Postgraduate Research Student Transitions beyond Strathclyde

Lee Coutts, Victoria Mae Walker, Kathleen Savage, Campbell Reid, Emma Compton-Daw (Other)

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This student-led project has constructed a picture of the skills and graduate attributes that former Strathclyde Postgraduate Research (PGRs) students perceive as valued by employers. The project has explored previous students' perceptions of the strengths and skills gained during their PGR experience that helped them to secure employment, as well as the support they accessed at Strathclyde when preparing for their transition beyond academia. This project is timely as the first cohort from the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) graduate this year, and as OSDU plan to redevelop supervisor training in light of policy changes over the coming year. Furthermore, this research also coincides with the revision of graduate attributes within the university. The recommendations for this report include further training and support for students in areas where there are perceived skills gaps, and training for supervisors in supporting the personal development of PGR students.

This work was supported by Enhancement Theme funding from the Quality Assurance Agency Scotland
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2017


  • student transitions
  • postgraduate research students
  • beyond academia


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