August 2018 Edition

Welcome to the Summer Research Student Cascade and what a scorcher it’s been.  Thank you so much to the students who have contributed to this edition which includes features on:

  • Doctoral College Launch
  • Graduation July 2018
  • Max Adams – critically-acclaimed author and biographer
  • PhD Student Hazel Perry’s review of the European Social Science History Conference
    (Belfast)
  • PhD Student Justin Udie tells us about his Emerging Scholar Award
  • Dr Christina Weis gives us an insight into her research methodology 
  • PhD Society Update
  • Student Competitions Update
  • DMU Global – PhD Student opportunities
  • Competitions Update
  • On A Different Note – staff special
  • Code Of Practice Update
  • Viva Room

Doctoral College Launch

Firstly we had a great event back on the morning of Wednesday 20th June 2018 to mark the office name change from “Graduate School” to “Doctoral College”.  We had a special thesis cake made and invited everyone on campus for a slice.  Professor Nigel Wright, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation said: “It was great to see so many people join us to celebrate the launch of our Doctoral College and see our commitment to our research students as a vital part of our research environment”.

The cutting of the cake

 

Doctoral College cake

Professor Nigel Wright

Doctoral College Team

Invitation banner outside Campus Centre

Graduation July 2018

We were very pleased to see so many of our students graduate in July, here’s a few of the highlights:

Dennis Bernieh

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
I graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Bioanalysis.
Graduation was truly a wonderful experience for me and I enjoyed every bit of the programme

Dr Dennis Bernieh

What are you doing now?
I currently work at the Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Leicester as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on projects involving the development and implementation of new diagnostic and therapeutic methods with a primary focus on biomarkers/ metabolomics.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
My advice to current students will be try and make writing a daily habit and refrain from leaving write up till the final year. Always understand that PhD is a journey hence there will be “highs” and “lows”. As such you should not give up during the lowly moments. Lastly, maintain a positive relationship with your supervisors.

 


Mohammad Al-Omari

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
I graduated in computer science from the faculty of technology. The graduation was fantastic with my beloved family. We really enjoyed the celebration of my academic achievement.

Dr Mohammad Al-Omari

What are you doing now?
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Information Technology and Computing at Arab Open University in Jordan.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
I would like to say that you have to stay focused on your desired goals. PhD is like a journey; make it enjoyable as much as you can, and always believe in yourself.

 

 

 


Rachel Armitage

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
I graduated with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Analysis. I really enjoyed graduation, as I could share the moment with my family and friends. It had been a long time coming and to be able share that was a really nice feeling, especially as I had my daughter part way through and she got to see Mummy graduate.

Dr Rachel Armitage

What are you doing now?
As I studied part time alongside my full time job, I am continuing in my role as a Senior Lab Technician in HLS managing the SEM.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
It can seem like an uphill battle  and a huge sacrifice at times, but it is achievable.
 
I would like to thank DMU and HLS for giving me the opportunity to study for my PhD alongside my job.

 

 

Sadir Fadhil

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
I have graduated in the field of the Intelligent Systems to develop an Intelligent safety system to assist drivers to perform the overtaking manoeuvre on two-lane roads.  The graduation moments were amazing which represent a beautiful end to a long journey.

Dr Sadir Fadhil

What are you doing now?
Currently, I am preparing to return to my home country for the purpose of applying what I have learned during my research study.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
The basic advice is that the student must learn to be patient in addition to learning of scientific research. The journey of scientific research is neither easy nor impossible at the same time. You must persist because you will arrive at the end … trust your abilities.

 

 

Ausra Bremner

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
My PhD is in Social Sciences. It was a marvellous day! Incredibly well organised (to a precision). I did not have to worry where to find my robe, have official picture taken, how to find a venue and where to find my place there. The most helpful DMU elves where at hand throughout the day 🙂 They kept fixing my robe, guiding through the process  and even asked (with encouraging smile) whether I was ok right before stepping on the stage. It was a reception worthy of the Queen! Absolutely stress-free, beautiful,  uplifting, personal and greatly memorable. I will never forget it, nor will my guests!! Thank you DMU for saying good-bye in such style and let us go on such high note! 🙂

Dr Ausra Bremner

What are you doing now?
Teaching sociology in a private college and actively looking for the Post doc opportunities.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
Enjoy!!! It is a very special position to be in,  while the whole academia (supervisors, faculty, Doctoral College (Silvana, Jimi and the team) does absolutely everything to support you. After graduation – you have to navigate it on your own. Sure it was challenging, but with constant encouragement and support – the whole process of PhD – was my happiest time ever! Can’t thank you enough, my Alma Mater!

Shelton Giwa

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
PhD in Marketing more specifically Digital Marketing and Consumer Culture. My thesis looked into a contemporary area of Consumer perceptions towards Location Based Services and the role of emerging lifestyles in influencing behavioural response. Graduation was awesome, seeing the end of a journey. I celebrated with my close family who included my wife (Nozipho), and three children (Chantelle, Sean and Shalom). My family have supported me immensely during my journey that has seen me graduating five times at De Montfort University.

Dr Shelton Giwa

What are you doing now?
I am a Lecturer in Marketing at De Montfort University. I was fortunate to be offered a full time role towards the end of my PhD.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
Absolutely, start working as early as possible (especially first year), manage your project wisely, attend conferences for feedback and networking opportunities. pick up yourself as some days may be frustrating and always communicate with your supervisors and the graduate school. Lastly, “Only believe, all things are possible”

 

Lucy Atkins

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
I graduated with a PhD in Education and Technology. Graduation was a wonderful, memorable day that provided me with an opportunity to celebrate my achievement and share the day with my family.

Dr Lucy Atkins

What are you doing now?
I am currently working on DMU’s Freedom to Achieve project, the University’s response to the difference in attainment between students of colour and their white counterparts. My role is to carry out an evaluation on the project work.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
Make time for yourself. Find a hobby that engages your practical, creative skills to keep that part of your mind active whilst your PhD work engages your theoretical, cognitive skills. Spend time with people who make you laugh and help take your mind off your work. It’s important to take breaks, it gives you the chance to come at your work with fresh eyes and this can only strengthen your position.

 

Lillian Akorfa Ohene

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
My name is Lillian Akorfa Ohene and I come from Ghana. Graduating from DMU with Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) is my biggest academic achievement ever. I began my studies in April 2013 and I have long awaited to see this day. I was lucky to have had great supervisors; Prof Raghavan Raghu and Dr Kevin John Power, who were both supportive academically and emotionally. They provided mentorship, gave me opportunities and quick feedbacks on all my assignments and thesis drafts. I believe they have contributed immensely to my success and their influence on my life during my studentship at DMU will live with me for the rest of my life.

Dr Lillian Akorfa Ohene

What are you doing now?
Currently, I am a beneficiary of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships awarded to University of Alberta Canada and University of Ghana, Legon. I will be in Canada for 90 days as a postdoctoral fellow to write manuscripts from my PhD research for publications, and after, I return to Ghana to take up the position of a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
Some important tips to succeed in your PhD studies include hard work, remaining focussed and nurturing the spirit of resilience. You also have to take advantage of every opportunity to talk about your research. For example, attend regular CLaSS (Centre for Learning and Study Support) meetings; participate in Poster Competitions, 3 Minute Thesis, conferences and seminars. Always keep hands on your work; frequent long breaks away from your research make it difficult and hard to come back. Finally, when you encounter challenges, which is highly likely and inevitable, seek help and recover quickly to get back on track. The track leading to your academic success. All the best.

Joanna Tarrant

What did you graduate in and how was graduation for you?
I graduated with a PhD in microbiology. I enjoyed the graduation, it was having my 12 year old sister and 6 year old twin boys there that made it a very special day. The atmosphere and venue were great. The dressing and herding of us all went very smoothly.

Dr Joanna Tarrant

 What are you doing now?
I now work for a medical research charity, managing funded research projects, organising clinical study groups and assessing the impact of the research we fund.

Have you any tips for current students on reaching graduation themselves?
My only tips are to keep progressing no matter how slowly, build a writing routine and stick to it and take regular days off to give your brain a break.  I did a pottery class which gave 2 hours a week where I didn’t think about my research, it got me through.  Oh and try not to have twins during your registration period. 

Max Adams

Max Adams

Back in April we were delighted to invite Max Adams to the Doctoral College to run a workshop “Finding and Using the Protagonist in Non-Fiction Academic Writing” This was part of a series of sessions focusing of a more creative approach to research writing and organised by Julia Reeve.

“Max Adams is a critically-acclaimed author and biographer, an archaeologist,  traveller and writing coach.  His journeys through the landscapes of the past and the present, of human geography, music, art and culture are a continuing source of inspiration in his writing”

 


How did you meet Doctoral College’s Julia Reeve?

Julia and I were both giving workshops in the same session at the HEA’s STEM conference at Newcastle in January 2018.  Julia could see the value of my approach to workshops as a complement to what she was doing at DMU; so she invited me to give a half-day workshop. 

How did you become a Consultant Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund, can you tell us a bit more about this? 
In 2010 I became the Royal Literary Fund’s Writing Fellow at Newcastle University, in the School of English, Language and Linguistics.  I am an archaeologist by training, but I have been writing and publishing commercial non-fiction for 15 or so years, and in the RLF role I offered personal one-to-one tutorial sessions to students needing support in their academic writing practice.  The RLF set up a new scheme in 2013 to train ex-fellows as facilitators to support wider needs in HEIs.  I was lucky enough to be invited to mentor, teach and observe in the 3-year training programme, and now I give a range of workshops to academic and non-academic staff, doctoral students and other groups who need to find fresh ways to approach academic and technical writing for impact and to improve their productivity.  I find it really stimulating and challenging; and being a Consultant Fellow helps me to hone my own writing skills too.

What do your workshop’s aim to achieve?
What I hope to do is share the creativity of writing in a field that traditionally sees it as a necessary means to an end, rather than as a fundamental means of expressing and sharing thought and ideas.  I want to help other writers develop sound methods and practices in their writing which are robust enough to withstand the pressures and intellectual challenges that writing continually presents.  I aim to improve writers’ self-confidence and productivity.

Max will be returning on Tuesday 27th November for a repeat of the highly successful workshop 1.00pm – 4.00pm, email rtp@dmu.ac.uk if you wish to attend. 

Really pleased to hear you’re running this again. It was so helpful and helped me to start organising my approach to the final write up in a creative but also very practical way. The recommended structure for writing  was a life saver this year for my Annual Review”
– Audrey Riley PhD Student

You can find out more about Max Adams here.

PhD Student Hazel Perry reports on this years European Social Science History Conference

Queens University, Belfast

ESSHC Conference 4 – 7 April 2018, Belfast
“The European Social Science History Conferences are held every two years.  They are administered by the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. The previous one, in 2016, was held in Valencia, Spain. This year it was held at Belfast, Northern Ireland.  I submitted my abstract – the first one I had ever done – and was surprised and pleased to have my paper accepted.  It was called, ‘Hats Off To The Past, coats off to the future – the missing history of British trades councils.’
I spent a few days in Belfast leading up to the conference, and I got to know the city well. I specifically enjoyed looking at the murals on the Falls Road and the Shanklin Road. I attended the BBC folk awards at the Waterfront, and had beer and pizza while listening to live music in the Sunflower pub. It rained for six out of the seven days I was there, however, for four of those days, I was inside Queens University buildings anyway.
The ESSHC Conference took place in twenty-eight different rooms throughout the University buildings and there were often at least twenty papers being presented at once. There were four sessions throughout each of the four days. As you can imagine, there were many different subjects covered, from Economic Inequality in Preindustrial Europe, to African Mobilities In the Long Twentieth Century (1850 – 2000).
I chose to attend the sessions on labour history (because that is my area of study) and Republicanism (because I am interested in Anarchist theory). Because of that, I attend sessions on such topics as the Industrial Workers of the World, British Based Anarchists and the Irish Republic, the Workers Education Research Network, De-industrialisation and Training (to name a few).”

“I presented my paper on Friday morning. Also, in the panel was Frances Galt from DMU, presenting her paper: ‘I was very disillusioned: class divisions in the Women’s struggle within the Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians (ACTT) 1973 – 1989.’ The third member of the panel was Jule Ehms, on, ‘The Role and Organisation of Women Within German Anarcho-Syndicalism.’ Our session was called, ‘Critical Perspectives on the Working Class Movement.’ The session was chaired by Gorkem Akgoz, and when the three of us had finished presenting our papers, we were all given individual feedback by the session discussant, Peyman Jafrai. I am pleased to say that I had all his perspectives covered and was easily able to answer questions from the audience.

It was a great experience. I recommend all post-grads should enter papers for Conferences. It is a great confidence booster – I certainly felt well supported by the other academics there and I look forward to the next ESSHC conference, which will be held in the Netherlands, in 2020″.

PhD Student Justin Udie tells us about the Emerging Scholar Award he won this year

Justin Udie

The EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD is an International recognition by Common Ground Research Network for Excellent Scholarship and the promise of significant future achievements in Research. The selection was from highly contested applications of scholars (PhD Students and Established Academics) from around the world who participated through excellent themed presentations and chairing parallel sessions at the International Conference on Climate Change, Impacts and Responses; held at the University of California, Berkeley (21-22nd April, 2018). Accordingly, part of my research findings on “Evaluation of Oil and Gas Infrastructure Exposure to Climate Change Burdens in the Niger Delta” [Available on Dora https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/16178] was presented and critiqued. I also Chaired four themed sessions and one garden focus discussion.

It was very challenging from the start to have my research criticised by experienced academics in the subject of Climate Change and its Impacts on critical infrastructure from a global perspective. The conference was my first experience of moderating rigorous academic debates involving climate denials and researchers who argue for mitigations and adaptation. However, after engaging and participating in the debates and presenting my paper, I have gained confidence in Chairing sessions and even more confident in presenting papers in local and international conferences. Reflecting on the experience, I would say it was absolutely engaging, rewarding, inspiring and inclusive”.  

Recent Graduate Dr Christina Weis shares an insight to her research

Dr Christina Weis

“I came to DMU as a PhD student in October 2013, after completing my MSc in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University, Netherlands, and spending a summer learning beekeeping in Romania. My PhD was funded by a DMU studentship and supervised by Prof Nicky Hudson and Dr Sally Ruane. It is an ethnographic study exploring the social organisation and cultural framing of commercial gestational surrogate motherhood in Russia. In particular, I focused on the experiences of surrogacy workers, the women who agree to conceive, gestate and birth a child genetically unrelated to themselves for financial compensation for others to raise – or, in other words, women who made a living by making life. I spent ten months in Russia, conducting interviews, making participant observations in private fertility clinics and gynaecology units, and making copious ethnographic field notes, writing up the research in detail when I returned to DMU.  My research is the first of its kind into surrogacy in Russia. It contributes to anthropological theory by advancing the concept of ‘stratified reproduction’; I did this by analysing and coining new terminology around the geographic and geo-political stratifications of women who work as surrogacy workers in Russia. I am based in the Centre for Reproduction Research, an interdisciplinary research centre working on social aspects of infertility and fertility. Following the first of two internships in Austin, Texas, with the American anthropologist Dr Robbie Davis-Floyd, known for her seminal work on birth and midwifery movements, I met Dr Sharmila Rudrappa, my idol in surrogacy research, who invited me to a workshop on surrogacy at the University of California in Berkeley.  There I met Dr Michal Nahman from Bristol, and subsequently started working as a research fellow with Michal alongside my PhD. Our research explored the experiences of migrant women in Barcelona who decided to ‘donate’ their eggs for money for the global fertility. Again, knowing Romanian and Russian besides my native German proved to be handy”.

I want to point out that these internships in the US (2016 and 2017), part of my travels to Russia for my PhD fieldwork (2014-2015) and the opportunity to attend a summer school on feminist ethnography at the University of Amsterdam (2014), which all were stepping stones in my academic career, were made possible by being awarded the DMU Travel Award. Never hesitate to apply! Over and over again!”

Tips for current students

“When I started my PhD, I was told ‘P’ stands for ‘persistence’. I don’t remember the rest, the ‘h’ and ‘D’ – probably something along the lines of ‘hard work’ and ‘discipline’. I agree, to some extent. But rather than ‘persistence’, for me, the ‘P’ always symbolised ‘passion’. I am passionate about my research, learning about the social and sociological meaning of advances in assisted reproductive technologies, and what they can teach us about our ethics, local and global power dynamics, inequalities, and human endeavours and ambitions, and about life itself. I am passionate about unravelling and vocalising the inequalities we create and reproduce, and about communicating this research. My tip for current students is to explore the fields or follow the questions that they are passionate about and to dream big. And at the same time, my heartfelt advice is to not put the PhD above what matters much more in life: our mental health, emotional and physical well-being, family and friends, and creative ambitions. I acknowledge that this advice is easier said than done and my PhD journey was anything but free from struggles. Nevertheless, it was an amazing journey, and it taught me this: to take care of myself, to honour time with my friends, to walk outside when the sun was shining and to see friends when I needed them or when they needed me, despite pressing PhD-matters.”

Anything else you’d like to add?

“I would like to add further advice based on my experience: get involved! For the final two years of my PhD I acted as the postgraduate student representative for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, at first together with my friend and colleague Aghogho Ekpruke, who I am graduating alongside with this summer of 2018, and later with Sasha Loyal, Aamir Hussain and Jay Bilimoria – thank you all for being such an amazing team. Together we set up monthly social meetings to encourage postgraduate students across the faculty’s various disciplines to meet and network, which enhanced research culture by connecting students. I was also told at the beginning of my PhD, that a PhD is a lonely experience, and while it is likely that you are a ‘lonely expert’ in your field, the PhD journey itself becomes so much healthier when you are not facing struggles alone.”

“A final thing to add: After completing my PhD, I fulfilled my dream of becoming a certified yoga teacher, as yoga was one of my main strategies for coping with PhD pressure. Six months after my viva, and with the support of the DMU PhD Student Society, I am now teaching weekly yoga classes for DMU PG students to share just one more thing that I am passionate about. The sessions are not exclusively for PG students, get in touch if you are interested.” (see below for further details).

PhD Society Update

PhD Society Mexican Themed Evening

We are pleased to report on some of the events organised by the PhD Society these include a Mexican themed evening held in the Doctoral College student lounge and more recently a picnic held outside the Riverside Café. Several members and their families also attended a World Cup BBQ organised by the VC in the Trinity Chapel Gardens, and watched the England v Croatia match on a big screen in the chapel itself. 
 

World Cup BBQ

PhD Society picnic

In May 2018, Christina Weis, a former PhD student at DMU and now research assistant at the Centre for Reproduction Research (see article above), started teaching yoga classes for students and staff at DMU. Classes take place every Tuesday night, 6-7pm, on the 1st floor of the Campus Centre (Venue 1). Contributions for a drop-in class are £3. Every last Tuesday of the month the contributions support a local Leicester foodbank. For questions or updates on the class schedule, get in touch with Christina at yogaatdmu@gmail.com. Special thanks to the DMU PhD Student Society who helped making the classes possible!

DMU PhD Society


For further information on the PhD Society
in general please contact:

Tom Weir at: P14171122@my365.dmu.ac.uk
 or www.facebook.com/dmu.phd

 

DMUGlobal

#DMUglobal launched a new initiative tailored for PhD students – International PhD Research Collaboration!

If you are a 1st year PhD student you can submit your proposals to undertake an international research placement in overseas institution of your choice. Apply by Monday 27th of August and if successful spend 4-24 weeks abroad during 2nd year.

Depending on the duration and destination of the visit, you can receive up to £2500, based on the following:
• Travel expenses – £250 for European destinations, or £600 for the rest of the world
• Living expenses – £75 per week to cover accommodation or any other expenses
• Visa expenses – £100 towards the cost of a visa (if applicable)

Further information can be found here

Competitions Update

Congratulations to the winners of our annual Poster Competition.  The Poster Competition is an opportunity to network with students and academics and showcase your research to a non-specialist audience.  If you are interested in entering in the 2019 competition please email rtp@dmu.ac.uk to express your interest.  This will take place on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Poster Competition Winners

1st – Aamir Hussain (HLS), 2nd – Guoli Li (ADH), 3rd – Linzie Bolus (HLS), 4th – Ola Khayat (ADH), 5th – Lucy Owen (HLS), Peer Reviewed Prize – Ola Khayat

Congratulations also to our finalists of the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

3MT Competition Finalists

Tom Weir won Overall Best Presentation, with “Am I Still Disabled When I Beat You” chosen by the Judges and peers for submission to the Regional Semi-Final and hopefully progressing onto the national final in September.

1st Place:Thomas Weir (ADH) 2nd Runner Up: Hikima Jewu (ADH) 3rd Runner Up:Simon Wheeler (HLS) People’s Choice: Hikima Jewu (ADH).

Congratulations also to finalists Rawinder Kaur and Hui-ling Chen.

Like the Poster Competition the Three Minute Thesis Competition is a great networking opportunity and the chance to talk about your research to a non-specialist audience. If you would like to express your interest in entering the 2019 competition please email rtp@dmu.ac.uk. 

Staff Special

We thought we’d give you an updated on some staff news in the Doctoral College.

Professor Nigel Wright (right) with Professor Laurence Brooks

We are sorry to announce our Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Professor Nigel Wright will be leaving the University at the end of this month and moving to Nottingham Trent University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation from September.  We thank you for your support and wish you well Nigel.

We welcome Professor Rusi Jaspal as interim Pro Vice Chancellor – Research from September.

 

Nisha Cholera

After 15 years service we were very sad to say goodbye to our friend and colleague Nisha Cholera.  Nisha has gone on to pursue her own venture and set up a sari and outfit business called Niche Collections.  Nisha will be very much missed and we wish her all the best.

 

 

 

 

L-R Karen Anderson, Katherine Taylor and Michelle Wynn


We’d like to welcome 3 new members of staff to the office Karen Anderson,   Michelle Wynn who joins us from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and Katherine Taylor an Ambitious Futures graduate who will be working with us until the end of November on a project to review the Doctoral Training Programme provision.

 


Big Congratulations and best wishes to Sarah Braganza who married Rob Paternostro  in June.

Mr and Mrs Paternostro

Jimi O'Callaghan

Jimi O’Callaghan

Jimi O’Callaghan is pleased to announce the re-release of a record he originally put out on his own Giddy Goose label back in 1994 with a friend via Vital (UK).  The original of the Wild Geese EP has recently been selling on discogs.com for big money.

DJ/Producer Red Rack’em  (Bergerac/Rinse FM) recently said this about the EP “Pre-dates skippy garage beats and wobbly bass by quite some way and mixes in a bit of a spiritual free party vibe too.  This is super proto UK dance music at its finest”.

In July a remastered version was released by US label Was/Is >> on both vinyl and digital. Available now at all good retailers.

Dr Qin Xu

Another farewell to our Academic consultant Dr Qin Xu who has worked with us for many years and delivered a number of different courses for Research Students.  Qin’s professionalism and knowledge will be greatly missed and we wish her well.

Code Of Practice Updates
There have been some changes to the regulations for research degree students; these changes apply to all students regardless of their start date. Below is a summary of the changes. The Research Degree Regulations in full are available on the Doctoral College website and we will notify you when they have been updated to reflect the changes below.

• Name Change

The name of the ‘Graduate School’ has been changed to ‘Doctoral College’ and the Code of Practice updated to reflect this.

• Changing terminology from Enrolment to Registration
 
In order that research students can be correctly enrolled onto the University’s new student record system – SAP – there is a requirement in the new student record system for the enrolment process to be renamed ‘registration’.  The Code of Practice has been updated to reflect this.
 
• Regulation 5.2 Nomination and Appointment of Supervisors

To make it explicit that in the case of supervisors supervising a PhD student, one of the supervisors must normally have successfully supervised at PhD level and completed the self-certification form to verify this.

• Regulation 5.6 Role of an Advisor

To clarify what the role of an advisor involves. An advisor can be involved to provide ad hoc input to a project, providing expertise or input not available from the rest of the supervisory team, for example, input from industry or knowledge of esoteric/specialist information. An advisor is not expected to provide regular general supervisory support or engage with DMU administration systems or processes, such as myResearch.

•  Regulation 7.1 Extensions

This amendment has been made to provide continuity in the research degree programme processes. Currently the regulations surrounding Extensions require four levels of approvals and Interruptions three levels of approval. Interruptions state that the interviewer/FHRS can be the same person, this has been made consistent for extensions.

• Regulation 21 Academic Offences Panel and Guidance Notes for Annual review Panels 5.2

These amendments were made to make it explicit in the Code of Practice that the Annual Review is a formal process.

Viva Voce Examination Room

We wanted to remind colleagues about the dedicated Doctoral College Viva room in Gateway House, available to book/view all year round.  Please email researchstudents@dmu.ac.uk or call 0116 250 6309.

Viva Voce Room (3.34 Gateway House)

Some summer scenes of our campus to finish with.

Thank you for reading.  If you have any feedback or would like to be included in a future edition please email Jimi O’Callaghan jocallaghan@dmu.ac.uk