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Graduate School Prizes

 

Researcher | Supervisor |School Director of Graduate Studies | Administrator

 

 

NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 18 MAY 2018!

 



 

The Graduate School is delighted to be introducing a series of prizes to recognise the excellence of its postgraduate researchers and the outstanding work carried out by our academic and administrative staff members in support of postgraduate research and education.

 

The prizes will be announced and presented at the Postgraduate Research Festival in June 2018!

The four categories and criteria for each prize are listed below:

  • Postgraduate Research Prize (one per Faculty)

  • Research Degree Supervisor (one per Faculty)*

  • School Director of Graduate Studies

  • Administrator working in support of postgraduate education and/or research

* Winners of the research degree supervisor competition would be entered as Kent nominations for the Times Higher Education ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ which normally has a deadline for applications toward the end of June. The winners of the supervisor prizes would be asked to share their expertise with other academic staff members as part of supervisor development activities.

The review panel will include the Dean of the Graduate School (Chair), the Associate Deans (Graduate Studies), the Director of Research Services (or his nominee), the Director of Corporate Communications (or her nominee) and the Head of Graduate School Administration.

Each of the prizes will be worth £500.The financial prize will take the form of a transfer to the winner’s school, centre or departmental budget for the 2018/19 financial year and can be used for:

  • Travel and subsistence in relation to research including conference fees, books, consumables, survey costs or any other cost that can be shown to relate to their research.
  • Staff development courses and related travel and subsistence costs

 

Nomination Process and Deadlines


 

Call for nominations launched

March 2018

Deadline for nominations

EXTENDED to 18 May 2018

Panel meets to review applications

May 2018

Winners announced at the 2018 Postgraduate Festival and details of the winners disseminated widely by the Graduate School and Corporate Communications

18 June 2018

 

Assessment Criteria


 

Postgraduate Researcher

Nominations for postgraduate research prizes should be based on a range of exceptional achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  1. Outputs e.g. publications and conference papers;
  2. Impact: this might include public engagement activities e.g. talks or exhibitions or engagement with non-higher education institutions e.g. placements/internships;
  3. Postgraduate Community e.g. action taken by the individual to support and develop the research culture and environment for postgraduate students in their academic schools or across the wider University.

 

The Graduate School will check that the shortlisted candidates are making satisfactory progression with their research degrees and that their supervision and progression monitoring records are up to date.

The nomination must be accompanied by a statement of support from either

  • The School Director of Graduate Studies (Research) or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*If the nominator is providing the statement of the support then the School Director of Graduate Studies should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination.

Please contact the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

Research Degree Supervisor

Supervisor prizes will be given to an individual who has created a supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for doctoral students. Nominations should be based on a range of exceptional achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  1. Evidence of outstanding results of their supervision over a number of years (have students from a range of backgrounds been encouraged to pursue a doctorate? What have they gone on to achieve?)
  2. A pioneering approach to supervision: what has the nominee done above and beyond that which is expected of any good supervisor?
  3. Demonstrable enthusiasm for the role and going the extra mile to help students navigate through difficulties, academic or otherwise.
  4. Challenging students intellectually and helping them to make substantial contributions to their academic field.
  5. Providing additional support and facilities to give greater scope to their research.
  6. Providing supervision to an exceptional number of candidates over time.
  7. Offering constructive employment and career advice post-graduation
  8. Mentoring other supervisory staff members.

 

The above qualities are based on the THE guidance with the addition of point (viii) above. The Graduate School will check that shortlisted candidates all have up to date supervision and progression monitoring records for their research degree candidates.

The nominations should be accompanied by a statement of support. The statement of support should come from:

  • The Head of School or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*Please note that if the nominator is providing the statement of support then the Head of School should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination.

Please contact the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

School Director of Graduate Studies

The award for School Director of Graduate Studies will be made to an individual who performs all his/her responsibilities as outlined in the University’s Code of Practice of Practice for Quality Assurance. The successful nomination will demonstrate how the individual has gone above and beyond these responsibilities to create an exceptional environment for both postgraduate students and staff members working in support of postgraduate education and research in their academic schools or across the wider university. Nominations should be based on a range of exceptional achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  1. Development and introduction of new taught programme of study or research training with high levels of postgraduate student satisfaction.
  2. Increase in PRES and/or PTES scores as a result of the School’s strategy for responding to these postgraduate surveys.
  3. Mentoring and development of training for other academic staff members within the academic school or wider university.
  4. Strategy for attracting additional investment in postgraduate funding for the school which has achieved positive results.
  5. Development of national and international collaborative activities at postgraduate level which has enhanced the postgraduate student experience. This might include collaboration with either HEIs or non-HEIs.

 

The nomination for the prize of School Director of Graduate Studies should be accompanied by a statement of support from either

  • The Head of School or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*If the nominator is providing the statement of support then the Head of School should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination.

The successful candidate must have been in the role of School Director of Graduate Studies during the 2017-18 academic year and in post on the date of the award ceremony in June.

Please contact the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

Administrator working in support of postgraduate education and/or research

This prize will be be given to an administrative staff member working in support of postgraduate education and/or research who is undertaking their role to an exceptional standard. Nominations should be based on a range of achievements which could include but are not limited to:

  • Development of initiatives in support of the graduate strategy of a school, centre or department which have had extremely successful results.
  • Design and implementation of administration systems which have improved the effectiveness of work undertaken in support of postgraduate education and research in their school, centre or department.
  • Exceptional support and guidance provided to Master’s students and postgraduate researchers.
  • Outstanding support and advice provided to School Directors of Graduate Studies and research degree supervisors.

 

The nomination for the prize of administrator working in support of postgraduate education and/or research should be accompanied by a statement of support from either:

  • The staff member’s line manager or
  • The nominator (if there is one)*

*If the nominator is providing the statement of support then the candidate’s direct line manager should still be asked to sign the form in support of the nomination.

The successful candidate must have been in the role during the 2017-18 academic year and in post on the date of the award ceremony in June.

Any queries relating to the prizes should be directed to the Graduate School at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk.

 

Nominations Open

Nominations should be submitted on the appropriate form to graduateschool@kent.ac.uk by 18th May 2018.


 

 

Any queries relating to the prizes should be directed to the Graduate School (graduateschool@kent.ac.uk).

 

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