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.

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QMU Doctoral Conference 2021 (Online)

Call for Abstracts.

The QMU Doctoral Conference is an annual event aimed at exploring and sharing doctoral research currently underway in the university. The conference is a great opportunity for PhD and Professional Doctorate candidates to showcase their work, network with peers and staff, and celebrate the progress of the QMU research community. The event is delivered through a collaboration between the Graduate School, the Doctoral Candidate Association and QMU candidates themselves, offering all doctoral researchers the chance to shape the conference and get involved in what will be an online event.

We are currently seeking abstract submissions from QMU doctoral candidates for papers, posters, and Three Minute Thesis (3MT thesis) presentations to be programmed into the 2021 conference.

The deadline for submissions is WEDNESDAY 31st March AT 5:00 PM.

Full guidance on the submission process follows below. Please contact if you have any questions.

2021 Submission Guidance


  • We are accepting abstract submissions from any PhD or Professional Doctorate candidate currently enrolled on a doctoral programme at Queen Margaret University, including candidates working remotely/part-time, and irrespective of funding status.
  • Send us your abstract submission no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021. We cannot guarantee we will be able to consider submissions received after this time.
  • Completed abstract submissions should be sent to the Doctoral Candidate Association <>.


  • Please include your name, division, full time/part time status and year of study with your abstract submission.
  • Mark your abstract submission clearly indicating whether you wish to submit a paper abstract or poster abstract.
  • Your abstract submission should relate to your research, your experience of the doctoral journey, how you will take your research forward or should be a general submission.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, provided in word format and can include up to five key words.
  • Your abstract should be an outline or summary of your presentation topic that provides sufficient information to allow the conference organisers to place you within the programme. You may include the major points of your research topic (objectives, aims, research questions, methodology, results, or conclusions as applies to your stage of research), your purpose in undertaking the research, and the reasons why you think the research is important.

Please be advised that, by making a submission, the abstract you provide may be included in conference information packs and may be summarised online and shared publicly.


If your paper abstract submission is accepted for the 2021 QMU Doctoral Conference, you will be asked to deliver a 15-minute presentation at a time scheduled by the DCA when programming the conference. We encourage you to be as creative as possible with your presentation.

The QMU Doctoral Candidate Association will liaise with you regarding exact timings and your presentation requirements in the weeks before the conference takes place.


If your poster abstract submission is accepted for the 2021 QMU Doctoral Conference, you will be asked to provide a poster, in an electronic format, for display in the Poster Exhibition webpage available during the conference.

The full specification for posters will be provided to you in due course following acceptance of your abstract.


Three Minute Thesis challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

If your paper abstract submission is accepted for the 2021 QMU Doctoral Conference, you will be asked to do a 3-minute presentation session at a time scheduled by the DCA when programming the conference. Presentations will require to comply with specific rules on style and content which will be provided following acceptance of your abstract.

DCA Co-Chair Representatives

The DCA Co-Chairs change on a yearly basis. Your 2021 team are:


Alistair Shields

PhD Candidate


Summary Biography:

I hold a MSc in Applied Professional Studies (Policing) and joined QMU in September 2018, affiliated to the Centre for Person-Centred Practice Research and the Centre for Applied Social Sciences. My project is investigating what happens for people living with dementia while considered missing seeking to inform Police search activity to be more effective in locating the missing person. I am currently undertaking a retrospective study of police missing person data then aim to recruit people living with dementia and others for a mixed methods study into being missing.

Research Interests

Missing people, Policing, Person-Centred practice


Mridhula Murali

PhD Candidate


Summary Biography: 

My research is currently focused on clinical linguistics, investigating motor speech disorders. As part of my PhD I am conducting research on finding speech markers in people with Parkinson's disease which might act as indicators of disease progression. This could help speech and language therapists in future intervention methods.

Research Interests: 

Clinical Linguistics; Dysarthria; Motor speech disorders; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics.


Alinedoh Carlson Mbi Nkwain

Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD)
PhD Candidate



Summary Biography:
Carl joined the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU in 2019 as a masters student in Global Health and eventually continued to study for a PhD in Global Health in 2020. His current research focuses on exploring Community Health Workers’ (CHWs) perspectives operating in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS) on strategies to support them best. His study setting is the anglophone regions (North West and South West) of Cameroon – his home homeland.

Research Interests:
Health Systems Strengthening, Health Policy and Systems Research, Strategy and Leadership


Annetta Latham

PhD Candidate


Summary Biography
I joined QMU in September 2017 to begin my PhD in Cultural Policy. My research is focusing on ‘Paisley’s success through failure’ in bidding process for the UK City of Culture, ascertaining how the bidding process was managed, what cultural policies where introduced or changed to algin with the application criteria and the extent to which the bidding process has positively influenced cultural policy outcomes and cultural ecology within Paisley.

Research Interests
Cultural Policy, Strategic Planning and Management, Arts Management, Cultural Participation, Mentorship and Evaluation Practices

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