Pushing back Frontiers - the 2005 Conference

The 2005 annual conference was a fantastic success with attendance from both affiliates and potential affiliates. We also had the pleasure of an International Piping festival with many of the pipers practicing in the halls of residence we stayed in.

The introductory speech came from Prof. Theresa Rees, our honorary President, identifying upfront fees as offputting to postgraduate education. Outside of that there was plenty of opportunity for networking and meeting other officers. There were presentations from Peter Hall from the QAA, an interactive workshop session on postgraduates with John Wakeford and a series of workshops covering the NUS, Racial and Religious Hatred and Freedom of Expression, the EthOS project of online Theses and eSharp the Glasgow Peer reviewed online journal. The big debate arose on Academic Freedom with Prof. Gerald Steinberg discussing where the boundaries lie.

The Annual General Meeting saw the passing of motions on PCGE top up fees and Postgraduate Funding, both with a week of lobbying in 2006. Also the elections saw the election of Marilyn Shanks as Chair, Simon Felton as General Secretary and Tim Roll-Pickering as Treasurer. The rest of the Executive officers were also elected helping to make the full complement of the NPC team.

The end of the day saw a trip to Loch Lomand and for the less adventurous shopping in Glasgow.