Deans & Directors of Graduate Schools — Residential Workshop 2023

02 — 03 Mar 2023 
The Queens Hotel, Leeds

The annual UKCGE Residential Workshop features a variety of sessions, providing Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools, and those in similar positions, the opportunity to network with peers and discuss the key issues affecting postgraduate education.

The Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools residential provides an invaluable opportunity to spend focused time with a peer community which rarely meets in person. Stepping back from day to day pressures, this 24-hr event is designed to:

Facilitate creative & innovative thinking in a supportive, expert environment

Stimulated by expert speakers, you will grapple with questions addressing the future of the PhD – new models for PhD programmes, online education, funding, impact and more. We will help you to consider the big picture and ask the questions you can’t normally ask!

Enable peer-to-peer learning and sharing of experiences

Few people in our individual institutions appreciate the particular challenges and pressures we face. This network enables you to keep up to speed with current & future issues in doctoral education, compare your practices and draw on the many years of experience within the group. We deeply value the support & guidance the group provides, whether the chance to sense-check a response to a thorny issue or share policies confidentially.

We will give you food for thought – ideas to take back to your institutions. Our confirmed speakers will help us consider how doctoral education has changed & evolved in recent years and imagine what the future of the PhD might look like. We will reflect both on the UK PhD, as UKRI devises its New Deal, and take a global perspective.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Susan Porter

    Dean and Vice Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of British Columbia
    • The Doctorate at the End of the World? Transforming the doctorate for a brighter future
  • Professor David Sweeney

    Professor of Research Policy, University of Birmingham
    • Will the future of Doctoral Research look like the past?
  • Frances Burstow

    Director Talent and Skills, UKRI
    • UKRI Priorities for Postgraduate Research


A detailed programme information will be available soon. However this event will start at 4pm on 2nd March and end at 4pm on 3rd March 2023. Overnight accommodation, meals and refreshments are all included in the cost of a ticket.

Book Your Place

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