Humanities and Social Sciences Research Students' Conference Held at Brookes Tuesday, 06 May 2014 [caption id="attachment_4405" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Rowena Rouse, Research Repository Manager, talks to postgraduate students about publishing and Open Access[/caption] The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted its regular Research Students Conference on Saturday 26 April, a well-attended event that more than achieved its goal of helping PhD students to assemble the skills necessary to complete their degrees, as well as considering the wider meaning and use of their research. In the morning two guest speakers – Chris Humphrey from PhD advice website Jobs on Toast, and Gina Wisker, Professor of Higher Education and Contemporary Literature at the University of Brighton, talked with students about jobs outside academia, and the thresholds of understanding that would cross as they pursued their research. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, colleagues from Oxford Brookes conducted workshops with students on information management, working with supervisors and shaping a coherent argument that stretched across the eventual thesis. Dr Glen O’Hara, Faculty Lead on Research Degrees and Chair of the Research Degrees Sub-Committee, commented that ‘this was a really lively, enlightening, invigorating day that broke out of the usual “talk and point” format and was full of insightful conversations about the shape, content and use of research degrees. Students from across a wide range of different disciplines have begun to develop a real sense of collective identity and endeavour here at Oxford Brookes’.