Skills Training Within and Beyond Academia

To register for the PGR/ECR morning programme, please send an e-mail to with ‘PGR/ECR workshop registration’ in the title by Friday, 22 July. In this e-mail, please indicate your first and second choice of workshop so that we can ensure that you are able to participate in at least one of these in case a workshop needs to be added.

There is no additional registration cost for the morning programme as it is generously supported by BAVS and by Cardiff University, but do ensure that you have registered for the conference itself (either the full conference or part of it).

For more information, please see our original post.


8:45 Registration

9:00-12:15 PGR/ECR workshops

9:00-9:10 Opening and welcome

9:15-10:30 Workshop session 1

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 Workshop session 2

12:15-12:45 lunch for workshop participants (other delegates are responsible for their own lunch – there are various options in or near the registration venue)

1:00 conference opening

The workshops will each be given twice, once during the first block of time (9:30-10:45) and once during the second (11:15-12:30). More detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found below.

Workshop Details

1) Illustration Workshop

Why were illustrations everywhere in the Victorian period? How were they printed? In what ways were illustrations ‘read’? Join us in Special Collections and Archives as we try to answer some of these questions.

Cardiff has one of the best collections of Victorian illustrated books in the world. Participants will be invited to trace the development of illustration in the period with reference to some wonderful – and wacky – illustrations from the collection. We will discuss the techniques for reproducing images that were common in the period and how to identify them. Participants will even get a chance to make their own linocuts. We will also introduce delegates to two major online resources that were developed in Cardiff, the Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration and The Illustration Archive, and suggest how they can be used in research projects. So, come for a peek under the book covers and discover the illustrated world of the Victorians.

This workshop is provided by: Alison Harvey (Archivist, Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University) and Professor Julia Thomas (School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University)

2) Public Speaking Workshop – Presenting Your Research: It Really is a Performance

Public speaking is generally considered to be the number one fear that people have. But in order to get your research known, you must present it to others. In this workshop, we will examine strategies for improving your public speaking skills including engaging with your audience, speaking clearly and what to avoid, so that you can craft a presentation that people will want to hear.

This workshop is provided by: Dr Eric Hetzler, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre, and Performance at the University of Huddersfield. Eric Hetzler is also a professional actor and director with more than 35 years of performance experience.

3) Creative Writing in Academia

Every researcher writes – whether it is jotting down notes for a paper, drafting a thesis chapter or preparing a publication. But while we have all been taught academic writing – and some of us are again teaching it to a younger generation – you may want to apply those hard-won writing skills to a different area. In this workshop, experienced academic and poet Damian Walford Davies and early-career researcher and starting novelist Lucy Andrew will share their experiences on the similarities and differences of academic and creative writing. They will also provide you with some hands-on exercises to help you move ahead on the path of creativity.

This workshop is provided by: Damian Walford Davies, Professor of English Literature and Head of School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Damian Walford Davies has published several collections of poetry – among them Judas (2015) and Alabaster Girls (2014) – and contributed to numerous other publications. He has also published widely in academic contexts. Dr Lucy Andrew received her PhD from Cardiff in 2014 and is currently working on her first monograph, The Boy Detective in British Children’s Literature, 1865-1940, and making use of her boy detective knowledge to write a young adult neo-Victorian crime novel with a supernatural slant.

4) Engagement Workshop – Writing for The Conversation

Are you seeking to demonstrate the impact of your research, build your profile and form new relationships within your field?

The Conversation is an independent news and analysis website where academics and researchers write about current affairs, their own research, and use their expertise to explain a wide range of topics to a public audience.

Wales editor Ruth Dawson will be explaining more about how writing for the site can benefit your work and how to get involved.