The City Graduate School
Another landmark in 2012 was the establishment of the City Graduate School. Professor Ken Grattan, former Dean of the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences, was appointed the Inaugural Dean of the School in August. Of the formation of the School, Professor Grattan noted that "City's Strategic Plan is ambitious in its research agenda and our research students make very important contributions to our research successes. The formation of the City Graduate School at this time is a clear indicator of the University's commitment to enhancing its research profile and enriching the learning experiences of our research students."
The Graduate School works in collaboration with the University's academic Schools and Professional Services to provide a range of support for research students including information and advice on applications and funding opportunities; guidance on research degree policy and regulation and research ethics and integrity; and knowledge of research expertise across the University. The School also provides training and development support for research students and early career researchers, working with Services including the Learning Development Centre, Library and Information Services, the Learning and Staff Development Unit, the Career and Skills Development Service, the Research Office and the Enterprise Office. The School has a key role to play in fostering the student community at City, providing opportunities for postgraduate research students to meet and interact with each other at events and symposia, share their research, receive feedback and gain invaluable transferable skills.
In 2013, the Graduate School is hosting several high profile lectures, Researcher Development days, a Research Symposium and several development workshops and seminars. Additionally, the Graduate School administers the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), has launched the Graduate School Conference Attendance Fund and is developing support for initiatives led by research students.