Virtual Conference Workshops

Every year at the PsyPAG Annual Conference we have ever-popular workshops that are run for postgraduates, by postgraduates. This year is no exception! Register as a delegate to ensure that you receive joining instructions for the virtual workshops we’re running this year.

Workshop sign-ups have now closed – if you wish to be added to the waiting list for a workshop, please contact

Workshop etiquette 
• Please arrive with your mic muted and camera switched off 
• Only ask questions using the written chat function 
• Bear with us if any technical issues occur!
• Please do not share Zoom links with any delegates who haven’t registered – we have strict limits of delegates on Zoom 


*Please note that workshop spaces are extremely limited – expressing your interest in a workshop does not guarantee a space. If there is space for you, you will be contacted with a Zoom meeting link by the workshop facilitator before the conference* 

Replican or Replican't? Collaborative Assessment of Research Reliability via RepliCATs Workshop

Facilitators: Olly Robertson (University of Oxford) and Oliver Clark (Manchester Metropolitan University)

An important consideration in science is the reliability of published results. In the past 10 years, confidence in the reliability and replicability of some experimental findings has diminished in the scientific community, particularly in the social sciences. Indeed, early career researchers find themselves at the dawn of the science credibility revolution. It is clear, therefore, that in the face of unreplicable results, statistical anomalies, and outright fraud, the ability to assess the reliability of publications and understand replication principles is imperative to improving science.

In this virtual workshop, delegates will be invited to participate in the RepliCATS project and judge a set of scientific claims as part of a group. As part of an on-going, DARPA funded programme to improve the evaluation of quantitative scientific research, the RepliCATS project aims to assess the replicability of 3000 individual research findings (“claims”) in published papers from a variety of academic fields. Attendees will work in small, facilitated groups, and be provided with a set of claims, along with the study abstract, a description of the methods, and results supporting the claim. Delegates will be asked to read the information about the claim provided and make individual judgements on the replicability of the finding, before discussing the claim with their cohort.  After the discussion, delegates will be asked to renew their judgement based on the discussion, and provide details on how they reached their decision, and whether it was affected by the discussion. 

It is important that people with a diverse range of knowledge and experience participate in the project, and as such no particular level of expertise is required (i.e. you are not expected to be an expert in statistics). This workshop offers PsyPag members an excellent opportunity to develop critical appraisal and peer reviewing skills, and to experience effective collaborative decision making procedures. 

PhDetour: How and Why You Should Take Part in a Study Visit During your PhD

Facilitator: Benjamin Butterworth (University of Glasgow)

I was awarded a study visit bursary by PsyPAG last year (due to complete the visit in May) and have been involved in judging bursary applications for the past two rounds. I have read some brilliant applications, but far too few people apply for bursaries. This may be due to students perceiving significant barriers to undertaking a visit (i.e. time and cost), in addition to not understand what a study visit involves or what opportunities are possible. I aim to address this through a workshop outlining the benefits of study visits (e.g. collaborating on research, giving presentations, applying for postdocs), how to go organise one (e.g. identifying a host, dealing with supervisors, planning an itinerary of activities and objectives), and most importantly- how to fund one (particularly how to apply through PsyPAG, make a good application, and take that forward to other funding agencies). I would like to deliver the workshop in an informal style, allowing people to present their own ambition and ideas, discussing ways to help make a study visit happen in a supportive atmosphere. This could also be linked to an article in the Quarterly, which I am due to submit upon completing my on stud visit. Being able to take part in a study visit has been instrumental in helping me achieve the academic career I want (especially when moving between subject areas); this could not be achieved without the support of PsyPAG, and I would be best able to pay the favour forward by encouraging others to pursue study visits through a workshop. 

Utilising Music to Improve Mood: A Playlist Workshop

Facilitators: Crissie Harney and Michelle Ulor (University of Leeds)

There is a plethora of research highlighting the positive effects of music listening on mood. This workshop aims to provide an evidence-based, theory driven approach in optimising music libraries to improve mood. Additionally, participants will be presented with some insight into how music can be used to improve mood through a playlist task. The task will be rooted in research findings by adapting theory to song selection, to create a personal playlist. This playlist will be devised through applying Juslin & Vastjfall’s (2008) multiple mechanism model of emotional responses to music. The session will focus on 4 mechanisms of the model specifically: Emotional Contagion, Evaluative Conditioning, Episodic memory & Visual Imagery. Through the application of these mechanisms, participants will be introduced to a new approach in creating personal playlists that can be used in the future.

Participants needed! A Participants Recruitment Sandpit

Facilitator: Michelle Newman (City, University of London)

Without participants there is no research! However, recruitment is one of the most time and resource consuming challenges post-graduate researchers face. This interactive workshop seeks to encourage the sharing of challenges and solutions, and to examine research into participant recruitment. This workshop aims to firstly provide a supportive space to share concerns and challenges. The second aim is to share solutions that have worked, which may help other post-graduate researchers. The session will begin with a brief introduction of the co-hosts own research and recruitment needs to set the scene. We will cover 3 broad topics; ethical challenges (including the impact of power dynamics and offering incentives), recruitment management (including retention and quality of participants); and personal challenges (those that delegates would like to share and discuss). In discussion, delegates will be asked to consider when different recruitment strategies have worked well or poorly, challenges to specific elements of recruitment, and any solutions they think could work well. For the final topic, groups will also be offered Recruitment Challenge cards to discuss should they not wish to or have no challenges to share. We anticipate participation will give attendees a greater awareness of the challenges of recruitment and solutions to make recruitment efforts more robust.

"To be honest, I just need to cry for a bit" Addressing the Toll of Emotional Labour in Academia

Facilitator: Candice Whitaker (Leeds Beckett University)

Emotional Labour, defined as the requirement to self-manage and display context appropriate emotional expression regardless of personal state, has become a key concept within the social science literature since American Sociologist Hochschild first introduced it in 1983. Evidence positions Emotional Labour as having the potential to influence occupational satisfaction, self-esteem and job commitment (Isenbarger & Zembylas, 2006), and is a significant, yet under explored reality for many postgraduate students undertaking research and teaching and support roles. Despite this, very little (if any) training or advice is available to aid early career academics in understanding and managing the potential costs associated with extended periods of performing Emotional Labour, such as physical and psychological stress and wellbeing issues (Jarzabkowski, 2001). Therefore, it is little wonder that documented incidences of occupational stress-related burnout are common within academia (Fowler, 2015), with wellbeing issues particularly prevalent among postgraduate students (Beasy et al., 2019).

Within this workshop, delegates will explore Emotional Labour through self-reflection on their study/work related activities, with the intention of developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Emotional Labour involved in academic occupations. Following this, a discussion and activity-based investigation of self-care actions and pursuits will be undertaken, with the aim that delegates will further appreciate the importance and utility of taking time to reflect and to make space to attend to personal wellbeing, when it can so often be overlooked. Finally, delegates will support one another to construct individual action plans to help reduce the stress of Emotional Labour through self-care measures. This workshop aims to inform and aid in individual, personal and professional development in relation to building resilience against the seldom-discussed issue of Emotional Labour within academia.