The development of a postgraduate research community: a response to the needs of postgraduate researchers at Birmingham City University

McDonald, Ian and Mayouf, Mohammad and Patel, Karen and Rowe, Sophie Grace and Sultan, Fahad and Forkert, Kirsten and Charles, Rachel-Anne and Ochonogor, Kene (2015) The development of a postgraduate research community: a response to the needs of postgraduate researchers at Birmingham City University. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 19 (3). pp. 96-101. ISSN 1360-3108

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Abstract

At many new universities, research is often seen as a fringe and/or niche activity, which falls well behind learning and teaching in the list of priorities of such institutions. This issue has major effects on the research experience of postgraduate researchers (PGRs), especially when the research community is small and fragmented across campuses. This problem further raises the necessity to create a university-wide research community that seeks to enhance PGRs' overall experience. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate the influence of a PGR network on PhD candidates’ experience at Birmingham City University (BCU), UK. Research was conducted across six faculties at BCU, to gather feedback from PGRs regarding their overall needs and common issues faced. Results were used to develop a framework that reflects research values for PGRs in alignment with the University's core values. This article provides a useful model for enhancing the overall experience of PGRs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: postgraduate research, higher education, research community, engagement, interdisciplinary, employability,
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA25: Education
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Higher Education Pedagogies and Practice
Depositing User: $ Ian McDonald
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 08:47
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 08:47
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3292

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