August 7, 2020, by Lisa Chin

A conversation with our postgraduate research students

Our drive to empowering postgraduate journey and research ambition of our postgraduate research students  

The needs of the postgraduate research community are at the heart of what we do at the Graduate School. Our network of specialist staff delivers exclusive training and development programmes for postgraduate research students to excel in their field and become an effective researcher.

From facilitating public engagement events to providing the highest quality training and development support for postgraduate research students, our Graduate School staff aim to cultivate a supportive culture in which our postgraduate research students can advance and thrive.

Listening to the suggestions of our postgraduate research students and understanding their training and development needs 

It is the time of the year where we reflect on the evaluations and training needs of our postgraduate research students. This review is part of our continuous exercise of further improvement to ensure our training and development plan relevantly supports both personal and professional development needs of our postgraduate research students.

A clear message emerged from the virtual town hall meetings for researchers hosted by our Vice Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange in June 2020, which prompted for our postgraduate research community to be involved at the earliest stage of our planning for a refreshed and renewed strategy. For us at the Graduate School, this message called for a heightened sense of community and the move towards open conversations in more inclusive forums.

Hence, we organised a consultation session with our postgraduate research students on Thursday 6 August 2020 via Microsoft Teams. The primary focus of this session was to capture and further understand the general as well as specific training and development needs of our postgraduate research students before we start planning our training schedule for the next academic term. The virtual session was facilitated by Dr Revathy Sankaran, Research Training Development Assistant Manager at the Graduate School.

We received some very constructive feedback and suggestions which covered a range of areas, including but not limited to data analytics, specific software, time management, publication, interdisciplinary collaboration, employability and micro-communities for researchers on campus.

Our sincere thanks

“Many thanks for engaging with us! Please keep in touch and let us know how we can support you in your postgraduate research journey,” said Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, Head of Graduate School.

Thank you to those who attended the session and we are thoroughly pleased to have an opportunity to talk and listen to you. Your input is having a direct influence in refreshing and renewing our strategic development plan of support we are offering to our postgraduate research community.

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