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Instructions for Speakers (Michaelmas)

This information is also available as a PDF so you can print it off.


Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help at this event. Your role will be as one of the 'group advisers' (this should become clear as you read on). 

The main shift is away from a 'day of presentations' that the GSLS induction used to be, to an interactive event that encourages students to get involved and understand the importance of many issues that will affect them during their PhD.


Dates, Times and Venue

The 2 hour sessions will take place on Friday 24 Oct and 31 October 2014 at:

  • 0900 - 1100
  • 1130 - 1330
  • 1415 - 1615

The Small Exams Hall, New Museums Site, Downing Street (map)



The rough programme for each session will be:

Time from start (min)SessionStaff
0 Welcome, introduction and networking Geraint Wyn Story
35 Group research time Group advisers *
60 Group presentations Students


Quiz Dr Geraint Wyn Story


 * Group AdvisersThe staff and students who have volunteered to be the advisers for the eight topics are listed below along with the start time of that session: 

Topic24 Oct31 Oct 2014
0900 1130 1415 0900 1130 1415
1. The University Robin Hiley Robin Hiley David Summers Robin Hiley Robin Hiley David Sargan
2. Student Perspective Shirin Ashraf Deniz Vatansever Bernard Periera Faraz Ahmed Jose Sandoval Jose Sandoval
3. Support Lidia Duncan Anna Davies Anna Davies Lesley MacVinish Lesley MacVinish Lesley MacVinish
4. Admin Progress Meg Staff Meg Staff Meg Staff Ann Kaminski Ann Kaminski Ann Kaminski
5. Plagiarism and Falsification David Good Neil Rzochorzek Yvonne Nobis Anna Maxim Anna Maxim Clare Bryant
6. Good Research Practice Sarah Jackson Sarah Jackson Sarah Jackson Nunzio Iraci Emma Poole Wei Li
7. Skills Training Jo Milton Isla Kuhn Jo Milton Isla Kuhn Anna Davies Neil Rzochorzek
8. Making the Most of Your Time Here Deniz Vatansever Lucinda Spokes Lucinda Spokes Sally Todd Sally Todd Howard Bayliss


How Will the Session Work and What Do Advisers Need to Do?

All of the students will be spread evenly across eight tables in the venue (a little bit like a wedding reception!) You will work with one of the tables of students.  Each of the groups of students will be given one topic to investigate in 25 min, before they have to give a 3 min presentation to the rest of the students. Your role is to help them find out what they need to know. They have been advised to bring a laptop, smart phone or table computer so they can access the internet. 

  • The groups will get a printed copy of webpages that suggest issues that they could to cover within their topic.
  • The information on the GSLS website (accessible through the links on the table above), should be also be good starting point for the group, and will give you an idea of the topics that they should know about.
  • Some groups will also be given extra leaflets and iformation to help them (depending on the topic they are covering)
  • Please feel free to bring extra resources if you think they might help the group, e.g. leaflets, journal cuttings, example dissertations & first year reports!

You should get the group to focus on the following aspects in this priority order:

  • Why it is important  to know about this topic
  • How they can find out more
  • What they need to know


The real emphasis should be on why it is important, so they will want to go and find out more at their own convenience. You are also expected to give them a few points of feedback after the presentation, for instance what they did well, or if you think there was an important point that they missed. 


Do I Need to be There All Day?

It would be great if you can be there all day, or for all of the session(s) that you are involved with. There is only a 30 min break between sessions 1 and 2, and a 45 min break between sessions 2 and 3, and refreshments and lunch will be provided if you are attending back to back sessions. But I realise that you are all very busy and may need to do other things. As you can see from the time table, you will need to be with the students for the 25 min when you are advising the students, and for the 3 min when your group is making their presentation. These times will be:

  • 0935 - 1000
  • 1205 - 1230
  • 1555 - 1615

And the presentations will be any 3 min in the following 45 min. But outside those times, you are welcome to do other work - there will be WiFi access. 


Will There be Lunch?

Tea and coffee and/or lunch will be available for those are helping in back to back session.