As Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Director of the Faculty
Graduate School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Faculty's
Graduate School web-site. Ours is a new Faculty, created in August
2005 to bring together academic departments in the arts and humanities
and the social sciences. Our Graduate School is even newer, having come
into existence for the first time in August 2007.
Lancaster University prides itself on its interdisciplinarity,
and our Faculty is no exception. The Graduate School aims to promote
this interdisciplinarity through the provision of a range of support,
training and other activities specifically designed for our postgraduate
community. These activities are designed to both support and go
beyond that which is offered within those Departments that makeup
the Faculty. Full details of all these activities are on the linked
Graduate School web pages.
In August 2007 the Faculty had approximately 1600 postgraduate
students, over 750 of whom were research students. We have a significant
body of postgraduate students from overseas with over 350 of them
coming from outside the European Union. Our aim is to give all our
students an enriching experience of study. With this in mind, we
would encourage any student who has an interesting idea about how
the Graduate School could be further developed to support the needs
of its postgraduate community to contact me at the e-mail address
The RTP is a special programme, designed to meet the needs of YOU,
the postgraduates in our faculty. The RTP is there to help you develop the kind of research skills that you will need to successfully complete your PhDs. Many of the skills we teach are also indispensable if you will be seeking work in the academic or other research- and communication-related sectors once you have obtained your degree. We have lots of courses on offer, including general research skills, qualitative and quantitative methods, thesis writing and conference presentations. All modules are taught by research active staff from throughout the Faculty - have a look through the modules
on offer this year. PhD students can take all the courses they
want - for free. Attending some of our modules will not only help you to equip yourselves with crucial research skills, it will also allow you to meet up with PhD students from Departments across the Faculty. Learning together is more fun and more productive. The PhD may be thought of as a ‘lonely business’ but there is much you can do to link up with others and make the experience more enjoyable. If you have any questions about the programme, please get in touch. E-mail is the best way to
Tel: (01524) 593245 Location: County South, C71
Tel: (01524) 510852 Location: B10, FASS Building
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. I am available to talk to students at 10.00-12.00 on these days.
Registered MPhil and PhD students may opt to publish a personal profile
detailing your research interests. You will also be able to associate
keywords with your profile. This will enable you to identify other students
working in similar areas outside your department.
Please contact your department postgraduate director for further information.