We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s IoE PGR Virtual Conference with the conference theme of Educational Research and Resilience in the Face of Adversity.

The date for this conference is Wednesday 30th June 2021 (09:00 to 15:00). We would like to strongly encourage you (both doctoral students and staff) to attend and present at this conference.

1. Presentation formats

1.1 The ‘Live’ presentation option  

The conference will take place on Microsoft Teams where presenters are asked to present their research ‘live’ for a maximum of 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. (Typically, your presentation would have no more than ten slides.) This option is ideal for doctoral students and research staff who either are in the middle of data collection or have already done their data collection and have some interesting (preliminary) findings to share.

As a ‘live’ presenter, you will need access to reliable Internet connection, a microphone and a web camera.


1.2 The pre-recorded presentation option (also part of the IoE’s 3-minute Thesis Competition)

This year, we are pleased to introduce our new IoE’s 3-minute Thesis Competition. These pre-recorded presentations must be no longer than 3 minutes, and will be following guidelines similar to the University’s 3-Minute Thesis competition.

The Conference Committee will judge the pre-recorded presentations based on communication style, comprehension and engagement. We hope to announce winners at the end of the conference. You can find out more about the judging criteria, guidelines and other details on our Conference webpage (https://research.reading.ac.uk/education/ioe-postgraduate-research-conference/)

This competition will be ideal for doctoral students across all stages of their doctoral journey, including first-year students who have not started their data collection yet. This pre-recorded version will also be ideal for any presenters who are unable to present ‘live’ at the virtual conference (e.g.. students who currently live in a different time zone). Please note that with this presentation format, there won’t be a live Q&A element after your presentation.

These 3-minute presentations can be pre-recorded using one of the following free tools: Screencastify and Loom. Both tools allow the presenter’s face and screen to be recorded at the same time.


Abstract submissions

Regardless of your chosen presentation format, please submit your abstract using this form by Friday 21st May 2021 (17:00). The Organising Committee will review all submissions and will respond to presenters by Tuesday 1st June 2021.

(If you choose the pre-recorded presentation option, the video of your pre-recorded presentation should be uploaded by you to your Microsoft OneDrive, and the link to your video must be sent to us by Wednesday 16th June 2021 (17:00). Please ensure that you have changed the setting so that anyone with that link can access your presentation video.)

If you would like more details about the presentation formats, please get in touch with Aniqa Leena (a.t.leena@pgr.reading.ac.uk) for further information.


2. Achievements

We would also like to celebrate all the achievements of our doctoral students in the current academic year. Please could you send in details of your research publications and/or national/international conference presentations or anything else that is, in your view, worth a mention. These will be put together into a PowerPoint to be shown and celebrated during the virtual conference.

Please send your achievement details to by Wednesday 16th June 2021 (17:00) to Ugochi Uzo (u.c.uzo@pgr.reading.ac.uk).


We look forward to your participation in and support of our IoE PGR virtual conference!


Kind regards,

2021 IoE PGR Organising Committee

Website: https://research.reading.ac.uk/education/ioe-postgraduate-research-conference/