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ASTON GRADUATE SCHOOL

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Aston University Graduate School provides a supportive environment for research students across the University, whatever their mode of study and wherever they are located, with a view to widening and enriching their experience during their research studies. The Graduate School brings together under one umbrella the responsibility for maintaining the Quality Assurance of research studies and the development of training in core research and transferable skills thus enabling all research students studying for an Aston degree to realise their full potential, whichever career path they choose.  

Subject-specific postgraduate training and development 

Your School is the major centre for the delivery of subject-specific postgraduate training and development. The University Graduate School provides a focus for the sharing of ideas and best practice between Schools, such that these are implemented across the University. The Graduate School supports and promotes cross-institutional working and, together with the Aston Postgraduate Research Society (APRS) sponsored by Schools and based in the Students' Union, promotes both formal and informal events, predominantly campus-based, that will provide many research students with the opportunity to interact on a regular basis.

Your Journey

There is no doubt that your journey from enrollment to graduation will be a challenging one, but it should also be an enjoyable one and both the Graduate School team and your school are here to give you full support and advice whenever you need it. 

Other information you will need during your study is also present in the Student Handbook or can be found in these Graduate School web pages which contain links to Support, Regulations, Training & Development and other opportunities which you may wish to embark upon. 

During your training you will also be supported by a Graduate Development Team, with experts in different areas (eg Staff & Graduate Development, Library, Career Development, Research Support Office and for business matters, the Business Partnership Unit) who collectively provide a range of training and development opportunities for research students and research staff. Engagement in these opportunities provides an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and information across discipline boundaries, and is an important part of your research development.

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Are you thinking of doctoral research?

  • A Vitae resource to help you decide whether a doctorate is for you. 

The UK doctorate: a guide for current and prospective doctoral candidates

  • A Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and National Union of Students (NUS) publication.

Your School will provide a range of training and development opportunities.  In addition, the University offers a wide range of other opportunities delivered by a number of central services which have specific expertise and experience in the areas that they cover. 

These Departments coordinate their activities through a Graduate Development Team which comprises:

The training courses that these Departments offer cover a broad range of generic skills that support your ability to succeed on your programme and skills that will prepare you for future employment.  The course provision is mapped against the national Vitae Researcher Development Statement and in broad terms the courses cover:

  • Research Methods
  • Research Skills
  • Personal Skills and Effectiveness
  • Professional and Career Development Skills
  • Working with Others
  • Teaching
  • Communication Skills
  • Business Skills

Access to these courses is an inclusive part of your learning experience at Aston, and we encourage you to talk to your Supervisor about which courses you should do and how you can schedule them over your period of research. 

In addition to the courses, each Department in the Graduate Development Team offers other opportunities that are more personalised and often one-to-one. 

There are also 'Vitae' resources available to research students and staff.

There is an active postgraduate community at Aston and plenty of opportunity to get involved: 

International students

The International Student Support Unit provides help and advice to students from overseas, both before you join Aston and once you've arrived. The team organise social events, but can also give advice on practical issues, such as opening a bank account and visa applications. There are also several international student societies.

Student societies

There are many societies at Aston and a full list is available on the Students' Union societies page. There are several faith societies and the Chaplaincy is a welcoming place for all students of any faith or background. 

Students' Union

As an Aston student you're also a member of the Students' Union, which gives you access to a range of benefits, support, entertainment and services. 

Committee Representation

There is a student member on each School Research Committee and these students usually also sit on the University's Graduate School Management Committee, which has a student member from each School.  Elections to these committees are notified to students by the School Research Office.  For further information, contact staff in the School Research Office or current student members:

Volunteering opportunities

Help out at Aston and in the local community:

Your student handbook contains essential information you will need throughout your studies, including assessment and progression requirements. To access the handbooks please login.

PRES is a biennial survey of the research student experience

The Graduate School Management Committee considers and makes recommendations concerning the regulation, assurance and enhancement of the quality and standards of research degree programmes, including the supervision, training and examination of postgraduate research students.

Graduate School Management Committee Terms of Reference

Membership 2016/17


 Role Member
 
Chair Professor Gertrud Reershemius, Dean of Graduate School   
  

Academic Representative from each School



Co-opted: representative of professional doctorate programmes           

Professor Julia Kotlarsky, Aston Business School 
Professor Tim Meese, Life & Health Sciences  and Aston Medical School  
Dr Jack Grieve, Languages & Social Sciences    
Dr Sotos Generalis, Engineering & Applied Science  

Professor Steve Anderson, Life and Health Sciences (until 31 July 2017)


 

Research Student Representatives

to be elected, Aston Business School 

to be elected, Life & Health Sciences                

to be elected Engineering & Applied Science 

to be elected, Languages & Social Sciences 

 
President of Aston Postgraduate Research Society (APRS) Annina Heini, Languages & Social Sciences 

 
Professional Development Advisor (Research) Dr Jeanette Lilley

 
Careers Consultant
Director of Research Strategy and Impact
Member of Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA)
Member of Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP)
Member of Library Services
Iwan Griffiths
Sally Puzey

Ania Bailey

to be nominated
to be nominated

 
Chair of Research Administration Forum Dr Elizabeth Bridges, Aston Business School

 
Secretary Alison Birch, Registry

Dean of Aston University Graduate School

  • Professor Gertrud Reershemius Contact via Alison Birch, Assistant Registrar, Graduate School
    Telephone:                   0121 204 4653

Graduate Development Team

For advice and support on research student training and development:

  • Jeanette Lilley           Professional Development Advisor (Research), Research and Enterprise Office
    Telephone:                  0121 204 4609 
  • Ellen Pope                 Head of the Learning Development Centre
    Telephone:                  0121 204 3311
  • Sally Puzey                Director of Research Strategy and Impact, Research and Enterprise Office
    Telephone:                  0121 204 4243
  • Angela Brady             Assistant Director, Library & Information Services
    Telephone:                   0121 204 4505

Registry Contacts

For advice on making an application or enrolling at Aston

  • Christina Bunbury     Head of Admissions, Examinations and Visa Compliance
    Telephone:                   0121 204 4789

For advice on regulatory matters relating to doctoral programmes (PhD, MPhil, Professional Doctorates)

  • Alison Birch               Assistant Registrar, Graduate School, $ Secretary to Graduate School Management Committee     Telephone:                   0121 204 4653

Governance

For Advice on Research Ethics:

  • John Walter                 Director of Governance, Secretary to Senate and Council
    Telephone:                    0121 204 4869

IT support for research

  • Trevor Bayliss             Network Services Manager - ISA
    Telephone:                    0121 204 4430
  • Elizabeth Bridges          Research Degrees Programme (RDP) Manager 
    Telephone:                       0121 204 4974
  • Jeanette Ikuomola         Research Degrees Officer 
    Telephone:                       0121 204 3219 
  • Ranjit Judge                   Research Degrees Administrator
    Telephone:                       0121 204 3354 
  • Dr Nathaniel Golden      Research and Enterprise Office
    Telephone:                       0121 204 4565 
  • Stephen Baker               Postgraduate Admissions Officer
    Telephone:                       0121 204 5246 
  • Susan Doughty              Research Administration Officer and Secretary, School Research Ethics Committee
    Telephone:                       0121 204 3665 
  • Sandra Mosley               Research Student Administrator - Student Support
    Telephone:                       0121 204 3513 
  • Helen Yard                      Academic Support Administrator - Team Leader
    Telephone:                       0121 204 3547 
  • Prof David Webb            Associate Dean for Research
    Telephone:                       0121 204 3541 
  • Dr Sotos Generalis        Director of Research Degree Programmes                                                                   Telephone:                       0121 204 3639                                      
  • Dan Thomson                 Research Manager, School of Languages and Social Sciences
    Telephone:                        0121 204 3972
  • Dr Jack Grieve                Director of Research Degree Programmes
    Telephone:                        0121 204 3784
  • Dr Anton Popov              Chair of the School Research Ethics Committee                                                  
    Telephone:                        0121 204 4990 
  • Dr Nathaniel Golden       Research and Enterprise Office (REO)       
    Telephone:                        0121 204 4565 
  • Gill Pilfold                        Senior Research Administrator 
    Telephone:                        0121 204 3880 
  • Julie Taylor                      Research Admissions Administrator
  • Caroline Brocklebank     Research Administrator (Student Support)          
  • Dr Karen Woodhall          Research and Enterprise Office 
  • Dr Leon Davies                Chair of the School Research Ethics Committee  
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