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Introducing – the Graduate School


Come to the official launch of the university’s new Graduate School and find out how it will transform our research student experience.

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The Graduate School, previously part of the University Research Office, has been created with the key vision of bringing together our postgraduate research students and academic staff across all university schools to make our vibrant research community even better.

The launch event is taking place on Tuesday 27 February, from 14:00 – 16:00, in the Acre Room, James Graham Building, at Headingley Campus. It will be a chance for you to find out more about the Graduate School’s plans and vision and to network with fellow students and staff across the university. Book your free place here.

The Graduate School offers a host of professional services, from admission to award, and runs a host of workshops to help you to take your career to the next level.

The workshops cover everything from conference presentation skills, research methods and ethics, to using key software and tools, preparing for your final year, presenting your thesis and getting published. The Graduate School also collaborates with Libraries and Learning Innovation to run a regular Research Café to bring together research students to share ideas and expertise over coffee and cake.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Kathryn Brown, Head of the Graduate School, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming colleagues and students to our launch event and sharing our vision for the new service.

“We are here to support our postgraduate research students throughout their journey: sharing our expertise around processes and procedures as well as developing their skills through the research training programme. We are also an independent voice for students to come in and talk to in confidence if they need any help and support.”

The event will also be an opportunity to hear from:

  • Kathryn Brown, who will introduce the Graduate School;
  • Professor Ruth Robbins, Director of Research in the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities. Ruth will highlight her role as Chair of the Research Sub-committee and how our schools can work collaboratively with the Graduate School;
  • Dr Beccy Watson, Reader in the Carnegie School of Sport, will introduce the Graduate School’s Staff and Student Development Programme. Beccy is the Academic Lead for the Programme;
  • Dr Faye Didymus, Senior Lecturer in the Carnegie School of Sport, will share her insight as the Lead Representative of the Early Career Researchers’ Network (ECRN); and
  • Alex Christensen, PhD student in the School of Built Environment & Engineering, will share her experiences of the Research Student Society and how this is growing our research community.

Click here for more information about research degrees at Leeds Beckett - a brand new Graduate School website will launch later this year. You can also follow the Graduate School on Twitter or contact the team by email or on 0113 812 5375.

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