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Doctoral Roundtable

Find out more about the Doctoral Roundtable series organised by the Doctoral College to help connect doctoral researchers with others to share their experiences

Book onto a Doctoral Roundtable session

What are Doctoral Roundtables?

Our Doctoral Roundtable series is a supportive, student-led, informal, roundtable discussion forum that connects doctoral students with others, with a common shared interest. The focus is about sharing experiences with others, being able to ask questions and meet other students with an interest or experience in the topic.

Doctoral students can suggest a topic to facilitate a session on. Suitable topics may include:

  • Experiences of part-time doctoral students
  • Conducting fieldwork overseas
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Working with vulnerable adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
Two doctoral students talking

Come along to a future session

Doctoral Roundtables always take place on a Friday, 12:00 - 13:00 (UK time). When you see a Doctoral Roundtable on a topic of interest, please make sure you reserve your spot soon as numbers are limited to 20 students.

Future scheduled sessions

Title: Developing Research Skills Together as QUAL Researchers

Facilitator: Vienne Lin (EdD Research in Education) & Vibhor Mathur (PhD Research Programme in Social & Policy Sciences)

Date, Time and Venue: Friday 27th January 23 at 12:00-13:00 online (you will be invited to the session in your Outlook calendar before the day).


  • The Centre for Qualitative Research at the University of Bath is setting up a Community of Practice (CoP) for doctoral researchers engaging or interested in qualitative research.
  • This Doctoral Roundtable invites you to explore the possibilities that the new CoP (one of the Centre’s ongoing efforts to create spaces of learning, sharing and supporting qualitative research at the University) can bring.
  • A primarily student-led and student-run space, the CoP aims to be a space to bring you (as doctoral researchers) together to share your learnings, ask questions and navigate the often complex, diverse and lonely space of doing qualitative research.
  • This Roundtable will invite you to engage in conversation about the different activities which could be introduced to bring Doctoral Researchers together e.g., seminars, collective support groups, resource sharing platforms, question cafes, reading groups and a lot else that we need and can design.
  • The CoP can explore anything and everything that you (as Doctoral students at the University of Bath) need and want, to be able to successfully carry out research.
  • This Doctoral Roundtable welcomes you at any stage of your doctoral journey to discuss the new CoP and to develop a doctoral network in this area.

Interested in facilitating a session?

We are looking for doctoral students who are interested in bringing groups of researchers together to lead our Doctoral Exchange sessions.

You'll need to suggest a topic that you think will generate enough interest, prepare some group discussion questions and of course facilitate the session. We'll also ask you to complete a short post-session blog that we can share with the wider community. In return, we'll give you a £30 High Street Voucher as a way of saying thank you.

Email to get involved
Two doctoral students talking

Doctoral Roundtable blogs

Read about previous sessions

Find out more

For more information about the sessions or becoming a session faciliator please get in touch.