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