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Postgraduate Research at Kent 2015 Professor Diane Houston Dean of the Graduate School Dr Colin Johnson Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) The Graduate School
Getting Started… • • Enrol. . . get IT account…pay fees! See your supervisor. . . ways of working…teams Check if there any taught courses you need to attend Check your access to office space/IT support Find out when the School holds research seminars and make sure you attend Find out who the Director of Graduate Studies for your School is Make plans for the year
Contact Details Professor Diane Houston, Dean of the Graduate School Cornwallis East 3 rd floor, room 323 [email protected] ac. uk Graduate School Staff • • • Suzie Morris, Graduate School Administration Manager s. m. [email protected] ac. uk ext: 3182 Ros Beeching, Graduate School Coordinator c. r. [email protected] ac. uk ext: 7838 Dr Jo Collins, Postgraduate Development Advisor J. P. [email protected] ac. uk ext: 16133 Carla Doolan, Postgraduate Development Coordinator [email protected] ac. uk ext: 4896 Joanna Addison, PA to the Dean and Graduate School Assistant [email protected] ac. uk ext: 4785 Deborah Molloy, Graduate School Assistant [email protected] ac. uk ext: 4089
Structure Diagram for PG Programmes Senate Vice-Chancellor Graduate School Board Dean of the Graduate School Programme Approval Sub-Committee Faculty Boards Deans Faculty Graduate Studies Committee Faculty Directors of Graduate Studies School Graduate Studies Committee School Directors of Graduate Studies Staff/Student Liaison Committees Supervisor/Supervisory Team
Student Involvement Get involved…make your voice heard. . • Postgraduate Student Representatives – School, Faculty, University • Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) • Postgraduate Student Surveys e. g. PRES • Kent Graduate Student Association • The Graduate School www. kent. ac. uk/graduateschool
The Graduate School Mission: to lead and champion the strategic development of provision for graduate education and research at the University of Kent.
Postgraduate Research Handbook • Updated for 2015 -16 • Everything you need to know about being a postgraduate researcher at Kent including information on: • Student Services • Local community information • Regulatory information
The Grad. Post A newsletter created by Postgraduates for the Postgraduate community. The Grad. Post Editorial Team Information on Gradpost opportunities that will look great on your CV and enhance your postgraduate experience at Kent can be found on our website: www. kent. ac. uk/graduateschool/news/gradpost/html Contact: [email protected] ac. uk
Postgraduate Research Festival • Annual Postgraduate Research Festival takes place in May • Open to all postgraduate students • Students can present their work to a wider academic audience • Opportunity to network with academic staff and peers The Graduate School is running ‘Producing an Effective Research Poster’ workshops (16 th February, 2 nd March and 21 st March 2016). For more information please contact [email protected] ac. uk
Postgraduate Experience Awards • • Do you have a great idea for a Postgraduate event at Kent? Apply for funding through the postgraduate experience awards and your idea could become a reality. Applications for up to £ 1, 500 are invited for the Graduate School postgraduate experience awards 2015 -16. Applications will be considered for funding to run events or projects with an interdisciplinary and/or external focus which will enhance the postgraduate experience at Kent. Examples of projects funded in 2014 § “Take the Floor!” - an innovative workshop on improving presentation skills led by Ph. D students from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. § “Home|Less” – an interdisciplinary conference organised by four Ph. D students on the meaning and implications of the concept of home Deadline for applications is 27 th November 2015 Application forms and more details at www. kent. ac. uk/graduateschool/
Postgraduate Space • • Postgraduate communal space – top floor of Cornwallis East Templeman Library – study carrels, student PC rooms, silent and social study rooms www. kent. ac. uk/is/templeman/pdf/services. pdf PCs and study hubs on campus www. kent. ac. uk/student/studying/pcrooms/index. ht ml Postgraduate space in your school – this may be a common room or shared desk space
The Researcher Development Programme
The Researcher Development Framework Transferable skills are the skills which once developed give graduates a clear edge in the job market and make researchers more effective and efficient in their work. Following Sir Gareth Roberts’ review of higher education, the UK research councils (RCUK) issued a joint skills statement to all universities, identifying seven areas in which UK postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers should develop further skills while pursuing their research. Following wide consultation this statement has recently been updated and has evolved to become the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). All of our training falls under the four headings of the RDF: A. Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities B. Personal Effectiveness C. Research Governance and Organisation D. Engagement, Influence and Impact
Kickstart your Ph. D: Researcher Development Assessment Workshop • • Compulsory for all Ph. D students 3 hour workshops held throughout the autumn term Workshop topics: the Researcher Development Programme, resources for Ph. D journey, responsibilities of PG researcher and supervisory relationship The workshop also helps you to reflect on and assess your current skills and introduces the Researcher Development Assessment (RDA) Once you have attended this workshop you will be prompted by the system to complete your RDA online. Work with your supervisor to complete the assessment and use this as the basis of your research and skills training Must attend this workshop AND complete online assessment as part of the Probation process
The Researcher Development Programme • Kickstart your Ph. D: Guidance, Skills and the Researcher Development Assessment (first years) • Writing skills workshops (one-to-one tutorials and writing retreats) • Writing for journals and getting published • Rapid reading • Research methods and statistics (including: SPSS, La. Te. X, MATLAB) • Negotiation skills • Library skills • Leadership • Presentation skills and Impact • Time / Stress Management • Networking • Research Ethics • Teaching and marking skills
Online training The key advantage in using our online training is that you can access high quality training where ever you are and where you need it. Thousands of individuals regularly miss training because they cannot attend workshops either because they are part-time, distance-based, or because workshops do not deliver training when it is really needed. Using our online workshops, you can access training 24 hours a day/365 days a year wherever you are - at home, at your desk, in the halls of residence, at the library or in the laboratory. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Epigeum online courses The Good Viva Guide Viva Guidance The Alternative Guide to Funding Blueberry Training – training podcasts on a variety of business skills www. kent. ac. uk/graduateschool/skills/onlinetrg/index. html
Other sources of help and advice… • • http: //www. kent. ac. uk/learning/programmes/ postgraduate. html www. kent. ac. uk/library/postgrad www. kent. ac. uk/careers/ https: //www. kent. ac. uk/teaching/qualificatio ns/pgche/index. html
Getting Aquainted. . . • • • Walk down the hill and climb the Westgate towers, visit the Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey Walk up the hill and explore Blean Woodland – one of the largest and most ancient woodlands in the South Rent/borrow a bike and cycle to Whitstable on the Crab and Winkle Way Buy a railcard and spend 55 minutes getting to London – some of the world’s best museums and galleries are on your doorstep and they are free! Book well in advance and travel to Brussels and Paris on the Eurostar
The Faculty of Sciences • • Page 19 Biosciences Computing Engineering and Digital Arts Maths, Statistics and Actuarial Science Pharmacy Physical Sciences Sport and Exercise Sciences
Community and Diversity • Page 20 Projects currently underway in the Faculty include: § Understanding how exercise can help people after illness and injury. § Understanding the fundamental algebraic structures in the mathematical world. § Finding new ways to capture images of the living eye § Preventing historical artefacts from decay. § Understanding how to effectively deliver medicines for maximum efficacy. § Using social media technology to help with the social challenges of aging. § Measuring and predicting how proteins fold and what the implications are for the living cell. § Finding new ways to protect personal information in computer networks. § …
What makes Science? • • • Page 21 The scientific method § "a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17 th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses. ” (OED) …but, is scientific practise the same thing? § Probably not…curiosity driven…serendipitous. …but, in the end we need to present our results rigorously, disinterestedly and critically § …in whatever way is canonical for our subject. Science and technology are also about skills…. . . which we might learn in a formal course …or from our neighbour at the lab bench/computer room
Key Information for Research Students • • • University and School Postgraduate Student Handbooks University Regulations for Research Programmes of Study www. kent. ac. uk/uelt/quality/regulations/research/phdres. html Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance for Research Programmes of Study in particular: § Annex H (Supervision) www. kent. ac. uk/teaching/qa/codes/research/annexh. html § Annex K (Progression and Examination) www. kent. ac. uk/teaching/qa/codes/research/annexknew. htm
Research Students’ Responsibilities • • Annex H (Supervision) of the Code of Practice outlines the responsibilities of research students (see Section 5). Responsibilities include: § Ensuring that you are familiar with University Regulations. § Preparing adequately for supervisory and progress review meetings. § Agreeing a clear programme of work with your supervisor. § Making records of supervisory meetings. § Contributing to the research environment of your academic school and the wider University community. § Seeking advice from your supervisors in an active manner and taking the initiative in raising problems or difficulties. § Attending a Researcher Development Workshop, completing a Researcher Development Assessment and discussing this with your Supervisor.
Supervisory Interaction • • You should have a meeting with your main supervisor at a minimum of once every 4 weeks for full-time students (every 8 weeks for PT students) “Meeting” should generally be face to face, occasionally an email exchange or telephone conversation may have to replace this. Following the “meeting”, you should complete a supervisory record form on the Student Data System (SDS) and once this has been completed it will be sent to your supervisor for agreement. The supervisory record template covers: § Progress made since the last “meeting” § Areas discussed at the “meeting” § Work agreed Only one supervisory record is required for July/August. The SDS will remind you when a supervisory record is due for completion. See pp. 6 -7 of Postgraduate Research Student Handbook for details on completing supervision reports
Initial Meeting with your Main Supervisor Ensure that you have a meeting set up with your Main Supervisor within the first two weeks of registration to discuss: § How your supervisory team-student relationship will work (e. g. preferred means of contact, feedback mechanisms and turnaround times) § § § Your meeting schedule Your work plan Any initial concerns Skills training requirements What you will be required to prepare for your induction review (six weeks after registration) § How progression monitoring will be handled within your academic school (i. e. any school specific requirements) § Facilities/resources
Supervision • • • 88% of Kent students are happy with their supervision (PRES 2015, top quartile nationally) Supervisors and students are expected to treat one another with courtesy Discuss any problems at the earliest opportunity so any issues to be resolved quickly and effectively Should there be a more serious breakdown in the main supervisor/student relationship, the matter should be brought to the attention of the School Director of Graduate Studies who will review the situation Concerns about supervision should be raised at the earliest opportunity
Progression Monitoring Review Stages Timing Induction review Within 6 weeks of registration (for both PT and FT research students) Probation/end of year review At the end of year 1 for FT research students and PT research students End of year reviews At the end of each year Mid-year reviews (if necessary) Mid-year reviews may be scheduled in cases where concerns are raised at an end of year review Submission review 3 months prior to the minimum period of registration (e. g. 3 years for FT Ph. D and 5 years for PT Ph. D students) Annex K (Progression and Examination) of the Code of Practice provides detailed information about the review stages and links to the review forms: www. kent. ac. uk/uelt/quality/rescode 2005/annexknew. html
Progression Monitoring on SDS • • Your review documentation will be recorded on the Student Data System (SDS). See p. 7 of Postgraduate Research Student Handbook. The SDS will provide dates by which the different reviews are due. It will be the responsibility of the Review Panel to complete the documentation on-line but once it is completed you will be able to view this on-line. Annex K (Progression and Examination) of the Code of Practice for Research Programmes of Study provides details of what needs to be prepared in advance of a review.
Working During Your Studies There are various opportunities to undertake paid and unpaid work during your studies. Benefits include: • • Earning extra income Networking and making new contacts Gaining experience and learning new skills Tier 4 Visa Students § All Tier 4 postgraduate students may work up to 20 hours per week until the end of their course. § PGR students may have the opportunity to undertake work placements which are integral to your Ph. D research. These opportunities should be discussed with your supervisor and School.
The Employability Points Scheme Get Involved! Get Rewarded! Gain both ‘real life’ skills and work experience through the EP Scheme to stand out to prospective employers. Activities can include: volunteering, attending workshops, joining societies, working part-time, etc. 1. Take part in extra-curricular activities 2014 -15: - Over 5, 100 students - 130 business and organisations - 567 rewards 2. Claim Employability Points E: [email protected] ac. uk T: @Em. Points W: www. kent. ac. uk/employabilitypoints Rewards range from internships, project placements, work experience, training sessions, assessment centres and vouchers! 3. Get rewarded!