The Doctoral Society is a representative body. It is autonomous from the School and is run by doctoral students, for doctoral students.

The success of the Society depends upon the input from the students; the more input and initiative from the students, the more valuable the Society will be.

Each year the Society is given a budget for organising seminars, workshops, conferences, a PhD day and social events. Nominations and elections for Doctoral Society committee members take place at the beginning of each academic year and these positions are keenly contested.

Objectives

  • Organising conferences, seminars, symposiums and workshops to promote skills, knowledge, networking and research
  • Organising social events and staff meetings to promote interest and interaction more widely in the School
  • Organising a PhD day to help fellow students to prepare for board presentations
  • Organising poster presentations to showcase the talent of doctoral researchers
  • Providing support for new students
  • Creating direct links between students and alumni
  • Creating networking opportunities for the doctoral researchers via online platforms
  • Representing PGR students on the Research Degrees Committee and Research Committee
  • Assisting communication in the PhD community through social media
  • Nominating doctoral students for national and international competitions (e.g. Three Minute Thesis competition)
The involvement with the Doctoral Society gave me the opportunity to learn more about Higher Education in Scotland and the UK as well as the day-to-day business of the University of Edinburgh Business School. Being involved in staff meetings gave us a real voice in the School.

I am very proud that many positive changes were introduced in the School and it is fantastic to see that our suggestions and opinions were not only taken on board but also put into practice. I had an enjoyable time as the President of the Doctoral Society and learned a lot—I would highly recommend to everyone in the PhD community to get involved and actively influence their PhD journey.
Janina Reich
Recent President of the Doctoral Society

Current Committee

President: Alina Khakimova

Topic

Social Investment in the Scottish Third Sector

Subject Group

Strategy

Alina's Profile

Secretary: Victor Medina-Olivares

Topic

Bayesian Joint Models for Longitudinal and Survival Data

Subject Group

Management Science and Business Economics

Victor's Profile

Social Convenor: Yinuo Pan

Topic

An emerging profession of sustainability? Exploring those who practise it

Subject Group

Strategy

Yinuo's Profile

Research Degrees Representative: Emily Cook-Lundgren

Topic

Organisational (in)equality in the international development sector

Subject Group

Organisation Studies

Emily's Profile

Professional Development Officer: Kefei Wu

Subject Group

Accounting and Finance

Treasurer: Yuanming Qiu

Subject Group

Marketing

First-year Representative: Amira Rahmat

Subject Group

Organisation Studies