Support and Representation

Informal networking amongst PhD students and staff after the annual doctoral conferenceSupporting Undergraduate to Postgraduate Transitions 

Focus groups with Masters and PhD students and supervisors in the Faculty of Social Sciences have been carried out in order to develop resources for different types of transitions from undergraduate to postgraduate study. Please see the three postgraduate transitions guides and PowerPoint presentations, which provide reflections and tips for students and supervisors around students’ struggles as they navigate their academic journeys:

UG to Masters: ‌ Guide & PowerPoint slides 

Masters to PhD: Guide & PowerPoint slides

International Student Transitions: Guide PowerPoint slides

These slides and guides can be used at postgraduate inductions and postgraduate training events to enhance the links between postgraduate taught and postgraduate research student experiences as students develop their independent learning skills (see poster).

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Academic Supervisor

As a postgraduate research student within the Faculty of Social Sciences, you will be teamed with two academic supervisors, who are the staff members with whom you will likely have the most contact.

Postgraduate Research Tutor

You will also be allocated a tutor, whose role is to facilitate student engagement with ‘research culture’ by developing research students’ links with research groups. The postgraduate research tutors for 2016/17 are:

Postgraduate Representative

You will also have a Postgraduate Representative(s) who attends the School’s Research Committee; providing a voice for all PhD students.  

Peer mentor

All research students will be allocated a peer mentor on arrival – a PhD student in their second or third year. The peer mentor/mentee relationship, in addition to providing a means of support, offers further opportunities to network, gain exposure, to work collaboratively and challenge your own thinking.

The Postgraduate Society at the University of Stirling

The Postgraduate Society has been set up by postgraduate students so that they may socialise together. Many PhD students do not get many chances to meet others outside of their faculty, so the society aims to run many social events to make this easier. Currently, there are weekly lunch meet-ups, coffee and chats, as well as pub trips and larger social events.

The group mainly runs via the Facebook page - Stirling University Postgraduates.

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