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GRADUATE SCHOOL FORUM Research students: growth and experience. Themes – Effective ways of enhancing the research student experience The scale and nature of complaints by research students Meeting the University’s strategic target of a 50% increase in the number of PGR students by 2014.

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graduate school forum research students growth and experience

GRADUATE SCHOOL FORUMResearch students: growth and experience

Themes –

Effective ways of enhancing the research student experience

The scale and nature of complaints by research students

Meeting the University’s strategic target of a 50% increase in the number of PGR students by 2014

theme 1

Theme 1

Effective ways of enhancing the research student experience

sources of student feedback
Sources of student feedback
  • LUSU surveys
  • Postgraduate Research Experience Survey [PRES]
      • National survey, online, voluntary
    • 2008 Survey
      • 208 Lancaster students, 17.8% response rate
    • Benchmarking
      • Lancaster vs sector and 95-Group
    • Results not published (no league tables)
      • Aim = inform enhancement
  • No exit surveys
pres results2008 satisfaction
PRES results2008: Satisfaction
  • Overall: 60% [sector = 60%]
  • Supervision: 64% [62%]
  • Opportunities to develop a range of research skills: 48% [55%]
  • Opportunities to develop a range of transferable skills: 42% [49%]
  • Access to appropriate facilities: 42% [47%]
  • Research environment: 44% [48%]
  • Guidance on institutional standards: 34% [36%]
relatively low lancaster scores
Relatively low Lancaster scores
  • Skills development
    • Confident about managing research project: -5%
  • Learning resources
    • Appropriate financial support: -6%
  • Intellectual climate
    • Good department research seminar: -5%
slide6

Career/personal development planning

    • Encouraged to think about range of career opportunities: -4%
    • Encouraged to reflect on professional development needs: -8%
    • Encouraged to reflect on career development needs: -8%
  • Selection, admission, induction
    • Understand responsibilities as research degree student: -5%
slide7

Awareness of skills training opportunities

    • Adequate opportunities for me to further develop my research skills: -5%
    • Adequate opportunities for me to further develop my transferable skills: -12%
follow up
Follow-up
  • Faculty & department patterns
    • Low response rates
  • University-level
    • Skills training – RTP
    • Career development
  • PRES 2009
    • Open mid-March to end May
    • Need much higher response rate
    • Dept/supervisor support
theme 2

Theme 2

The scale and nature of complaints by research students

Andrew Okey (Student Registry)

theme 3

Theme 3

Meeting the University’s strategic target of a 50% increase in the number of PGR students by 2014

first year research students
First year research students

+20%

+18.5%

Lancaster market share: 0.95% in 2002/03 / 1.04% in 2006/07

why grow pgr numbers
Why grow PGR numbers?
  • Research-intensive HEI
    • Critical mass, infrastructure
    • Funding, numbers not capped
  • REF metric
    • reputation, future funding
  • Concentration of research funding
    • Research Councils – EPSRC, AHRC, ESRC
    • Wellings Report to Denham – threshold (HEFCE fund PGR in c30 Universities)
strategic planning 2009 2014
Strategic Planning: 2009-2014

Ambition

1 : 10 : 100

Five key targets:

  • Increase high citation staff by 50%
  • Offshore international programme, increase international numbers by 50%
  • Sustain financial strategy and surplus at 5%
  • Outstanding teaching & learning environment (top 10)
  • PGR volume up by 50%
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% PGR, 2006-7

Lancaster = 26th

quantity vs quality
Quantity vs Quality
  • Submission rates
    • KPI – Lancaster and sector
      • Proxy for quality of supervision and research environment
      • Efficiency – supervisor time etc
      • Reputation, attractiveness & recruitment
    • Research Council thresholds & sanctions
    • REF metric
    • Student experience
reaching the 50 target
Reaching the 50% target?
  • Funding
    • Faculty funding: already advertised
    • RCs & other external sources
    • UMAG – 27 additional PhD studentships
      • FST 10; SHM 3; FASS 8; LUMS 6
      • 4 year funding, RC stipend, £1.5K/year research support
  • Other initiatives?
    • Discuss in faculty groups, report back
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