Aston University Graduate School provides a supportive environment for research students across the University with a view to widening and enriching their experience during their research studies. The Graduate School brings together 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 at Aston to realise their full potential, whichever career path they choose.
Your School of Study is the major centre for the delivery of subject-specific postgraduate training and development. The University Graduate School will provide a focus for the sharing of ideas and best practice, such that these are implemented across the University. The Graduate School will support and promote cross-institutional working, and together with the Students’ Guild is establishing a network of School-sponsored research student societies to promote both formal and informal events that will bring all research students together on a regular basis.
There is no doubt that your journey from enrolment to graduation will be a challenging one, but it should also be an enjoyable one and both the Graduate School team and your School of Study are here to give you full support and advice whenever you need it and the names of key contacts are provided in your Student Handbook.
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 and 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 Centre for Staff and Graduate Development, business issues, Library and IT, and Career Development) who collectively provide a range of training and development opportunities for all 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.