What is the Graduate School?

Who We Are

Research degrees at Edge Hill are organised and run centrally. The Graduate School is the mechanism by which the University does that. The Graduate School is a centrally coordinated network of staff working in the service of the University as a whole on research degree matters. That means that most staff are not solely engaged in Graduate School work but have other responsibilities in faculties and departments. There is, however, also a smaller number of staff with specific dedicated research degree roles that is responsible for the central coordination of the wider Graduate School work.

Research degree student registration is in the Graduate School, not the department or faculty in which students are located during their time as a research student. Research degree students will be housed in a department or faculty in order to provide them with convenient access to academic staff working in their discipline, and therefore to a relevant subject-specific research culture. In the case of GTAs, the host department or faculty will provide relevant teaching opportunities. The Graduate School, however, is the University’s means for organising and running all elements of research degrees.

The Graduate School is responsible for ensuring students receive appropriate supervision, and for making any changes to supervision as necessary. It is also responsible for ensuring the best possible research student experience and making any alterations to facilitate that. It also oversees training for both research degree students and supervisors, and in doing so ensures the sharing of good practice in accordance with relevant regulations, policies, procedures and guidance.

What we do

In managing research degrees, the Graduate School:

  • Is responsible for the research degree regulations and all procedural and regulatory documentation in relation to research degrees;
  • Makes decisions regarding extensions, interruptions of study, composition of supervisory teams and examination teams, project registration and progression examination, student progress, changes to mode of study, changes of programme, applications for writing-up fee from self-funded doctoral students;
  • Manages all administration in relation to the research student experience;
  • Organises all central training for research degree students across all years of registration, along with the central research student induction;
  • Provides an annual induction for all new supervisors;
  • Is responsible for coordinating the planning, and delivery, of research degree supervisor development;
  • Reviews any, and all, student feedback across each academic year from several channels including the student representatives;
  • Administers PGR Bursary awards;
  • Provides support and guidance for the University’s research degree student community.

The Graduate School also services the following University committees:

  • The Graduate School Board of Studies (GSBoS), which awards research degrees;
  • The Graduate School Board of Studies – Research Student Experience Sub-group (GSBoS – RSESG). Your research degree student reps sit on RSESG.

If you would like to find out more about research degrees at Edge Hill, please contact graduateschool@edgehill.ac.uk.

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