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Title: Graduate Study at Kent 2013 Insert name ( Name of Faculty) Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate Study at Kent2013Insert name( Name of
Faculty) Director of Graduate Studies
The Graduate School
Who are you?
  • A Kent graduate
  • A student who is new to Kent but who previously
    studied in the UK
  • A student who is new to the UK
  • A home student
  • A European student
  • An international student
  • Are you newly graduated or a number of years from
    your first degree?
  • Why did you decide to do a PhD?

Postgraduate Education
  • Over 500,000 PG students in the UK
  • Only 10 of PG students are Doctoral students
    (doing research for a PhD)
  • Majority of students are on taught courses
    leading to Masters Degree, or post graduate
    diploma or certificate
  • Education (18) and business (22) account for a
    significant enrolment in taught courses
  • Non UK students account for 50 of masters
    students and 44 of doctoral students

Postgraduate Community at Kent
  • Four locations
  • Three Faculties
  • A huge range of subjects
  • Over 2000 postgraduates
  • Green campus, fantastic views, beautiful city,
    great community
  • Excellent teaching, training, support and
  • Individual focus
  • Graduate School

What you should have done and need to do !
  • Enrol...get IT accountpay fees!
  • See your supervisor ...ways of workingteams
  • Check if there are any taught courses you need to
  • Check your access to office space/IT support
  • Find out when the School holds research seminars
    and make sure you attend
  • Find out who is the Director of Graduate Studies
    for your School
  • Look at the Researcher Development Programme
    handbook and enrol for a Researcher Development
    Assessment(RDA) workshop

Things you must also do...
  • Walk down the hill and climb the Westgate towers
  • Walk up the hill and explore Blean Woodland one
    of the largest and most ancient woodlands in the
  • Rent/borrow a bike and cycle to Whitstable on the
    Crab and Winkle Way
  • Buy a railcard and spend 55 minutes getting to
    London some of the worlds best museums and
    galleries are on your doorstep and they are free!
  • Book well in advance and travel to Brussels and
    Paris on the Eurostar

The Graduate School
Mission to lead and champion the strategic
development of provision for graduate education
and research at the University of Kent.
Graduate School Strategy Five Goals
  • To increase numbers of taught and research
    postgraduate students at Kent.
  • To enhance the academic experience and research
    environment for postgraduate students.
  • To develop a strong postgraduate community within
    the University.
  • To support the personal and career development of
    postgraduate students.
  • To introduce a strong system of governance for
    the management of graduate studies.

Structure Diagram for PG Programmes
Senate Vice-Chancellor
Graduate School Board Dean of the Graduate School
Programme Approval Sub-Committee
Faculty Boards Deans
Faculty Graduate Studies Committee Faculty
Directors of Graduate Studies
School Graduate Studies Committee School
Directors of Graduate Studies
Staff/Student Liaison Committees
Supervisor/Supervisory Team
Student Involvement
Get involvedmake your voice heard!
  • Postgraduate Student Representatives
  • Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs)
  • Postgraduate Student Surveys e.g. PRES
  • Kent Graduate Student Association
  • The Graduate School

Postgraduate Research Handbook
  • Updated for 2013-14
  • Everything you need to know about being a
    postgraduate researcher at Kent
  • including information on
  • Student Services
  • Local community information
  • Regulatory information

The GradPost
A newsletter created by Postgraduates for the
Postgraduate community.
The GradPost Editorial Team
Information on Gradpost opportunities that will
look great on your CV and enhance your
postgraduate experience at Kent can be found on
Postgraduate Experience Awards
  • Do you have a great idea for a Postgraduate event
    at Kent?
  • Apply for funding through the postgraduate
    experience awards and your idea could become a
  • Applications for up to 1,500 are invited for the
    Graduate School postgraduate experience awards
  • Applications will be considered for funding to
    run events or projects with an interdisciplinary
    and/or external focus which will enhance the
    postgraduate experience at Kent.
  • Examples of projects funded in 2013
  • Artscapes Urban Art and the Public a
    conference organised by PhD students in
    Sociology, Architecture and History and
    Philosophy of Art
  • Shut Up and Write a project to encourage
    academic writing led by a PhD student in Social
  • High Altitude Experience a project to enable
    students to design and launch their own payloads
  • Deadline for applications is 29th November 2013
  • Application forms and more details at

Postgraduate Research Festival
  • Annual Postgraduate Research Festival takes
    place in June
  • Open to all postgraduate students
  • Students can present their work to a wider
    academic audience
  • Opportunity to network with academic staff and

The Graduate School is running Producing an
Effective Research Poster workshops in March and
May 2014). For more information please contact
The Researcher Development Programme
The Roberts Skills Report (2002)
  • SET for Success
  • In 2001, Sir Gareth Roberts was asked by the
    Government to undertake a review into the supply
    of science and engineering skills in the UK. The
    review was commissioned as part of the
    Government's productivity and innovation
  • He concluded that skills acquired by PhD
    graduates do not serve their long-term needs.
    Currently, PhDs do not prepare people adequately
    for careers in business or academia. In
    particular, there is insufficient access to
    training in interpersonal and communication
    skills, management and commercial awareness.

The Researcher Development Framework
  • Transferable skills are the skills which once
    developed give graduates a clear edge in the
  • job market and make researchers more effective
    and efficient in their work.

Following Sir Gareth Roberts review of higher
education, the UK research councils (RCUK) issued
a joint skills statement to all universities,
identifying seven areas in which UK postgraduate
and postdoctoral researchers should develop
further skills while pursuing their research.
Following wide consultation this statement has
recently been updated and has evolved to become
the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). All
of our training falls under the four headings of
the RDF
  • Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Research Governance and Organisation
  • Engagement, Influence and Impact

The Researcher Development Programme is open to
all postgraduate research students whether
full-time or part-time (including Masters, MPhil
or PhD) and for postdoctoral researchers.
  • The range of workshops running during the 2013/14
    academic year will include the following
  • Researcher Development Assessment workshop
    (first years)
  • Writing skills workshops (one-to-one tutorials
    and writing retreats)
  • Writing for journals and getting published
  • Rapid reading
  • Team working
  • Research Methods (including SPSS, LaTeX, and
  • Statistics
  • Negotiation skills
  • Library skills
  • Leadership
  • Communication and Impact
  • Time / Stress Management
  • Networking
  • Social Enterprise and Innovation

Booking workshops
  • Researchers will need to register with the
    Graduate Schools online booking system before
    they can book places on our workshops.
  • This can be accessed via https//
  • Or through the Graduate School Website

Choose Online Booking System from the left hand
menu. You will then be asked to enter your Kent
user id and password, which will activate your
account and take you to the online booking system.
Once Logged In
When you have logged in this is the first page
that you will see. To view all forthcoming
workshops click here
The Workshop Screen
This screen details all forthcoming workshops in
the next 30 days. You can use the Search
button to search for workshops by skills area of
title, including those taking place beyond 30
days. To book onto a workshop click on the
title of the workshop. This will take you to the
workshops full details screen.
Researcher Development Assessment Workshop
  • Compulsory for all PhD students
  • Half-day workshops held throughout the autumn and
    spring terms (look out for monthly emails
    advertising workshop dates)
  • Will introduce the Researcher Development
    Programme and help you to reflect on and assess
    your current skills
  • Once you have attended a Researcher Development
    Assessment Workshop you will be prompted by the
    system to complete your RDA online.
  • Work with your supervisor to complete the
    assessment and use this as the basis of your
    research training
  • Must attend an RDA workshop AND complete online
    assessment as part of the Probation process

  • How to complete my online RDA
  • Login to online booking system
  • Click on My RDA or view my RDA

You will be taken through to the following
screen. Click on New Assessment
Once you have completed your RDA you will see
this and will be able to view, email or save it.
Online training
  • The key advantage in using our online training is
    that you can access high quality training where
    ever you are and where you need it. Thousands of
    individuals regularly miss training because they
    cannot attend workshops either because they are
    part-time, distance-based, or because workshops
    do not deliver training when it is really
  • Using our online workshops, you can access
    training  24 hours a day/365 days a year wherever
    you are - at home, at your desk, in the halls of
    residence, at the library or in the laboratory.
  • Epigeum online courses
  • The Good Viva Guide
  • Viva Guidance
  • The Alternative Guide to Funding
  • Blueberry Training training podcasts on a
    variety of business skills

Epigeum courses
  • Topics include
  • Ethics
  • Research Methods
  • Literature Review
  • Intellectual Property
  • Project Management
  • Getting Published
  • Selecting a Conference
  • Presenting and Networking
  • Career Planning
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Entrepreneurial Resources
  • Research Integrity
  • For access details contact

Progression through your research degree
  • Key Contacts for Research Students
  • Your Main Supervisor
  • Your Supervisory Team
  • Your School Director of Graduate Studies (with
    responsibility for research programmes)
  • Your Postgraduate Student Representative
  • Postgraduate Administrator

Key Information for Research Students
  • School Postgraduate Student Handbook
  • University Regulations for Research Programmes of
  • Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance for
    Research Programmes of Study in particular
  • Annex H (Supervision)
  • Annex K (Progression and Examination)
  • New Progression Monitoring Stages (introduced for
    the 2011/12 academic year)

Research Students Responsibilities
  • Annex H (Supervision) of the Code of Practice
    outlines the responsibilities of research
    students (see Section 5).
  • Responsibilities include
  • Ensuring that you are familiar with University
  • Preparing adequately for supervisory and progress
    review meetings.
  • Agreeing a clear programme of work with your
  • Making records of supervisory meetings.
  • Contributing to the research environment of your
    academic school and the wider University
  • Seeking advice from your supervisors in an active
    manner and taking the initiative in raising
    problems or difficulties.
  • Attending a first-year skills review workshop,
    completing a skills audit and discussing this
    with your Supervisor (PhD only).

Supervisory Interaction
  • You should have a meeting with your main
    supervisor at a minimum of once every four weeks
  • The meeting may be face to face or it may take
    the form of an email exchange or telephone
  • You should complete a supervisory record form
    following the meeting and send this to the
    supervisor for agreement.
  • There is a supervisory record template under
    Annex H (Supervision) at
  • The supervisory record template covers
  • Progress made since the last meeting
  • Areas discussed at the meeting
  • Work agreed

Progression Monitoring
Review Stages Timing
Induction review Within 6 weeks of registration (for both PT and FT research students)
Probation/end of year review At the end of year 1 for FT research students and PT research students
End of year reviews At the end of each year
Mid-year reviews (if necessary) Mid-year reviews may be scheduled in cases where concerns are raised at an end of year review
Submission review 3 months prior to the minimum period of registration (e.g. 3 years for FT PhD and 5 years for PT PhD students)
Annex K (Progression and Examination) of the Code
of Practice provides detailed information about
the review stages and links to the review forms
Supervisory Issues
  • Supervisors and students are expected to treat
    one another with courtesy and discuss any
    problems at the earliest opportunity thus
    allowing any issues to be resolved quickly and
  • This is a rare occurrence but should there be a
    more serious breakdown in the main
    supervisor/student relationship, the matter
    should be brought to the attention of the School
    Director of Graduate Studies who will review the
  • Concerns about supervision should be raised at
    the earliest opportunity complaints about poor
    supervision will not be grounds for making an
    academic appeal at a later stage.

Initial Meeting with your Main Supervisor
  • Ensure that you have a meeting set up with your
    Main Supervisor within the first two weeks of
    registration to discuss
  • How your supervisory team-student relationship
    will work (e.g. preferred means of contact,
    feedback mechanisms and turnaround times)
  • Your meeting schedule
  • Your work plan
  • Any initial concerns
  • Skills training requirements
  • What you will be required to prepare for your
    induction review (six weeks after registration)
  • How progression monitoring will be handled within
    your academic school (i.e. any school specific
  • Facilities/resources

Additional sources of help and support
  • Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS)
  • Careers and Employability Service
  • Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
  • Students Union
  • Kent Graduate Student Association

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS)
  • Advice and guidance on study skills and learning
  • Typical topics we support
  • Extended essays, dissertation and reports
  • The MPhil and PhD
  • Effective reading and note-taking
  • Time management and organisation
  • The supervisory process
  • Maths and stats
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Consult
  • Contact us by email for
    students based on the Canterbury campus and for students based at
  • Call in and see us 9-5 across the academic year.
    We are next to Santander on the Canterbury campus
    and in G0-09 on the Medway campus
  • Ask for a 11 appointment
  • Come to our free workshops

  • University of Kent Careers and Employability
  • quick queries (drop-in email)
  • one-to-one careers interviews
  • careers library
  • careers website
  • job vacancy database
  • free careers literature
  • talks presentations throughout the year
  • help making job applications
  • careers fair in November

Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
  • Offers a programme of events open to all those
    who teach within the University
  • Academic Practice Forum a chance to find out
    about, and discuss, things which matter to us in
    our academic work
  • Professional development seminars
  • Work in Progress seminars
  • Day conferences

UELT - Training for teaching..
  • The Associate Teacher Education Programme (ATAP)
  • Free
  • Open to all postgraduates who teach for the
    University of Kent
  • Nationally recognised
  • Consists of two 15-credit modules each module
    runs for 5 weeks on Friday mornings
  • However its very popular so apply early
  • Getting to Grips with HE Teaching
  • Free
  • One day workshops for new postgraduates who are
    about to start teaching
  • Autumn term
  • Contact

Contact Details
  • Professor Diane Houston
  • Cornwallis South East rm19
  • Graduate School Staff
  • Suzie Morris, Graduate School Administration
    Manager ext 3182
  • Ros Beeching, Graduate School Coordinator ext 7838
  • Carla Doolan, Postgraduate Development
    Coordinator ext 4785
  • Katie Watson, Graduate School Assistantgraduatesc ext 4089

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