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Soo Vinnicombe and Jackie Toyne, University of Sheffield - Developing your approach to postgraduate study and employment


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Soo Vinnicombe and Jackie Toyne, University of Sheffield - Developing your approach to postgraduate study and employment

Soo Vinnicombe and Jackie Toyne, University of Sheffield - Developing your approach to postgraduate study and employment

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  • A consortium of 6 universities (10% PGT nationally – excluding London)Russell GroupAll have an interest in widening participationAll have an interest in PGT post-2015
  • Total HEFCE funding of just under £3mMatched funding from institutions takes it to £5.3mTotal funding to go to students is £4.4m
  • In addition to the research strands of the project, there are three key evaluation strands, which will run concurrently:Each successful HEFCE funding recipient is expected to engage with the national research team (under Dr.Paul Wakeling) appointed to analyse the sector wide PSS portfolio and inform HEFCE’s advice to Government, the sector for postgraduate support and also, further research from 2015-2016. At a consortium level, the final project monitoring report should be supported by a project evaluation. A budget was included int eh project bid, to enable the consortium to recruit an external consultant to perform the evaluation. As such, the Consortium Project Steering Group is in the process of commissioning this work which will involve the evaluation of the delivery of the objectives across all partner universities- including the delivery of the products. We envisage two key phases to this evaluation: Phase One: Commencing at the beginning of projectWill involve the design of a qualitative and quantitative evaluation framework (including indicators) and methodology for the project ;Production of a specification guide of MIS data collection requirements for all partners;The delivery of a training session to consortium steering group members explaining the evaluation framework and methodology, as well as stipulating the data requirements necessary for phase two of the evaluation.  Phase Two: commencing approximately June 2015The consultant Evaluate the project against the framework and methodology proposed in phase one and the evaluation workplan. Produce a final evaluation report to summarise impact and progress made during the project. Institution-led The third strand will involve each participant university of the consortium designing and implementing its own evaluation strategy to determine progress towards their objectives and targets, and also to review the working practices and processes through which PGT is being delivered. It is expected that at time these evaluations may overlap with the Consortium evaluation, therefore there will be an organic approach to enable the two co-exist without duplication of efforts. The institution-led evaluations are seen as being critical for each institution to inform their strategic aims and the evaluation of their project products should positively impact upon PG admissions post 2015. It is expected that these “local” evaluations shall be disseminated across the consortium.
  • The institutions involved are committed to sharing their findings and ideas with the sector. We are required to do this in the first instance through the HEFCE steering group and other successful bidding organisations. Wider dissemination will be through open availability of best practice guides, presentation of results at appropriate conferences, and publication of results.
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    • 1. Developing your approach to postgraduate study and employment 25 February 2014 Soo Vinnicombe, Programme Manager Jackie Toyne, Consortium Project Manager
    • 2. The Bid Widening Access to Postgraduate Study and the Professions • Focus on widening participation at PGT • Access to the professions (including academia) • A range of targeted innovations • Data strand looking at perceptions of PGT • A project of scale and ambition • Academic Advisers – Dr Paul Wakeling and Dr Tim Vorley
    • 3. The details… • Finance • Scholarships • Career development loans • Matched funding • Academic • Academic innovation • Employer engagement • Information, Advice & Guidance • Understanding the Student
    • 4. In an ideal world…..
    • 5. Evaluation Three strands to the evaluation: • HEFCE PSS Portfolio • Consortium Project • Institution- led
    • 6. Benefits of the Project • Evaluated models of promoting PGT through new financial and academic models • Evaluation of IAG interventions targeted at WP at PGT level • Evidenced understanding of characteristics, aspirations and barriers for PGT students and those who do not progress to PGT • All of the above will inform government & institution policies
    • 7. To Discover And Understand.