Establishing a postgraduate research community: a response to postgraduate research consultation

Mayouf, Mohammad and Charles, Rachel-Ann and Ochonogor, Kene and Rowe, Sophie Grace and Sultan, Fahad and McDonald, Ian and Forkert, Kirsten and Patel, Karen (2014) Establishing a postgraduate research community: a response to postgraduate research consultation. In: Higher Education Institutional Research Network Conference, 8-9 September, Oxford Brookes University.

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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 has major effects on the research experience of postgraduate research (PGR) students, especially when the research community is small and fragmented across campuses. This raises the necessity to create a university-wide research community that aims to enhance PGR students’ experience throughout their studies. This paper aims to investigate the influence of a PGR network (PGRNet) on PGR students’ research experience across various faculties at one post 1992 university in the UK. Questionnaires and workshops were conducted across six faculties at Birmingham City University, to gather feedback from PGR students regarding their overall needs. Results were used to develop a framework that reflects research values for PGR students in alignment with the University’s core values. It will also highlight common issues faced by PGR students across the faculties involved in this study. Findings of this paper may not necessarily apply to other universities, as all institutions are different, but a number of the principles are transferrable. This paper provides a good model to enhance the overall experience of PGR students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Dept. of Built Environment
Depositing User: Ian Mcdonald
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 08:44
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 15:52

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