‘I am delighted to welcome you to the Science Graduate School within the Faculty of Science at UEA. The Faculty of Science has a long and well-deserved international reputation for research excellence. We continually attract some of the best academics in the world, and many have become leaders in their fields.
Postgraduate students are a vital part of a research intensive university. They contribute to the intellectual vitality and vibrancy of the institutions as they learn, grow and develop. Today's postgraduates could be tomorrow's postdoctoral research fellows and potential Nobel Prize winners of the next decade.
For these reasons, the Science Faculty has decided to give an even higher priority to the needs of postgraduate research students - the creation of the Science Graduate School is the first step towards this.
The aim of the Science Graduate School is to provide a resource for postgraduate students, to ensure that:
- We continue to be at the forefront of graduate education and research
- We can enhance the student experience by offering the finest environment for personal and professional development
The Graduate School supports, administers and coordinates training for the MSc, MPhil and PhD programmes in the Sciences at UEA. We aim to promote a stimulating research environment that is underpinned through a dedicated training programme for all science postgraduate students. We hope that the formation of the Science Postgraduate Study Centre will help to foster a community spirit.'
UEA is proud to announce its membership of SeNSS, a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) consisting of ten universities, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This award will enable UEA and its SeNSS partners to offer fully-funded ESRC doctoral studentships over the next six years and to provide the very highest quality of social sciences research training to successful applicants.
SeNSS will enable doctoral students to build strong relationships with both academic, user, and practitioner networks at a number of different levels. The consortium already contains over 200 existing partnerships with external organizations and opportunities to engage with these organizations are embedded in the design of its various training pathways and cohort development activities. UEA's doctoral students will also be able to access excellent research, transferable skills, and advanced training, provisioned in their home institution and across the other nine consortium institutions (which include the Universities of Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths College, Roehampton and City University). Training opportunities will be plentiful.
ESRC funded studentships for the first SeNSS intake, due to begin their studies in October 2017, will be advertised shortly. In the Faculty of Science, most of our social science research takes place in Environmental Sciences and funding is potentially available to both home and EU students. Other opportunities for SeNSS studentships in the social sciences may be available in the Faculties of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Medicine and Health Sciences.
More SeNSS/studentship news to follow!