The BSG runs a workshop for new research students each year and we encourage you to attend. The workshop has been running at the fantastic Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for over 30 years – many notable researchers and academics have been and benefited from this course!

The content is non-technical, but provides training in project management, group work, dealing with large data sets, fieldwork, lab and numerical modelling, gaining funding as well as publication and future career development. But one of the the most important aspects is meeting other new researchers, finding out how the PhD is working for others in different Universities and often making friends and contacts that can last a career. You’ll also meet a wide variety of academics and facilitators who are practicing researchers as well as the BSG postgrad representatives on the Executive. The BSG chair normally gives an entertaining evening talk.

The cost is a heavily subsidised £120 for BSG postgraduate research members (non members need to join the BSG at the excellent value postgraduate rate of £45 for four years). This gives you full evening meals, lunches, tea/coffee breaks (Monday afternoon to Thursday lunchtime) and accommodation in the ‘up market’ environment of Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. As well as being a former home to royalty, Cumberland lodge features in several feature films including the Kings Speech. You can find more information about the Lodge here:

You should also be able to offset the time against any departmental postgraduate training credits.

Our best referral though is students who have attended in the past: Ask students who have been on previous years (or look in back issues of Geophemera on the website) about their experiences in past years – we gather that everyone enjoys it as well as finds it useful!

Last year the course filled up very quickly – so please book early to ensure your place.

Any queries – please get in touch with Prof. Tom Coulthard (T.Coulthard(at)


BSG Windsor gave me the opportunity to interact with other PhD students from all over Europe. It was very helpful meeting researchers sharing their research experiences and helpful advices to develop a good thesis”

For an overview of what the workshop involves we would recommend you take a look at John Groves’ blog. (views represented are the authors)