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Postgraduate research

You will find here some useful information to support your PhD research, including a list of contacts, useful forms, and a breakdown of frequently asked questions. There is also a schedule of key dates and deadlines along with information about specific workshops, seminars and other activities related to the Postgraduate Research Programme in the English Department.  

English Department Postgraduate Conference

This is an event at which Second and Third Year students present papers on their research. All PGR students are encourage to attend, as are prospective students (who should contact Will Montgomery in advance).

The next Postgraduate Conference will take place on Friday 4 November at Senate House, Room 261, 10am-4pm.

Forms & Information

Further information on postgraduate life at Royal Holloway can be found at the College's Doctoral School page.

Please find here links to useful forms, resources and information.

Welcome Week booklet

Skills workshops & training programmes

A number of skills workshops and training programmes are available to you that are run either by the English Department, the College or externally. Click below to find relevant information related to these.

English Department Research-Skills Seminars

Most of these research-skills seminars will be held in Royal Holloway’s Bedford Square campus on Wednesday afternoons. Designed to supplement the College’s generic skills training programme, these sessions will focus on issues of particular relevance to students undertaking research in the arts. Most are open to all research students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Some meetings will feature an invited speaker; most will be seminars run by established staff. Refreshments will be served. 

Please note that all events, with the exception of the BL visit, will take place in Bedford Square.

Term 1

19 October 2016

11-1pm What is research?
Will Montgomery
Room: BSQ0-03

2-3.30pm Originality
Judith Hawley
Room: BSQ0-03

16 November 2016

11-1pm The public academic
Agnes Woolley
Room: BSQ0-03

2-3.30pm Publication
Ruth Livesey
Room: BSQ1-03

Term 2

25 January 2017

11am-1pm Post-PhD pathways
Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery
Room: BSQ0-03

2-3.30 pm The role of theory
James Smith
Room: BSQ0-03


28 Februrary 2017 

11-1pm PURE and digital skills
Nicola Cockarill Research Information Manager
Room: BSQ0-03

2-3.30pm Getting the most out of the BL (visit)
Aviva Dautch (BL)


22 March 2017 

11-1pm Working with PURE
Nicola Cockarill, Research Information Manager
Room: BSQ0-05

Term 3

3 May 2017

11-1pm Preparing for your upgrade, viva, annual review
Juliet John
Room: BSQ0-03

 Working with institutions
Christie Carson
Room: BSQ0-03


Practice-based PhD training programme

The Practice-based PhD Programme consists of a core curriculum of six Skills Workshops as well as a Seminar Series, Lecture Series and annual Student-Led Conference. The aim of the programme is to bring together researchers from across different disciplines and institutions, opening up a space to share and present work as a community of practice and learning. 

Originally developed for practice-based doctoral students in the arts at Royal Holloway, this year the programme will also extend to include all practice-based research students and academics across the AHRC TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership. This includes Royal Holloway, Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, Surrey, Royal College of Art and University of Arts London. 

For full information about each of the Workshops as well as other activities relating to the programme, please see the web page for the Practice-based PhD Programme.  

Royal Holloway research training programmes

 1. The College offers a range of recommended and optional courses in their Generic Skills Programme to develop your generic skills. Click on the link below for the programme. To find out further details or to book a place, please email Lisa Dacunha (lisa.dacunha@rhul.ac.uk) (NOT your Director of Graduate Studies).

2. Research support programmes run by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are detailed here.

3. The College has a dedicated webpage for members of the Faculty: Research Support for the Arts and Social Sciences. Here you can find information about funding and training, reading groups, research seminars and a link to the HARC web page.

4. Most of you will have highly developed writing and study skills, but for those of you who are returning to academic study, you might find it useful to consult the online Study Resources.

Examination information

All necessary forms and information on examinations can be found on the Academic Support website.  For your convenience, please find here links to relevant sections of the website regarding the MPhil/PhD examinations:

Staff-Student committee

The Staff-Student committee usually meets once a term. It is an opportunity for postgraduate taught and research students to raise issues which might not otherwise get aired. Volunteers are needed to represent different groups of students such as students on each of the MA programmes as well as English PhD, CW PhD, overseas students. If you would like to participate, please email Will Montgomery and copy your message to Lisa Dacunha.

Current postgraduate research students

Postgraduate journal

typwriter2Revised1Exegesis is Royal Holloway's new student-led peer reviewed academic e-journal, which is designed to showcase interesting and innovative research within the field of literature and beyond. Exegesis calls for explanation and exposition: we welcome submissions from single, multi, and interdisciplinary angles, be it creative pieces, academic articles, or critical reviews. We aim to provide a space where postgraduate students and early career academics can both discuss and disseminate their work, with feedback provided by both a peer review system of leading academics and comment facilities post-publication. Exegesis combines academic papers with shorter essays and commentaries, creative writing, and book reviews, as well as utilising online communication platforms to facilitate discussion and networking within the academic community.

Reading groups & seminars

A number of groups are run by English Department research students. They cover a range of special interests. 

If you would like to post information about your group or start a new one, please contact Dr Will Montgomery.


Humanities & Arts Research Centre (HARC)

HARC (the Humanities and Arts Research Centre) is Royal Holloway’s forum for interdisciplinary arts research. Its events, projects and seminars are detailed here.The Institute of English Studies is an important resource. Seminars run by the Institute are detailed here.

The Institute for English Studies hosts a number of relevant seminars in Central London including:


There are numerous sources of support and information in the College. The principal contacts you will need for things such as accommodation, fees, funding, upgrade, interruption and examination can be found in this list of College Contacts.

Lisa Dacunha, our postgraduate administator (tel: +44 (0)1784 443215), is your first port of call for all administrative queries. For academic queries, contact Dr Will Montgomery.



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