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PGCARMS: a hybrid model of doctoral training. Dr Catherine Mills University Graduate School Manager, University of Birmingham. Overview. Background PGCARMS structure & content Relationship with DTPs Lessons learnt Next steps. Background.

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PGCARMS: a hybrid model of doctoral training

Dr Catherine Mills

University Graduate School Manager, University of Birmingham

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Overview

  • Background
  • PGCARMS structure & content
  • Relationship with DTPs
  • Lessons learnt
  • Next steps
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Background

  • Proposed creation of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills (PGCARMS) as part of UoB ESRC DTC advanced training provision
  • Opportunity to develop and trial innovative approach to DR development
  • Managed by UGS. Provision delivered by Colleges, UGS and central University training partners.
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PGCARMS structure

60 credits worth of modules that can be spread over the normally registered period of the PhD.

PGCARMS combines research skills training with advanced transferable skills training.

Example route through PGCARMS

research methods
Research Methods
  • Advanced research methods modules drawn from existing School or College programmes
  • e.g. Advanced Qualitative Analysis
  • New modules developed by Schools and added to PGCARMS to reflect diversity of candidates
  • e.g. Advanced Research Training in Macroeconomics
  • New modules developed for specific Doctoral Training Partnership cohorts
  • e.g. Basic Quantitative Skills for Systems Biology & Team Work and Collaborative Working Skills
transferable skills
Transferable Skills
  • PGCARMS candidates must take at least one advanced
  • transferable skills module e.g.
  • - Consultancy Skills for Researchers [10 credits]
  • - Enterprise skills for Researchers [10 credits]
  • - Intro to Learning & Teaching in HE for DRs [20 credits]
  • - Intro to Public Engagement for PGRs [10 credits]
  • - Professional Internship Placement [10 credits]
  • - Team Work and Collaborative Working Skills [10 credits]
  • These are run by the UGS, central training partners (e.g. Enterprise
  • & Innovation team) and College partners.
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Assessment

  • Distributed assessment and marking model
  • Individual module assessments set by the module leader e.g. Narrative Research module 3000 word research strategy document
  • Formative feedback and 500 word reflective writing assignments
  • Overall assessment 4000 word self-reflective portfolio produced at the end of PGCert registration period
management of the programme
Management of the programme
  • UGS ‘owns’ PGCARMS. Responsible for:
  • programme administration (handbooks/web resources, registration, monitoring of progress)
  • quality assurance and evaluation
  • secretarial support for PGCARMS governance committees
  • teaching/assessment on UGS-run modules
  • induction, reflective theory/writing workshop & portfolio drop in sessions.
  • UGS, College and central training partner membership on PGCARMS governance committees.
  • Reporting links to DTP Management Boards
relationships with uob dtps
Relationships with UoB DTPs
  • PGCARMS provides advanced training for:
  • ESRC DTC (since Jan 2012)
  • BBSRC DTP (since Oct 2013)
  • AHRC DTP (starting 14/15)
  • NERC DTP (starting 14/15)
  • MRC DTP (starting 14/15)
lessons learnt
Lessons Learnt
  • Key elements for success:
  • Varied module provision
  • Cross-institutional staff understanding and support for programme and processes
  • Acknowledgement in staff workload models
  • Clear and detailed PGCARMS guidance for PGRs
  • Transparent evaluation and quality assurance mechanisms
next steps
Next steps
  • PGCARMS expansion Stage 1 (14/15- 15/16) new DTPs and open places
  • PGCARMS expansion Stage 2 (16/17) University-wide
  • New modules (research methods &
  • transferable) developed 14/15-
  • Open out to external students (17/18-)?
get in touch
Get in touch
  • Catherine: c.mills@bham.ac.uk
  • www.graduateschool.bham.ac.uk
  • @UoBGradschool