A taste of what’s to come…

Open Submission: Postcard from a Postgraduate

In keeping with our conference theme of ‘Out of the Comfort Zone’ we would like to challenge all TECHNE students – whether or not they plan to attend the student conference on 25 October – to sum up their PhD in an image and a single word. Images can be black and white or full colour, and should be of suitable dimensions to fit a standard postcard. The accompanying word will be printed on the postcard alongside the image. We will create a display of the postcards for delegates to enjoy during the conference, and print out copies that can be taken home as souvenirs. This is an opportunity for students to think about how they can represent their research project in a simple and eye-catching form, and a chance to generate discussion and share ideas.

Postcards should be submitted no later than 18 October 2018.

Please email submissions to

There is no limit to the number of contributions, and all TECHNE students and conference attendees are welcome to submit.

Child’s Play? I Challenge you to Express your PhD in Lego/Popoids

Led by Anne Wilson

Do you know what your PhD is about? Can you pinpoint the central question your project is addressing? This short workshop challenges you to make a model that encapsulates the central question of your PhD and then describe it in three sentences, or less.  Being able to distil the essence of  your project in an object helps you to focus your thinking which, in turn, helps you to write clearly and concisely about your topic.

Anne Wilson combines journalism, fiction and screen media writing for business with teaching and facilitating in academia. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from the LSE and, for three years, was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brunel University, supporting undergraduate, postgraduate and staff academic writing. As an RLF Consultant Fellow, Anne designs and facilitates workshops for PhD students on different aspects of professional communication. Her workshops are participative, engaging, creative and they focus on ‘learning by doing’.

Sharing Yourself with Your Neighbour: Creating Supportive Communities

Led by Elisabeth Salisbury 

Probably the most effective way to support our neighbour – or indeed anyone we come into contact with – is to listen, really listen, to them. We’ll look at ways in which we tend to avoid engaging, and practise helpful methods to improve our listening.


Elisabeth has many years experience working for a national helpline; has trained Nightline volunteers, and worked with young offenders.

Caught in the Web: Help! I’m an Academic – How Do I Present Myself Online?

Led by Sam Hopkins

Do you know you should have a presence online but don’t know where to start? Have you dabbled with LinkedIn and research gate or perhaps heard you should be using reference management software but don’t really know what that means?

Join me for a quick romp through topics such as your personal online brand and professional online presence, the pros and pros of reference management software and a brief chat about making and sharing media.

For best results please bring a laptop or tablet that will connect to the internet.

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Sam joined the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) at the University of Surrey in November 2011.  She has developed and designed a range of training and support activities for researchers at PGR and postdoctoral level. Sam now looks after the mentoring programmes and the part time and distance provision for the programme. 

Sam studied BSc Zoology in the UK and then completed her MSc and PhD in South Africa. Following completion of her doctorate, she held positions as a Tutor and then a Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. She then continued her post-doctoral research career in biological sciences at the University of Surrey and spent a short time at the Zoological Society of London creating a course for fellows on the EDGE Programme. Sam is now applying these experiences to her role in the RDP team. 

Shifting Focus: Your Essential Yoga Toolbox

Led by Terri Sinden

A three-part workshop. Starting off with a grounding Yoga Nidra meditation, (otherwise known as a yogic sleep), making everyone comfortable, allowing thoughts to surface, followed by some breathwork, often the quickest way to bring you into the now, then leading into a physical flow sequence. No previous experience, or yoga kit required. Come as you are.

We Are [Not] Scientists: Making Academic Posters in the Arts and Humanities

Led by Christian Gilliam and Michael Rose 

Most doctoral students will be asked to design and present a poster about their research at some point during their research degree. However, what makes an effective poster, and how to present it well are topics that are rarely explicitly discussed. This workshop will address the essentials on how to make an effective poster, with a particular focus on the arts and humanities.

As a result of this workshop participants will:

  • Improve their understanding of what makes an effective poster presentation
  • Understand the importance of deciding on key message(s) and narrowing the scope of a poster
  • Have a clearer idea of good poster design, planning, layout, graphics, illustrations, colours, text and data display
  • Increase confidence in their ability to answer questions and interact with the audience

6afb5e5a-fd23-4b92-bc3d-cc27ac13123cChristian joined the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) at the University of Surrey in September 2016. He has a particular interest in doctoral training within the arts, humanities, and the social sciences. Indeed, he has he designed and continues to deliver workshops on research paradigms and is the lead on the Arts and Humanities Reading Group (AHRG). 

Christian has a BA(hons) in Politics from the University of Surrey and a PhD in political philosophy from Royal Holloway (University of London), where, in addition to lecturing at the University of Kent, he worked as a visiting lecturer. Following this, Christian worked for the Open Research team at the University of Surrey, where he gained experience and expertise on Open Access and monograph publishing. He has published several works himself, specifically on modern French and political philosophy. 

image001Mike Rose joined the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) at the University of Surrey in September 2018. His passions include supporting inter-disciplinary and creative research, and teaching successful writing. Within the RDP team he is developing the provision of editorial skills support, online resources, and collaborative projects. 

Mike completed his PhD on Wittgenstein and the Inexpressible in 2017. He also holds MAs in Continental Philosophy and Writing, and a BA in Philosophy. Research expertise include philosophy of language, creativity and religion, twentieth-and twenty-first-century English literature, and critical theory. He has previously worked as a lecturer and tutor, been employed in academic publishing and gifted education, and is commissioning editor of Spindlebox poetry press. 

Tales from the Streets: Engaging with Toynbee through Storytelling

Led by Toynbee’s Resident Storyteller, Sinead O’Brien 

Toynbee Hall aims to bring people together, offer new opportunities and create a greater sense of community. They work with people young and old to help them find their voice and deliver their own projects. As a storyteller I believe in the power of sharing your story. From Toynbee’s archives and oral histories to fake news, post truth and the #Metoo movement, the power of storytelling is working all around us. Take some time to look at the power of your own story. If you don’t tell it, someone may tell it for you.

“History is almost always written by the victors and conquerors and gives their viewpoint” – Jawaharlal Nehru

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Reading Between the Lines of an Archive: Narratives, Power and Inclusivity

Led by Annick Météfia

By exploring some material from Toynbee Hall’s archives, and relating it to contemporary debates, the participants come to interrogate the role attributes, or rather not attributed, to women, minorities and marginalised groups in the telling of “History”, leading into a discussion about researchers’ responsibilities towards the communities they intend to work with.

IMG_0121Born in France, Annick quickly found interest in bringing to light the experiences of teenagers, especially those coming from immigrant families and experiencing discrimination. While studying anthropology in Paris, she also worked as a counsellor in different schools, and later in many community centres, conducting workshops about racism, sexism and homophobia. Passionate about public-speaking, she specialised in creating educational content on these issues adapted to a young audience. Her more recent professional experience at France terre d’asile, France’s largest support organisation for refugees, allowed her to assist social workers by providing them with legal support and creating partnerships to facilitate the integration of refugees. Annick now wants to explore working with young people in a culturally and socially different environment.

Do it in the Radio: Broadening your Outreach with Broadcasting

Led by Francesca Peschier and Louise Gray

In this session recently completed Techne PhD students Dr. Louise Gray and Francesca Peschier will discuss the merits, methods and pitfalls of preparing your research for radio. Bringing together their experience in independent podcasting and public radio, Francesca and Louise will introduce the hows and whys of getting your work on air. Attendees do not need to prepare anything for this session but might find it useful to start thinking about an aspect of their work that they feel could make for an interesting program or podcast format.

Francesca PeschierFrancesca is a freelance theatre reviewer, writer and committee member of The Society of British Theatre Designers. She lectures in scenography and critical studies for stage and screen at institutions including University of Arts London and Arts University Bournemouth. In August she submitted her Techne funded PhD which utilised scenography as a framework to consider theatre design at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse between 2003 and 2015, and its role in expressing the visual identity of those theatres and their city. Her viva is upcoming and she would thank you very much not to mention it.  She is the founding editor of JAWS, the Journal of Arts Writing by Students published by Intellect and co-host of the popular podcast A Cultural History of…

Louise Gray

Louise Marshall – or Gray, if she is working as a journalist – is a researcher and writer who comes to you today with a PhD newly minted at the University of the Arts’ sound arts research centre (CRiSAP). She specialises in the kind of music that is not often played on the radio, but when it is, she likes to have had something to do with it. Prior to beginning her PhD research, Louise spent many years writing for magazines and broadsheets about experimental music and arts. Her PhD built on this professional knowledge and enabled her to begin theorising – which she did, for approximately 90,000 words –about sound, what it does, how it works on people and conveys meaning. An unexpected part of her PhD was appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Last Word as the obituarist for one of the composers she was researching. She has plans to offer all kinds of programme ideas to the BBC. Meanwhile, she is teaching on the sound arts BA and MA at UAL and about to go to speak to composition students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She continues her parallel existence as Louise Gray .

No Ordinary Protest: Whitechapel Gallery Talk on Mikhail Karikis Exhibition

Led by Whitechapel Gallery

More information to be announced soon.

Not the Jack the Ripper Walk – Working-Class Radicalism in Whitechapel

Led by Harriet Salisbury 

Featuring Russian communists, Jewish anti-fascists, assorted anarchists and no murderers. A walking tour of the area around Toynbee Hall discovering the lives and words of the men and women who lived here, alongside traces of the world they lived in and the social legacy they left behind.

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Harriet is author of The War On Our Doorstep, a working-class history of the East End based on oral accounts from the Museum of London.

Facing down the Beast: You, the Journalist and the Camera

Led by Tim Grout-Smith and Lily Poberezhska

We hope this will be a useful short introduction to working with the media, and how to talk to journalists about your research. We know that  being in front of the camera will be outside many people’s comfort zone, but we think it’s really important that the arts and humanities get publicity, understanding – and funding! So embrace the discomfort and come along–we promise to make it as painless as possible.

14E517F6-74D2-4DDF-957D-F75615377241Tim is an Oxford English graduate with 26 years of varied BBC experience. He reported from more than 30 countries, edited and presented flagship news programmes for BBC World Service and made TV and radio documentaries and educational series.

On leaving the BBC Tim set up Media Players International, and since then has advised governments and charities on media relations and public service advertising, carried out media and communications projects for major international donors like the EU and the World Bank, and trained at 33 British universities, helping them to publicise their research through the media.


Lily is a London-based graduate of Kiev State University. She began working as an adult education teacher in Ukraine, and on coming to the UK worked at the BBC for 9 years. Lily was a reporter/presenter, senior producer, media consultant and trainer on a variety of TV and radio projects, from agriculture and environment to small business and civil society.

Lily was awarded a diploma from the London School of Public Relations and set up Media Players International with Tim in 2001. Since then she has greatly enjoyed helping intelligent and dedicated people to face the media without fear. Lily finds her teaching, journalistic and PR experiences gives her good insight into what their clients need.