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  • Postgraduate Research at Kent 2014 Professor Diane Houston Dean of the Graduate School Dr Tamar Jeffers McDonald Humanities Faculty Director of Graduate Studies The Graduate School
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  • Getting Started Enrol...get IT accountpay fees! See your supervisor...ways of workingteams Check if there are any taught courses you need to attend Check your access to office space/IT support Find out when the School holds research seminars and make sure you attend Find out who the Director of Graduate Studies for your School is Make plans for the year
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  • Getting Aquainted... Walk down the hill and climb the Westgate towers, visit the Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey Walk up the hill and explore Blean Woodland one of the largest and most ancient woodlands in the South Rent/borrow a bike and cycle to Whitstable on the Crab and Winkle Way Buy a railcard and spend 55 minutes getting to London some of the worlds best museums and galleries are on your doorstep and they are free! Book well in advance and travel to Brussels and Paris on the Eurostar
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  • The Graduate School Mission: to lead and champion the strategic development of provision for graduate education and research at the University of Kent.
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  • Contact Details Professor Diane Houston, Dean of the Graduate School Cornwallis South East room 19 Graduate School Staff Suzie Morris, Graduate School Administration Manager ext: 3182 Ros Beeching, Graduate School Coordinator ext: 7838 Dr Jo Collins, Postgraduate Development Advisor ext: 16133 Carla Doolan, Postgraduate Development Coordinator ext: 4896 Joanna Addison, PA to the Dean and Graduate School Assistant ext: 4785
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  • Senate Vice-Chancellor Graduate School Board Dean of the Graduate School Faculty Boards Deans Faculty Graduate Studies Committee Faculty Directors of Graduate Studies School Graduate Studies Committee School Directors of Graduate Studies Staff/Student Liaison CommitteesSupervisor/Supervisory Team Programme Approval Sub-Committee Structure Diagram for PG Programmes
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  • Student Involvement Get 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
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  • Postgraduate Research Handbook Updated for 2014-15 Everything you need to know about being a postgraduate researcher at Kent including information on: Student Services Local community information Regulatory information
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  • The GradPost The GradPost Editorial Team A newsletter created by Postgraduates for the Postgraduate community. Contact: Information on Gradpost opportunities that will look great on your CV and enhance your postgraduate experience at Kent can be found on our website:
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  • Postgraduate Research Festival Annual Postgraduate Research Festival takes place in June 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 (9 th December 2014, 24 th February 2015 and 25 th March 2015). For more information please contact
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  • 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 2014-15. 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 2014 Take 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 28 th November 2014 Application forms and more details at
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  • Working During Your Studies There are various opportunities to undertake paid and unpaid work during your studies. Benefits include: Earning extra income Networking and making new contacts Gaining experience and learning new skills Tier 4 Visa Students All Tier 4 postgraduate students may work up to 20 hours per week until the end of their course. PGR students may have the opportunity to undertake work placements which are integral to your PhD research. These opportunities should be discussed with your supervisor and School.
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  • The Researcher Development Programme
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  • The Researcher Development Framework Transferable skills are the skills which once developed give graduates a clear edge in the job market and make researchers more effective and efficient in their work. A. Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities B. Personal Effectiveness C. Research Governance and Organisation D. 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:
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  • The Researcher Development Programme is open to all postgraduate research students. The range of workshops running during the 2014/15 academic year will include the following: Kickstart your PhD: Guidance, Skills and the Researcher Development Assessment (first years) Writing skills workshops (one-to-one tutorials and writing retreats) Writing for journals and getting published Rapid reading Research Methods (including: SPSS, LaTeX, and Qualitative methods) Statistics Negotiation skills Library skills Leadership Presentation skills and Impact Time / Stress Management Networking Social Enterprise
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  • Kickstart your PhD: Guidance, Skills and the Researcher Development Assessment Workshop Compulsory for all PhD students 3/4 hour workshops held throughout the autumn term Workshop topics: the Researcher Development Programme, resources for PhD journey, responsibilities of PG researcher and supervisory relationship 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 assessment and use this as the basis of your research training Must attend this workshop AND complete online assessment as part of the Probation process
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  • 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. 1.Epigeum online courses 2.The Good Viva Guide 3.Viva Guidance 4.The Alternative Guide to Funding 5.Blueberry Training training podcasts on a variety of business skills
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  • Faculty of Humanities School of Architecture School of Arts Drama Film History of Art School of English School of History Centre for American Studies Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) School of Music and Fine Art (Medway) Fine Art Event & Experience Design Music and Audio Art Page 18 School of European Culture and Languages Classical & Archaeological Studies Comparative Literature English Language & Linguistics French German Hispanic Studies Italian Linguistics Philosophy Religious Studies
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  • Broadening your horizons: School, Faculty, University Page 19 Each School in Humanities is host to Research Centres there are 23 across our Faculty There are also three interdisciplinary Faculty Centres: Centre for American Studies Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KIASH)- hosting the KIASH lecture series and one cross-Faculty Centre: Centre for Critical Thought (Politics, Law, SECL, Arts)
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  • Progression through your research degree Key Contacts for Rese