Improving our support for postgraduate researchers and supervisors

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 02, 2015 11:26 AM |
Over the next few months we will be reviewing how we support postgraduate researchers and supervisors.

Many universities are developing or have developed graduate schools, some physical, some virtual and some a combination of both. In order to fulfil our aim to lead a distinctive elite of research-intensive universities that also focus strongly on student success, we need to agree on and then deliver the best possible support for postgraduate research students and supervisors.

Provost Professor Mark Peel said: “In light of increasing competition for students, and as we participate in a growing number of doctoral training centres, networks and partnerships, it is the right time to ensure that we are recruiting and retaining the very best postgraduate researchers and creating a clear, effective student journey. As with other recent task and finish groups, this review will ask where we are and are not performing effectively and will look to learn from national and international examples of excellence.”

The group will be chaired by Professor David Mattingly (Archaeology and Ancient History) and will include academic and professional services colleagues from across our university, as well as student representatives. Professor Sarah Hainsworth, the current Graduate Dean, has generously agreed to remain in this role for a further eight months, in order to ensure continuity in this important area and to contribute to this important review.

The task and finish group will be contacting people shortly to begin the institution-wide conversation. The terms of reference can be seen in this document.

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