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Postgraduate Student Experience
Working Group
Dr Rob Daley
r.a.daley@hw.ac.uk
@RD531
3 Sub-Groups
1. PDP and Career Planning
2. PGT Identity and Expectations
3. End of PGR Lifecycle
Each of these Sub-Groups has its work plan and
project elements.
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
PDP & Career Planning
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Exploring scale of activity and Institutional approaches to:
• PDP and career planning for PGRs,
• Consideration of tools used or promoted
• Do the PGR community value these?
Initial pilot survey run
Second survey now open
http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PDPCareerPlanning/
PDP & Career Planning
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Initial findings:
• Processes for supporting PDP vary from informal skills training
and career development to very formal approaches PDP with
reflective practice.
• Several HEIs using the Vitae RDF, others have developed own
frameworks.
• PGR engagement measured through use of online tools,
records, career consultations and annual PDP reports.
This work is ongoing!
PDP & Career Planning
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
PGT Identity & Expectations
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Are HEI processes sufficiently aligned with PGT needs?
Initial focus on:
• Programme level support & community building
• Transitions in and out of PGT study (including alumni
involvement)
Initial survey of PGT programme directors at 3 HEIs 79
responses
Infographic of Results
https://magic.piktochart.com/output/9167436-pgt-programme-directors
PGT Identity & Expectations04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Full survey: 380 responses; 60 HEIs (23% post 92, 76%
pre 92) data analysis ongoing
Key Themes
• Trends and common challenges within PGT
• Institutional factors and pinch points
• PGT sense of belonging
• Student representation
• Engaging alumni
PGT Identity & Expectations
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Expected outputs and activities:
• Seminar on “Supporting the journey to
independent learning in PGT”
– Lichfield, 16th February 2017 12:30 - 16:00
• Report on the survey findings
• Possible academic papers from the survey
work
PGT Identity & Expectations
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
End of PGR Lifecycle
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Thesis Submission
Preparation for Viva
Viva
Post Viva:
Edits/revision/more
research
Conferring
Career
End of PGR Lifecycle
Viva Support
Viva & post-Viva
experiences
DTCs &
Student Status
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Aims:
1. Identify CDTs (and similar) across the UK
2. Compare student experience within CDTs with
experience of non-CDT students.
Outcomes:
1. List of CDTs identified fed into report from
sustainability and structures working group
http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/article/report-released-structural-changes-in-
doctoral-education-in-the-278.aspx
2. Overall complexity and lack of available data meant
that the comparison was not realised.
UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
DTCs and Student Status
04/07/2016
Viva Support
1. Literature search Complete
2. Case study on support available through Social Media (podcasts,
blogs, videos, hashtags etc.) data collected
3. e-survey on preparation for viva (doctoral graduates and late-stage
PGRS) 42 responses
4. e-survey on how supervisors support their students (with supervisors)
74 responses
Survey data being analysed
Expected Outputs:
Survey report, pen portraits of supervisors, e-booklet on viva support
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Viva & Post-Viva Experiences
Carried out a study of a discreet sample of HEIs to identify the level
of information provided to candidates.
Recommendation the all HEIs provide clear information on a
number of elements.
Output: An example document of what could be provided which
HEIs can edit to suit the institution. (presently in draft)
Piloted at UCD
http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/currentgradstudents/researchphdsup
port/assessmentexamination/
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Rob Daley (HWU-Chair)
Tina Barnes (Warwick)
Ken Wann (Cardiff)
Stuart Norton(HEA)
Julie Blant (Nottingham)
Emer Cunningham (UCD)
Gale Macleod (Edinburgh)
Katy Vigurs (Staffordshire)
Sharon Huttly (Lancaster)
Jim Gazzard (Cambridge)
The Working Group
Acknowledgements
Thanks to Carolyn Wynn, Kate Payne, Angus Burns and Ben Massey for their support.
Thanks also to previous members for their contributions to work by the group. The
working group is grateful to the Higher Education Academy for its sponsorship.
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Thank You!
04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
Please visit us at
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Postgraduate Student Experience Working Group Surveys PDP, Identity and Lifecycle

  • 1. Postgraduate Student Experience Working Group Dr Rob Daley r.a.daley@hw.ac.uk @RD531
  • 2. 3 Sub-Groups 1. PDP and Career Planning 2. PGT Identity and Expectations 3. End of PGR Lifecycle Each of these Sub-Groups has its work plan and project elements. 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 3. PDP & Career Planning 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 4. Exploring scale of activity and Institutional approaches to: • PDP and career planning for PGRs, • Consideration of tools used or promoted • Do the PGR community value these? Initial pilot survey run Second survey now open http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PDPCareerPlanning/ PDP & Career Planning 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 5. Initial findings: • Processes for supporting PDP vary from informal skills training and career development to very formal approaches PDP with reflective practice. • Several HEIs using the Vitae RDF, others have developed own frameworks. • PGR engagement measured through use of online tools, records, career consultations and annual PDP reports. This work is ongoing! PDP & Career Planning 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 6. PGT Identity & Expectations 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 7. Are HEI processes sufficiently aligned with PGT needs? Initial focus on: • Programme level support & community building • Transitions in and out of PGT study (including alumni involvement) Initial survey of PGT programme directors at 3 HEIs 79 responses Infographic of Results https://magic.piktochart.com/output/9167436-pgt-programme-directors PGT Identity & Expectations04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 8. Full survey: 380 responses; 60 HEIs (23% post 92, 76% pre 92) data analysis ongoing Key Themes • Trends and common challenges within PGT • Institutional factors and pinch points • PGT sense of belonging • Student representation • Engaging alumni PGT Identity & Expectations 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 9. Expected outputs and activities: • Seminar on “Supporting the journey to independent learning in PGT” – Lichfield, 16th February 2017 12:30 - 16:00 • Report on the survey findings • Possible academic papers from the survey work PGT Identity & Expectations 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 10. End of PGR Lifecycle 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 11. Thesis Submission Preparation for Viva Viva Post Viva: Edits/revision/more research Conferring Career End of PGR Lifecycle Viva Support Viva & post-Viva experiences DTCs & Student Status 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 12. Aims: 1. Identify CDTs (and similar) across the UK 2. Compare student experience within CDTs with experience of non-CDT students. Outcomes: 1. List of CDTs identified fed into report from sustainability and structures working group http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/article/report-released-structural-changes-in- doctoral-education-in-the-278.aspx 2. Overall complexity and lack of available data meant that the comparison was not realised. UKCGE Annual Conference 2016 DTCs and Student Status 04/07/2016
  • 13. Viva Support 1. Literature search Complete 2. Case study on support available through Social Media (podcasts, blogs, videos, hashtags etc.) data collected 3. e-survey on preparation for viva (doctoral graduates and late-stage PGRS) 42 responses 4. e-survey on how supervisors support their students (with supervisors) 74 responses Survey data being analysed Expected Outputs: Survey report, pen portraits of supervisors, e-booklet on viva support 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 14. Viva & Post-Viva Experiences Carried out a study of a discreet sample of HEIs to identify the level of information provided to candidates. Recommendation the all HEIs provide clear information on a number of elements. Output: An example document of what could be provided which HEIs can edit to suit the institution. (presently in draft) Piloted at UCD http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/currentgradstudents/researchphdsup port/assessmentexamination/ 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 15. Rob Daley (HWU-Chair) Tina Barnes (Warwick) Ken Wann (Cardiff) Stuart Norton(HEA) Julie Blant (Nottingham) Emer Cunningham (UCD) Gale Macleod (Edinburgh) Katy Vigurs (Staffordshire) Sharon Huttly (Lancaster) Jim Gazzard (Cambridge) The Working Group Acknowledgements Thanks to Carolyn Wynn, Kate Payne, Angus Burns and Ben Massey for their support. Thanks also to previous members for their contributions to work by the group. The working group is grateful to the Higher Education Academy for its sponsorship. 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016
  • 16. Thank You! 04/07/2016 UKCGE Annual Conference 2016 Please visit us at the Posters!