Deciding the future of the Birkbeck Graduate Research School

This post was contributed by Dr Sarah Lee, Head of Research Strategy Support at Birkbeck, who explains how graduate students can have their say on the future of the Birkbeck Graduate Research School at a discussion event on Monday, 23 May

Birkbeck Grad Research school - Birkbeck at night

In the past the Birkbeck Graduate Research School (BGRS) has been a valuable source of on-line help and support for our graduate research students. However, it could be so much more – it could be whatever our graduate research students want it to be, and we want to find out what you want.

So – we are asking graduated to join us on 23rd May for the BGRS launch event hosted by Professor Julian Swann, the Pro-Vice-Master for Research and Director of the Graduate School.

The event will begin with a Q&A session where the audience get to have their say about what they want their graduate school to be.

Following on from the business of the evening, we will move to the largest issue of the day – the upcoming EU referendum and the potential impact of the vote on the University sector. We have invited speakers from both the remain and leave campaign and are delighted to confirm that Lord Balfe will speak for the remain campaign. Our speakers will talk for a short while, and then the floor will be thrown open to allow you to ask your questions.

After the debate graduate students will be welcome to join us for a drinks reception – this will be an opportunity to meet colleagues from other subject areas and to continue the discussions which began in the earlier part of the evening.

Graduate research students are the real life blood of the college, and it is important to us that the students help to create the future that is best for them – so our graduate school provides the best research environment for the students to flourish.

Students interested in attending the event should register here.

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