Presentation on theme: "Postgraduate Academics: How It Works"— Presentation transcript:
1 Postgraduate Academics: How It Works Sarah Pickard, Head of Graduate StudentsBoard of Graduate Studies
2 Introductions Congratulations! Cambridge: strange, complex, collegiate, special, almost uniqueWhat is everyone doing?MPhils, PhDsArts, SciencesGone through admissions process, will have been in contact with the Board. Hope the process wasn’t too grueling – did best to help, apologies if sometimes delays in getting through to us
3 The experience No such thing as ‘the Cambridge experience’ Should make it your own, and everyone experiences Cambridge in a different wayIf scientist, may spend lots of time in lab and with lab friendsMay join societies and try new hobbies, or may notDo get the most out of it, but that will mean different things for each of you
4 SocialisingWork is v. demanding, but having a break is also important!Large numbers of international students, as well as all the UK students, so very culturally diverse environment – take advantage of itAvoiding socialising only with those from same countryDon’t feel any pressure to confirm to certain social habits such as ‘drinking’Remember to have fun as well as work!
5 Where to find information Every department is different – key is to familiarise yourself with departmental proceduresGo to inductions, health and safety, fire training etcGet hold of departmental literature, handbooks,Code of Practice:Statutes and Ordinances:Find out who the Director of Graduate Education isMeet your College Graduate Tutor – very important person! Can help, for example, if you need to apply for exam allowancesFamiliarise yourself with the Board of Graduate Studies web site: and in particular with the information on the Board’s web site for new graduate students
6 Role of the Board http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/ Teams in Board dealing with current students and examinationsThere mostly to deal with the administrative and academic side – processes requests for leave to work away, intermission, submission of thesesCandidates are approved for degrees only at a meeting of the BoardIf you want to apply to continue to another graduate course: MPhil to a PhD Degree you will need to apply to continue your studies:NOT a pastoral body. Job of college tutor.NOT responsible for initial stages of problem resolution if there are difficulties – initially this is pursued within the department, through liaison with college tutor if relevant
7 Your Student Record and the Board CAMSIS:You will need to use CamSIS via your own self-service account (referred to as a Student Centre on CamSIS) in order to manage your life whilst a student at Cambridge.CamSIS and the Board of Graduate Studies web site: are your most important sources of information for managing your graduate study and life at Cambridge.May only have access to certain facilities once registration process is completeCambridge Supervision Reporting system – part of CamSIS – you can read reports written about you from your supervisor
8 Your Student Record and the Board CamSIS: request various types applications:Leave to work awayExemption/allowance of termsIntermission from your studiesChanging your course registrationChanging your Department/FacultyChanging your mode of study from part-time to full-time or vice versaChanging your nameApplying for a person to join you in Cambridge
9 Academic practicesImportant to be aware of academic conventions in UK and Cambridge, which may be different to what used toLook at university’s webpage on plagiarism – what it is, how to avoid it:Also, intellectual property issues may apply if sponsored by someone, or shared IP if group sponsorship, implications for thesis etc. Read about it on web, talk to department:
10 Academic practices (2)Read departmental handbook – know what procedures are in your own department, what is expectedFirst year assessment format etcRelationships with academic staff – v. different to undergrad, strange for everyoneSupervisors will expect you to approach them, don’t wait for them to do it, it’s fine to ask to meet themAgree between you how often you will meet and how you will do things
11 Academic practices (3)Particularly in research courses, find out about the availability of training courses e.g. writing a thesis, teaching undergraduates, finishing a PhDTransferable skills: presentation skills, assertiveness, communication skills etcTake advantage of what’s on offer at the Centre for Personal and Professional DevelopmentMay be compulsory in some departments
12 Finances As stated in Prospectus, can’t work while studying PhDs can do v limited teachingMPhils – no working permittedPerception of University as rich – not case. In any case you all signed financial undertaking forms, serious issue if you cannot meet your financial obligationsUniversity unable to bail out if there are difficulties
13 If there are any problems… Ask for help! You can always the Board. If we cannot help, we can always point you in the right direction:Talk to Supervisor, College Tutor, other students…If you need help with English, approach the Language Centre:If you are struggling emotionally, loneliness, you can approach your College Tutorial staff or you could approach the counselling centre directly – let them decide whether you need help!Raise any problem, whether academic or otherwise, sooner rather than later!
14 Students: immigration and visas Catherine Fage, PBI Officer (Tier 4)Academic Division
18 I can forget about visas… The UK Border Agency has laid down conditions of your visa while in the UK.You must understand and abide by the conditions, which include:Working restrictions;No access to state benefitsPossible registration with the policeProviding your College with copies of passport, visa pages and any ID card (now and every time re-enter UK)Maintaining your contact details (CamSIS or College record)
19 Other UKBA conditions: Notification of any change to a course or education provider;Notification of early completion of a course;Notification of changes to contact details, personal details and/or appearance ;Notification of any changes in your application;Conditions on your partner and children who enter the UK as your dependants;Understanding that any time you spend in the student category will not count towards the time needed to qualify for settlement in the UK
21 PBI OfficeThe Points Based Immigration (PBI) Office, Academic Division, is the office responsible for compliance with immigration legislation and has responsibility for the University’s sponsorship of its overseas students.Whilst the PBI Office cannot give immigration advice, you can contactInternational Office,UK Council for International Student Affairs,
22 PBI OfficeContact this office to request for visa letters, and to advise change your circumstance.Renew your visa in good timewithin last four months of permission to stay .. but don’t wait until last monthIf expires you will have to leave the UKThe office is open Monday to Friday, 0830 – 1700 and can be contacted using:
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