Since its formation, the Doctoral Candidates' Association has consistently supported students undertaking their Doctoral degrees at QMU. We provide unity and support in various aspects of Doctoral life. Every year the association's management and activities have grown from strength to strength, from vision to vision, always with one spirit in mind: as Doctoral students, we are the front-runners in our respective fields, therefore it is to everyone's interest that we contribute our best to bodies of knowledge and society. The Doctoral Candidates' Association is one of the student-led initiatives to ensure and promote this. The DCA Co-Chairs change on a yearly basis.

Here are our achievements thus far:

Advice and Representation
Social Activities
Information Sharing
The Annual QMU Postgraduate Conference

DCA Co-Chair Representatives

The DCA Co-Chairs change on a yearly basis. Your 2016/2017 team are:

Anna Trejnowska
PhD Research Student
E-mail: atrejnowska@qmu.ac.uk

Summary Biography
I joined QMU to begin my PhD in Psychology in September 2015. My project looks at how individuals adjust to brain tumour diagnosis. I collaborate with charities, such as brainstrust, and use a mixed methods design in my study.

Research Interests
Health Psychology, Adjustment to Illness and Adult Attachment Theory       

 

Melissa Akoral
PhD Research Student
E-mail: makoral@qmu.ac.uk

Summary Biography
I joined QMU in 2014 to begin my PhD in Psychology. My current research is focused on Psychosis specific distress and psychological vulnerability factors such as emotion regulation and ‘thinking about thinking’. I am recruiting in NHS Lothian conducting a mixed methods study.

Research Interests
Developmental Psychology, Attachment, Emotion Regulation Strategies, Metacognition, Psychosis and Psychopathology

 

Niamh Kinsella
PhD Research Student
E-mail:nkinsella@qmu.ac.uk

Summary Biography
I am evaluating the implementation of an occupational therapy intervention. The intervention is called the tailored activity programme (TAP) and involves the use of specialised assessment and development of activity prescription by occupational therapist to help people living with dementia to engage in activities they choose with the help of their caregiver.

Research Interests
Occupational therapy for people living with dementia, supported self-management for people living with chronic conditions and person-centred practice in occupational therapy

                                                                                            

Robert Cramb BA
PhD Research Student  
E-mail: rcramb1@qmu.ac.uk

Summary Biography
I hold degrees in BA (Hons) Film and Media and MA Culture and Creative Enterprise.
Focusing upon cultural policy in the UK video games industry my research aims to investigate how the industry has been constructed as a legitimate site of cultural policy and the difficulties it faces that the government hopes to resolve with the introduction of tax relief . In doing so I’ll be examining the Video Games Tax Relief, implemented in 2014, the policy’s formation development and implementation as well as its Cultural Test, outlining tensions of culture and economy appearing within.

Research Interests
Cultural policy, Creative Industries, The video games industry, Media, Economy and Culture

Annual Conference

The annual QMU Postgraduate Conference for 2016/17 has taken place.

Please check back for more details on the dates for the 2017/18 one as they become available.

DCA Events

The DCA event dates for the year are as follows:

Doctoral Brownbag Lunch Sessions:
Half hour for any doctoral student to present their work and half hour for discussion over lunch. Please contact DSA if interested in presenting work to confirm date.

Weds 28th Jun 12:15– 13:15pm Room 2177

Probationary viva support discussion:
Discussion with other doctoral students of probationary viva experiences and ideas for preparation.

None at this time.

Doctoral Student Conference:

Please check back for details on the 2017/18 conference.

Social events:

None at this time.

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