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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%


    • 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%



    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%


    % 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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