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1 Graduate Study at Kent Master’s Degree Students 2011 Diane Houston Dean of the Graduate School 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 Doing a Master’s degree with the hope of going on to a PhD Doing a Master’s degree to improve your employment prospects Doing a Master’s degree only out of interest in the subject Are you newly graduated or a number of years from your first degree?

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 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 Things you should have done and need to do ! Enrol....get IT account… register for modules… pay fees! Find out who directs your programme of study Choose modules – if appropriate Find out when and where your lectures and seminars are Find out who the Director of Graduate Studies is for your School Acquaint yourself with your Schools support processes – tutor/student advisor etc Check deadlines and examination dates

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 CommitteesCourse Directors and supervisors Programme Approval Sub-Committee Structure Diagram for Postgraduate Programmes

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

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

12 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 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. Application forms and more details at

13 Global Skills Award Master’s degree students from all disciplines are invited to apply for a place on the Global Skills Award which can be taken alongside their Master’s degree programme. All postgraduates accepted onto the programme will complete an on-line career development and skills assessment. The programme will run from October 31 st 2011 until March Students will attend a lecture series on national and global issues and be able to select from a programme of workshops. The Award programme is designed to enhance global awareness and employability in a competitive job market. All those who successfully complete the programme will receive a Global Skills Award Certificate. The programme is free of charge.

14 What do I need to do to complete the award? Apply using the online booking system at https://bloom.kent.ac.uk closing date is 25 th October 2011.https://bloom.kent.ac.uk Attend the Introduction Evening on 31 st October 2011 in Woolf Lecture Theatre. Complete an Initial Skills assessment via the online system before 30 th November Attend a minimum of 8 lectures from the lecture programme on offer – reflect on and provide feedback on all 8 lectures attended. Attend at least 6 workshops from the workshop programme on offer (2 of the 6 must be a “Managing your career session” and an “Effective Team Working” session) – reflect on and provide feedback on a 6 workshops attended. Complete a Final Skills Assessment via the online system before 18 th May 2012.

15 Previous students have said… Thank you for the GSA experience which was interesting, thoughtful, enjoyable and gave me a lot of insight and knowledge into areas that I would not have been able to partake in from my postgraduate course. Jay Hinkley School of Computing Doing the GSA awards definitely contributed significantly to my postgraduate experience in Kent. I got a chance to meet people from other disciplines and backgrounds I wouldn't have met otherwise. The GSA was an effortless way to go that extra mile, and made me really appreciate other schools of thought. I can honestly say that the GSA broadened my academic and personal horizon and I'm very glad to have had the chance to take part. Manuel J Hohnekamp-Brüggemann School of Biosciences

16 Additional sources of help and support Student Learning Advisory Service Careers Centre Student’s Union Graduate Student Association

17 The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) Advice and guidance on study skills and learning development Typical topics:  Extended essays, dissertation and reports  The MPhil and PhD  Effective reading and note-taking  Time management and organisation  The supervisory process  Maths and stats Consult Drop In … Attend free workshops

18 University of Kent Careers Advisory Service quick queries (drop-in & ) 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

19 Contact Details Professor Diane Houston Cornwallis South East rm19 Graduate School Staff Suzie Morris, Graduate School Administration Manager ext: 3182 Ros Beeching, Graduate School Coordinator ext: 7838 Rhiannon Binns, Transferable Skills Training Coordinator ext: 4785

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