Your feedback is important to the future of postgraduate research at the University. Want to make a change? There are many ways to let us know.
Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) Representative
Having representatives ensures that postgraduate researchers have a platform to raise and discuss issues affecting them, and to influence future University policy for research degree programmes.
PGR representatives are recruited by their Faculty/School and participate in discussions and meetings to enhance the PGR experience and are encouraged to consult fellow postgraduate researchers. They are also asked to make sure a wide variety of opinions are represented at committee meetings. Contact details for the postgraduate researcher representatives may be obtained from your Graduate School
PG Reps Forum
The PGR Reps Forum offers an open platform to consult, discuss, and create opportunities between PGRs, LUU, and the University of Leeds. Questions can be submitted in advance, or raised at the forum itself. Previous discussions have included supervisory relationships and complaints, facilities made available for PGRs, fair pay for PGRs who teach, and career opportunities for PGRs inside and outside of academia.
The Forum takes place regularly throughout the year, with details of forthcoming meetings sent to all PGRs by email. For further information please contact Simon Sandison, LUU Student Engagement Coordinator.
Postgraduate Research Tutor
The Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT) has responsibility for the pastoral care of postgraduate researchers, as well as a range of other key strategic and operational roles in their School. Full information on the roles and responsibilities of the PGRT is available on SES website
You can meet with your PGRT at any time during the year to discuss any academic or personal issues. You should be offered a meeting with your PGRT (without your supervision team) at least once year by your Graduate School.
Faculty Graduate School Committee (FGSC)
Faculty Graduate School Committees report to the Graduate Board. Their common core terms of reference give all faculties a clear route of communication to Graduate Board.
The remit of these committees includes ensuring the quality of research training and supervision of postgraduate researchers, making recommendations to Graduate Board in relation to policy and the development of new programmes, appointing postgraduate research tutors, liaising with external bodies such as Research Councils, and considering general issues relating to postgraduate researchers in the faculty. PGR representatives are normally members of this committee.
Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)
PRES is a survey run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It is a sector-wide survey to gather insight from PGRs bout their learning and supervision experience. The survey includes a standard set of questions, as well as opportunities for free text responses. There is also a section asking you questions specific to your study at the University of Leeds. All responses are anonymous. Further information is available on the PRES page of the students website.