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Final project reports

Welcome to the archive of the final reports from all funded projects.  

Here you can browse the project titles for ideas and get an idea of the what the Judging Panel has approved previously.  This will help you to formulate your proposal with confidence.  To view the description of a project and the project report, select 'Further Information' which is located under the project titles.  These outline the project outcomes and provide suggestions for other project applicants.

The Final completion reports are compulsory.  By accepting the sum awarded you agree to provide a final report, which will be presented to the Provost and Deans’ Office.  The project reports for this academic year are available below, and earlier ones at Successful past projects.


Engaging with Twentieth-Century Pageants: Performance and Study

This one-day conference seeks to connect pageant researchers and foster conversation regarding developing methodologies (disciplinary-specific and interdisciplinary) in the study of twentieth-century and contemporary pageants.


The conference emphasises literary scholarship, an underdeveloped area of pageant research, but is open to scholars from all disciplines and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches as well. This unique conference features a staged reading of scenes or episodes from pageants as well as a performance of music specially composed for pageants by Martin Shaw.

Stagnation in a Changing World

The aims of the conference are:

  • to explore theoretical issues surrounding stagnation;

  • to disseminate postgraduate research;

  • and to facilitate networking.

Given the focus on movement and progress in recent years, we feel it is important to consider more overlooked themes of stagnation, stasis and decline and how these states are fostered in structural, political, institutional and intimate spheres. Additionally, participants are encouraged to contribute thoughts and papers that aim to
define and theorize “stagnation” for academic discourse, a term so far mostly present in works addressing
recent economic and political transitions.


Project report: Stagnation in a Changing World (PDF, 335 KB)

Society for Italian Studies Postgraduate Colloquium

This conference represents the annual Postgraduate Colloquium funded by the Society for Italian Studies (SIS). The colloquium takes place in different universities across the UK and Ireland every year, and its organisation is entrusted to a group of students upon application. Each year, the colloquium aims to bring together early career researchers working on Italian topics across disciplines.

Last Symposium Standing: Inter-Disciplinary Symposium on Survival Media

From reality TV shows like Survivor to video games such as The Long Dark, from advertising to films such as Trapped and 127 Hours, this symposium examines what can be learnt from examining these narratives which foreground human survival. What does the popularity of survival narratives in contemporary media tell us about the realities and concerns of individual and collective survival across the world? Positioning survival media as a 21st century global phenomenon, how can we understand the challenges of our survival in the contemporary world such as climate change by exploring the landscapes and terrains imagined by survival media?

CEPPA Graduate Conference in Moral and Political Philosophy: What Difference Does it Make? Philosophy's Impact Beyond Philosophy

The annual CEPPA Graduate Conference brings graduate students from other universities in the UK and beyond to St Andrews to present their high-quality work on any area in moral philosophy, political philosophy or aesthetics. With a time slot of 65 minutes for each talk, which includes a prepared response from a staff member and a 30-minute Q&A, the graduate speakers are offered a unique chance to present their research in depth to a new audience, as well as receive extensive feedback. At the same time, the conference provides an opportunity for local students to network and learn about the most recent developments in other philosophy departments. In addition, we will host three well-esteemed keynote speakers.


This year’s conference has an important but underexplored theme: throughout, we aim to address the
practical impact of academic philosophy.


Final Report: CEPPA Graduate Conference (ZIP, 1,584 KB)

7th Annual St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory 2019 - In memory of professor Nicholas Rengger

This year's conference will the held in memory of Professor Nicholas Rengger, who passed away in September. Rengger was professor of Political Theory and International Relations in St Andrews. As a researcher, his focus was inter- and trans-disciplinary, bringing the fields of international relations, history, theology, philosophy, politics, and the physical sciences together not just for the sake of bringing disciplinarians out of their silos, but also to develop a wider academic community. In Nick's own words, he worked "across and between disciplines as well as within them."


The aim of this conference, therefore, is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas related to interdisciplinarity in IPT. We will encourage contributions to draw on all sub-fields of IPT, namely, political theory, international relations theory, international legal theory, and moral and ethical philosophy, including reflections on Professor Rengger’s own work and thought.

University of St Andrews Graduate Conference - Contemporary Issues in Critical Security Studies

The School of International Relations of the University of St Andrews, with the support of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, will be conducting a two-day graduate conference in 2019 to explore and discuss contemporary issues in Critical Security Studies.


This graduate conference seeks to facilitate dialogue between PhD candidates and early career researchers from a variety of disciplines whose work focuses on different aspects of Critical Security Studies and encompasses a range of methodological and theoretical approaches. A key innovative feature of this conference will be our Methods Café session- a workshop which will help to enhance attendees’ transferable skills in and familiarity with various areas of methods of analysis and data collection.


While in recent years, the conference has been a CSTPV-focused conference, this year, it has been rebranded as the School of International Relations Graduate Conference with the support of the CSTPV, opening up more possible topics (not only terrorismfocused) for a larger audience for the coming years.

The UK-CHINA Doctoral Academic Forum

The forum aims to provide Chinese or Chinese-related studies doctoral students and scholars a platform, to present their achievement, to exchange idea cross multi-subjects, to inspire new idea and hence to contribute the academic community.  It will be an opportunity for research postgraduates from China or working on Chinese related studies to give an academic presentation in academic conference. The forum also aims present an overview of the front research direction and industrial demands in UK-China academic communication.


Final report: The UK-CHINA Doctoral Academic Forum (PDF, 373 KB)

Contact details

Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee
PG Researcher Developer 
Hebs Block
St Salvator's Quad
T: (01334) 462334


- Submission Outcomes
- Successful projects

- Completion: GRADskills Innovation Grant / PG Conference report (Word, 41 KB)
(To be completed, & returned, within 1 month of project end.  See notes.)

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