Overview

02 Dec, 20218:45 am-3:30 pm

Postgraduate Education Forum 2021 will explore the future of high-quality recruitment, teaching and careers support for postgraduate students

The Postgraduate Education Forum 2021 will explore the next steps in delivering an outstanding experience for taught and research-based postgraduates in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. The Forum will assess how institutions can support the talent pipeline for future researchers, widen participation and inclusion for those entering postgraduate programmes and will examine how mental health and wellbeing can be supported for postgraduate students following the pandemic.

The Forum will also draw upon the latest research to examine how postgraduate experiences are evolving, what postgraduates expect from their institutions and the next steps for institutions to remain competitive in the recruitment of new postgraduates.

Key Speakers

Dr Gill Houston photo
Dr Gill Houston
Vice Chair
UK Council for Graduate Education
Emma Maskell photo
Emma Maskell
Head of Student Information and Engagement
Office for Students (OfS)
Dr Lara Phillips photo
Dr Lara Phillips
Head of Research Talent Team
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Expert Speakers

Claire Prendergast photo
Claire Prendergast
Postgraduate Recruitment Manager, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Cambridge
Navdeep Uppal photo
Navdeep Uppal
Head of Postgraduate Taught Student Recruitment
University of Bath

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Dr Andrea Patel
Dr Andrea Patel
Head of the University Graduate School
University of Birmingham
Invited
9:40 am
An OfS Update: Assessing the Quality of Experience and Outcomes for Postgraduates
  • Sharing findings from the OfS Postgraduate Survey to assess what makes a high-quality course for postgraduate taught students
  • Understanding the perceptions on the quality of teaching, value for money and wider experience for postgraduate students
  • Outlining the next steps for the OfS in assessing the feasibility and delivery of large scale census survey for postgraduate taught students
Emma Maskell
Emma Maskell
Head of Student Information and Engagement
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
10:10 am
The Next Steps in Supporting a Vibrant Postgraduate Research Environment
Dr Lara Phillips
Dr Lara Phillips
Head of Research Talent Team
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Confirmed
10:25 am
Break, Refreshments and Networking
10:50 am
Panel Discussion: The Future of Postgraduate Recruitment and Access Routes
  • Exploring the challenges in sustaining the postgraduate recruitment pipeline following Brexit
  • Examining the next steps for institutions in widening participation and enhancing the diversity of those entering postgraduate education
  • Evaluating the link between the postgraduate experience and long-term recruitment
  • Assessing the funding and models of delivery need to support a sustainable research talent pipeline
Claire Prendergast
Claire Prendergast
Postgraduate Recruitment Manager, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Cambridge
Confirmed
Navdeep Uppal
Navdeep Uppal
Head of Postgraduate Taught Student Recruitment
University of Bath
Confirmed
Emily Beere
Emily Beere
Student Marketing Manager for Postgraduate Recruitment
University of Surrey
Invited
11:50 am
Roundtable Discussions: Delivering High Impact Solutions on the Postgraduate Experience

In these breakout discussions you will be able to explore the key challenges impacting the postgraduate experience in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. These sessions will allow you to reflect on your practices, explore the latest research on high impact interventions and assess how the postgraduate experience can be enhanced in your institution.

Roundtable A: Enhancing Research Cultures: Improving Inclusion, Diversity and Tackling Bullying and Harassment
Jo O’Leary
Jo O’Leary
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Confirmed
Roundtable B: Mental Health Following the Covid-19 Crisis: Interventions for Postgraduates
Professor Fiona Denney
Professor Fiona Denney
Professor of Business Education
Brunel University London
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Lunch Break and Networking
1:30 pm
The Route to Employability – Forging Careers Pathways for Postgraduate Students
  • How can we embed employability and wider skill development into postgraduate course delivery?
  • What are the next steps for institutions in communicating the employability outcomes for prospective postgraduate students?
  • How can institutions better prepare postgraduates for permanent academic contracts or the wider graduate labour market?
Dr Gill Houston
Dr Gill Houston
Vice Chair
UK Council for Graduate Education
Confirmed
1:50 pm
Data Insights from PTES and PRES: How has the Postgraduate Experience Changed Amid Covid-19?

In this data insights session, Advance HE will share the latest findings from their Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and their Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

The session will examine:

  • What motivates postgraduates to participate in their programmes and how are their expectations evolving?
  • What have postgraduates’ experiences been of their institutions during the Covid-19 crisis?
  • What would postgraduates like to see improved and can institutions adapt their provision to meet the needs of postgraduates?
  • How can institutions use the survey outcomes to benchmark their delivery within the sector?
Jonathan Neves
Jonathan Neves
Associate Head of Insights
Advance HE
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Break, Refreshments and Networking
2:30 pm
Workshop: Widening Access to Postgraduate Studies – Ideas on Diversity and Inclusion

This workshop session will allow a practical assessment of how your institution can work to widen participation and access to postgraduate programmes.

This session will allow you to

  • Explore key barriers to entering postgraduate studies for students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds
  • Share ideas from across the sector in overcoming barriers to access through skill development programmes, targeted engagement and financial support schemes
  • Assess how persistent inequalities in postgraduate education can be tackled and the role of institutions in making postgraduate courses more open and accessible
Louise Banahene MBE
Louise Banahene MBE
Chair, NEON Working Group on Widening Participation in Postgraduate Study
Director of Educational Engagement, University of Leeds
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Solutions for Supporting Students to make an Effective Transition to Postgraduate Studies

This workshop session will allow you to work to deliver practical solutions to enhancing the transition to postgraduate studies. The session will explore implementation challenges, ideas for supporting improved transitions and will allow you to develop an action plan for your institution.

The workshop will explore:

  • How to embed induction and transition processes throughout postgraduate study to reflect the challenges of a new and unique student experience
  • Solutions on tackling challenges including isolation, lack of confidence and mental health issues associated with ‘expert status’ as a postgraduate student
  • Ideas to support students to progress with new perceptions of a subject and allowing them to develop an academic identity
  • Action points for designing a student experience which matches the bespoke needs, experiences and aspirations of new postgraduate students
Dr Neil Radford
Dr Neil Radford
Head of Postgraduate Research Student Experience
University of Derby
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks and Forum Close

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for the Higher Education Sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Deans
  • Associate Deans
  • Head of Graduate Schools
  • Head of Postgraduate Programmes
  • Heads of Teaching and Academic Quality
  • Heads of Student Experience
  • Directors of Research
  • Directors of Graduate Schools
  • Directors of Doctoral Schools
  • Heads of School
  • Postgraduate Admission Managers
  • Postgraduate Programme Managers

Pricing

  • HE and Public Sector Rate
    £395 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Small < £1m Income)
    £275 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Large > £1m Income)
    £325 + VAT
  • Private Sector Rate
    £595 + VAT
For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]

Venue

London