We’ve created a suite of introductions which we consider essential for postgraduate researchers joining the University of Essex. Here you will find webinars and structured interviews that will get you started on your research training journey and direct you towards relevant further information and courses. We strongly recommend you participate in our induction to the ‘essentials’, ideally during the first year of your studies. These courses are free, and pre-recorded, so you can undertake this orientation training at a time that suits you.
This conversation with Laura Ruddick, Senior Manager of the Postgraduate Research Education Team guides viewers through the basics of the PGR degree process. Laura introduces the ‘PGR lifecycle’ from registration to the viva examination. It explains the importance of milestones, the Supervisory Panel process, and when a change to the pattern of study might be appropriate. This video also provides information on the regulations and policies that guide the awarding of postgraduate research degrees, and funding through Doctoral Training Partnerships.
This video explains the importance of research training for the contemporary researcher and how the University of Essex funds training through its innovative Proficio scheme. This conversation with Andrew McCarthy, Manager in the Postgraduate Education Team and Jenny Wilders, Postgraduate Education Officer, details how students receive their Proficio funding and how they can spend it on courses relevant to their training needs. This guide highlights the offer of external courses and funding to support conference attendance.
An introduction to the Training Needs Analysis questionnaire that all postgraduate researchers are required to undertake at the start of their studies. This interview with Anne Kavanagh, Postgraduate Education Development Officer, walks the viewer through the purpose of the Training Needs Analysis and how the results signpost recommended training courses, bespoke to each user. This conversation also highlights the wide range of training courses on offer to postgraduate research students, the importance of transferrable skills, and how to record and regularly update your research training plan.
This conversation with Hannah Pyman, working on Scholarly Communications and Research Support, details the wealth of support offered by the University of Essex Library for our postgraduate students. Hannah introduces us to Essex’s flagship Newcomers training events and highlights the rich offer of courses open to PGR students and early career researchers. This interview also covers the excellent training and publishing opportunities at the Essex Student Journal and initiates the discussion about Open Science/Access. You will also find out more information about our innovative Time to Write retreats for PGR students.
This is an introduction to SWIS, the University of Essex’s Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Services. In conversation with Lorna Gadd, Wellbeing Assessment Manager, and Shirley Dow, Inclusion Officer, we find out more about the range of mental health, wellbeing and disability support options provided and how to find the right one to suit your needs. Lorna and Shirley emphasise that users of the services do not need to wait until crisis and affirm the high level of confidentiality provided. The video also lets us know what to do if we encounter problematic treatment or have concerns about someone else’s welfare.
A conversation with the Students Union which foregrounds the advice and support services the SU deliver, as well as the ways in which they actively represent students in the University. In this interview we discuss the kinds of practical advice and support that the SU offer on issues such as housing, finances and immigration regulations. We also highlight how the SU can advocate for students when there are academic disputes or in appeals processes and how this process works for postgraduate research students. This conversation also informs viewers about the mechanisms for PGRs to make their voices heard, to petition for changes and to offer new solutions – including information on how to become a representative yourself.