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1 Dr Catherine Mills University Graduate School Manager, University of Birmingham PGCARMS: a hybrid model of doctoral training

2 Overview  Background  PGCARMS structure & content  Relationship with DTPs  Lessons learnt  Next steps

3 Background  Proposed creation of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills (PGCARMS) as part of UoB ESRC DTC advanced training provision  Opportunity to develop and trial innovative approach to DR development  Managed by UGS. Provision delivered by Colleges, UGS and central University training partners.

4 PGCARMS structure 60 credits worth of modules that can be spread over the normally registered period of the PhD. PGCARMS combines research skills training with advanced transferable skills training. Year 1 Visual Research Methods [10 credits] Questionnaire Design [10 credits] Introduction to Public Engagement for PGRs [10 credits] Year 2 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo) [10 credits] Policy Evaluation [10 credits] Year 3 Self Reflective Portfolio [10 credits] Example route through PGCARMS

5 Research Methods  Advanced research methods modules drawn from existing School or College programmes e.g. Advanced Qualitative Analysis  New modules developed by Schools and added to PGCARMS to reflect diversity of candidates e.g. Advanced Research Training in Macroeconomics  New modules developed for specific Doctoral Training Partnership cohorts e.g. Basic Quantitative Skills for Systems Biology & Team Work and Collaborative Working Skills

6 Transferable Skills PGCARMS candidates must take at least one advanced transferable skills module e.g.  - Consultancy Skills for Researchers [10 credits]  - Enterprise skills for Researchers [10 credits]  - Intro to Learning & Teaching in HE for DRs [20 credits]  - Intro to Public Engagement for PGRs [10 credits]  - Professional Internship Placement [10 credits]  - Team Work and Collaborative Working Skills [10 credits] These are run by the UGS, central training partners (e.g. Enterprise & Innovation team) and College partners.

7 Assessment  Distributed assessment and marking model  Individual module assessments set by the module leader e.g. Narrative Research module 3000 word research strategy document  Formative feedback and 500 word reflective writing assignments  Overall assessment 4000 word self-reflective portfolio produced at the end of PGCert registration period

8 Management of the programme  UGS ‘owns’ PGCARMS. Responsible for: -programme administration (handbooks/web resources, registration, monitoring of progress) -quality assurance and evaluation -secretarial support for PGCARMS governance committees -teaching/assessment on UGS-run modules -induction, reflective theory/writing workshop & portfolio drop in sessions.  UGS, College and central training partner membership on PGCARMS governance committees.  Reporting links to DTP Management Boards

9 Relationships with UoB DTPs PGCARMS provides advanced training for: ESRC DTC (since Jan 2012) BBSRC DTP (since Oct 2013) AHRC DTP (starting 14/15) NERC DTP (starting 14/15) MRC DTP (starting 14/15)

10 Lessons Learnt Key elements for success:  Varied module provision  Cross-institutional staff understanding and support for programme and processes  Acknowledgement in staff workload models  Clear and detailed PGCARMS guidance for PGRs  Transparent evaluation and quality assurance mechanisms

11 Next steps PGCARMS expansion Stage 1 (14/15- 15/16) new DTPs and open places PGCARMS expansion Stage 2 (16/17) University-wide New modules (research methods & transferable) developed 14/15- Open out to external students (17/18-)?

12 Any Questions?

13 Get in touch Catherine: c.mills@bham.ac.ukc.mills@bham.ac.uk www.graduateschool.bham.ac.uk @UoBGradschool


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