Supporting postgraduates

We are keen to support our postgraduate community during the early stages of their career.

Our Graduate School works in partnership with academic schools, professional service departments and Kent Union to ensure that we meet both the academic and social interests of our taught and research postgraduate students. 

Guidance for supervisors

Supervisor sessions

These sessions provide supervisors with a brief on University regulations, while offering support as they work to cultivate skill and independence in their research students.

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Developing as a Supervisor

This module offers supervisors, whether new to the role or more experienced, the opportunity to develop and enhance their understanding of the supervision process and their own supervisory skills. 

Find out more on Developing as a Supervisor

Research Degree Supervisor's handbook 

This handbook covers all aspects of the postgraduate research student journey as well as post-graduation career advice. 

It aims to keep supervisors up-to-date on University regulations, and support and guidance available to supervisors and their research students.

The Graduate School works to provide support and guidance for research degree supervisors.

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Directors of Graduate Studies' Network Group

A forum in which directors of Graduate Studies from across Kent can meet informally to discuss best practice education and research.  

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Postgraduate Administration Network

Provides administrators with a forum to engage with each other across Kent.

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Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs)

Kent offers postgraduate researchers the opportunity to teach or demonstrate their knowledge by employing them as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs)

We aim to ensure that any research student who teaches is well supported, and provide a wide range of training opportunities and resources.

Find out more on Graduate Teaching Assistants

Additional training for postgraduates

We are committed to supporting the career skills development of all our postgraduate students at Kent.

Researcher development programme

A programme to equip you with a full range of skills to improve your effectiveness as a researcher and make you highly employable in a variety of careers by the end of your research project.

More about the researcher development programme

Global Skills Award

A range of lectures on global issues and a series of skills workshops, which have been specifically designed to improve postgraduate employability in competitive job markets.

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Vitae researcher development framework

If you're thinking about applying your research skills in another career, this framework describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers.

More about the researcher development framework

Appraisals - RPD

To help you fulfil your role effectively, there are regular checks on work priorities and career development.

Find out more about Appraisals (RPD)

Co-curricular networks

Kent Graduate Student Association (KGSA)

A committee of postgraduate students who volunteer to make sure postgraduate students get the most out of their time at Kent and have fun!

Find out more on the network
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