Due to additional funding received from the ESRC centre for Business, Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), Cardiff University, the FTIS was preceded by a dedicated workshop for PhD candidates on Sunday the 1st April.
The workshop was designed to offer a more informal space in which registered PhD students can present work-in-progress and/or preliminary findings. Students are particularly encouraged to bring up methodological or theoretical issues and questions for discussion.
The emphasis was focused on personal academic and research development. As such, the session was limited to a maximum of 10 students who will each have the opportunity to make a presentation; ideally providing a summary of their work but also outlining questions and issues for discussion. The event was also attended by a small number of more experienced and senior academics who were invited to provide guidance and support.
The PhD Workshop ran between 10am and the early evening. Attendance at the event, including refreshments and a buffet lunch, was entirely free of charge. In addition, those selected to attend were also offered a sponsored, and hence free, place at the main FTIS event, for which others were encouraged to summit a full paper.