Students researching subjects as diverse as efforts to improve connectivity in rural areas and the fitness of people in later life were among fifty PhD researchers to take part in a conference at the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria.
The event aims to provide guidance and encouragement to students as well as an opportunity to present their work to an audience prior to taking research to national or even international conferences.
“The point of doing a PhD isn’t just about becoming a researcher and learning research skills, it’s about assessing what influence and impact work has on the communities in which we work,” Prof Diane Cox, director of research and head of the University of Cumbria’s graduate school, said.
The conference forms part of a fortnight-long summer school attracting guest speakers and allowing debate and discussions across a variety of specialist areas.
“Over the last few years PhD student numbers have increased quite substantially from around 60 to a point where we have 110 with an increasing number of European and full time students,” Professor Cox said.