Postgraduates
25 Feb 2010
Access, Employer Needs, Student Experience and Competitiveness. 8th annual conference. Held at The Bloomsbury Hotel, London

This conference brought together key stakeholders from across the Higher Education sector and updated delegates on the latest progress and development on The Postgraduate Review.

Programme
09:50
John O’Leary, Editor, Policy Review Magazine
Introduction and welcome by Chair

10:00
Professor Paul Wellings, Chair, 1994 Group and Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University
Focusing postgraduate study to research intensive universities

10:20
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education
What business values from postgraduates

10:40
Postgraduates and the recession
Moira Hiatt, UKPASS Development Manager, UCAS Dr Charlie Ball, Deputy Director of Research, HECSU

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshments
11:50
Rachel Segal, Assistant Director, Research and Evaluation, Higher Education Academy
Understanding and meeting the needs of PGT and PGRs

12:10
Panel discussion: Working with business to improve postgraduate study
Malcolm McVicar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire Aaron Porter, Vice-President (Education), National Union of Students Rachel Segal, Assistant Director, Research and Evaluation, Higher Education Academy

13:00
Buffet lunch
14:00
Dr Debbie McVitty, Research and Policy Officer (Postgraduates), National Union of Students
Research and employment: Postgraduates that teach

14:15
Thomas Papworth, Research Concordat Implementation Co-ordinator, Research Councils UK/Universities UK
Concordat: supporting researchers and their career development

14:30
Ellen Pearce, Director, Vitae
Latest developments in training postgraduate researchers

14:45
Iain Cameron, Head of Research Careers and Diversity, Research Councils UK
Ensuring the sustainability of the Roberts Skills agenda

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:30
Best practice discussion group A: Early stage research
Dr Douglas Halliday, Dean, Postgraduate School, Durham University