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Postgrad LIVE! Sheffield talks programme 2018

Take a look at our exciting 2018 talks programme, which includes two pre-fair sessions this year. Spaces are limited on these pre-fair sessions, so make sure to register to ensure your place!

11:15 Postgraduate Loans Explained - The Future of UK Masters Funding and the Value of Postgraduate Study - The Silver Room
Presented by Mark Bennett from @postsgradually and Find A University
11:15 PhD Research Proposal Writing Masterclass - Council Chamber
Presented by Dr Alex Conner, the University of Birmingham.
12:30 The Value of Postgraduate Study from an Employer's Perspective - Council Chamber
Presented by Faye Seabrook, The University of Sheffield
13:30 Funding your Postgraduate Study - Council Chamber
Presented by James Giddings, Sheffield Hallam University
14:00 Study in Europe - Council Chamber
Panel discussion with representatives from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Study in Germany, and the University of Oulu, Finland
14:30 Postgraduate Study - What's it really like? - Council Chamber
Postgraduate student panel discussion and Q&A. Speak to current postgraduate students to discuss what it's really like to carry out postgraduate study.

*Talks programme subject to change.

Find out about our speakers

This year we’ve gathered a range of experts from around the globe to help you understand all things postgraduate, including a Doctor of Biomedical Science, a linguist who speaks six languages, and an expert on postgraduate funding!

Mark Bennett - Head of Content, FindAUniversity (Postgraduate Loans Explained - The Future of UK Masters Funding and the Value of Postgraduate Study) - Mark Bennett manages the postgraduate advice and funding materials across the popular FindAMasters & FindAPhD websites. His previous experience includes research and teaching at various universities. Postgraduate loans would be his Mastermind Subject. That or obscure eighteenth-century travelogues.

Dr Alex Conner - Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Sciences, University of Birmingham - Stand 9 (PhD Research Proposal Writing Masterclass) - Alex is a Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Birmingham; a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Alex has a research group studying the structure and function of large proteins in the human brain. He has published more than 50 scientific articles and claims to teach “the easy bits of medicine before we need proper doctors."

Alex increasingly works in science communication, facilitating discussions, talking about science to people without a traditional science background and showing off on stage. He is a Media Fellow for the British Science Association, trying to bring science and the public even closer together.

Faye Seabrook - Careers Advisor, University of Sheffield - Stand 4 (The Value of Postgraduate Study from an Employer's Perspective) - Faye has recently qualified as a Careers Adviser and works at the University of Sheffield delivering central careers provision. She has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and her previous work experience has included supporting international students with their transition onto postgraduate programmes in the U.K.

James Giddings - Senior Transitions Officer, Sheffield Hallam University - Stand 36 (Funding your Postgraduate Study) - James Giddings is a Senior Transitions Officer in the Student Funding and Access Support Team at Sheffield Hallam University. He has worked at the University since 2015 after graduating with a BA and MA in Writing.

Yasemin Cigilltepe - Lecturer in German, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Stand 39 (Study Abroad) - Yasemin started teaching German Language in 2001. She chose this profession because she enjoyed working in an international environment and conveying her love of languages to others. Before coming to the University of Sheffield, Yasemin taught German Language to American students taking part in the USAC-programme at the University of Lüneburg. She was also a German Teacher for refugees and active for the TestDaF-Institute. As part of her studies in North-American Literature, Yasemin wrote her MA-Thesis on 'Magic Realism and Canadian West Coast Fiction'.

Yasemin has studied Slavonic Languages and Cultures, as well as Sociology, at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She then went on to gain a qualification in Teaching German as a Second Language from the University of Bonn. During her Year Abroad at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and as a Teaching assistant at Kent College, Canterbury, Yasemin improved her English language skills. Her other languages are Turkish, Russian, Czech and French.

Kimmo Kuortti - Admissions and International Services, University of Oulu, Finland - Stand 15 (Study Abroad) - Kimmo Kuortti is a Solution Designer at the Admissions and International Services at the University of Oulu, Finland. He is an international education expert who has worked within the field of mobility, student marketing and recruitment as well as admissions since 1995. Kimmo is alumnus of the University of Oulu, having studied English Philology at the Faculty of Humanities, where he has also taught. He is a keen developer of international partnerships and student services, and currently is the Chair of the national working group that heads international relations in Finland.

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