a successful researcher, such as academic writing, formulating a research proposal, navigating the funding landscape, research ethics, collaboration, presentation skills, among others. For the first time in 2017-2018, the Research Gym was run in collaboration with the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, offering LLMVC students to meet with other researchers in the humanities from another School.
In 2018, the University of Aberdeen was the first stop on Karen Kelsky’s third European tour. She had visited here in 2016 and enjoyed Aberdeen so much she wanted to return! Karen Kelsky is otherwise known as The Professor is In, and works as a consultant advising and supporting newly minted PhDs on the job market and alt-ac job market.
- PG Conference
In December 2017 we launched the annual Postgraduate Research Conference Language, Text, Sound & Image to showcase postgraduate research in the school. At this event PhD students in their second year of study or beyond, give their annual research presentation. For some, this may be their first research paper, while others may already be old hands on the conference circuit. Either way it is an opportunity for students to improve their presenting skills, to try out aspects of their thesis in a research paper format, and to get feedback on their work from staff and fellow research students across the school.
- PG Forum
‘a space that allows Postgraduate students to socialise, improve their academic communicative skills and build networks, and friendships that will go beyond their university career’ – Clarisa Novello, PG Rep
The LLMVC PG Forum meets monthly to take part in various activities: listening to a paper from one of our colleagues, participating in a PG-related workshop, or heading out into Aberdeen for social activities are the mainstay. The Forum provides an ideal venue for trying out papers ahead of conferences (warm welcome, useful feedback, and minimal tricky questions guaranteed). The workshops are planned and tailored according to your requests. Our social activities are also planned according to requests from the PG community. If you want to get involved with the planning process, come along to our GMs, where you can tell the PG reps what you’d like to get from the Forum. Keep an eye out for emails about Forum activity, or stay up to date via the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/133918496111/.