Your feedback matters
Thanks to your feedback we have been able to improve the student experience for postgraduates.
Postgraduate Experience Enhancement Fund
You said that community improvements should be owned by the students, so the Graduate School have introduced a Postgraduate Experience Enhancement Fund. This scheme will fund you to make improvements to your postgraduate experience and community. The fund is designed to have a quick turn around so you can make improvements within four weeks of applying.
Professional Development for Researchers
Your feedback displayed a desire for increased skills development opportunities. In response to this, we have implemented a professional development framework, which assists you to become a more effective researcher, allowing you to access the full suite of development opportunities available to you, regardless of your discipline.
All PGR students who have enrolled since 2015/16 are expected to complete 10 days of professional development per year (pro rata for part time students). Details can be found here.
Both campus and distance learning students indicated there was a lack of online community support for postgraduates.
PG Mentoring has been created to give you the opportunity to get pastoral support and advice from trained PG Mentors.
Many postgraduates have expressed increasing concerns about managing their wellbeing during their studies and research. The PG Community Engagement Team, working with current postgraduates and Student Support Services, created Postgrad Realities.
Postgrad Realities is a set of online modules providing you with the tools you’ll need to tackle the twists and turns of your PhD journey, help you manage your wellbeing and work life balance to enable you reach your finish.
A nine-day programme (22nd September to 30th September 2018) of events and activities has been designed to help you settle into university life, make friends, understand what is expected of you as students on a degree programme, understand the breadth of Warwick’s offer (both opportunities and support), learn your way around, adapt to life in a new country and new environment and be prepared for day one of term.
Summer and Winter Induction
We also responded to feedback from students who wanted induction activities outside the October period. We now deliver central welcome receptions and offer a short programme of induction activities in January and May. Working with Central Induction Team and the PG Community Engagement team, we are continuing to expand this offering.
End of term celebrations
Building on the improvements made to postgraduate community, we have been hosting large end of term celebrations. Working with the PG Community Engagement team we hosted Summer Fetes and Christmas celebrations featuring live music, games, food, drink and crafts.
Each event saw hundreds of postgrad students join us for well earned evenings of relaxation and socialising.
We also look forward to the PG Summer Ball this summer!
Improved access to PG study spaces
You said you wanted longer opening hours in the PG Hub. The PG Hub is now open 9am-12am Monday to Sunday. You can now use the PG Hub, including the group study and relaxation rooms until 12am seven days a week. The Research Exchange in the Library is now available 24/7 during term time for use by all Warwick researchers.
Find out more about what the Community Engagement Team have done here.
Below are some more imporvements made in the Library following student feedback:
- 4 Additional study desks in central atrium for group study
- PG3 Accessible Room with height adjustable desk
- 1 additional height adjustable desk in central atrium
- General improvements to power access throughout
- Library has also invested £730,000 in new e-books and electronic resources to support further study and research for the academic year.
The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey will run from 23 April - 15 June 2018
You can find out more about the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) at the Higher Education Academy.