Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for postgraduate research - funding, delivery and progression

Morning, Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference examines key issues for postgraduate research (PGR) in the UK.


Delegates will assess the effectiveness of current postgraduate funding and delivery methods - including the impact on access and inclusion - and the next steps for supporting career progression for PGR students.


Speakers


Keynote contributions:


  • Professor David Bogle, Chair, Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers;
  • Professor Julia Buckingham, Chair, Concordat Strategy Group, and President, Universities UK; and
  • Frances Burstow, Deputy Director, Skills and Strategy, Economic and Social Research Council.

Further confirmed speakers: Professor Dianne Berry, University of Reading; Professor Andrew Church, University of Brighton; Alice Churm, Warwick Students’ Union; Dr Karen Clegg, University of York; Dr Anne-Marie Coriat, Wellcome Trust; Professor Pamela Cox, South East Network for Social Sciences; Professor Dame Athene Donald, University of Cambridge; Dr Owen Gower, UK Council for Graduate Education; Nafiza Mamun, King’s College London Students’ Union; Dr Theresa McKinven, Manchester Metropolitan University; Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt, University of Essex and Professor Arthur Richards, Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Autonomous and Robotic Systems (FARSCOPE) .


The agenda


  • The funding landscape for postgraduate research - research council and university grants, doctoral loans and industry funding, and implications for the accessibility of PGR;
  • Reviewing doctoral training and support;
  • Models of delivery for PGR - Centres for Doctoral Training, Doctoral Training Partnerships and Professional Doctorates;
  • Progress since the independent review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers;
  • ‘The New Concordat Supporting the Career Development of Researchers’; and
  • Supporting career development and progression - the culture of researcher support, barriers to promotion, and transitioning to post-doctoral positions in both academia and industry.


Keynote Speaker

Professor David Bogle

Chair, Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and Pro-Vice-Provost, Doctoral School, University College London

Keynote Speakers

Professor Julia Buckingham

Chair, Concordat Strategy Group; Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London and President, Universities UK

Professor David Bogle

Chair, Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and Pro-Vice-Provost, Doctoral School, University College London

Chair

Lord Broers

former Chair, House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

Speakers

Dr Anne-Marie Coriat

Head of UK and Europe Research Landscape, Wellcome Trust

Alice Churm

Postgraduate Officer, Warwick Students’ Union

Dr Theresa McKinven

Head of Graduate School, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Dame Athene Donald

Professor of Experimental Physics and Master, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

David Payne

Chief Careers Editor, Springer Nature

Dr Karen Clegg

Head, Research Excellence Training, University of York

Professor Andrew Church

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of Brighton

Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt

Reader, Department of Government, University of Essex

Professor Arthur Richards

Director, Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Autonomous and Robotic Systems (FARSCOPE) and Professor of Robotics and Control, University of Bristol

Professor Pamela Cox

Director, South East Network for Social Sciences and Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Essex

Dr Gina Reinhardt

Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex

Dr Vivien Easson

Head of Postgraduate Research Service, University of East Anglia

Dr Owen Gower

Director, UK Council for Graduate Education

Nafiza Mamun

Vice President Postgraduate, King’s College London Students’ Union

Frances Burstow

Deputy Director, Skills and Strategy, Economic and Social Research Council