Postgraduate - Parallel Sessions 

Beyond the PhD: Finding and Applying for Jobs

Teri-Lisa Griffiths, Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Do you want to understand more about the current job market and feel confident about your next steps? This collaborative session will give you an insight into where to find and apply for opportunities. By the end, you should feel confident understanding job applications and have developed some techniques to help you secure that interview!

This session is appropriate for everyone who wants to understand more about their options 'beyond the PhD', not just those considering academic careers.

Teri-Lisa Griffiths currently works as a Lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a qualified careers adviser and has previous experience advising clients in Higher Education, schools and colleges, and the wider community on a variety of career development matters. Her research interests include career development learning and the wider student experience.

Can We Really Publish Something New? Discussion on Publishing First Monographs in Criminology

Josie Taylor, Commissioning Editor Criminology, Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature

A Commissioning Editor at Palgrave Macmillan will guide you through the publishing process for the first time, covering: different book formats, how to put together a strong book proposal, how to develop your dissertation into a book, the basics of open access, and what Palgrave Macmillan is doing and publishing in Criminology.

Josie Taylor is Commissioning Editor for Criminology at Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature. She has been with Palgrave since 2013, first working on professional business and finance titles and now on criminology. She is interested in a wide range of topics, particularly cutting-edge, critical, global topics including: youth justice, gender, mental health, green criminology, terrorism, policing, hate studies, cybercrime, prisons and also socio-legal studies.

Making the Most of Academic Conferences

James Heydon, ‎Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University & Nicholas Addis, Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

The purpose of this workshop is to provide tools with which postgraduate research students can navigate the sometimes daunting prospect of attending and presenting at academic conferences. With a focus on exploring both the purpose and value of such gatherings, this session will examine how social media may be used to assist with the networking process, as well as addressing some of the fears held by students. The workshop is targeted at those seeking to overcome uncertainty, make the most of their time at academic conferences, and harness the value of such meetings in order to meet like-minded researchers and develop their academic profile.

James Heydon is a Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, where he is the Level 4 Year Tutor for the criminology degree routes. He has recently completed his PhD in Green Criminology at the University of Sheffield, where he was one of the first mentors for the Massive Open Online Course in criminology and criminal justice. James has presented his work at both national and international conferences, across the UK and within Europe; most recently in Porto. When it comes to conferences, James makes extensive use of social media. In particular, he has used it to network offline ahead of conferences, helping him to develop an academic network and get the most out of the events.

Nick Addis is a Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, where he has been involved in the recent development of the joint Criminology and Psychology degree programme. He has recently submitted his PhD in Environmental Criminology at the University of Leeds. He has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including sessions in Toulouse, Prague and San Francisco. Nick’s success within conferences has often been as a result of more ‘old-school’ approaches. In particular, he has generated a number of academic opportunities that have resulted from networking at national and international conferences. These include being an invited speaker at the UK Home Office, as well as developing international university research partnerships and hosting various research events; for example, hosting a Professor from New Jersey, USA as part of a research seminar series.

Meet the Editors & Getting Published

This session starts with an introduction by each Editor of themselves and their journal, including an overview and some context around their journal. The remainder of the session is an open Q&A.

  • Professor Stephen Farrall, University of Sheffield (Editor British Journal of Criminology) [session 1 only]
  • Professor Michele Burman, University of Glasgow (Editor-in-Chief Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Nicola Carr, Associate Professor University of Nottingham (Editor Probation Journal)
  • Professor Matthew Hall, University of Lincoln (Editor International Review of Victimology)
  • Dr Vicky Heap, Sheffield Hallam University (Editor Safer Communities) [session 2 only]

Meet the Examiners: The Viva

The idea behind the session is to give PhD students the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about Vivas, how it feels to be an examiner, and what examiners are looking for. The session starts with the Examiners providing a brief introduction to themselves, their experience as an examiner and something on their approach / philosophy / insight into examining. The remainder of the session is an open Q&A.

  • Professor David Best, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Professor Joanna Phoenix, Open University
  • Professor Simon Winlow, Teesside University
  • Professor Azrini Wahidin, Teesside University

On Being a Writer: Getting Started, Getting (Un)Stuck and Getting Good Results

Dr Natasha Taylor SFHEA, Senior Lecturer in Academic Professional Development, Sheffield Hallam University

This workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more confident about their academic writing. It is not a 'how to' session with a concrete, one-size-fits-all key to success, but it is a unique opportunity to come together and better understand the lived experience of being a writer in modern academia.

Through a series of activities (yes, you'll be working hard!), you will examine the different dimensions of your own writing practice and identify ways to become more productive and find pleasure in the craft of writing. Examples from cross-disciplinary case studies and international research will inspire and guide you as you develop your own approach.

Together we will put the 'criminological genre' under the microscope and ask what is good criminological writing? By challenging some of the perceived constraints and conventions of our discipline, you will develop some useful strategies and literary techniques which will help you to write stylishly and engage your audiences.

Natasha Taylor is a Criminologist, academic developer and self-confessed struggling writer. She is an experienced social researcher and author and has more than 15 years teaching experience at a range of institutions, including the Universities of Sheffield, Huddersfield and the Open University. Her research interests include the research-teaching nexus, inquiry based learning, academic writing, reflective practice and creative pedagogies.

Raising Your Academic Profile and Maximising the Impact of Your Research

Professor Christina Beatty, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

The research impact agenda has risen to the fore since it was introduced as a criterion in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF). Increasingly it is a measure upon which academics are judged when bidding for funding, as an outcome of successfully delivered projects or as part of the assessment process for career progression.

In this session Christina will talk about the tools that you can use to raise your academic profile in order to increase the impact and reach of your research. Knowledge exchange activities and traditional methods such as engagement with policy makers, practitioners, and the media will be discussed. A whole range of social media platforms will also be explored including Twitter, ResearchGate,, blogging etc. How your impact might be captured or tracked using tools such as Altmetrics or Bitly will also be considered. Ultimately many of these activities will also help increase citations of publications.

Christina Beatty has 25 years' experience of undertaking applied policy research at CRESR in Sheffield Hallam University. She will be talking from her own perspective of undertaking dissemination, knowledge exchange and impact activities, and her recent experience of navigating social media platforms.

Securing Your First Research Grant

Michael Edwards, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

Securing your first research grant can feel like an overwhelming and daunting task. The funding process can appear as a mine-field, littered with hidden dangers but necessary to navigate to achieve reward. This session will introduce postgraduate students to basic research funding practices and attempt to remove some of the mystery surrounding the bidding process. The session is designed primarily for participants who have not previously submitted a research grant but will also provide valuable information for those experienced in the process. The session will include steps for identifying funding sources, strategies for developing proposals and tips for effective bid writing.

Michael Edwards joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 after serving as the Chief Public Defender in Savannah, Georgia for the prior 11 years . He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology (DLC), providing supervision in law clinics in the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice and lecturing on the comparative criminal justice module in criminology. Michael is the DLC research programme manager, providing oversight and support for the DLC's research activities and participating in research projects in the DLC's desistance and recovery research division. He has been involved in securing and managing several successful national and international research projects generating over £500,000 in research funds in the past 2 years.

Key Dates

Friday 23rd June 2017

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Monday 30th January 2017

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Monday 30th January 2017

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Friday 12th May 2017

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Friday 26th May 2017

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