The Sunday Times and The Times University of the year 2013-14

Information for current Postgraduate Researchers and their supervisors

 1.    Funding opportunities

The Michael K. O'Rourke PhD Best Publication Award 2014

The University Graduate School is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the Michael K.O’Rourke PhD Best Publication Award which is awarded annually to postgraduate researchers who have made outstanding contributions in terms of publication of their research.

There will be six awards including one for each College, chosen by a panel from each College, and an overall winner, chosen by the Graduate School Management Board from the five College winners.

The nomination form needs to be fully completed and signed by the PGR and their Supervisor (this can be done electronically) and submitted to graduateschool@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 12th March 2014.

MDS Graduate School Overseas Work Experience Scholarship

Application are now open for the 2013/14 round of overseas work experience scholarships. Placements are for up to a maximum of three months and the funds cover flights, travel expenses and accommodation expenses.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 26th November 2013 and the placement must be completed before 30th June 2014.

Please contact Niki Windridge with any queries.

Margaret Worthington award

The award of up to £500 can fund UK or overseas conference attendance. The successful recipient would be expected to write to the donor to inform them of their conference experience (templates are available for this).

Applications should be received no later than Monday 3rd March 2014.

Application Form [doc73kb]

Eligibility

Open to registered MDS postgraduate researchers in the area of respiratory disorder research The recipient would write to the donor following their conference attendance to inform them of their experience The PGR must be presenting at a conference, either by a presentation or a poster  

Elizabeth Watson Davidson award

The award up to £750 can fund UK or overseas conference attendance. The successful recipient would be expected to write to the donor to inform them of their conference experience (templates are available for this) and the information below explains why this award has been set up.

Applications should be received no later than Monday 3rd March 2014.

Application form [doc 75KB]

Eligibility

Open to registered MDS postgraduate researchers in any area of research

  • The recipient would write to the donor following their conference attendance to inform them of their experience
  • The PGR must be presenting at a conference, either by a presentation or a poster

Further information on The Elizabeth Watson Davidson Award:

Born and brought up in Scotland, Elizabeth Watson Davidson saw education as a means for helping someone realise their full potential. Although denied the opportunity of going to university herself, she was delighted that both her children and grandchildren were able to take advantage of a university education.

Elizabeth Watson Davidson also loved meeting people and seeing new places, she travelled widely, living for eight years in the West Indies and celebrated her seventieth year by remarrying and moving to Canada. This travel award has been set up to celebrate the life of this remarkable and inspirational woman by her daughter and son-in-law who now live and work in the Birmingham area.

Margaret Worthing PGR publication prize

This publication award of £500 will be awarded annually to a postgraduate researcher who has made outstanding contributions in terms of publication of their research.

Eligibility

Open to registered MDS postgraduate researchers in the areas of respiratory disorder, neurology and diabetes research nominations should be received no later than Monday 2nd June 2014. Please see guidelines.  

 Nomination Form

 2.  College Seminar Series

 1. School PGR Seminar programmes 

2. Graduate Lecture Series

The graduate lecture series is compulsory for all first year PhD students, but students of all years are welcome to attend.

3.  Information for postgraduate researchers

 

1. Handbook

MDS Graduate School handbook and the appendix contains much of the information you should require during your period of study.

2. Methods of communicating information to MDS PGR students

There are several sources of information for MDS PGR students:

3. Reps

Each school elects at least one representative to be a member of the College PGR representative committee. Meetings are held termly, reps raise issues on behalf of their peers and keep their school research students informed of any outcomes from these meetings. These are the current MDS PGR reps.

4. PhD Buddy Scheme

The PhD Buddy scheme has been introduced this year to offer students an additional source of advice and support during what can be quite a daunting process of starting a research degree.

The PhD buddies scheme runs alongside the traditional mentor scheme that pairs students with academic and teaching staff. It is intended to provide extra approachable and relevant contacts for students who might feel that asking a member of staff for advice is unnecessary.

Buddies may be a useful first port of call if you are keen to learn a new technique or possibly wanting advice regarding balancing the different priorities of home and work balance or whilst adjusting to the transition of moving to Birmingham from elsewhere in the UK or aboard.

Buddies are not formally trained so are not a replacement for the more formal advice and support offered by the University or the Student’s Guild nor is it intended that they should replace the pastoral advice you would receive from your academic mentor.

However if you are keen to contact a PhD buddy have a look at our list of short profiles of each of our buddies and feel free to contact the one you think is relevant to your query.

5. PGR plagiarism process

At the start of your studies you will be required to sign a plagiarism learning agreement (please attach and link to “plagiarism learning agreement”. There are details of the University policy and guidance on plagiarism on the University intranet. Specifically the process in MDS is outlined in the PGR thesis plagiarism process and summarized in the flow chart. You will be required to submit your final thesis through turnitin

6. Thesis submission and examination

There are two sections on the intranet that are particularly helpful:

  • Presenting your thesis: Everything you need to know about how to present your thesis and what you need to include.
  • Submitting your thesis: which has Information about how to submit your thesis for examination, what forms to include and where to submit it.

7. Monthly supervision record form (GRS2)

This form is available on the graduate school intranet.

8. Annual progress review form (GRS3)

9. PGR supervision experience concern form

More information: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/registry/policy/complaint-appeal/complaints/pgr-concern-form.aspx

10. Development needs analysis (DNA)

The graduate school has a wealth of information regarding training opportunities.  There is also a link to the development needs analysis form which needs to be completed within the first three months of starting a research degree and then annually prior to your annual assessment

11. Codes of practice

The university intranet has a complete list of all the codes of practice and guidance.

12. Library Services Support

Subject Advisors
  • Sue Stevens, Subject Advisor (Dentistry, Nursing & Physiotherapy)

 

Both Subject Advisors are based in the Barnes Library and can help you with many aspects of research skills, including:

Literature searching – from a brief refresher to in-depth support for systematic reviews, we can help you with detailed searches on subject databases.

Referencing software – we can support your use of both EndNote and Reference Manager. There are training sessions for an introduction to using these tools and we can also answer individual questions.

Bibliometrics – don’t know your H-index from your Journal Impact Factor? We can advise on how to measure the impact your research is having on the academic community.

Finding research and theses – we can show you how to find existing theses in your subject area

Other Library Services support you may be interested in includes:

  •  IT training
  •  Open Access publishing
  •  Electronic thesis submission

4.   Information for Supervisors

Supervisors are able to access specific information and forms through intramed on the left hand side click on IDR (interactive document repository) and then the research folder and within that the PGR supervisor folder. There is also information for supervisors on the graduate intranet.

MDS run regular supervisor training sessions.

For information on these please contact Niki Windridge n.j.windridge@bham.ac.uk

 5. Events

Careers Evening – 5th February 2014

Graduate Research Festival

All staff & students are invited to attend the College's Graduate Research Festival which will take place on 8th April 2014 9.15-5pm

The Gala will showcase research from postgraduate researchers from across the College and will be an excellent networking opportunity.

Register for the event 

 

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