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  • Welcome to Kent!Postgraduate Research at Kent24th September 2015

    Suzie MorrisGraduate School Administration ManagerKent Graduate SchoolThe Graduate School

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  • Students on Research Programmes MPhil/PhD Enrol....get IT account pay fees!See your supervisor ..ways of working..teamsCheck if there are any taught courses you need to attendCheck your access to office space/IT supportFind out when the School holds research seminars and make sure you attendFind out who is the Director of Graduate Studies for your SchoolHave a look at the Researcher Development website and enrol for a Researcher Development workshop.

  • The Graduate SchoolMission: to lead and champion the strategic development of provision for graduate education and research at the University of Kent.

  • SenateVice-ChancellorGraduate School BoardDean of the Graduate SchoolFaculty BoardsDeansFaculty Graduate Studies CommitteeAssociate Deans (Graduate Studies)School Graduate Studies CommitteeSchool Directors of Graduate StudiesStaff/Student Liaison CommitteesCourse Directors and supervisorsProgramme Approval Sub-CommitteeStructure Diagram for Postgraduate Programmes

  • Student InvolvementGet involvedmake your voice heard.. Postgraduate Student Representatives School, Faculty, University

    Staff Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs)

    Postgraduate Student Surveys e.g. PRES

    Kent Graduate Student Association

    The Graduate School www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool

  • The GradPostThe GradPost Editorial TeamA newsletter created by Postgraduates for the Postgraduate community.Contact: gradpost@kent.ac.uk Information on Gradpost opportunities that will look great on your CV and enhance your postgraduate experience at Kent can be found on our website: www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/news/gradpost/html

  • Postgraduate Experience Awards Do you have a great idea for a Postgraduate event at Kent?Apply for funding through the postgraduate experience awards and your idea could become a reality.Applications for up to 1,500 are invited for the Graduate School postgraduate experience awards 2015-16.Applications will be considered for funding to run events or projects with an interdisciplinary and/or external focus which will enhance the postgraduate experience at Kent.Examples of projects funded in 2014Take the Floor! - an innovative workshop on improving presentation skills led by PhD students from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.Home|Less an interdisciplinary conference organised by four PhD students on the meaning and implications of the concept of home

    Deadline for applications is 27th November 2015Application forms and more details at www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/

  • Postgraduate Research Festival

    Annual Postgraduate Research Festival takes place in May Open to all postgraduate students Students can present their work to a wider academic audience Opportunity to network with academic staff and peers

    The Graduate School is running Producing an Effective Research Poster workshops (16th February, 2nd March and 21st March 2016). For more information please contact skills@kent.ac.uk

  • Postgraduate Research HandbookEverything you need to know about being a postgraduate researcher at Kent including information on:Student ServicesLocal community informationRegulatory information

  • The Researcher Development Programme

  • The Researcher Development Framework Knowledge and intellectual abilities, Personal effectiveness Research governance and organisation Engagement, Influence and Impact

    Following Sir Gareth Roberts review of higher education, the UK research councils (RCUK) issued a joint skills statement to all universities, identifying seven areas in which UK postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers should develop further skills while pursuing their research. Following wide consultation this statement has recently been updated and has evolved to become the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).All of our training falls under the four headings of the RDF:

  • Researcher Development Programme at Medway

  • The Researcher Development Programme is open to all postgraduate research students.

    In addition to the workshops running in Medway you can also attend workshops taking place in Canterbury, which you can travel to using the free campus shuttle bus. Workshops taking place in Canterbury will include:

    Writing skills workshops (one-to-one tutorials and writing retreats) Writing for journals and getting published Rapid reading Research Methods (including: SPSS, LaTeX, MATLAB and Qualitative methods) Nvivo Negotiation skills Library skills Leadership Time / Stress Management Research Ethics

  • Once Logged InWhen you have logged in this is the first page that you will see.

    To view all forthcoming workshops click here

  • Kickstart your PhD: Guidance, Skills and the Researcher Development Assessment WorkshopCompulsory for all PhD studentsMedway workshop Weds 28th October (12:30 15:30pm)Workshop coverage: key resources for the PhD journey, responsibilities of a PG researcher and the supervisory relationship and researcher development opportunities.The workshop also helps you to reflect on and assess your current skills and introduces the Researcher Development Assessment (RDA)Once you have attended this workshop you will be prompted by the system to complete your RDA online.Work with your supervisor to complete the RDA and use this as a basis for planning your developmentFirst-year PhD students must attend this workshop AND complete an online assessment as part of the probation review

  • How to complete my online RDALogin to online booking systemClick on My RDA or view my RDA

  • You will be taken through to the following screen.

    Click on New AssessmentOnce you have completed your RDA you will see this and will be able to view, email or save it.

  • Online training The key advantage in using our online training is that you can access high quality training where ever you are and where you need it. Thousands of individuals regularly miss training because they cannot attend workshops either because they are part-time, distance-based, or because workshops do not deliver training when it is really needed. Using our online workshops, you can access training 24 hours a day/365 days a year wherever you are - at home, at your desk, in the halls of residence, at the library or in the laboratory. Epigeum online coursesThe Good Viva GuideViva Guidance The Alternative Guide to FundingBlueberry Training training podcasts on a variety of business skills


  • Epigeum coursesTopics include:Ethics Research MethodsLiterature ReviewIntellectual PropertyProject ManagementGetting Published Selecting a Conference Presenting and NetworkingCareer Planning Avoiding PlagiarismEntrepreneurial ResourcesResearch Integrity

    For access details contact: skills@kent.ac.uk

  • 2014-15:Over 5,100 students130 business and organisations567 rewardsE: employabilitypoints@kent.ac.ukT: @EmPointsW: www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypointsThe Employability Points SchemeGet Involved! Get Rewarded!1. Take part in extra-curricular activities2. Claim Employability Points3. Get rewarded!Activities can include: volunteering, attending workshops, joining societies, working part-time, etc.Rewards range from internships, project placements, work experience, training sessions, assessment centres and vouchers!Gain both real life skills and work experience through the EP Scheme to stand out to prospective employers.

  • Progression through your research degreeKey Contacts for Research Students:Your Main SupervisorYour Supervisory TeamYour School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes)Your Postgraduate Student RepresentativePostgraduate Administrator

  • Key Information for Research StudentsSchool Postgraduate Student HandbookUniversity Regulations for Research Programmes of Study www.kent.ac.uk/uelt/quality/regulations/research/phdres.htmlCode of Practice for the Quality Assurance for Research Programmes of Study in particular:Annex H (Supervision)www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/qa/codes/research/annexh.html Annex K (Progression and Examination)www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/qa/codes/research/annexknew.htm

  • Initial Meeting with your Main SupervisorEnsure that you have a meeting set up with your Main Supervisor within the first two weeks of registration to discuss:How your supervisory team-student relationship will work (e.g. preferred means of contact, feedback mechanisms and turnaround times)Your meeting scheduleYour work planAny initial concernsSkills training requirementsWhat you will be required to prepare for your induction review (six weeks after registration)How progression monitoring will be handled within your academic school (i.e. any school specific requirements)Facilities/resources

  • Research Students ResponsibilitiesAnnex H (Supervision) of the Code of Practice outlines the responsibilities of research students (see Section 5).Responsibilities include:Ensuring that you are familiar with University Regulations.Preparing adequately for supervisory and progress review meetings.Agreeing a clear programme of work with your supervisor.Making records of supervisory meetings.Contributing to the research environment of your academic school and the wider University community.Seeking advice from your supervisors in an active manner and taking the initiative in raising problems or difficulties.Attending a Researcher Development Workshop, completing a Researcher Development Assessment and


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