Postgraduate Conference

Delegates at the Postgraduate Conference

School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

The Postgraduate Conference (PGC) gives postgraduates the opportunity to share their work with the rest of the school. This year postgraduate students have taken on the task of organising the conference to try and improve its credibility as a worthwhile experience for students and staff.

The students set out to use the event as an opportunity for the school to interact with industrial partners. We hoped to achieve this using links which some members of staff have with industry and by contacting scientific bodies. Through these contacts we hoped to find guest speakers to give talks at the conference and also find sponsorship to improve the conference. 

Lunch at the Postgraduate Conference

We were provided with contributions from 4 different organisations:

  • Siemens
  • National Instruments (donated £300 to the conference)
  • The Institute of Electronics and Technology
  • Careers Service

The members of the committee gained a range of skills relating to their contribution. As industrial liaison, I feel I have learnt skills from speaking to companies and arranging funding for the conference. I also improved my ties with companies I am in touch with on a regular basis and I now have contacts that may well benefit me in the future.

To encourage feedback, we placed feedback forms in all the abstracts booklets and on the website. The responses were very positive and the committee feels that they have made the conference better. The conference was attended by over 150 people.

The introduction of a guest speaker to the opening attracted more than 100 people, which is a massive increase on previous years that may have attracted 20-30. By bringing in a much bigger crowd, this meant that the careers speech reached a much larger audience, which was one of the goals of the conference.

I feel that it is important to not lose sight of what you are trying to achieve. It would have been very easy to get carried away with trying to find more sponsorship money. We also found that the advice and assistance given to us by the ncl+ Foundation committee was more beneficial than the funding we received. The Foundation provided us with sponsorship agreement forms, contacts to the Photographic Society, contacts in the Careers Service and many more invaluable contributions. We would like to thank the ncl+ Foundation for their contribution to the conference which wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without their help.

You may also wish to view the Postgraduate Conferences website.