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PGR Alumni Speaker Series


Hearing directly from Royal Holloway PGR alumni about their career experiences since graduating provides not only invaluable insights into career pathways after your research degree but also an opportunity to build networks beyond your core discipline.  This series of talks allows you to hear from Royal Holloway alumni about their transition from doing a PhD to their life after the PhD.

There will be one talk per term, followed by a Q&A session, and tea and coffee afterwards, to help provide networking opportunities.  The intention is to hold these as hybrid events, so that they can be accessed online too.

MS Team links and further details will be sent out nearer the time.

Autumn term

When Monday 31 October 2022, 15:00-16:00
Where Shilling Lecture Theatre
Who Harvey Moyne (PhD Management)

Finishing and Finding Your Feet Post-PhD: the last stages of PhD, the often messy transition into work, and dealing with the ‘loss’ of your PhD once it’s finished


 Spring term

When Friday 17 February 2023, 14:00-15:00
Where Shilling Lecture Theatre
Who Dr Saz Ahmed (PhD Psychology) - Wellcome Trust 
Topic Life during and after the PhD -  from data analyst to doing research as a postdoc to now funding research, this talk will cover her journey to considering whether to stay in academia or not


Summer term

When Thursday 11 May 2023, 14:00-15:00
Where Shilling Lecture Theatre
Who Dr Sarah Watson (PhD Media Arts) -  Academic Developer, Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Sussex
Topic Life after the PhD: navigating a "wiggly" academic career path with motherhood



Please read testimonials from fellow PGRs following the previous Alumni Speaker Series events.





Contact us

By email:

By phone:

  • 01784 276886
  • Manned 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Thursday

In person:

  • Visit our helpdesk in room S-105, Founder's South Tower
  • Open 10am-4pm on Tuesday

Quick links

PGR Employability Experiences brochure

PGR Employability Experiences homepage

Doctoral School Researcher Development Training brochure

Researcher Development Programme

Alumni mentoring scheme

Careers support for PGRs

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