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1 Graduate Study at Kent 2013 Dr Ruth Blakeley Social Sciences Director of Graduate Studies The Graduate School

2 Who are you? A Kent graduate A student who is new to Kent but who previously studied in the UK A student who is new to the UK A ‘home’ student A ‘European’ student An ‘international’ student Are you newly graduated or a number of years from your first degree? Why did you decide to do a PhD?

3 Postgraduate Education Over 500,000 PG students in the UK Only 10% of PG students are Doctoral students (doing research for a PhD) Majority of students are on taught courses leading to Master’s Degree, or post graduate diploma or certificate Education (18%) and business (22%) account for a significant enrolment in taught courses Non UK students account for 50% of masters students and 44% of doctoral students

4 Postgraduate Community at Kent Four locations: Canterbury, Medway, Brussels, Paris Three Faculties A huge range of subjects Over 2000 postgraduates Green campus, fantastic views, beautiful city, great community Excellent teaching, training, support and facilities Individual focus Graduate School

5 What you should have done and need to do ! Enrol...get IT account…pay fees! See your supervisor...ways of working…teams Check if there are 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 is the Director of Graduate Studies for your School Look at the Researcher Development Programme handbook and enrol for a Researcher Development Assessment(RDA) workshop

6 Things you must also do... Walk down the hill and climb the Westgate towers 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

7 The Graduate School Mission: to lead and champion the strategic development of provision for graduate education and research at the University of Kent.

8 Graduate School Strategy – Five Goals To increase numbers of taught and research postgraduate students at Kent. To enhance the academic experience and research environment for postgraduate students. To develop a strong postgraduate community within the University. To support the personal and career development of postgraduate students. To introduce a strong system of governance for the management of graduate studies.

9 Senate Vice-Chancellor Graduate School Board Dean of the Graduate School Faculty Boards Deans Faculty Graduate Studies Committee Faculty Directors of Graduate Studies School Graduate Studies Committee School Directors of Graduate Studies Staff/Student Liaison CommitteesSupervisor/Supervisory Team Programme Approval Sub-Committee Structure Diagram for PG Programmes

10 Faculty of Social Sciences Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest in the University, with more postgraduate students than the other two faculties combined Comprises 9 Schools/Centres: Anthropology & Conservation; Economics; KBS; KLS; Politics & IR; Psychology; SSPSSR; Centre for Journalism; Centre for Professional Practice Incredibly diverse; at first sight you might wonder what these divergent Schools could possibly have in common But what unites this community is the shared interest of its members in social relations Faculty of Social Sciences: Postgraduate Induction September 2012Page 10

11 Broadening your horizons: School, Faculty, University Go along to the research seminars and guest lectures hosted by your Schools Look out for Inaugural and open lectures offered within the Faculty and across the University Take advantage of the conferences, workshops & reading groups run across the Faculty Reading groups, often run by postgraduate students, are one of the most exciting forums for testing out your ideas and developing your skills of critique and argumentation, outside of the more formal settings of lectures and seminars Unless you stay in academia, you are unlikely to ever have such a rich and diverse pool of knowledge in which you can immerse yourself, nor the time to do it Faculty of Social Sciences: Postgraduate Induction, Sept 2012Page 11

12 Faculty Top Up Fund Many of you will be allocated funds by your Schools/Funders for conference attendance, fieldwork, training, etc Once you have exhausted these funds, you may apply to the Faculty Top Up Fund Up to £400 Show how the funds will be used to enhance your research profile and publishing prospects Present your budget See: Faculty of Social Sciences: Postgraduate Induction, Sept 2012Page 12

13 Student Involvement Get involved…make your voice heard! Postgraduate Student Representatives Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) Postgraduate Student Surveys e.g. PRES Kent Graduate Student Association The Graduate School

14 Postgraduate Research Handbook Updated for 2013-14 Everything you need to know about being a postgraduate researcher at Kent including information on: Student Services Local community information Regulatory information

15 The GradPost The GradPost Editorial Team A newsletter created by Postgraduates for the Postgraduate community. Contact: Information on Gradpost opportunities that will look great on your CV and enhance your postgraduate experience at Kent can be found on our website:

16 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 2013-14. 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 2013  Artscapes: Urban Art and the Public – a conference organised by PhD students in Sociology, Architecture and History and Philosophy of Art  “Shut Up and Write” – a project to encourage academic writing led by a PhD student in Social Policy  High Altitude Experience – a project to enable students to design and launch their own payloads Deadline for applications is 29 th November 2013 Application forms and more details at

17 Postgraduate Research Festival Annual Postgraduate Research Festival takes place in June 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 in March and May 2014). For more information please contact

18 The Researcher Development Programme

19 The Roberts Skills Report (2002) SET for Success In 2001, Sir Gareth Roberts was asked by the Government to undertake a review into the supply of science and engineering skills in the UK. The review was commissioned as part of the Government's productivity and innovation strategy. He concluded that skills acquired by PhD graduates do not serve their long-term needs. Currently, PhDs do not prepare people adequately for careers in business or academia. In particular, there is insufficient access to training in interpersonal and communication skills, management and commercial awareness.

20 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. A. Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities B. Personal Effectiveness C. Research Governance and Organisation D. Engagement, Influence and Impact 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:

21 The Researcher Development Programme is open to all postgraduate research students whether full-time or part-time (including Masters, MPhil or PhD) and for postdoctoral researchers. The range of workshops running during the 2013/14 academic year will include the following: Researcher Development Assessment workshop (first years) Writing skills workshops (one-to-one tutorials and writing retreats) Writing for journals and getting published Rapid reading Team working Research Methods (including: SPSS, LaTeX, and Nvivo) Statistics Negotiation skills Library skills Leadership Communication and Impact Time / Stress Management Networking Social Enterprise and Innovation

22 Booking workshops Researchers will need to register with the Graduate School’s online booking system before they can book places on our workshops. This can be accessed via: Or through the Graduate School Website: Choose Online Booking System from the left hand menu. You will then be asked to enter your Kent user id and password, which will activate your account and take you to the online booking system.

23 Once Logged In When you have logged in this is the first page that you will see. To view all forthcoming workshops click here

24 The Workshop Screen This screen details all forthcoming workshops in the next 30 days. You can use the Search button to search for workshops by skills area of title, including those taking place beyond 30 days. To book onto a workshop click on the title of the workshop. This will take you to the workshops full details screen.

25 Researcher Development Assessment Workshop Compulsory for all PhD students Half-day workshops held throughout the autumn and spring terms (look out for monthly emails advertising workshop dates) Will introduce the Researcher Development Programme and help you to reflect on and assess your current skills Once you have attended a Researcher Development Assessment 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 training Must attend an RDA workshop AND complete online assessment as part of the Probation process

26 How to complete my online RDA Login to online booking system Click on ‘My RDA’ or ‘view my RDA’

27 You will be taken through to the following screen. Click on ‘New Assessment’ Once you have completed your RDA you will see this and will be able to view, email or save it.

28 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.Epigeum online courses 2.The Good Viva Guide 3.Viva Guidance 4.The Alternative Guide to Funding 5.Blueberry Training – training podcasts on a variety of business skills

29 Epigeum courses Topics include: Ethics Research Methods Literature Review Intellectual Property Project Management Getting Published Selecting a Conference Presenting and Networking Career Planning Avoiding Plagiarism Entrepreneurial Resources Research Integrity For access details contact:

30 Progression through your research degree Key Contacts for Research Students: Your Main Supervisor Your Supervisory Team Your School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) Your Postgraduate Student Representative Postgraduate Administrator

31 Key Information for Research Students School Postgraduate Student Handbook University Regulations for Research Programmes of Study Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance for Research Programmes of Study in particular:  Annex H (Supervision)  Annex K (Progression and Examination) New Progression Monitoring Stages (introduced for the 2011/12 academic year)

32 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 first-year skills review workshop, completing a skills audit and discussing this with your Supervisor (PhD only).

33 Supervisory Interaction You should have a meeting with your main supervisor at a minimum of once every four weeks The “meeting” may be face to face or it may take the form of an email exchange or telephone conversation You should complete a supervisory record form following the “meeting” and send this to the supervisor for agreement. There is a supervisory record template under Annex H (Supervision) at: The supervisory record template covers:  Progress made since the last “meeting”  Areas discussed at the “meeting”  Work agreed

34 Progression Monitoring Review StagesTiming 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 PhD and 5 years for PT PhD students) Annex K (Progression and Examination) of the Code of Practice provides detailed information about the review stages and links to the review forms:

35 Supervisory Issues Supervisors and students are expected to treat one another with courtesy and discuss any problems at the earliest opportunity thus allowing any issues to be resolved quickly and effectively. This is a rare occurrence but 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 – complaints about poor supervision will not be grounds for making an academic appeal at a later stage.

36 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

37 Additional sources of help and support Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) Careers and Employability Service Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (UELT) Student’s Union Kent Graduate Student Association

38 The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) Advice and guidance on study skills and learning development Typical topics we support:  Extended essays, dissertation and reports  The MPhil and PhD  Effective reading and note-taking  Time management and organisation  The supervisory process  Maths and stats  English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Consult Contact us by email for students based on the Canterbury campus and for students based at Call in and see us 9-5 across the academic year. We are next to Santander on the Canterbury campus and in G0-09 on the Medway campus Ask for a 1:1 appointment Come to our free workshops

39 University of Kent Careers and Employability Service quick queries (drop-in & email) one-to-one careers interviews careers library careers website job vacancy database free careers literature talks & presentations throughout the year help making job applications careers fair in November

40 Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching – UELT Offers a programme of events open to all those who teach within the University: Academic Practice Forum: a chance to find out about, and discuss, things which matter to us in our academic work Professional development seminars Work in Progress seminars Day conferences

41 UELT - Training for teaching.. Getting to Grips with HE Teaching Free One day workshops for new postgraduates who are about to start teaching Autumn term Contact The Associate Teacher Education Programme (ATAP) Free Open to all postgraduates who teach for the University of Kent Nationally recognised Consists of two 15-credit modules: each module runs for 5 weeks on Friday mornings However…… it’s very popular so apply early

42 Contact Details Professor Diane Houston Cornwallis South East rm19 Graduate School Staff Suzie Morris, Graduate School Administration Manager ext: Ros Beeching, Graduate School Coordinator ext: 7838 Carla Doolan, Postgraduate Development Coordinator ext: 4785 Katie Watson, Graduate School Assistant ext: 4089


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