Graduate School – Here to help!

If you are a postgraduate student, make sure you take advantage of the great employability enhancing opportunities the Graduate School offers!

Postgraduate Researchers

The Graduate School administers the Researcher Development Programme for all postgraduate research students at Kent. The programme offers a wide variety of training workshops, delivered by academics, professional services and external trainers, which are designed to develop your research skills. All workshops are mapped to the four domains of the National Research Development Framework.

Workshop topics include writing skills, statistics, public speaking, research methods, effective time management and many more! All workshops are free of charge so be sure to book via our online booking system

*NB. All workshops are voluntary, except the Researcher Development Assessment workshop, which all first year PhD students must attend before their Probation Review.

Postgraduate taught students

The Global Skills Award Programme is designed to increase your knowledge of global issues, current affairs and develop personal skills which will enhance your employability. The programme runs from November to April and applications open in September each year. Participants are required to attend a series of lectures and workshops to develop their skills, as well as complete a personal skills assessment at the start and end of the programme, which will help them to reflect on the skills they have gained during the programme.

Workshop Examples: CV and Cover letter writing, Career managements, Leaderships, Networking.

Example Lecture Topics: Euro Crisis, Genetics, Computing and Biodiversity.

Opportunities for all postgraduates

The Graduate School also coordinates many other events and opportunities which can help to boost your CV!

‘GradPost’

A newsletter developed by postgraduates for postgraduates. Postgraduates are encouraged to join the GradPost editorial team and gain experience in roles such as; writer, reviewer, editor or photographer.

Postgraduate Research Festival

An opportunity for all postgraduates to produce and present a poster or give a Pecha Kucha presentation at our yearly Festival, showcasing their Research. The day includes stimulating academic talks, research presentations and a drinks reception. A prize is also awarded for the best poster presentation in each Faculty. This year the festival is taking place on Monday 23rd June 2014.

Postgraduate Experience Awards

Postgraduates can apply for up to £1500 of funding to run events or projects which have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus which will enhance the postgraduate experience at Kent. Some past winning projects have been:

  • ‘Artscapes: Urban Art and the Public’ conference
  • ‘Homelessness’ conference
  • Ethnobotany project
  • Postgraduate short story reading group
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