Doctoral provision project

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Building a stronger doctoral community

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It’s been a while since I blogged and there’s plenty to report. Since my last post lots of work has been going on behind the scenes on how to grow the support for our doctoral community.  It has been agreed that the University will establish a cross-institutional Doctoral College under senior academic leadership.

As Professor Knight mentioned in his post  in December  a new role of Pro-Vice Chancellor Doctoral and International has been established to steer the development and growth of the Doctoral College, as well as leading on international development and enhancing our reputation for quality doctoral provision.  The recruitment process for this position is now underway

And the work continues…

Doctoral Provision Project workshops

A big thank you to all those who took part in the staff workshops in January. The four workshops were held at The Edge and covered Improving Doctoral Community and Experience, Doctoral Recruitment and Admissions, Supporting Doctoral Training Entities and the Administration of Doctoral Students and Degrees.

Over twenty members of staff attended each workshop with staff from each of the Graduate Schools, School of Management and other areas with responsibilities for doctoral students and programmes, involving more than fifty people in total. There were high levels of engagement during the mix of whole group and small group discussions with lots of energy in the room. I received lots of positive comments from participants about how much they had enjoyed the opportunity to talk to and share ideas with people from outside their immediate area.

Special thanks too for the active involvement of the Graduate School Managers in planning and facilitating these sessions. We look forward to reviewing all of the ideas formulated by the groups and working more with staff to realise the Doctoral College. I will be reporting back to you in my next post on workshop input and outcomes.

As the project ramps up look out for more posts and further internal communications coming through. And, as ever, please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or questions about the project or the change process either using my direct email address or at We will gather these all together and respond making them available to everyone



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