Upcoming Workshops & Events

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice for Doctoral Students

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice for Doctoral Students Information 

About the Programme

We would like to inform you of in an exciting new venture which is being developed by a team from the College of Social Science in partnership with the Doctoral School.

Studying for a PhD is an amazing opportunity, but it can also be a difficult and stressful time. PhD students often report feeling isolated, and uncertain about the quality of their work and the progress they are making.

In recent years, we have seen a growing number of mental health problems in PhD students (Levecque et al, 2017) and this is starting to attract attention both in the UK and around the world.

In response to this, at Lincoln we have decided to take positive action by offering a programme to our students that will help them to identify and focus on their strengths, become more self-aware and therefore better equipped to deal with the challenges that the PhD brings

What are you planning to do?

We are planning to run a trial to examine the effects of a Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice programme among Doctoral students.

Mindfulness-Based Skills Practice (MBSP) is an established eight week programme that brings together the practice of mindfulness and the practice of character strengths. It includes discussions, meditations, strengths practices, lecture input and homework exercises.

The programme was devised and developed by Ryan Niemiec (2014) and has been used in a variety of populations and settings showing positive effects. It has never previously been used with Doctoral students.

We are incredibly fortunate at Lincoln to have Dr Roger Bretherton, a Clinical Psychologist and qualified practitioner in mindfulness interventions, including MBSP.

Roger has been working with Ryan Niemiec and the MBSP programme for a number of years and has now trained Rebecca Park (PhD student) in the delivery of MBSP. Rebecca will take the lead on delivering the MBSP programme to doctoral students at the University of Lincoln under the supervision of Dr Bretherton.

At the beginning, end and six weeks after the programme has been completed, all participants will be asked to complete a series of validated questionnaires to assess the effectiveness of the programme for those involved.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in taking part in the study, we would like to invite you to an information event where we will tell you more about the programme and give you an opportunity to try out some of the activities that you would be participating in.

If you would like to come along to one of the information events, please click the links below, if you cannot make the information events but would still like to find out more about the project, contact doctoralschool@lincoln.ac.uk

Five Slides in Five Minutes

About Five Slides in Five Minutes

The 5 Slides in 5 Minutes event is designed to provide you with the perfect opportunity to present your research in a relaxed and informal environment and receive feedback from your peers.

Presenters are asked to present their research in JUST 5 minutes with JUST 5 slides to a lay audience of your peers, and after each presentation there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

The audience are then asked to give constructive feedback to the presenter which will allow you to fine tune your presentation skills, disseminate your research and even find new ideas and insights into what you are researching.

You can register for this session as an audience member and also as a presenter, if you would like to present please indicate on the box provided when registering.


Wednesday 9th May 2018, 17:00 – 19:00 Book now

College of Arts: The Viva - A Participatory Masterclass

About this Workshop

This one hour session provides essential information, tips, and recent reactions– from the viewpoint of an external examiner and supervisor, plus two students who have undergone the experience recently. At least half the time will be given over to questions. This participatory workshop, aimed at all PGR students who face a viva, will comprise:

1. Fear and Loathing in Lincoln? Professor Jane Chapman will ask whether you should feel trepidation about, or welcome the help of the external? Jane will talk about expectations and reality from her experiences as both examiner and supervisor, and the learning points these personal thoughts may provoke (whilst preserving anonymity at all times).

2. Remembrance of Things Past? Once it’s over, is it best forgotten? Two Lincoln PhDs, in conversation, discuss their own memories and thoughts after the event.

3. Speakeasy Q and A (“I hope she’ll be a speakeasy attendee – that’s the best thing a girl can be in the world”- Gatsby) Other gender/s also welcome, at this ‘safe space’ (another cliché) for you to pick up tips and voice concerns about the inevitable event to come.

Prof. Jane Chapman has examined PhDs at 7 different universities in England, Wales and Europe since 2009, in a variety of departments, including American Studies, Media, English, History, Journalism, and European Studies. She currently supervises a range of MRes., PhD and PhD by Practice students.

This session is open to all PGR students, registration priority will be given to College of Arts PGR students.


Wednesday 2 May 2018, 13:00 – 14:00 Book now

College of Arts: Mixed Research Methods

About this Workshop

  • This 3-hour interactive workshop on Mixed Methods Research is designed to help you:
  • Understand how lines of enquiry can lead to mixed methods
  • Build up the mixed methodology planning
  • Participate in exercises in multiple methods and knitting evidence together

This session is open to all postgraduate research students, with priority given to College of Arts Students for registration.


Tuesday 5 June 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

College of Arts: Reflexivity and Interdisciplinarity

About this Workshop

To become reflexive researchers means to turn a critical, interrogatory gaze upon the assumptions underpinning our research projects, to evaluate their origins and impacts. It is to explore the rhetorics, perspectives and claims for authority that are core to our practice and which, to a large extent, take shape within the conventions of particular disciplines. However, is it ever truly the case that a research theme, topic or question belongs exclusively to a single discipline? And, if it doesn’t, then what does this imply, for example, with respect to the ‘originality’ requirement of the Ph.D? Can there be ‘originality without disciplinary transgression?

In this session we will explore the connections between reflexivity, disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity and how they shape the knowledge we produce – and might themselves be transformed through the process of knowledge production.

This session will introduce the concepts of reflexivity and (inter)disciplinarity, opening up discussion of a range of meanings and debates that are relevant to research in the arts and humanities. It will also ask you to explore the implications of the concept for your own research; and, secondly, to participate in a collaborative generation of suggestions for practical ways in which we can become more reflexive researchers.

This session is open to all postgraduate research students, with priority given to College of Arts Students for registration.


Wednesday 25 April 2018, 15:00 – 16:30 Book now

Women in Academia: Imposter Syndrome Workshop

The Women in Academia research group is an interdisciplinary postgraduate group which focuses on identifying and overcoming obstacles faced by women in academia. On Tuesday 14th November the group are hosting a workshop for all new and existing students who would like to find out more about Impostor syndrome.

Women in Academia: Academia and Family Life

About this Workshop

For further information please email the acting WIA President Shelby Sutterby


Tuesday 10 April 2018, 13:00 – 15:00 Book now