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Graduate School

Timely but useful chatter from the Graduate School - guest contributions welcome.

An exciting year ahead for the Graduate School!

Written by Professor Andrew Dainty, Director of the Graduate School. Happy New Year to all of our PGR students! I hope that you all return to your doctoral studies having had a restful festive season and are feeling refreshed for the year ahead. 2017 promises to be an exciting one for the Graduate School as […]

Calling all Loughborough PGRs: What makes a successful research community?

Written by Laurence Coles, PGR Vice President.  Over the next few months we’re going to be working closely with all of you through short workshops held within each School/Department, in order to help us understand our Research Culture across the campus! You may be wondering what this means…? Well promoting local interaction within communities is […]

Grant proposals through the looking glass!

Written by Dr Kathryn North, Head of Researcher Development I rather enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek look at a putting together an unsuccessful research grant proposal which featured on Research Professionals’ funding insight –  some useful, if inverse, tips about what not to do! If you set up a Research Professional account, you can access a wealth […]

Introducing George Hones, the LSU Postgraduate Executive Officer!…

With the introduction of a Postgraduate Executive Officer, LSU is hoping to make serious strides in how they can cater for the PG population of Loughborough. George Hones’ new role will ensure the voices and views of our PG population are heard in what the Union offers and advertises to our PG community. LSU is incredibly […]

Introducing Laurence Coles, the PGR Vice President!…

The PGR Vice President, Laurence Coles, is highly driven and determined to make a positive contribution towards the doctoral experience of both current and future PGRs at Loughborough University. This will involve taking the lead on developing and supporting the PGR Representation Systems within each School and Department. The aim being to ensure that the doctoral experience […]

Introducing Solomon Osei, the PGR President!…

Solomon is the new Postgraduate Research (PGR) President for the next academic year. He is a second-year PhD student working with the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughbororough University and the Institute of Digital Technologies at Loughborough University London. As the PGR President, Solomon’s goal is to enhance the Loughborough doctoral experience by […]

Student Minds: The Importance of Support

Written by Andrew Rowe, PhD student, Civil and Building Engineering As a PhD student (hopefully) coming towards the end of the journey pretty soon, I have experienced a multitude of different emotions along the way – some very difficult to manage culminating in me very nearly terminating my studies twice. But I’m still here; how? […]

We did it!!

After months of training, weeks of fund raising and a few days of carb-loading, the Graduate School running team finally took to the streets of Nottingham to complete the Robin Hood half marathon. Prof Andy Dainty, Dr Kathryn North and myself, completed the 13.1 mile course in 2hrs 6mins – a great achievement. There is […]

More than a floppy hat…

During University Graduation ceremonies it’s easy to make a visual distinction between a graduating Postgraduate Researcher (PGR), a Postgraduate Taught student (aka Masters Student) and an Undergraduate just by looking at their attire…but floppy hat aside, there are a LOT of differences between PGRs and taught students than many don’t know about (unless you’re a […]

A Day in the Life of a Postgraduate Researcher

At Loughborough University we have almost 1500 postgraduate research (PGR) students based in all of our academic Schools. However, sometimes the nature of PGR is not always well understood by people supporting these students as a whole. In addition, a distinction is not always made between PGRs, undergraduates and postgraduate taught students (for example, PGRs do not […]