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Posted on 20 Jan '22

What Happens at a Virtual PhD Fair, Anyway?

Spoiler: virtual PhD fairs don't include virtual reality, or rides (sorry) but the PhDs they'll help you find out about and apply for aren't virtual either. So there's that.

Chances are you've got a rough idea of what to expect from a physical study event. You might have been to a UCAS fair here in the UK before your undergraduate degree, or attended something similar in your home country. Or you might simply be able to imagine what a study fair looks like (if you're thinking 'lots of university stands in a big room', you aren't far off).

However, with the ongoing pandemic, putting lots of university representatives and prospective students in a big room right now does not seem like a good idea. So, for now, we aren't. Instead, this last year we've been running our popular PhD LIVE study fairs online, with events on the 26 and 27 January.

Complete with live chat functions and virtual booths, you can get just as much out of a virtual fair as a physical one (and hey, it's not like you need to travel).

There's lots of universities...

Let's be honest: it wouldn't be much of a study fair otherwise.

We have a range of institutions from around the world presenting at PhD LIVE. You'll be able to chat with each one separately, at a time that suits you. Perfect if you have questions for specific institutions, but equally great if you want to learn about options you haven't considered yet.

...and more representatives to talk to

One of the advantages of a virtual event is that it's easier to attend: no travel, no accommodation, no expensive coffee shop lunches. And what's true for you is true for the universities. They can send more representatives from different subject areas, including research staff and prospective supervisors. That means you're able to have more detailed and specific conversations right away.

And because we'll have a wider range of university representatives, we're able to split the event into two separate days: one for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business, and one for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. You can even come to both if you like.

The talks programme can get really detailed

Having separate AHSS and STEM days also means we can tailor our talks programmes. We'll be covering applications and funding in both days, but can now get a lot more detailed in each talk.

Each of our webinars are given by experts in their field. Currently, we have talks confirmed from our own funding and policy expert, Dr Mark Bennett, various universities across the world ready to talk to you about international study and more!

You can still ask questions

All of our university exhibitors will be available to chat on their virtual stands during the fair. Unfortunately, they won't be able to give away pens, stickers and other freebies, but the 'queues' will be a lot shorter. This not only gives you the opportunity to ask about your own situation but having spent the last year dealing with the effects of lockdowns, university reps are well equipped to talk about how they have offered support research students.

We'll also be taking Q&A after each of our talks, so you can ask follow-up questions to our speakers or get a bit of extra advice tailored to your situation.

Find out more

So there you have it. A virtual event like PhD LIVE is a little different to the study fairs we'd normally run, but, it's still an excellent way to find out more about PhD study next year.

You can register for a free ticket now. Don't forget to say 'hello' during the talks programme!

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