Changes to Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

Last academic session (2015/16), the University’s Postgraduate Research Executive established a Doctoral Training Working Group (DTWG) to review the existing PPD programmes and make recommendations about their future direction.  The DTWG drew its membership from across the University, and included academics and training coordinators, as well as representatives of CareersCentral, CSED, Student Services (formerly DOS) and the PGR Service, and met five times between January and April 2016.  The report and recommendations of the DTWG ( were endorsed by the PGR Executive in June 2016.  


The principle change is a move away from a requirement to acquire 30 points worth of PPD credits during the period of study, to a system based on a bespoke programme of continuing professional development agreed between each researcher and their supervisory team at the start of their period of study.  This is intended to be based on an initial training needs analysis that will be reviewed and updated annually, to reflect the needs of the research project and the future career aspirations of the researcher.


Before finalising these new arrangements we would like to share them with you, hear your views and answer any questions that you might have in order that we can make any necessary adjustments.  To that end you are cordially invited to an open event in Room 6 of Union House, 3.30pm-5.00pm on 7th October 2016, chaired by the UEA SU PG Education Officer, Maddie Colledge.  The consultation will consist of a short presentation by the University Academic Director for Research Degree Programmes, Nick Watmough, followed by a question and answer session with a panel drawn from members of the DTWG and representatives of the Faculty Graduate Schools. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.


We look forward to seeing you at the open event.


With best wishes


Maddie Colledge                                                                                  Nick Watmough

UEA SU PG Education Officer                                          Academic Director Research Degree Programmes