What is the Graduate School?

What is the Graduate School?

  • The GS was created in October 2015 to serve four main purposes:
    • To coordinate and centrally advertise a program of researcher development activities of all kinds. These are mainly targeted at PhD and Professional Doctorate students, but members of staff should also feel welcome.
    • To work with partners whose research degrees we validate.
    • To assist in gathering and maintaining data about the progress of current research degrees students.
    • Generally, to be a champion of the needs and significance of research degrees students here at Staffordshire.
    • More recently, the GS has also taken on board the training and development program for supervisors, and the planning and delivery of the annual PGR conference.
  • Professor Douglas Burnham is seconded to be the Head of the Graduate School. Dominic Collins administers the School. To get in touch with us, please contact Dominic.
  • The Graduate School is part of the University Research Institute, headed up by Professor Marc Jones.
  • What the Graduate School is NOT (this is important for clarity):
    • The Graduate School does not itself have any students, nor does it offer degrees. It is a service, not an academic department or school.
    • Anything to do with doctoral admissions – instead, please find the appropriate links under Doctoral Programs above.
    • Anything to do with doctoral marketing, although it will certainly try to advocate on behalf of the community.
    • A replacement for the School research degrees processes. All forms and administrative queries should go in the first instance to the research degrees coordinator in each School.