37 PhD students at various stages of their research presented at our second PhD Symposium which we held in conjunction with the School of Education at Maynooth University.   The symposium aims give PhD students the opportunity to present to the peers in supportive environment.

Research on a range of themes were presented including:

  • Early childhood, families and policy
  • Education
  • Feeding and Eating
  • Health and medical research
  • Improving Children’s Skills
  • Mental health
  • Play and physical activity
  • Reforming children’s law and services
  • School Attendance
  • Youth, attitudes, culture and rights

Here's a sample of what they said was the most useful aspect of the day:

  • Feedback from participants was very useful - a real opportunity to share experiences in research - also to know that you are not alone in your research.
  • Opportunity to meet fellow PhD students- engage in rich stimulating dialogue - gaining an overview of current studies taking place.
  • Sharing of information - being able to discuss presentations in a relaxed way – it wasn’t too daunting - a  very relaxed day
  • Hearing about a broad range of research topics and approaches.

The feedback from participants was that this should be an annual event and funding permitting it will be! If you are interested in taking part in our next PhD Symposium please contact us.