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WP 3: Enhancing the on-course postgraduate research experience

Led by Lauren Russell, Nottingham Trent University, with Amira Asantewa, Grit Breakthrough Programmes

Work package three has been created in partnership with GRIT Breakthrough Programmes to address concerns that students from racialised groups, at all levels of higher education, can often feel they do not belong. This lack of belonging can lead to disengagement, withdrawal from enrichment activities and a reduction in attainment and progression.

Through work package three, we will be delivering a series of coaching workshops for postgraduate researchers from racialised groups, to address isolation, provide a safe space to share challenges, and establish peer support networks.

In addition to the above, we will also be delivering coaching workshops for supervisors and staff who support postgraduate researchers. Their aim is to disrupt the transfer of cultural norms and practices from supervisors and administrators to postgraduate research candidates which can perpetuate inequalities in postgraduate research participation.

Workshops for staff and supervisors

We have two workshops taking place in June and July for staff who work with doctoral researchers, including supervisors.

Workshop one  two-day staff workshop, 30 June and 1 July 2022, 9.30am - 4pm

The two-day workshop provides a coaching approach that will enable staff to support PGR students to unlock their potential. The project hypothesis is that the Grit training will challenge and develop the mind set and belief systems of individuals at all levels of the workforce, to better enable the organisational and behavioural change required to impact the recruitment and retention of students from racialised groups to the Doctoral School.

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Workshop two half-day staff workshop, 5 July 2022, 9.30am - 1.30pm

For staff unable to attend our two-day workshop, the half-day workshop creates insights into the journeys of PGR candidates from racialised groups, exploring how you can personally impact on their experience, progression, and outcomes.

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