Graduate School Update Day
On Thursday 29th June, Graduate School Update Day was held on Park Campus with an attendance of over fifty PGR students and supervisors. Every year The Graduate School hold this event to provide a space for both PGRs and supervisors to get together, discuss one or two topics of relevance to them via workshops and provide an opportunity for both parties to feed back on the year’s Graduate School provision and service. This year, the event started with a one hour session on research ethics, during which Professor John Horton, Chair of Research Ethics Committee provided an update on changes to research ethics processes for research degree students at the University of Northampton including the new proforma for ethics applications. The second workshop of the day was led by Clare Jones, an expert in researcher careers for research staff and PhD students from the University of Nottingham. Clare started her workshop providing an overview of the PhD landscape with examples of some career related issues and challenges that postgraduate students encounter in their PhD journey. She then clarified that although supervisors are not careers advisors, they can still provide support and importantly encourage student to take responsibility for their own future professions.
Throughout the workshop, Clare introduced some techniques and resources that can support further career exploration and decision making. Using some practical tasks at the end, Clare shifted her focus to encouraging PGR students and supervisors to recognise potential in skills, experience, attributes and achievements whether the student wants a career in academia or, outside it.