Welcome to our ICE conference


An opportunity to IGNITE your research creativity and ingenuity, CONNECT with fellow researchers and ENGAGE in meaningful research discussions.


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We look forward to welcoming Research students to present at our FREE two-day event held, in person, at the Severn Campus of the Ƶ of Worcester. 



Under the theme of ICE – IGNITE.CONNECT.ENGAGE - the conference aims to bring together postgraduate researchers from all disciplines, stages of research, and backgrounds. This is a great opportunity for all postgraduate research students to present and discuss your research in front of a supportive audience and to develop and enhance your skills in sharing your work. 


We invite postgraduate research students from all disciplines to submit an abstract for a range of presentation formats. 


"The PGR conference gave me the opportunity to think about my research, to plan, to write, and of course present. While I knew that what I would be presenting something that is far from being complete, I also knew that I would have a supportive audience. The feedback and questions at the end were extremely useful. I also learnt a lot from the keynote speakers and just generally found the whole experience uplifting. For me, the conference, and the acronym of ICE - ignite, connect, engage - was exactly what I needed to get back on track."

PGR Conference 2023 Attendee and Presenter

Schedule of Events

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Full Conference Programme

You can access a full programme for the Postgraduate Research Conference 2024 here.

Social Itinerary 

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Event Keynotes


'Impostor syndrome: friend or foe in doctoral studies (and beyond)' 

Professor of of Sociology of Sport and Exercise Győző Molnár

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Taking on a new challenge and beginning a new chapter in life normally generates a range of emotions and experiences. Consequently, I was not particularly shocked at the outset of my doctoral studies to be informed that I was embarking on a significant undertaking that was akin to a three-year-plus rollercoaster ride. I was warned that the experience would come with numerous emotional as well as intellectual fluctuations and frustrations that would span across a broad spectrum. Regardless of some sensible advice and cautionary tales, in retrospect, I was ill-prepared for some of the challenges that rolled across the path leading towards the completion of my doctoral studies. In particular, in this presentation, I will focus on some aspects of impostor syndrome which may manifest during doctoral studies and how we may think about acknowledging and managing symptoms such as self-doubt and fear of failure.


You can view Prof Molnár's profile here








Gala Dinner

Monday, 24th June

19:00 - 22:00

Joel Richards Suite, Worcester Arena

Conference attendees are invited to our very first Postgraduate Research Gala Dinner on Monday evening. We hope that you can join us for this informal event. 

Tickets cost £30 each and include a two course sit-down meal. Drinks will be available to be purchased on the night via our cashless bar.  

Dress code: smart/casual

Please purchase tickets from the secure link below: 


Tickets available for purchase until 14th June 2024. 



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Available Streams


Presentations should be 15 minutes with up to 15 minutes for questions. Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and should include: context/aims of the research, methodology/approach, findings, and implications (research/practice as applicable).






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Ignite Presentations

For early stage PGRs, an opportunity to share your thinking to date, or a work in progress. If you are pre-data collection or at the design stage of your research and would like to present your work for early feedback, this could be the option for you. Abstracts for Ignite Presentations should be a maximum of 200 words and include the context/aims of your project and a brief insight into the intended purposes of your presentation. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes to present an aspect of their research, with 10 minutes for questions. 





Book your Place

This is a free event but we ask all presenters and attending staff to book a place on the event. 

Please book your place using our .

Submit your Abstract

Ƶ of Worcester students - please upload your abstract on the link below: 

External students - please submit your abstract to research@worc.ac.uk

Please submit your abstract in a PDF format. 


Key dates

Conference registration is now open!

Date for conference registration

Friday 12th April 2024

Date for abstract submissions

Friday 10th May 2024

Conference dates

Monday 24th–Tuesday 25th June 2024

Gala dinner (please note that there will be a charge for this)

Evening of Monday 24th June 2024


Travel and Venue Details

This year we will be holding the conference at the university's Severn Campus in Worcester, which spreads over three buildings set along side the iconic River Severn. Most of the event, including registration for both days, will take place in the Joel Richards Suite of the Arena, with conference streams taking place in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Riverside Buildings. 

Details of each venue, including directions, maps and AccessAble guides, can be found on our Severn Campus facilities page.


We are not able to offer university accommodation this year, however there are numerous options for accommodation in Worcester.  You may find the following list of hotels useful for finding accommodation, with many more in the City and surrounding area: 

Further information about Worcester is available at . 


Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact research@worc.ac.uk