PhD Blogs – PGR Study Open Day and being on the Student Panel

The University of Huddersfield boasts a thriving researcher community and part of demonstrating that are the PGR Open Days.

The PGR Open Days allow the opportunity for possible future postgraduate students to wander around the campus, talk to advisors from the relevant courses, ask questions, check out the facilities and take an active part in the event.

I was honoured last year to be asked to sit on the PGR Student Panel as a representative of both a research student and as a member of the Computing and Engineering School.

The PGR Student Panel exists so people considering taking on a PGR course at the university can ask any questions about our experiences and receive honest answers from actual students.

I loved taking part last time and there were some really interesting questions asked that I hadn’t considered prior to sitting on the panel.

I understand that life doesn’t always allow the time to attend open days but this approach really allowed audience members to ask questions about PGR life at the university without worrying about bias.

PGR courses are difficult, there’s no lying in that. Sugarcoating won’t benefit potential learners. If they were easy, they wouldn’t be worth it, but it’s important to remember that ultimately a PGR course is the beginning of a larger journey not the end point. You are meant to grow as a result of your PGR course and growth rarely happens as a result of staying inside your comfort zone.

For those who cannot attend the PGR Open Day at the University of Huddersfield I have answered some of the most popular questions below. These answers are from my own experience, it is important to mention that you will have a different experience based on a number of factors including

  • Your school
  • Your relationship with your supervisor(s)
  • The PGR courses you go on provided by the university
  • The courses and training you attend outside of the university
  • How much you interact with the community
  • How much you interact with other services in the university such as the SU, Careers Service, Well-being services and more

You can find out more about future PGR Study Open Days at The University of Huddersfield on the website
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