Strategic plan

The UKCGE enables collective leadership by providing an evidence-led and trusted voice for the postgraduate sector

Providing advocacy and support

The UK Council for Graduate Education:

  • advocates for equity and inclusiveness in postgraduate education and research
  • promotes continuing professional development and recognition for staff supporting and supervising postgraduate students and doctoral researchers
  • encourages the effective management of postgraduate education and research by sharing innovations and effective practices

Vision | Mission | Values


An equitable and inclusive postgraduate sector which delivers academic excellence and offers high-quality supervision, effective leadership and outstanding professional services.


To enable collective leadership on the development of postgraduate education and research and to provide an evidence-led and trusted voice for the postgraduate sector.


We are run by the sector, for the sector’. Our values are: mutuality, openness, collegiality, and joint enterprise.

What We Are Doing: 2021–2025

Strengthening our representation of the sector

We will give more opportunities for individuals to contribute to the strategic direction of the Council

Building on our trust and credibility

We will develop our communications through a new website and an annual review to ensure that our stakeholders retain their confidence in our effectiveness.

Setting standards and expectations

Building on the success of the Good Supervisory Practice Framework, we will seek opportunities to develop that framework, and to build consensus on other areas of postgraduate education and research.

Sustaining the impact of our events

We will take a more thematic approach to our events programme to create a sustained momentum on key issues 

Developing our role as a knowledge exchange facilitator

We will stimulate and disseminate the latest research and thinking on postgraduate education and research 

Download the Strategic Plan 

The full strategic plan includes:

  • Information about the Council and our purpose. 
  • Statistics about the postgraduate sector and the Council’s role within it.
  • How we plan to deliver on our vision and how we will measure impact.