L-R: Dr Paul Roach (Head of Postgraduate Research Students), Prof Julie Lydon (Vice Chancellor), Professor Martin Steggall (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research)
The School, which was officially opened on 5 December, will work with early career researchers, bringing postgraduate researchers together from a wide variety of disciplines into one community.
USW is committed to providing a high-performance culture to attract and develop talented postgraduate research students and the new School provides the very best environment in which our students can flourish - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Professor Martin Steggall
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Professor Martin Steggall said, “USW is a research-informed institution and we recognise that PhD students are an integral part of our research teams. USW is committed to providing a high-performance culture to attract and develop talented postgraduate research students and the new School provides the very best environment in which our students can flourish.”
The official opening event also publicly announced the launch of the University's Lydon Hodges Bursary for postgraduate research students.
This new source of funding, generously established by founding donor Mrs Nan Hodges Powell, will enable two early career research students to each receive £2000 funding. The Fund opens each year on 1 August and supports scholars looking to access a postgraduate research future.
The recipients of the inaugural Lydon Hodges Bursary are:
Claire Webb, ‘Self representation by early modern European monarchs: a close examination of the writings of Queen Kristina of Sweden'.
Rebecca Miles, ‘Mechanisms and Products of Invasive Basaltic Lava Flows: distinguishing characteristics and controls on their generation’.
In addition to the current postgraduate research support provision, the new Graduate School will offer a range of new and enhanced development opportunities including:
• A calendar of generic and research skills training opportunities
• An accredited programme of research supervisor training
• An annual Research Supervisor of the Year Award
• A range of pathways for experience in public/external engagement and/or teaching and supporting learning
• An external Engagement Activity Fund
• Funds for research student-led activity including training, external speakers and PGR student conferences
• Enhanced opportunities for collaboration and events within the PGR community
• A web-based funding resource for postgraduate researchers