The weekly Research Round Tables give students the opportunity to chair a meeting and each student is required to present their results in an annual talk attended by both staff and students. It is also an integral and important component of postgraduate training. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to learn about recent developments in other fields, to learn what makes a good or bad presentation and to engage in networking after the formal session is complete. It also provides one of the first opportunities for postgraduates to experience presenting the results of their research to a general audience and to be exposed to critical questioning. Carefully designed feedback forms were developed to provide speakers with constructive feedback. Two students provide feedback to each student who presents on the Round Table Discussion Group.
Attending our Monday lunchtime seminar series provides postgraduate students with an opportunity to learn about recent advances in a wide variety of fields and to see how different speakers organise and present their seminars. In addition, attending the informal lunch afterwards provides good networking opportunities. Postgraduate students are required to produce a short news and views type article summarising one seminar each year. This piece of work is part of the annual assessment and is part of the annual report.