What the project is?
Bangor University has created an impressive record of accomplishment over the last few years in terms of quality enhancement within its undergraduate programme. The heart of these quality improvements is the new system of anonymous electronic module evaluation, backed by a system to manage the data and ensure that issues are dealt with rapidly and appropriately by line managers. These improvements have also been manifest in our Postgraduate Taught (PGT) programmes, where we also capture data, and have now achieved improved PTES results. However, the Postgraduate Research (PGR) domain remains a substantial challenge for a wide range of reasons, including the difficulty of hosting data anonymously, the infrequency of measurement points of quality, and the bespoke nature of PhD provision.
Whilst the creation of the Bangor Doctoral School, and the success of pan-Wales initiatives such as the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) ESF funded initiative is achieving substantial progress, the PGR domain (nationally) presents the greatest challenge for quality enhancement. Hence we are keen to extend our systems and enhancement initiatives to the PGR domain. To achieve this we have consulted with PGR stakeholders to integrate, modify and extend existing software and systems to integrate key evaluation points in the doctoral journey and to engage in a new round of training with a focus on stakeholder engagement which will encourage doctoral students to take a project management approach to their studies.
What the project plans to achieve?