It is the University’s aim to make the start of your degree as easy as possible. The new students' web site will guide you through the crucial things you need to do before, during and in the weeks after your arrival at UEA.
There are a number of services and sources of information that you may find of use during your studies, some of which can be found below. If you have any queries which are not covered here, or in our menu options at the left of the page, please contact the PGR Service for advice.
You can check and amend your student records by logging onto eVision.
Check your relevant Graduate School webpage for specific information relating to your School, Institute or Faculty.
Alongside the facilities open to all students at UEA, there are some resources for postgraduate use only. For example, the Library offers a reserved area for postgraduate researchers, with 39 study spaces and 60 lockers on a first come first served basis.
Other PGR areas specific to your relevant Faculty can be found on your relevant Graduate School webpage and in handbooks.
There are a number of bodies within UEA that will represent and support you across a range of different needs during your studies. These include:
- The Student Support Service (SSS) including the Wellbeing Service, Disability Support, Learning Enhancement Team, International Student Advisory Team (ISAT) and Financial Advice
- The OpenUp UEA App, supporting student wellbeing
- UEA Students' Union (UEASU) including the Advice Service and Postgraduate(su); you may find this Student Union podcast from summer 2018 (MP3 8MB) useful - it was recorded by Madeleine Colledge, UEA SU Postgraduate Education Officer (2016-18)
- Multifaith Centre
- UEA’s careers services, CareerCentral
- UEA Medical Services (UMS) including Occupational Health and the Dental Practice
- IT Services
- The UEA Library
Teaching – working as an Associate Tutor at UEA
Postgraduate research students play an important role in the delivery of teaching at UEA, which is organised by individual Schools. Here are links to a guidance leaflet on working as an Associate Tutor, and the University’s policy:
Personal and Professional Development
To help you develop the research and employability skills you need for your degree and beyond, UEA runs a number of Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Programmes. These are designed to develop your intellectual and practical needs as a higher level researcher.
As a mandatory requirement of your research, an online directory for all PPD programmes and events has been created to assist you in finding suitable programmes to attend.
Annual Progress Review
During each year of your studies, you are required to submit an online Annual Progress Review (APR) of the previous year’s work.
There is a set procedure that you are required to follow for the APR. To assist you with this, a full step by step guide for the APR process has been created to help you complete your online submission.
There are a number of key regulations that you should familiarise yourself with whilst studying at UEA. These include:
- The Code of Practice for Research Degrees
- The UEA Academic Calendar, especially Section 3 - Regulations (Awards)
- The Research Degree Policy Documents
During your studies, you may encounter a situation where you need to submit a concession against the regulations, for example to extend your period of registration. If this is the case, please consult our dedicated concessions page for further information.
Raising concerns about Bullying or Harassment
UEA is committed to maintaining a working, learning, living, and social environment that is free from all forms of harassment. Any incident of harassment will be regarded very seriously and may be grounds for disciplinary action including dismissal from the University in cases involving staff, and suspension and exclusion from the University in cases involving students. If you wish to raise concerns or need confidential support please consult the information at https://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service/student-conduct-and-harassment/bullying-and-harassment. If a situation is directly affecting your academic supervision or research, you can also seek advice in confidence from the Head of Postgraduate Research Service on whether the Academic Appeals and Complaints process would be an appropriate way to raise and seek to address your concerns.
A key component of your research at UEA will be the completion of your thesis. There are a number of resources available to help guide you in the process of researching and writing your thesis. For example, PPD sessions run throughout the year, covering the different stages of completing your thesis, and can be found on the PPD Online Directory.
The University also publishes Guidance on the use of Proof Readers.
One useful document that will help guide you in formatting your work can be found in the following policy document:
Your supervisory team, especially your primary supervisor, will also be a key asset in guiding you through the process of researching and writing your thesis. Finally, further generic information on completing your thesis can be found on the Vitae website.
To view completed theses, a searchable digital archive of the research and enterprise output produced by staff and postgraduate researchers at the University of East Anglia is available for consultation. This may be of some use to you during your own work. Similarly, the British Library's EThOS archive provides a large number of research papers for public consultation.
Once you have submitted your thesis, you are required to defend your work at an oral examination, known as a viva. It is important that you consult your supervisory team about what to expect, and ways you can go about preparing for the assessment. There are a number of PPD sessions that are focused on helping you to prepare for your viva, and can be viewed on the PPD Online Directory.
You may also find the section on the Vitae website, which provides generic advice for defending your thesis, of particular use whilst preparing for your viva.