2018 Doctoral Conference at Brunel Business School

Brunel Business School hosted the 4th Doctoral conference, on May 14thand 15th. This annual event provides an opportunity for doctoral students, at any stage of their programme, to present their work to their peers and to the Business School faculty.

 

This year’s event received 38 paper submissions and saw presentations across 12 panels. Dr Jane Hendy, head of the Business School, opened the event and welcomed students, alumni and academic staff. On Monday, May 14th, Dr Sankar Sivarajah delivered a keynote speech where he talked about the importance of Research Impact. The second keynote speech took place on Tuesday, May 15th, and was delivered by Professor T C Melewar who shared his passion for research.

Reflecting on this event, Dr Dorothy Yen, Director of the Doctoral Programme at the Business School said:

This event has been a great success. It provided Brunel Business School PhD students an interactive platform for them to present their works and exchange ideas with each other and to receive constructive feedback from academic colleagues and PhD alumni in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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The following students received a best paper award for their submissions, including a certificate and an Amazon voucher:

  • Callen Clegg
  • Fadiah Alraies
  • Ismaeel Ibrahim
  • Jaskaran Kaur
  • Jin Wang
  • May Al Dubayan
  • Parsim Kaushik
  • Sarah Binsaied
  • Shi Ha
  • Syed Mohammad

 

Developmental programme for doctoral students at Brunel Business School

Message from Dr. Dorothy Yen, Director of the Doctoral programme at Brunel Business School

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This year’s Brunel Business School PGR Student Development Programme has just finished.

 

Six PhD students participated in this programme as mentees. They each volunteered 1 hour per week (10 hours in total), during term 1, to shadow and assist their mentors in the delivery of final year project seminars. This experience allowed them to witness how seminars are constructed, and to engage with final year undergraduate students during the seminars.

 

From the feedback that we have received from both staff and PhD students, this programme was a great success, and we will endeavour to run it again as a regular training opportunity for our PGR students.

 

This is a sample of what our PhD students felt that gained from this experience, and how it will help them prepare them for their future higher education career:

The opportunity from participating in this BBS PGR Developmental programme has provide a valuable experience…This experience has enhanced my confidence in the classroom environment, and my ability to utilise the knowledge and research skills that I have gained throughout my PhD study. I have acknowledged the need to develop my communication skills further in order to explain or elaborate the idea clearly, in the sense that it should not only includes theoretical concepts but to combine with practicality…” Theenida Buntornwon.

What I learnt from this experience will help me in my future academic career on few levels. First, after I built a better understanding on assessing the student capabilities, it will help me to design and prepare the most appropriate teaching material based on the student needs and link it to examples from our daily life. Second, it will help me to build a good and professional relation with the students which increase their productivity and the overall outcome from the course. Third, this experience has improved my time management skills for the class and helped me to have better ideas on how to allocate time for each part of the lecture. Finally, this experience will make it much easier for in term of solving unexpected issues in the class.” Ruaa Hasan.

 

Thank you to the colleagues that have kindly offered to act as mentors for PhD students and allowed PhD students to shadow them when delivering final year projects, this year. Namely, Drs. Bidit Dey, Raffaella Valsecchi, Marios Samdanis, Nikolaos Antypas, Monomita Nandy, Sharifah Alwi, and Sankar Sivarajah.

 

More information about our PhD programme is available here.

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Another successful PhD conference for Brunel Business School

BrunelBBS PhD Symposium Group photo BBS (2) 20 per centBusiness School held its annual PhD conference on the 4th and 5th May with over 20 of its PhD students presenting papers to an audience of peers and experienced researchers.

The annual conference invites Business School doctoral students, at any stage in their programme, to put forward a paper for the conference and to present it over the two-day event.

62 doctoral student papers were received for assessment by the conference panel and 10 top paper accolades were awarded at the event.

The annual doctoral conference was created by the Business School to allow PhD students to get valuable engagement with the research community as well as to hear from experienced researchers. Key note speakers for the event were Professor Bradley Barnes from Sheffield Hallam University, and Professor Jǒskos Brakus from Leeds University Business School

Head of School, Professor Christos Pitelis opened the event and Professor Bill Leahy, Deputy Vice Chancellor for academic affairs and civic engagement presented awards to the 10 PhD students whose papers received the highest scores from reviewers.