The 13th Annual McrMet PGR Conference 2021

I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to be the art director, co-marketing lead and brochure lead for the annual postgraduate conference held at Manchester Metropolitan University where I study. The conference is organised by a team of postgraduate students who have volunteered for the opportunity to gain some insight into the inner workings of a conference, as well as gain new skills in management, organisation and communication.

The theme for this years conference is “Diversity and Research in Critical Times: Power in Polyvocality”, and abstract submissions were open to any postgraduate students from any institution and studying under and disciplinary.

We are now less than two weeks away from this exciting event and I can’t wait! I’m very proud of myself and the whole team, for what we have achieved under such trying circumstances due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We not only have over 20 postgraduate students presenting through a range of novel platforms, but also have a huge catalogue of pre-recorded content including a series of podcasts featuring highly influential and current researchers, videos and supporting information in our brochure. We have also partnered with some amazing charity and small business partners, as well as have a full complementary programme of events which will run alongside our event day, providing a broad range of sessions for delegates; from wellbeing focussed meditation and yoga, to talks from charities and organisations.

There is still time to book your FREE ticket and join us on the 17th March 2021

The conference was AMAZING!

It’s now 2 weeks after the conference and I think all of us on the committee are still buzzing from the experience!

31 postgraduate presenters including me; 3 alternative sessions; 3 roundtable guests; 2 inspirational keynote speakers; podcast and poster submissions; LOADS of pre-recorded material including a podcast series, videos and 3 live brochures; Twitter & Instagram channels bursting with conversation…

Sad it’s over but I’m so incredibly proud of all the team!

I will be forever grateful for all of the experience, skills and new relationships which I have gained during the process of planning and running the PGR conference. Taking on a role which was outside of my comfort zone really gave me the opportunity to explore my creativity and work with individuals, software and online platforms which I would not have otherwise had the chance to work with. I can now, truly appreciate the amount of time, work and careful planning which goes into organising and running a large-scale event. Moreover, I have a greater appreciation for working as part of an amazing team, and for the friendships I now have with each of my fantastic fellow committee members!  

My favourite aspect of the conference has to be the range of presentations, especially our two fantastic keynote presentations; all of which were truly inspirational, informative and thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from PGRs researching across a diverse range of disciplines, and particularly enjoyed hearing from Prof. Preziosi about his take on the positives which have been driven out of one of the most difficult periods in living history; the Covid 19 pandemic. I was genuinely touched and inspired by the passion which all of our presenters had for their research, especially with regards to how they had adapted and overcome the challenges which we have all experience during this restricting and highly stressful time. 

As well as the main event, I think this year the conference committee out-did themselves in providing a jam-packed alternative program, as well as a constant stream of pre-recorded content in the run up to the conference. We really wanted to focus on inclusivity and celebrate the diversity within the PGR community; including individual preference for communicating our own research, as well as for investigating other’s. I am so proud of everything element of the content which we were able to produce; from podcast interviews with experts in their field, to threads of conversation on social media. I hope that the conference has played some part in highlighting the importance of accommodating and appreciating the vast range of style, creativity and platform through which research can be communicated, and that we can encourage this diversity and inclusion in future events.  

Many thanks and tonnes of appreciation for my fellow committee members:
Anita Hashmi, Zarah Eve, Chloe Turnbull, Anton Roberts, Rebecca Wynne-Walsh, Dominic Barron-Carter, Fatima Habbi; and not least Cathy Combes from MMU Graduate School

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