LCSS Welcome Reception 2013/14
LCSS held its fourth annual Welcome Reception at the University of Westminster on 28th October 2013. The welcome reception brought together a number of postgraduate students from Turkey to offer beneficial advice on how to make the most of their time in the UK and to succeed on their chosen course.
Unlike the previous Welcome Receptions, this year the postgraduate students got the opportunity to visit three different stands during the networking sessions. The three stands included the LCSS information stand, postgraduate support service stand as well as the activities stand. The LCSS information stand offered students the opportunity to learn more about LCSS in general as well as its forthcoming events. The activities stand offered the opportunity to register for social and cultural activities in the UK, including the recent visit to the Phantom of the Opera, as well as advice and guidance on where to go and see in the UK. The postgraduate support stand offered students the chance to sign up for a support service to offer advice and improve the quality of personal statements.
After the initial registration period, students took to the Fyvie Hall to listen to inspiring speeches from Turkish postgraduate students, academics and a representative from the Turkish embassy. The speeches were presented by Betul Aslamaci, a Turkish postgraduate student from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Betul welcomed the students and presented the reception successfully both in English and in Turkish.
LCSS research fellow Aysegul Kayaoglu, introduced the London Centre for Social Studies to the audience and spoke of its history and the important events which it has hosted in collaboration with prestigious universities. Aysegul also emphasised the launch of LCSS’ academic journal launch, with reference to the importance of publications for PhD students who are embarking on an academic career.
Afterwards our guest from the Turkish embassy, Ugur Yikan gave a speech about how the Turkish students in the UK would be representing the Turkish nation and also that the growing Turkish economy has led to a demand for more qualified people. Mr Yikan also stated that residing in the UK should also been seen as an opportunity to learn the English language as best as possible.
Dr. Alper Yanki, lecturer from UCL, suggested that you should apply for the best university for your doctoral studies as this will be significantly reflected upon your CV. Dr Yanki also stressed the importance of getting on with your PhD supervisor otherwise this could cause complications for future career plans. Also, writing 3 or 4 good papers during your doctoral studies will be of great benefit for future academic ambitions.
A PhD candidate from the University of Cambridge, emphasised the importance of not fearing to make mistakes with the use of English language in order for it to develop and that it is general tendency for Turkish students to not make confident use of English. She also stated that Turkish students should make better use of networking opportunities and meeting new people including people from different disciplines.
At the end of the talks a refreshments session was held where the participants got the opportunity to mix and network with fellow postgraduate students in an informal and relaxed atmosphere whilst also having the opportunity to also attend the stands and register their interests.