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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com
* 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.
How does your Doctoral Research fit into your future?
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Divya is a Warwick 3 Minute Thesis winner and went onto the Vitae national final!
The Brilliant Club is a UK charity promoting fair access to highly-selective universities by placing PhD students and Post-Docs into state schools. Find out more and apply before time runs out. Any questions contact DoctoralCollege@warwick.ac.uk
The student panel exists to shape, challenge and develop the work of the Office for Students.
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.
Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives on productivity, well-being and the futures of work
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged much contemporary thinking in terms of productivity, well-being and the futures of work. The shift to home working, sectors unable to work, and others that are overwhelmed there is no ‘one size fits all’ response. In this series of webinars experts from across the University of Warwick will be reflecting on the way in which COVID-19 has questioned traditional thinking in relation to and aspect of productivity, well-being and the nature of work. The webinars are intended to spark conversation and debate. They will help to connect those with common interests for further discussion and exploration.
Drop in opportunities for personal tutors and supervisors with Wellbeing Services and Faculty Senior Tutors
We are aware that personal tutors and supervisors are working hard to support our students at this highly unusual time.
It is likely that students will encounter or will report more complex needs and concerns this term, over and beyond the normal stresses of study and the exam period. As personal tutors and supervisors, you may be in touch with students whose pre-existing mental and physical health conditions have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic or whose living and working conditions are far from ideal. You may also have heard from those who have suffered bereavements, are feeling suicidal or who simply cannot cope with their exams or with the demands of their course.
If you want to talk things over with appropriate colleagues. We are here to help. Every Thursday, the Faculty Senior Tutors, based in the Dean of Students’ Office, and Wellbeing Advisors, are able to meet virtually with personal tutors and supervisors to discuss these types of questions and concerns. We can talk through scenarios, discuss how best to support students and provide further information on support services available. To book a 15 min appointment, please email Patricia Burke, PA to the Dean of Students’ Office (DofSResourcePA@warwick.ac.uk). You will then be sent a link to the meeting in Microsoft Teams. Please do contact us—we are here to help.
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.