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1 Week to Go | Event for Supervisors: UKCGE Route to Recognition for Supervisory Practice

Are you an established research degree supervisor?

Would you like your supervisory practice acknowledged at national level?

We are delighted to welcome Professor Stan Taylor of Durham University on behalf of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) to BU to lead a session for established supervisors on Good Supervisory Practice Framework and the Research Supervision Recognition Programme.

Acknowledging the Complexity of Your Role: The Good Supervisory Practice Framework helps you navigate the wide-ranging, highly complex and demanding set of roles that modern research supervisors must undertake to perform the role effectively. Informed by academic research and approved by the sector, the 10 criteria of the GSPF acknowledges this complexity and sets a benchmark of good practice for all supervisors.
Identify your professional development needs: Reflecting on your own practice, compared to a benchmark of good practice, often reveals new perspectives on the challenges inherent in supervision. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses enables you to build upon the former and address the latter with targeted professional development.
Recognition of your expertise by a national body: Becoming a UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor, you can demonstrate to your university, peers and candidates that your supervisory practice has been recognised by a national body.

The workshop will guide you through the process for gaining recognition and help you to start reflecting on your practice and drafting your application in the supplied workbook, to follow nearer to the event.

Online Workshop – Zoom
Thursday 17 June 2021, 14:00-16:00
Book your place: Register for free on Eventbrite now

NEW for 2021! PGR Success Stories

NEW for 2021! Promoting research culture at BU and celebrating postgraduate researcher achievements, the Doctoral College are collating PGR student stories as PGRs complete their PhD, MRes, MPhil, EdD, EngD and DProf studies. These are a few recent inspiring stories, to be updated regularly from across the faculties. If you have a story to share after you receive your award, please get in touch

Announcing the Prize Draw Winners of the 2017 HEA PRES and PTES Surveys

Thank you to everyone who completed the recent postgraduate surveys. We achieved 43% response rate for PRES and 17% for PTES and the survey results will be published at the end of the Summer.


Congratulations to the prize drawer winners who received either a £100 Amazon Voucher or a year’s BU Gym Membership: Rachael Hopkins, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (Masters), Nikki Burgess, Faculty of Media and Communication (Masters), and Duncan Ki-Aries and Anupama Patil, Faculty of Science and Technology (Postgraduate Researchers).


Wednesday 10 May, 11am to 1pm

Talbot Campus – Graduate School
Lansdowne Campus – 7th Floor, EBC



We haven’t seen you for a while! Please come and join us for FREE tea and cake, and pick up your FREE coffee voucher if you have completed the PRES survey. We look forward to seeing you.

BU Postgraduate Conference 2017 – Prize Winners

PG Conference 2017

BU celebrated some of the best current PhD, Master’s by Research and MSc postgraduate research at its Postgraduate Conference 2017 yesterday. Winners of the oral presentations and academic poster and photography exhibition were announced at the end of the conference, listed below. Congratulations to everyone who participated.


Oral Presentations:

1st Prize Samantha Prince, PGR Faculty of Management

2nd Prize Magnhild Sletten, PGR Faculty of Science and Technology

3rd Prize Clare Gordon, PGR Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Commended Prize Sara Glithro, PGR Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Poster Presentation Winners: Paul Leal PGR FHSS, Maria Musarskaya PGR FoM, Walaa Naji Bajnaio PGR FMC, Sarah Hodge FST

Poster Presentation Commended: Lauren Bishop PGT FHSS, Tahani Mohamed PGR FoM, Phil Mathews PGR FMC, Dan Carter PGR FST

Photography Presentation Winner: Phil Mathews PGR FMC Commended: Resh Samauroo FMC

Enquiries to Debbie:

BU 9th Postgraduate Conference 2017 – Call for Abstracts

pg-conference-2017The BU Postgraduate Annual Conference, Wednesday 8 March 2017  showcases the best of BU’s postgraduate research. It provides a unique opportunity for Postgraduate researchers and Masters’ students to present their work.

Call for Abstracts is open from 24 October 2016 Closes: midnight, 24 November 2016

Abstracts are invited for oral, poster and photography presentations from Postgraduate Research and Taught students at any stage of their degree. Please download and complete the Abstract Form with reference to the guidance notes for Oral, Poster and Photography presentations. Visit for further information.

Please note, the number of oral presentations is limited and therefore the selection process is competitive – abstracts will be shortlisted by a Faculty academic panel and you will be advised if your abstract has been successful 2 weeks after the deadline date.


Grad School Header 2 smallOnly a week away… BU POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE 9-10 MARCH 2016, hosted by the Graduate School on the 3rd Floor, Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne. With only a few tickets left, register to experience a jam packed programme of exciting postgraduate research, addresses from BU and external key academics, and share experiences with research and masters students from across the whole university…an opportunity not to be missed. For a copy of the programme and to register visit


Registration is now open on the Graduate School website.  This will be a sell-out event, so register your place early.  For BU PGRs and Academic staff.

The Graduate School have invited Jorge Cham, creator of the cult comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper, or PHD – probably the most gut-achingly funny/tragic counsellor you could recommend to a PhD Student, and features in the ‘Times Higher Education’ (THE) – to lecture at a PGR social event on Tuesday 17th March 2015, EBC, Lansdowne Campus. 3.30-7.00pm.  Refreshments provided.

There will be the opportunity to meet and talk to Jorge and get a copy of his signed book too, as well as networking with other PGRs and academic staff.


All BU postgraduate researchers and masters students are invited to submit an Abstract to present their research project or research journey at the 7th Annual Postgraduate Conference on 20th and 21st January 2015. There are 3 categories of presentations – oral, academic poster or photography. We look forward to receiving your Abstract soon – the closing date for entries is Monday 10 November 2014. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on how to submit your Abstract and register for the Conference. Or email: with any questions.