The COURAGE Wellbeing Project
UEA received funding in February 2018 for research into PGR Mental Health and Wellbeing. Working with the UEA Student Union, University of Suffolk and the Norwich Bioscience Institutes, the project is exploring ways in which higher education institutions can support good mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate researchers. An important component of the project is the research carried out by postgraduate researchers on a range of topics. Read their final research reports here:
COURAGE Project Strand A
- Building Community and Research Culture in HUM - Andrea James
- NBI PIPS Placement Report: Developing Research Community Culture - Márton L. Ölbei
- University of Suffolk Report: Developing Research Community Culture - Jennifer Coe
- Research Culture and Community PGR Placement Report - Dr Natasha Senior
- Final Report for Strand A: Building Community and Research Culture for Postgraduate Researchers - James Craske
COURAGE Project Strand B
Vitae Three Minute Thesis Competition
UEA is participating in the national Vitae Three Minute Thesis competition for the first time. This is part of a worldwide phenomenon, founded by the University of Queensland. It involves postgraduate researchers explaining their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes, using a single PowerPoint slide - you can see some examples here. This will give a fun opportunity to let others around the University know what UEA PGRs are doing, with prizes of Amazon vouchers of £150, £100 and £50 for the three best presentations. A video of the winning presentation will go on to a national online semi-final, with the best of the semi-finalists being invited to a live final in September.
UEA Faculties and NBI are planning to hold heats before 23 May, and the UEA final will be at 15:30 on Tuesday 4 June. UEA postgraduate researchers should register their interest in participating by using this online form before midnight on Monday 6 May.
More detailed instructions will be sent to those who register their interest, but there is a FAQ page for participants about the format here.
UEA Doctoral College Launch
Vice Chancellor David Richardson and others attended the UEA Doctoral College Launch on Wednesday 27 March 2019 in the Thomas Paine Study Centre. The event featured a conversation between UEA PhD alumnus Dr Andy Stanford-Clark (Chief Technology Officer, IBM – UK and Ireland) and UEA Prof. Michael Hornberger (Norwich Medical School), an interactive Q&A chaired by PVC for Research and Innovation, Fiona Lettice, followed by a light food buffet and drinks reception.
With more than 1,500 postgraduate researchers, the UEA Doctoral College accounts for the largest component of the UEA research community. The new college will coordinate PGR activities across all Graduate Schools, represent the interests of postgraduate researchers within the University and promote the reputation of UEA’s postgraduate research education to the wider world.
Andy Stanford-Clark is Chief Technology Officer for IBM in the UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park Laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He graduated from UEA with a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science, and is an Honorary Professor in the School of Computing Sciences.
Michael Hornberger is Professor of Applied Dementia Research at the Norwich Medical School and the Director of Aging Research in the Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust. His research focuses on improving diagnosis, disease progression tracking and symptom management in dementia. He is co-developer of Sea Hero Quest, a free mobile game that contributes to research on dementia.
Orientation and induction programmes for new postgraduate researchers
Details of registration, orientation and induction events and a wealth of information for new postgraduate researchers can be found on the University's New Students web site.
Personal and Professional Development programmes and events
Details of courses and events that contribute towards your personal and professional development during your research programme can be found in the PPD Online Directory.