The PGR Development workshops are delivered by a team led by the Postgraduate Development Officer working with four Postgraduate Teaching Assistants from across the University. Teaching materials are prepared by the Postgraduate Development Officer and delivered by all members of the team. The workshops aim to provide a framework and suggestions for development in a non-prescriptive way, and are designed to capitalise on the diverse and interdisciplinary PGR population at the University of Birmingham by encouraging discussion and experience-sharing around the topics.
Georgina Hardy, Postgraduate Development Officer
Since completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool in 2004, Georgina has been supporting skills development for students and researchers through her career in academic libraries. She joined the University of Birmingham as Postgraduate Development Officer in 2016, and really enjoys working with the diverse, committed, and inspiring PGR population at the University. She obtained Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020.
Ben Price, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
Hi, my name is Ben and I am a second year Postgraduate Research Student in the school of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. My area of research is focussing on how saunas and hot baths can improve your cardiovascular health. At the university, I teach for the school, Careers Network and for Library Services. What I enjoy when teaching postgraduate researcher workshops is the opportunity to engage in debates and gather expertise from a range of different courses and backgrounds. This does not only help to facilitate learning in important topics for the members of the workshop but for myself which I can directly feedback into my own PhD. I would recommend the workshops to all postgraduate researchers and the open format in which they are delivered. Outside of academia, I enjoy watching rugby and competing in Latin and Ballroom competitions across the UK.
Simeon Whiting, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
I have been studying for a PhD in Theology (part time) since September 2014. My thesis focuses on how trauma and collective memory might have shaped the Exodus narrative. I have taught several modules in Theology and Religion, for undergraduates and masters students, and have been part of the PGR Development team for over two years. I particularly enjoy leading seminars which develop into open discussions and enable students to share ideas for new approaches to research skills.