Doctoral College

What is LSU doing for you?

Written by George Hones, LSU Postgraduate Executive Officer.

In September of last year, Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) welcomed their first ever full time Postgraduate Sabbatical Officer – me!  The creation of this new role was part of LSU’s renewed drive to ensure that the postgraduate population is well represented and catered for.

Last term I worked hard to make sure Loughborough postgraduates were aware of what we are doing at LSU and created a range of events and initiatives to reach out and engage with you.

Our first postgraduate-only social event, ‘LSU Welcome Social’, was a massive success! Over 150 postgraduates came for a night of table tennis, bowling, cheap drink offers and loads more; everyone had a brilliant time and it was fantastic to see so many postgraduates coming to the Union! Since that first event, I’ve developed our social offering and now run regular ‘PGIF – Postgrads, It’s Friday’, with over 160 postgraduates coming to the last two of the term. I also oversaw the successful recruitment of a postgraduate-only University Challenge team to represent Loughborough – good luck to the team!

Another successful event was LSU’s  first ever Your Education Week Postgraduate Conference – a career focused event covering a variety of topics. We had 8 speakers, including University staff, Union staff, and postgraduate Alumnus of Loughborough. Thank you to all those who attended!

Our final celebration of the year came on the final day of term. I organised a highly successful Postgraduate Festive Friday, with a festive party in Graduate House during the day and a Christmas themed PGIF in the evening. We had around 100 attendees throughout the day, who all enjoyed some bingo, a raffle, Christmas food and games and plenty of festive music!

I’ve also been working hard with the Student Voice team and the Graduate School, on a variety of initiatives that could greatly improve the doctoral experience here at Loughborough. This includes a comprehensive review and improvement of our PGR Representation systems and a working group ensuring our Supervisory processes can be sector-leading – stay tuned for more information in due course!

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