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The Doctoral College was launched in December 2016 with a mission to play a pivotal role in building a cohesive and coherent community of doctoral and early career researchers, whilst also raising the profile of the University’s researcher support. 

The Doctoral College team have been listening to our PGR and ECRs and working closely with colleagues across the University, we are taking positive steps forward to build a vibrant research community that nurtures, supports and values you.

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More career development

Two career coaches joined the University in January, dedicated to supporting postgraduate and early career researchers. New workshops and sessions have been launched, find out more on our Careers and Employability page

Improve research environment

Doctoral College launched December last year, with one of their objectives being to improve research culture. Within the last 6 months they have introduced many new initiatives to improve the environment; such as the Building Research Communities competition, Emeritus Professor drop-ins and the Doctoral College conference. See below for further details.

Improve central induction

The Doctoral College has enhanced the induction programme to be more engaging, informative and more informal. Receiving great feedback, new PGRs feel these inductions are now more tailored to their individual needs.

Improve quality of PGR programmes and collaborations across faculties

With the introduction of the Doctoral college, came the new Associate Dean, Doctoral College roles in each faculty. They are a close-team who are dedicated to the management of postgraduate research processes, to ensure the quality of all our postgraduate research programmes. 

Improve support for PGRs through degree lifecycle

Following initial proposals, there has been a comprehensive consultation period, and following PGR feedback a second round of consultation is commencing shortly to ensure the working group listens to PGR feedback and views to shape the future policies. Full details on this second consultation period is being sent to all PGRs on the 22 May. See below for further details.

Improve research culture Initiatives

PGR Degree lifecycle

The Doctoral College recently issued a consultation on proposed changes to management of the PGR lifecycle, to improve the support PGRs receive. We were pleased with the high level of engagement with the consultation and grateful to PGRs who gave the proposals their careful consideration.

The feedback has now been reviewed and two meetings of the Working Group have taken place to discuss the outcomes. Though a second round of consultation will follow- giving you a further opportunity to shape the proposals – there were two areas that received the highest level of response: 2nd Year Review and changes to continuing status. These proposals have been significantly based on your feedback and we will be asking for your views on the revised proposals in the coming weeks, following a communication being sent, with further details and update on the 22 May.

We would like to reassure you that no decisions have been taken on these proposals. The Working Group is listening carefully to your views and using your feedback to shape future policies.

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