News on funding, conferences, social events, and opportunities for Warwick postgraduate students
Ethnic Minority Postgrad Network
A new Ethnic Minority Postgrad Network has been set up this week by two of your PGR Colleagues. You can either contact them directly by email, or check in on the Researcher Development Online – channel- a message from them is here:
We're a couple of PhD students planning to set up a network for ethnic minority PhD students at Warwick. We have a few ideas about how to do this, but want to add to them by talking to other people from the community and drawing on a wider variety of experiences. If you're interested in being involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and we'll arrange a chat in the near future.
All the best,
Solly & Hanson
PGR Plenum - the PGR voice...
We intend to build a new PGR Plenum*, run, organised and led by yourselves. Within this structure we would like to see a better representation of the PGR voice; supporting all of you with a voice into committees; for example in my last University we managed to raise and help address Graduate Teaching issues, supervision numbers and funding for Research Development; but obviously it would be representing your PGR needs now and moving forward.
I think that it would be useful also to develop interest groups, that then report back to the PGR Plenum, that focus on specific areas such as PhD Parents/ Carers, BAME, LGBTiQAP, Overseas, Disability . These groups would be there to support each other particularly, but also act as advisors to the Doctoral College team.
My image would be that this is a formal elected committee, but as to what positions would be your decision. I will be able to assist with some administration and a tiny pot of funding (for teas and cake)
If you are interested in being part of this please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
* Plenum (meeting), a meeting of a deliberative assembly in which all members are present; or PGR Congress: a large formal meeting of representatives at which ideas are discussed and information is exchanged.
These mini information sessions are for you to find out more about topics important to Researcher life. They give you the opportunity to meet other PGR's (online) and have a break! Book onto the sessions by clicking here and selecting the sessions you want to join. You will then receive the Teams meeting request to allow you to join the session.
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It is important that students influence their work and the decisions they take so they can regulate effectively in their interests.
If you are interested in representing the views of students and making sure that their experiences really shape higher education in England, they'd love for you to apply to be on their student panel.
Warwick Enterprise Summer Programme 2020 - Online
There will be a variety of activities for you to engage with online such as seminars, group meet-ups, 1:1 appointments and interactive presentations. We'll also provide links to external resources we've found, in case you want to explore a topic in more depth.
Celebration of Warwick's International Scholars - 2019/2020
A welcome reception was held earlier this month to recognise the achievement of our international sponsored students in securing highly prestigious and competitive scholarships to study at Warwick starting in 2019. The event was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Ann Lucas OBE and senior Warwick officials. Read more about this occasion here and see further pictures taken through-out here.
Warwick’s Graduate School becomes the Doctoral College
The Graduate School is changing its focus and its name – from now on we will be called the Doctoral College and will focus almost exclusively on Postgraduate Research students (including master’s students on a research degree). We are marking this change with a new website https://warwick.ac.uk/services/dc/
Initially this means a change in name and the launch of a new-look website. Over the course of 2019/20 we will hand over the few Taught Postgraduate activities we are involved in. Over time we will be increasing our activities in support of the research degree student experience in its totality.
Our ultimate aims are that:
· Warwick should be able to recruit and retain the best PGR students in the world;
· Warwick research students consistently say that the University meets (if not exceeds) their expectations;
· the Doctoral College is accessible and available when needed, and proactively intervening when appropriate;
· the University recognises the strategic importance of research students to both education and research.
In tandem with this development, a working group has been formed under the Board of Graduate Studies to review the strategic approach to Taught Postgraduate provision, reporting its conclusions to Senate in summer 2020.