Call for applications Guild Summer School Glasgow 2020

Guild Summer School 2020 – University of Glasgow, 5-11th July

Why Apply?

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities’ annual Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet PhD students from across Europe, from multiple disciplinary backgrounds.  Together, you’ll spend an intensive week reflecting, discussing, and building new skills.

The University of Glasgow will be hosting the 2020 Summer School.  The theme for the week will be research communication, which encompasses important topics relevant not only to the PhD experience, but also to your future career plans.

We will cover:

  • Communicating research to diverse audiences/non-academic audiences
  • Communication within a multidisciplinary team
  • Communicating with external stakeholders
  • Communicating with the media
  • Communicating your expertise via your research profile

The summer school will give you an opportunity to both think about how these topics relate to your PhD and future career plans, and to discuss these topics with fellow researchers from institutions across Europe.  While doing this, you’ll also be developing practical skills via group work, workshops, and a variety of experiential activities.

Putting the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout the week into practice, participants will work together in small teams to eventually produce a short video on an aspect of research communication, which will be available to all PhD students.

There’s also time to relax and see some of Scotland throughout the week, with activities including a trip to Edinburgh to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as well as a ceilidh.  The University itself is situated in the West End of Glasgow, with easy access to the city centre, so you’ll get the chance to explore on your free evenings.

The number of participants is limited to 40.  PhD candidates from all areas of study are encouraged to apply.


Eligibility Requirements

Ph.D. candidates must be enrolled at a Guild Member institution.

The summer school will be conducted in English. As such, you must have strong listening, speaking, and writing skills in English.


Programme Fee

The programme fee (tuition, accommodation and activities) will be covered by your home institution.  Included in the programme fee:

  • Accommodation (including breakfast) within a 10-minute walk to campus.
  • 5 on-campus lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Transportation to cultural activities
  • Cultural activities (including a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and a visit to the Scottish Parliament)
  • Ceilidh


Not included in the programme fee:

  • Travel to and from Glasgow: covered by Université de Paris
  • Personal expenses
  • International Insurance (including Civil Liability Insurance)

Selection Procedure

Required Application Documents

Interested Ph.D. candidates must submit the following documents in the EUROPASS format: to the institutional coordinator at their university. In the interest of administrative simplification, please send your documents in one single PDF document, if possible.

  • Cover Letter detailing (1 page max.):
  • the Applicant’s motivation for participating in this Summer School
  • the Applicant’s specific interest in the program’s thematic focus (research communication)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (not exceeding 2 pages)
  • The Language Passport
  • A short letter of endorsement from your supervisor


Deadline for applications

Applications must be sent to your home institution by 29th March 2020 at the latest.


All applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-April.



Mrs. Marine LE ROY

Specific programs manager

International Relations and Strategy Office


Web Page: Guild Summer School

Below photos of the last 2019 edition :


Sunday 5th July  Arrival



Monday 6th July

9.00 – 10.30 Welcome, introductions, and icebreaker
10.30 – 12.30 Collaboration Challenge (Presenters – LEADS staff, University of Glasgow)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Using Blogging to Communicate your Research (Presenter – TBC)
15.00 – 15.30 Group planning and discussion
15.30 – 18.00 Cruise tour of Loch Lomond
18.30 – onwards Dinner at the Hillhead Bookclub


Tuesday 7th July

9.00 – 10.30 Confident Public Speaking and Effective Communication (Presenter – Leigh Biagi, VoiceBusiness)
10.30 – 11.00 AM break
11.00 – 12.30 Confident Public Speaking and Effective Communication, cont.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.30 Communicating with Diverse Audiences (Presenters – Dr Gregor Madjic, University of Ljubljana and Dr Randel Kreitsberg, University of Tartu)
15.40 – 15.45 PM break
15.45 – 17.00 Group planning and discussion
17.00 – onwards Free evening


Wednesday 8th July

9.00 -10.00 Developing an Online Research Profile (Presenter – Dr Sam Oakley, University of Glasgow)
10.00 – 11.00 Building a Personal Researcher Website (Presenters – Elina Koristashevskaya and Stuart Purcell, University of Glasgow)
11.00 – 12.30 International Strategic Communications (Presenter – Faryal Mirza, University of Bern)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 18.00 Visit to Edinburgh – Guided tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and visit to the Scottish Parliament/National Museum of Scotland (participants can choose which latter option they prefer)
18.30 – onwards Dinner at The Curlers’ Rest


Thursday 9th July

9.00 – 10.30 Understanding Conversations and the Art of Dialogue (Presenter – Prof Dr MNC (Noelle) Aarts, Radboud University)
10.30 – 11.00 AM break
11.00 – 12.30 Communicating Your Research (Presenter – Dr Melanie Jiminez, University of Glasgow)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Using Animation in Communicating Your Research (Presenter – Dr Melanie Jiminez, University of Glasgow)
15.00 – 17.00 Group planning and discussion
17.00 – onwards Free evening


Friday 10th July

9.00 – 10.30 Careers in Public Policy (Presenter – Professor Jan Palmowski, Guild Secretary General/University of Warwick)
10.30 – 11.00 AM break
11.00 – 12.30 Careers in Public Policy (cont)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 17.00 Filming
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner at DRAM!
19.15 – onwards Ceilidh


Saturday 11th July  Departure