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    Postgraduate Research Courses

    Welcome to Postgraduate Research

    Your feedback is very valuable in helping us to design and focus improvements in supervision and support to enhance experience and outcomes for all postgraduate research students.

    We have made a variety of changes across our programmes and subjects but one of the main changes was ensure study space is available for postgraduate research students across the campus. We'll continue to monitor the usage of the desk spaces and suggest changes to enhance usage of these spaces and make them more attractive and/or quieter.

    We’re focusing on raising awareness of the Library support and resources available. We've also collaborated with student support teams to improve support and general wellbeing for postgraduate research students.

    Finally, we have been facilitating the Research and Writing retreats and improving the Researcher Development Programme.

    • General changes

    More social events

    We are introducing a number of new social events for our postgraduate students based on last year's feedback. We hope that you'll make the most of these opportunities and join in #TeamMDX.

    Academic Shadowing Scheme

    Students can now sign up to shadow academic colleagues which provides a valuable insight into academia and broadens their knowledge and understanding of the sector.

    Student led events

    We have introduced two new student-led initatives; My Research Story gives postgraduate research students a safe space to discuss their research and experience with their peers. Research Coffee Club allows students to discuss their research with supervisors over tea and coffee.

    Improved supervisor training

    We have introduced new supervisors to a variety of services as part of their training to help improve student-supervisor relationships and supervisor support.

    • Arts and Creative Industries

    We have been developing a research culture by introducing The engaging in research workshop series as well as an online critical reading week for postgraduate research students.

    • Professional and Social Sciences

    Education research

    We have been developing the research environment in Education and sharing good practice. Recently we presented four impact case studies at University wide events.

    Sharing stimulating work and research

    The SIGNs Childhood and Society and Professional Education and Partnership rescheduled their presentations to enable postgraduate research students to attend. One research student also presented at the meeting.

    Sharing student work

    We're developing wider dissemination strategies for postgraduate research students’ research and work. One DProf student presented to Middlesex University’s FdA Learning and Teaching programme students’ SEND conference, ‘Being You’, November 2019.

    Online resources

    We are working on simplifying the Moodle page for the Business School research area, curating online resources and specialist content to address the needs of part-time and distant learning research students.

    PhD training development programme for the Business School

    This programme is in its second year and covers topics such as research strategy, systematic  literature review, reading a quantitative paper, working with samples and data sets, designing surveys, qualitative case study and focus groups, elite interviews and documentary analysis, among others.

    Academic community

    We have introduced integrated professional and soft skills sessions for our postgraduate research students with various opportunities to present work in progress.

    PSS researcher room

    Feedback from students indicated issues concerning noise and overall etiquette regarding room usage.  A code of conduct, which is framed in a rights and obligations language, is being redrafted.

    • Science and Technology

    We have made a number of changes across the Faculty of Science and Technology including:

    • Wider communication and promotion of Research Seminars
    • Greater focus on providing opportunities for postgraduate research students to gain experience on presenting to fellow students in a class environment
    • Autumn and Spring Social events with postgraduate research students and supervisors.

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