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) which is sponsored by Schools and based in the Students' Union, promotes both academic and social 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.
Information you will need during your study is contained in the Student Handbook or can be found in these Graduate School webpages 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 (e.g. Graduate Development, Library Services, Career Development and the Research Enterprise Office) 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.