Workshops are your chance to meet other people researching in related areas, to learn about their work, and to get a chance to present your own research to an interested audience.
Workshops are one of the very strong points of the Faculty's graduate programme. Some are thematic, some are period-based; all bring together MPhil and graduate students to discuss and present their work in a supportive peer environment. Many workshops also pursue projects such as conference panels and colloquia, and most become friend groups. Some offer sandwiches, some insist on wine. All provide a lively environment to meet other historians working on topics which are at least marginally related.
We have twelve workshops which run on a yearly basis. Each year, calls are issued for workshop applications in Lent Term (including the current workshops, which only run for a year at a time). Prospective workshop convenors then complete a formal application, and these are assessed by the two Graduate Representatives and two workshop convenors. Workshops are selected to ensure a wide variety of subject areas are covered in order to attract the widest audiences possible.
The workshops are a great place to fine-tune a paper for a conference presentation, and to test ideas. Neither presentation nor even participation are mandatory, but any PhD student who fails to get involved in at least one workshop is really missing out on a useful, exciting, and fun part of the faculty's grad programme.
Workshop organisation is another great experience - and good for the CV. Sign up for the mailing lists that each workshop runs by emailing the workshop convenor or visiting the 'Meet the Workshops' session at the beginning of the year. If you have a personal Google account you can also tell the calendar to text or email you when workshop events are about to happen.