There are many postgraduate skills workshops, reserch seminars and support events that run throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Graduate School at:

Great PGR Bake Off

15 Dec ‘17

10.00AM - 12.00PM

Venue: PGR Zone

The Great PGR Bake off is coming to the PGR Zone in aid of Age Scotland and Shelter.

Get out your rolling pins, dust off your tins and enter a bake. Keeping it nice and simple, there are 4 categories of bake: Big Cake, Small Cake, Not Cake and Showstopper. You can enter as many times as you want but all individual entries cost £2.50. The audience will pick category winners that will then be sampled by two top quality guest judges to determine the overall winner. 

Please note: There is a strict no nut policy!

Entering a bake is easy, just check out the Terms & Conditions. You could win some awesome prizes but more importantly bask in Great PGR Bake Off glory for a full year.

There will be a raffle and other such delights. Entry fee of £2.50 and donations for sampling the cakes/not cakes.

Whether you intend to enter a bake or just sample the delights, come help us raise money.


Thanks to Christina Neuwirth and Lorna Wallace for coming up with the idea.

Keep them coming!

RSVP: Let us know if you are coming to sample or to enter a bake by emailing

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Shut Up and Write!

17 Nov ‘17


...........and every Friday thereafter!

Feeling a bit unproductive in your office? 
Been putting off a writing task that really needs to get done?
Want to meet other PhD students and have a really productive Friday Morning?

Well come to a Shut Up and Write session! 

The idea is really simple.  Think about something that you need to write (reading notes, literature review, a chapter, a paper), bring your laptop and write.  And then write some more!  The aim in each session is to be silent for around 25mins and to write as much as possible.  You then take a short break (maybe to chat or get a coffee) and then you set back into another 25mins of writing. You can stay as long or as little as you like. 

The idea for Shut Up and Write came from the Thesis Whisperer blog.  It is based on the idea that focussing your energy and concentration in short bursts can be more productive than giving yourself an undefined timeframe that can drift and drift and drift...

Working in the presence of others too, furiously typing away, can also add some positive peer pressure to make you more productive, and ultimately help you get words down on a page and give you that feeling of having written something, anything!  (and on a Friday!) 

This is going to be a weekly session on every Friday morning for the months of November and December.  After Christmas, the session will start up again in January.  Everyone is welcome to drop in each week when it suits you. 

All PhD and Professional Doctorate students from all faculties, divisions and disciplines are encouraged to come and benefit from this – so bring your own laptop, your headphones if you need them, and try your best to be on time, 10am on the dot if not before!    

If you have any questions about the session, the rules or the format, please email Kat Raines (Faculty of Natural Sciences), one the University's Graduate Officers at:

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Three Minute Thesis Final 2018

05 Jun ‘18

2.00PM - 5.00PM

Three Minute Thesis®

Now in it’s 3rd year here at the University of Stirling, the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

Could you present your thesis in just 3 minutes using 1 static slide?

The finalists will have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Practice/feedback sessions will be schedule in spring semester.  For more information or to sign up as a participant, contact

Audience sign up is via Eventbrite.

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