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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.
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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.
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.
A huge congratulations to Humeyra @Warwick_Edu who successfully defended her PhD Thesis via a virtual viva (passing with minor corrections).
Humeyra who's Thesis was a comparative study examining formation of value of respect among students in Turkey/England, a significant contribution to Islamic Ed Studies, said about her virtual viva - "I desired to do my viva face to face but because of the new circumstances I couldn’t. However, I can say that virtual one was almost same. Everything went really good. I didn’t feel we are in different places and using our laptops. I also want to thank you for your organisation and it was useful to test the connection in the morning before the viva. It made me more comfortable as well."
Dr Abdullah Sahin from Warwick's Department from Educations Studies commented - "Both the student and I, the supervisor of the project, initially had some fears that the impersonal nature of a virtual viva could disadvantage the candidate. However, the whole experience turned out to be almost no different from holding a usual face to face viva. The student, chair and examiners all share the same feelings. But it is important to trial the equipment at least a day before so that all is ready to go."
The Doctoral College is offering two Postgraduate Researchers a maximum of £500 each to attend this event!
The University of Glasgow proposes to host the Guild PGR Summer School in 2020. The overarching theme for the week would be research communication, which encompasses many important topics relevant not only to the PhD experience, but also to future career plans.
• Communicating research to diverse audiences/non-academic audiences
• Communication within a multidisciplinary team
• Communicating with external stakeholders
• Communicating with the media
This theme will provide opportunity for discussion, reflection, and practical skills development. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on research communication in their own PhDs, and to develop/enhance their skills in this area via group work, workshops, and a variety of experiential activities. Putting the knowledge and skills gained throughout the week into practice, participants will work together to eventually produce an online publication on research communication, which would be available to all PhD students.
They will draw on the expertise of staff and students from the University’s Glasgow Research Beacons, cross-disciplinary areas of research excellence, who will develop and deliver content based on their extensive experience in both working within cross-disciplinary teams and working with other institutions, funders, practitioners, policymakers and charities. Other staff from across the University with appropriate expertise will develop resources and deliver sessions on topics such as managing a social media profile and presentation techniques.