Overview

14 Sep, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm15 Sep, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

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.

Online Experience

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Topic based discussion groups
  • Next generation conference engagement platform

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)
Dr Vivien Easson photo
Dr Vivien Easson
Head of Postgraduate Research Service
University of East Anglia (UEA)

Expert Speakers

Claire Prendergast photo
Claire Prendergast
Postgraduate Recruitment Manager, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Cambridge

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 1
Dr Vivien Easson
Dr Vivien Easson
Head of Postgraduate Research Service
University of East Anglia (UEA)
Confirmed
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, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

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
Invited
Professor Gavin Schaffer
Professor Gavin Schaffer
Postgraduate Dean
University of Birmingham 
Invited
11:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:10 pm
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 Diversity and Tackling Bullying and Harassment
Frances Downey
Frances Downey
Head of Research Culture
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Invited
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
1:00 pm
Day 1 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 1 concludes at 1pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 2
Dr Vivien Easson
Dr Vivien Easson
Head of Postgraduate Research Service
University of East Anglia (UEA)
Confirmed
9:40 am
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
10:00 am
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
10:30 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

10:50 am
Postgraduate Coaching and Research Degree Mediation Programmes at Imperial College London: Implementation and Impact
  • Assessment of how postgraduate Coaching and Research Degree Mediation Programmes were implemented
  • Examining the student and staff feedback from the programmes
  • Exploring thoughts for the future and lessons learnt
Laura Lane
Laura Lane
Head of Strategy and Operations, Graduate School
Imperial College London
Confirmed
11:20 am
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
Professor Paul Wakeling
Professor Paul Wakeling
Head of Department of Education
University of York
Invited
11:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:10 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 Andrea Patel
Dr Andrea Patel
Head of the University Graduate School
University of Birmingham
Invited
1:00 pm
Day 2 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 2 concludes at 1pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

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

  • Online Conference Rate (HE and Public Sector)
    £295 + VAT
  • Online Conference (Voluntary Sector Small < £1m Income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Online Conference (Voluntary Sector Large > £1m Income)
    £245 + VAT
  • Online Conference Rate (Private Sector)
    £395 + VAT
For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]