Surviving your data

Surviving your data

Surviving your data

The impact of ageing, death and dying studies on the researcher

Date: Monday 20th June 2016
Location: University of Bath

This one day workshop will bring together doctoral students in the fields of death, dying and ageing from the GW4 network of Universities; Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Skill courses on wellbeing in research often tend to focus on the research participants. This day will address the emotional impact of doing research in the areas of death and dying on the researcher.  In this workshop day, practitioners, early career and senior academics will share their experiences and best practice with current doctoral students. Participants will be asked when booking to submit the ‘top 3’ issues they would like to see addressed, and the broad issues which are identified will be discussed during the day.

Issues already identified for possible inclusion are:

  • participant confidentiality vs legal/criminal/medical/ethical responsibility
  • unconscious bias
  • adapting methods to the situation in front of you
  • developing a researcher ‘skin’
  • debriefing

Booking is open for this event via Eventbrite. 

This workshop is only open to doctoral students registered at a GW4 University. 

Draft Programme: 

09:30 – Registration
10:00 – Welcome
10:15 – Session 1: Presentations from senior researchers followed by a roundtable discussion of the broad issues identified
Led by Kerry Jones (Open University)
12:15 – Lunch
13:15 – Session 2: Participant presentations and discussion of specific issues
Led by Denise Taylor (Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath)
15:00 – Break
15:15 – Session 3:Encountering death and dying outside of academia
Led by Su Chard (Funeral Celebrant)
17:00 – Informal networking
18:00 – Close and depart

Further information:

There are a limited number of tickets available to students from each University. If your University has sold out, please contact Renske Visser ( to be placed on a waiting list.

Participants may be asked to give a 5 minute, informal presentation in Session 2. Please indicate when booking whether you are happy to do this.

Resources will be developed to support the workshop, and these will be available to all (including non-GW4 students) via the Centre for Death & Society website following the event.

A number of travel grants are available to support students travelling to Bath, please inquire when booking. Lunch, refreshments and materials will be provided.

This event has been planned to coincide with the Centre for Death & Society’s annual conference, this year on the topic of Survival. Booking is now open for the conference and all are welcome to attend.

This event has been made possible through funding from the GW4: an alliance which combines the intellectual capacity and physical resources of the four leading research-intensive universities in the South West of England and Wales: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter