By now, most Bristol PGRs will (we hope) have heard about Research without Borders, the University’s festival of postgraduate research.
You might not have heard, though, that there are a lot of good reasons why it’s worth your time — from communication training to making new connections.
So, ahead of the closing date for applications (11am on Monday 5 February!), we thought we’d share a quick round-up of the benefits of taking part. (Of course, if you’re ready to apply now, you can just pop over to our Research without Borders page.)
1. It’s a chance to showcase your work to potential employers
We’ll be welcoming a wide variety of visitors to both the Colston Hall exhibition and the discussion series — from academics and industry contacts to fellow PGRs and school pupils.
If you’re keen to share your research with the wider world, then, Research without Borders is an amazing opportunity to make connections with audiences that otherwise would be hard to reach.
Want to get a flavour of the festival? Watch this round-up video from the 2017 showcase.
2. You’ll get £30 to develop your display
We’re encouraging all our exhibitors to come up with creative and imaginative displays — above and beyond the standard academic posters.
We know that this kind of creativity comes with a price tag, though, so every PGR who takes part in the showcase event will get £30 that they can use for materials or equipment.
But what happens if you have a particularly ambitious idea for your exhibit? We’re keen to encourage innovative approaches — so, during the training phase, you’ll be able to apply for up to £200 to make it a reality.
3. You’ll sharpen your communication skills with free training
Every PGR who takes part — whether they’re exhibiting at the showcase event or presenting during the evening discussion series — will receive a bespoke package of training that’ll help them structure and communicate their ideas.
4. It can open up new opportunities
It’s not just a fun event in itself; Research without Borders can also be a springboard for PGRs who want to communicate their work to the world.
After last year’s festival, some of the participants went on to talk about their research on podcasts, at public events, conferences — and even on television.
5. It’s recommended by other PGRs
It’s no secret that we think Research without Borders is a fantastic opportunity for Bristol’s PGRs.
You don’t just have to take our word for it, though. Watch Jessye Aggleton, who took part in last year’s festival, share some of her reflections on the event.
6. You might win an iPad
Interested in taking part in the showcase event? If you do, you might win the coveted title of ‘Most Engaging Exhibit’ — an honour that comes with a free Apple iPad. Other prizes on the day will include money for researcher development activities.
You can find even more reasons to take part — and submit your application — by visiting our Research without Borders page.
Hurry, though! The deadline is 11am on Monday 5 February.