This page contains news and events listings from the Postgraduate Research Centre, including listings of conferences and calls for papers that we have received.
We have moved!
PGR administration is now based in Cornerways 204, Park Campus. These webpages will be fully updated to reflect this change shortly.
Annual Research Student Training Needs Analysis
All research students, full- and part-time, including Professional Doctorate students (DBA, DMC, DEng, EdD), need to undertake a TNA exercise each year and fill in this form with their first supervisor (for Professional Doctorate Students, this may be their module tutor or subject adviser if pre-RD1).
This process is mandatory and also forms part of the international research student monitoring process. Please note that TNA submission is taken into account as part of the Joint Annual Progress Report that you will complete next summer.
This year, the TNA will be undertaken via Skills Forge, and the electronic form is now available in the system for you to access.
The only students who are exempt from completing the report are:
• Those students who are currently deregistered;
• Those students who have submitted their thesis for examination to the Postgraduate Research Centre by 6th December.
This should be completed by 6th December 2013. TNAF submissions will be monitored from the beginning of December and a final list of TNAF submissions will be extracted for Faculty scrutiny on 6th December.
BEPS Research Student Seminars
These seminars are a great opportunity for students to present in front of a class of their peers and doctoral supervisors, and receive feedback that may be useful in shaping the work presented.
Student research seminars will be held once a month, at 13:15 to 15:15 (rooms to be confirmed):
Wednesday 20th November
Wednesday 11th December
Wednesday 29th January
Wednesday 26th February
Wednesday 26th March
Wednesday 14th May
Wednesday 18th June
Wednesday 16th July
If you would like to present your work, please email Niki Savage (email@example.com) with the title of your proposed presentation.
DMC and DBA Doctoral Colloquium
In June, the Faculty of Business, Education & Professional Studies hosted a Doctoral Colloquium for professional doctorate students. You can read about the purpose of the event and see abstracts from those students who presented their work.
Joint Annual Progress Report
This year the JAPR process will be done via Skills Forge, and the electronic form is now available in the system for you to access.
The only students who are exempt from completing the report are:
• Those students who URDC have confirmed are deregistered during May 2013
• Those students who have submitted their thesis for examination to the Postgraduate Research Centre by the end of May 2013
• Those DBA, DEng and DMC students who are still doing the taught component of their degree
For all other students, completion of this report is mandatory. Please be aware that students who are required to complete the report but do not do so, or whose progress is not satisfactory, will be required to attend the progression boards on 11th July 2013.
What you need to do now
1) Please log into Skills Forge: https://skillsforge.glos.ac.uk/glos/index.jsf
2) Complete the JAPR form with your supervisor(s), using the detailed instructions in this guide:
Completing the Joint Annual Progress Report on ‘Gloucestershire Skills Forge’
3) Your report must be completed by 31st May 2013. After this date the form will no longer be available for you to access on Skills Forge. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that their report is returned complete and on time.
- Please remember:
- The student should be the last one to sign the form to ensure they read their supervisors' comments and decision. The student's signature will also lock the form.
- If the form is locked before a decision is recorded, the system allows you to remove your student's signature. Please remember that your student will have to add their signature subsequently to lock the form.
What happens after 31st May
Those students who need to attend the progression boards will be contacted by the Postgraduate Research Centre by the end of June via their student email. All other students will receive email confirmation of their progression to the 2013/14 academic year later in the summer.
Please read the Skills Forge Guide for further instructions. Also available on this page:
For the May 2013 report, only those DBA students who are in the thesis stage (post RD1) will be expected to complete a JAPR. These students will be sent detailed instructions on how to complete their JAPR when it becomes available on Skills Forge.
Postgraduate Research Student Conference 2013
You can view the abstracts for this year's conference here.
Research Student 'Coffee Hour'
Next session to be announced soon...
Important Information for Research Degree Students and Supervisors
1) A new revised ‘Handbook of Regulations and Procedures’ is now available. Please make yourself familiar with the contents, and consult it as you make research degree decisions and carry out research degree processes. The revisions have been carried out in relation to our developing Postgraduate Research portfolio and in response to feedback received from supervisors, students and examiners. The revised Handbook can be found here.
2) The Gloucestershire Skills Forge system is now available to assist research students and their supervisors to locate training events, book them and record them as development record. There is also space to reflect on professional development and maintain a Personal Development Plan (PDP). Please note that mandatory processes such as keeping formal supervisory records and Training Needs Analysis (TNA) should now be undertaken via Skills Forge and the Joint Annual Progress Report will also be added to the system for completion at its usual time later in the year. Students and supervisors can access the system on and off campus and on any computer. Please consult the guide ‘An Introduction to Skills Forge’ and spend some time familiarising yourself with how it works. The guide can be found here.
Resources for Researchers: A LIS Blog
Library and Information services have created a blog to provide a quick and easy way to communicate information and links to useful resources to researchers in the university. See updates on the left of this page.
Postgraduate Researchers Interested in Sustainability Matters (PRISM) Seminars
ICT Services schedule short 2 hour tutor-led courses at all campuses. New course schedules are released every 2 months. Tailored courses & one-to-one sessions are also available.
Please visit their website.
Information about Endnote
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Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Click the logo below.
Student Achievement Team
The Student Achievement Team (part of Student Services) offers a wide range of interventions and support options to students seeking to improve their academic work and enhance their study skills.
Visit their website.
University Researchers and the Job Market is a practical career development resource for research staff. It is intended to offer support and encouragement to researchers who are considering their next career move, either inside or outside of academia.
You can also visit the careers centre website by clicking on the logo below.
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Conference alerts website
Calls for papers and announcements February 2013
Calls for papers and announcements March 2013
Calls for papers and announcements Summer 2013
Calls for papers and announcements October 2013
Calls for papers and announcements November 2013
The UFAW Animal Welfare Conference have issued a call for papers for June 2014. The event will take place in York, and more details can be accessed here.
The St Andrews Symposium on Biblical and Early Christian Studies will take place in June 2014 at St Andrews University. Abstracts of 300 words will be accepted up to 1st February 2014 and should be sent to Garrick Allen and John Dunne.
The Society for Reformation Studies has issued a call for papers for their forthcoming conference in April 2014, to be held in Westminster College, Cambridge. You can read more information and download a booking form.
The Sheffield Hallam PhD and early researcher forum has announced its first conference for June 2014. This is a good development opportunity for less experienced researchers who wish to gain practice in presenting in a supportive environment within the areas of psychology, sociology and politics. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 17th January 2014. Futher details are available here.
The Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Summer Programme 2014 provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.
Eligibility: Applicants need to be a UK national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution. Eligible research fields are not limited.
Application Deadline: Wednesday 15th January 2014
Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 10 June to 20 August 2014
Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. Application guidelines and form are available on their website via the link above.