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SPS Graduate School
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Michael D Smith
Director of Graduate Studies, SPS
University of Kent
September 2013
PGT
Programme
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Organisational Structure
UKGS
Your School
University
Graduate School
Faculty
Office
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Physical Science
Postgraduate Students are the Key
People in maintaining this School’s
Reputation and success.
Our students progress into a wide variety
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of different careers and over the years
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have made a profound impact for the
wider benefit of society.
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How did you get here?
It’s a long uncertain story……
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Centuries: idea of swirling,
turbulent gas as the origin of our
solar system.
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Descartes, Kant, Laplace:
vortices, nebular hypothesis:
importance of angular
momentum.
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Books
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Where are you?
Humanities
Sciences
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Social
Sciences
The Schools
Biosciences
Computing
Mathematical
Sciences
Physical
Sciences
Pharmacy
Sport
Science
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Engineering
&
Digital Arts
What are you doing here?
Masters?
PhD?
What will you get?
……………a certificate?
……………a little prestige?
……………amore interesting job?
……………a deeper understanding?
……………a challenge?
……………satisfaction of contribution to knowledge
……………a Eureka moment
What else?
Training
Training for what? What skills?
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The transition year begins..........
Research students :
Your success in graduate school depends on your active
interaction with others in the community. The emphasis
is as much on asking the right questions and engaging
in enlightening discussion as it is on finding the answers.
Although a basic knowledge of physics or chemistry is
important, you will need to adopt approaches that are
considerably different from those required to solve
problem sets from a textbook.
Sceptical thinking
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The Ultimate Skills for the employer
……. .more than just numerate and literate ………
You will be able to analyse critically, and use your initiative
You will be teachable, educable
Your vices will be curable
You will be durable, have stamina
You will be supervisable: capable of following advice.
You will be endurable, especially in the face of boredom
You will be able to persist at seemingly pointless tasks
……. What you do may not be relevant, but what you can do is.
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Job prospects
• PhDs are needed :-
• Pipeline to lecturers
• Sustain University
research
• Build careers
• Build knowledge
economy
• Highly skilled HR to
attract industry
Royal Society: The Scientific Century, 2010
100% = all science PhD students
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Skills Training: practical skills
Research Training
General Training
Record: Milestones, PDP –
Your Personal Development Plan
This provides details for:
CV and for Reference Letters
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EBGS & Feedback
Reps: SPS and Faculty?
Student representation on committees
Feedback: Milestone reports…..
Problems encountered
Illnesses ………..absences
Data loss, equipment breakdown
Supervision problem
Time management & Demonstrating
I am stuck
Money
Family
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Help
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Supervisor.
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Research Group.
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Associate Supervisor.
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Director of Graduate Studies.
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Head of Department.
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PG Admin Team ***
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Fellow Students *** the ‘cohort’
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SLAS – free advice and guidance
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Action
1. Read Handbook
2. Bother your Supervisor
3. Define your project: Milestone M1
4. Determine your deadlines: Skills, M3, M4
4. See your Associate Supervisor
5. ?????? Courses...teaching...skills
training... seminars....research ...THESIS
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Questions?
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When can I take holidays?
Is my supervisor normal?
How hard should I work?
How do I do research?
How do I do a literature review?
http://astro.kent.ac.uk/mds/Modules/modules.htm
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Responsibilities?
3.
Milestones
PDP
Fast communication
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https://www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences
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/local/postgrad/index.html
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2.
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Responsibilities
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4.
Go to SDS
Monthly Meeting Forms: Record of Supervisory
Interaction
Students must complete a form and submit it on the last working
day of every month.
RDA: attend an RDA workshop
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Research Resources
http://astro.kent.ac.uk/SEPNET/gradschool/
Travel funds
Consumables
Equipment
Desk & Chair
Computing
Lab Space
Library: electronic Journal access
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SEPnet-Astro Synergies
16a, 8r, 15s
Queen Mary,
5a, 2r, 12s
London
25a, 37r, 45s
Oxford
Solar
System
Cosmology
Radio
Kent
Stars & Planets
Portsmouth
Galaxies
11a, 13r, 16s
Southampton
●RAL/Chilbolton
11a, 9r, 22s
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Sussex
10a, 10r, 25s
Key People – Supervisor(s)
Mentors and guides for your project
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Providing or facilitating access to
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necessary resources
Providing opportunities for networking
Giving you general support in many ways
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A professional working relationship!
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Key PG People
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Sarah Saunders (PGR)
Sophie Godfrey (PGR)
Russell Weeks (PGR)
Kim Harty (PGT)
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Key PGT info
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Contact Programme Director
Establish/check the Modules
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Relevant Handbooks:
https://www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/handbooks/index.html
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http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/pgt-landing.html
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Workshops, training, awards, …..
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