Question Time Hosted by the Doctoral College

  • Friday 12th June 2015, 3-5pm
  • Bancroft 1.15, Mile End Campus
  • Organised by Zi Parker, Doctoral College Manager
  • Free event but please register here

The Grad Fest culminates in a Question Time style debate on the theme of the future of Higher Education.

QMUL students and staff can raise questions for the four-person panel to tackle by either emailing them to z.parker ‘at’ or including them to their eventbrite registration form.

This year’s panel include:

Prof GaskellQMUL Principal Professor Simon Gaskell

Simon Gaskell graduated from the University of Bristol and took up his first research post in 1974 at the University of Glasgow.  Professor Gaskell joined UMIST as Professor of Mass Spectrometry in 1993, before becoming Head of Chemistry in 1999 and, following the merger of the two institutions, Associate Vice President for Research in the University of Manchester in 2004, and Vice President for Research in 2006. He joined Queen Mary as Principal in October 2009. Professor Gaskell is also Chair of the Board of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and has been elected to serve as Treasurer for Universities UK.

MacDonaldProfessor Averil Macdonald – WISE Campaign

Averil Macdonald is Professor Emerita at University of Reading and leads Diversity and Impact strategies for the South East Physics network (SEPnet). Alongside memberships of the Board of WISE, she also sits on the Boards of the Science Museum Group, the Cheltenham Festival and AgeUK Winchester. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work popularising Physics and supporting women and girls in STEM.

Holly ElseHolly Else – Reporter Times Higher Education

Holly is research reporter and covers early career researchers, postgraduates, the links between universities and businesses, and research policy in the devolved administrations. She also covers medical research and higher education in South America.

Holly has an MSc in science communication from Imperial College and a BSc in biomedical science from the University of Sheffield. She joined Times Higher Education in November 2013, and was previously a reporter on Professional Engineering magazine.

Sam MilesSam Miles – QMSU Postgraduate Research Representative

Sam Miles is Queen Mary’s Students Union PGR Representative for the Mile End Campus.  Sam is in the second year of his PhD in the School of Geography.  Sam is a former exec officer and NUS delegate.  Sam advocates on behalf of Queen Mary’s many PGR students -that includes anything from making contact with a friendly face on day one of your MRes or PhD, to working conditions for research students engaged in teaching for the university.

The Debate will be chaired by Professor Jon May, Director of the Doctoral College.

Doctoral College debates are held annually and welcome the participation of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and members of staff alike. The debates are on topical issues and are a fun and lively introduction to the research community at QMUL.

This event includes a drinks reception.