02 Dec, 20218:45 am-3:30 pm
Online Conference
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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.


8:45 am
Registration and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
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)
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)
10:25 am
Break 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
Navdeep Uppal
Navdeep Uppal
Head of Postgraduate Taught Student Recruitment
University of Bath
Emily Beere
Emily Beere
Student Marketing Manager for Postgraduate Recruitment
University of Surrey
11:50 am
Roundtable: 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)
12:40 pm
Break and Networking
1:30 pm
The Route to Employability for Doctoral Graduates
  • How can we embed employability and wider skill development into doctoral programmes?
  • What are the next steps for institutions in communicating employability outcomes for prospective doctoral candidates?
  • How can institutions better prepare doctoral graduates for academic contracts or the wider labour market?
Dr Gill Houston
Dr Gill Houston
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 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
Head of Business Intelligence & Surveys
Advance HE
2:10 pm
Break 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
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
3:30 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks and Forum Close

*Programme subject to change


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


  • Online Rate (Voluntary Sector Small, Under £1m income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Online Rate (Voluntary Sector Large, Over £1m income)
    £245 + VAT
  • Online Rate (Higher Education and Public Sector)
    £295 + VAT
  • Online Rate (Private Sector)
    £395 + VAT
For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]