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The Graduate School Business, Engineering & Physical Sciences [BEPS] and Humanities, Life Sciences and Medicine [HLSM] ~6500 students

Dr Caroline Hargreaves GSA Meeting 11/11

Pro Rector Education and Academic Affairs Professor Julia Buckingham Deputy Director Dr David McPhail

Director Professor Andrew George

Head of Postgraduate Development Elaine Walsh

Senior Teaching Fellow Dr Paul Seldon

Manager Professional Development Sally Baker

Senior Teaching Fellow Dr Caroline Hargreaves

Research Assistant Education Sally Hancock

Chair Postgraduate Development Committee Dr Bernadette Byrne

Manager Communications and Quality Assurance Sophie White

Learning Technologies Specialist Bethan Ritchie

Transferable Skills & Events Coordinator George Yeorghaki

Postgraduate Quality Assurance Administrator Transferable Skills Assistant Administrator Kelly Hayes

What We Do: roles and responsibilities Quality assurance and Representation Transferable Skills Training Academic Environment/Interdisciplinarity Student Recruitment

Surveys and Staff – Student Committees The Graduate Schools run surveys for Masters and Doctoral students to help improve the PG community

e.g. Wellbeing Departmental and course student-staff committees • Usually established by Directors of Postgraduate Studies and Postgraduate Tutors for PhDs and by Course Directors for Masters students • Aim to give students a voice and often help organise events • Provide a space for students to put forward issues raised by the student community

Committee Structure Quality Assurance (QA) eestructure Management and Strategy Committee (MC) – oversees all activities of the Graduate School and deals with the development of postgraduate education and student experience • Chair - Graduate School Director • Membership includes - Pro Rector Education & Academic Affairs, Dean of Students and representatives from each of the Faculties, Business School and Humanities • Reports to Strategic Education Committee chaired by Julia Buckingham

3 Postgraduate Quality Committees (PQCs) –oversee the maintenance of standards and assures the QA of PG taught and research programmes • Chair - Graduate School Director / Deputy Director • Membership includes - Pro Rector Education & Academic Affairs, Dean of Students and representatives from each of the Faculties, Business School and Humanities • Report directly to Senate

Committee Structure Postgraduate Professional Development Committee (PPDC) – oversees training and transferable skills programmes for postgraduate research students • Chair – Bernadette Byrne • Membership – includes DPSs and people with an active interest in education and training • Reports to Management and Strategy Committee

Graduate School CDT Governance Committee • • • •

Chair - Graduate School Director Membership – includes representatives from each CDT (Centre Doctoral Training) Reports to Strategic Education Committee and relevant Research Councils and funding bodies

Joint Research Degree Programme Committee • Chair - Graduate School Director / Deputy Director • Membership includes Pro Rector Education and academic leads of the degree • programmes • Reports to Strategic Education Committee

Roles and Responsibilities

Transferable Skills Training

The Transferable Skills Programme

National and IC requirement for a range of skills Part of the overall support package to ensure doctoral students succeed. A very wide selection of activities designed to take account of differing needs and interests. Available to you throughout your PhD / MSc

PhD / Masters Reps: how to help

Student contact Skills and support network Student feedback

Student Contact Contact for postgraduate students in every department/division/section/centre Make yourself known at induction events Introduce yourself to new students who miss those initial events (e.g. via e-mail from Postgraduate Administrator or Course Administrator).

Skills Networks 1. Introduce students to the Graduate School transferable skills programme 2. Gain feedback from students and so support the faculty reps and PPDC in enhancing the programme 3. Act as a link for skills information into your department/division/faculties, signpost

Student Feedback Feedback to first years • • • •

variety of courses available – to suit all course descriptions on web pages gather overview from previous students pass on information on courses most enjoyed

Feedback varies • •

pass on comments to Graduate School positive / negative - we do take action

Signposting Sources of Support Departmental • Postgraduate / Course Administrator • Postgraduate Tutor • Director of Postgraduate Studies / Course Director /contacts

Non-departmental •College tutors •Counselling service •College chaplins •Imperial college health centre •English language support

•International Office •Student advice •Disability advice •Occupational health •e.t.c…..

Roles and Responsibilities

Academic Environment/Interdisciplinarity

Academic Environment / Interdisciplinarity Welcome session for all new students Guest Lectures Summer Research Symposium - posters, prizes and guest speaker Annual event for Postgraduate students Interdisciplinary workshops Your recommendations welcome

Benefits of a Graduate School Brings you and your studies into key position in the university (top management) Mentors, supervisor training Monitoring of progression Better projects; better supervision; better progress Transferable skills to enhance employability Enhances interdisciplinarity Benefits both you and the university

The Graduate School

Thank you!

Times Higher Awards Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers

Graduate School Training Presentation  
Graduate School Training Presentation  

An introduction to the Graduate School at Imperial College London, by Caroline Hargreaves, Senior Teaching Fellow.