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

Foster Community Among PhD Researchers

Help build a sense of community and solidarity among PhD researchers, whether through events, informal gatherings, newsletters, or other initiatives.

Represent PhD Interests to the School

Ensure there are opportunities and avenues for PhD researchers to systematically voice interests and concerns to PhD and School leadership, and serve as conduit to this.

Support Career Development of PhD Researchers

Based on input of PhD community, work with PhD leadership to facilitate resources, training, networking, and other activities to support PhD career development.

Cultivate and Shape Research Culture

Help shape research agendas and disciplines/specialisations within and beyond the School through representation on Research and Research Degrees Committees, and in coordination with subject groups. Help cultivate a culture of curiosity and collaboration around research.

As we settle into our first ever digital semester, it is clear that the Doctoral Society will play a crucial role in holding the PhD community together. The team and I are committed to ensure every student will be supported through their research journey during the whole academic year. Dealing with the consequences of the pandemic will be a challenge, but also an opportunity to reflect and adapt the programme for the better!
Claire Perier, Current Doctoral Society Convenor
The Doctoral Society is a fantastic opportunity to express the interests of the doctoral community and promote stronger research and community culture within it. This was a year full of opportunities and challenges that caught us amid the two industrial actions and later, the pandemic. These adverse events taught me to see every challenge as an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve.

Driving positive change is never easy, but it is doable and manageable, and my role in that as the President of the Doctoral Society was an extremely satisfying and rewarding experience.
Alina Khakimova
Recent President of the Doctoral Society

Current Committee

Convenor: Claire Perier

Topic

Mapping the Scottish Food and Drink System

Subject Group

Marketing

Claire's Profile

Treasurer: Jinxian Zhao

Topic

Identifying and Predicting Financial Distress and Bankruptcy with Machine-learning Based Methods

Subject Group

Management Science and Business Economics

Representation: Dotun Ayeni

Topic

Idiosyncratic Deals and Talent Management in Knowledge Intensive Firms

Subject Group

Organisation Studies

Dotun's Profile

Events and Communications: Mehwish Sultan

Topic

Effect of Intellectual Capital on Organisational Sustainability

Subject Group

Strategy

Events: Dina Ayman

Topic

How Entrepreneurs Employ Social Capital to Cope with Formal Institutional Voids: A study into the process of entrepreneurship ecosystem theory within the context of emerging economies

Subject Group

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dina's Profile

Community Engagement: Eduardo Hernandez

Topic

Sustainability Paradoxes: Exploring tensions in corporate community engagement strategies

Subject Group

Strategy

Eduardo's Profile

Communications: Sebastian Oliver

Topic

Gamification in Marketing

Subject Group

Marketing

Sebastian's Profile

Community Engagement and Community: Jianan Lu

Topic

Corporate Finance, Ethical Finance

Subject Group

Accounting and Finance

Jianan's Profile

First Year Representative: Laura Fey

Topic

Innovation and Organisational Change

Subject Group

Strategy

Laura's Profile