PGR Events

Regular PGR Network Coffee meetings!
Coffee meetings are hosted on Microsoft Teams every few weeks, with 2 timeslots provided for every date: 1pm (BST) and 4pm (BST). To join one (or both!) slots you will need to join the Microsoft Teams group for UKALTA PGR. For further details about how to get involved in the PGR Network go to the PGR Network page.

The next coffee meeting will be held on 1st December. 

Upcoming events

Fit for the Road? Staying well and building personal resilience in your academic life 

1-2pm (UK time), 9th February 2022. Register via Eventbrite.

Professor Lynda Taylor (UKALTA President) will offer some practical recommendations on how to stay fit and well in academia.

 Undertaking a PhD and establishing yourself in an academic career can be a lengthy and daunting journey. Both processes can take several years of focused commitment and there can be significant stress and challenge along the way. Sometimes challenges are due to unexpected health problems or unforeseen obstacles, or they may simply be due to the persistent and competing pressures of ordinary daily life, i.e. our academic studies, our working life, our family responsibilities, etc. What practical steps can we take to stay fit and well on the journey – physically, mentally and emotionally – and how can we build personal and professional resilience for those times when things just don’t go according to plan? What can we do to help support friends and colleagues who may be experiencing difficulties or about whom we are concerned? This session will give us a chance to consider some of these issues, how they affect our academic journey as PGRs/ECRs and what measures we can adopt to support one another in successfully navigating that experience to achieve our goals. The session will last 1 hour and will begin with some input on wellbeing and resilience, during which I will share something of the ‘ups and downs’ of my own academic career journey; after that, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion together.


Giving a conference presentation – from abstract writing to difficult Q&As

Date and time TBC in spring 2022

Previous PGR Network events in 2021:
6th October 2021: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for Language Testing and Assessment Research, 9.30-11.30am (BST)

The first formal event organised by the PGR Network, on 6th October 2021 postgraduate (PG) and early-career researcher (ECR) UKALTA members came together online to discuss methodological and practical considerations related to the field of language testing and assessment. The event was opened with papers by two invited speakers, followed by presentations by UKALTA PGs and ECRs.

Plenary speakers Dr Vahid Aryadoust and Dr Chihiro Inoue spoke about quantitative and qualitative methods for language testing respectively. Please click for access to a recording of the talks on YouTube: 

19th May 2021: The inaugural gathering of the new UKALTA PGR Network.

This event gave rise to regular ‘coffee meetings’ – informal gatherings for UKALTA PGRs and ECRs to meet peers and discuss their research.