Graduate Education Managers Network
A forum for sharing information and expertise in developing effective practices in the management of postgraduate education and research
The Graduate Education Managers Network (GEM) warmly invites new colleagues to join its community.
As a Graduate or Doctoral School Manager, Doctoral Training Partnership, Centre for Doctoral Training Manager or similar, you are eligible to subscribe to the network.
What we do
The network runs 6 meetings per year:
- 3 free-to-attend online‘town hall’ meetings based on current challenges faced by the community
- 1 thematic online seminar where we take a deep dive into an issue across an afternoon of discussion and debate
- 1 face-to-face workshop, which provides a confidential and collegiate setting in which to share challenges among colleagues
- A symposium at the UKCGE Annual Conference in the summer.
Alongside the personal benefits to members from learning from one another’s experiences, network discussions also inform the Council’s strategy, priorities and good practice guides.
See, for example:
Who runs the network
Everyone needs to grapple with the multiple and changing agendas in the Higher Education sector in ways that suit their local priorities. This network is an opportunity to support colleagues to take some time to understand these agendas and how they impact their local policies and practices and think beyond operations.Mary Beth Kneafsey, co-chair UKCGE GEM Network
Mary Beth KneafseyCo-Chair, UKCGE GEM Network | PGR Strategy Manager, University of Glasgow
Mary Beth’s role is to work with the VP (Research) and Deans of Graduate Studies Committee to drive the development and implementation of strategy and policy relating to PGR students. This includes leading the Postgraduate Research Service, representing PGR interests in committees and working groups across the University and acting as a liaison between the University and external funders.
The Graduate Education Managers’ Network has been a huge help in how I think about issues affecting my institution.Ross English, co-chair UKCGE GEM Network
Dr Ross EnglishCo-Chair, UKCGE GEM Network | Manager of the Doctoral College, University of Brighton
Ross has been in the field of graduate education for most of his working life. Currently, he is the Manager of the Doctoral College at the University of Brighton, with responsibility for all aspects of doctoral degrees from application to conferral and everything in between. Previously he worked in researcher development first as Vitae’s South East Hub Manager, based at the University of Sussex and, subsequently, as University Lead for Doctoral Development at King’s College London. He has also researched and published on the subject of doctoral education.
Carolyn Wynne | Doctoral College Manager | Coventry University
Paul Roberts | Head of Business Engagement | University of Sussex
Laura Lane | Graduate School Manager | Imperial College