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Timetable for NPC Conference, 9 to 12 August 2001, Warwick (fwd)


Andrea Teti <[log in to unmask]>


For UK graduate students studying politics; run by the Graduate Network of" <[log in to unmask]>


Wed, 20 Jun 2001 16:44:49 +0100





TEXT/PLAIN (279 lines) , NPC conference booking form.doc (279 lines)

Thought you might be interetsed in this...
Mr Andrea Teti
Dept of Int'l Relations      www.st-and.ac.uk/~gat1
University of St. Andrews    Tel: +44(0)1334-462913
St. Andrews KY16 9AL, UK     Fax: +44(0)1334-462937

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 18:59:16 +0100
From: James Groves <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Timetable for NPC Conference, 9 to 12 August 2001, Warwick

Dear all,

I'm proud to announce final details of this year's National Postgraduate
Committee Annual Conference.
Please pass this on to all those at your institution who may be interested.
Please accept my apologies for cross-postings.

12th Annual Conference of
the National Postgraduate Committee

The University of Warwick, 9 to 12 August 2001

Postgraduates? More or less . . .
The growth and diversification of postgraduate education

Sponsored by CSU, publishers of Prospects: www.prospects.ac.uk

Who should attend?

Postgraduate students and their representatives
Education sabbaticals in students' unions
Research and welfare staff in students' unions
Postgraduate administrators in higher education institutions
Research administrators in higher education institutions
Anyone else with an interest in postgraduate education


Thursday 9 August

Lunch 12:00 noon to 1:00pm

Session 1 – 1:00pm to 6:30pm

Setting the postgraduate agenda

        1:00pm – Opening of Conference with Sam Hardy, Conference Secretary
        1:15pm – Prof David VandeLinde, Vice-Chancellor of Warwick
                        Warwick’s new VC, formerly VC at Bath, will address
        2:15pm – Break
        2:30pm – Prof Nick Harris, Quality Assurance Agency
                        Speaking on the QAA’s National Qualifications Framework
                        and progress files initiative
        3:30pm – Break
        3:45pm – Dr Janet Metcalfe, Research Councils’ Graduate Schools
                        Speaking on the research councils’ and AHRB’s new
                        postgraduate skills record proposals
        4:45pm – Break
        5:00pm – Prof Martin Harris, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester
                        Reflecting on the five years that have passed since
                        the Harris report into postgraduate education, which
                        he chaired

Dinner 6:30pm

Evening reception in Rootes Building from 7:00pm
Sponsored by Warwick Graduate School
Prof Malcolm McCrae, Chair of Warwick Graduate School and Vice-Chair
of the UKCGE will give the welcoming speech

Bar on campus until 11:00pm

Friday 10 August

Session 2 – 9:00am to 12:30pm

Postgraduates as stakeholders in teaching and research

        9:00am – Ken Sloan and Amanda Lang, Warwick Graduate School
                        The role of Graduate Schools in attracting postgraduate
        10:00am – Break
        10:15am – Dr Robert Price, BBSRC
                        Speaking on the research councils’ current and future
                        approaches to postgraduate research provision
        11:15am – Break
        11:30am – Dr Caroline Bucklow, Institute for Learning and Teaching
                        Speaking on the ILT’s new associateship grade,
                        which is partly aimed at postgraduates

Lunch 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Session 3 – 1:30pm to 6:30pm

Postgraduates as consumers

        1:30pm – Prof John Wakeford, Lancaster and the Missenden Centre
                        An interactive session (publicised in the Guardian on
                        19/6/01) using a case study to explore what level of
                        service the postgraduate research student should expect
                        and what they can do if the service fails to live up
                        to expectations
        3:30pm – Break
        3:45pm – Jaswinder Gill, Gill’s Solicitors
                        Reviewing the current state of the law surrounding
                        complaints, appeals and the Visitor; followed by
               Brooks Duke, VP Education, NUS
                        Looking at NUS’ approach to complaints and appeals,
                        including its call for an independent ombudsperson.
                        Following these presentations, the discussion will be
                        opened up to the floor.
        5:15pm – Break
        5:30pm – Alex Neil MSP, Chair of the Enterprise and Lifelong
                        Learning Committee, the Scottish Parliament
                        Alex is SNP member for Central Scotland; he’ll be
                        reflecting on developments in Scottish higher
                        education post-devolution

Pre-dinner reception at 7:00pm

NPC Annual Dinner 7:30pm
A formal meal with waiter service and an after-dinner speaker

Bar on campus until 12:00 midnight with band

Saturday 11 August

Session 4 – 9:00am to 12:30pm

The NPC’s 2001 AGM

        This will include reports from Management Subcommittee members
        and elections to the Management Subcommittee for 2001/2002. All
        motions must be submitted to the General Secretary by Wednesday
        1 August at the very latest.

Excursion to Kenilworth for the early afternoon
We leave at 1:00pm and return for 4:30pm
The trip includes a pub lunch and a trip to Kenilworth Castle

Session 5 – 4:45pm to 7:00pm

Access and equal opportunities in academia

        4:45pm – Dr Gill Howie, member-elect, AUT Executive Committee
                        and past convenor, AUT Women’s Committee
                        Exploring women’s underrepresentation in academia
        5:45pm – Break
        6:00pm – Jamie Darwen, Warwick Students’ Union
                        Examining part-time students and how best they
                        can be involved

Dinner 7:00pm

SU Cooler bar with DJs until 2:00am

Sunday 12 August

Session 6 – 9:00am to 1:00pm

Postgraduates’ personal development

        9:00am – Members of AUT PIAC
                        Representatives of the AUT’s Postgraduate Information
                        and Advisory Committee will reflect on the conditions of
                        postgraduates with teaching responsibilities
        10:00am - Break
        10:15am – Dr Kristy MacDonald, Royal Society of Chemistry
                        A presentation on the RSC’s recent personal
                        development profile initiative
        11:15am – Break
        11:30am – A short presentation on supervisor training
                        A presentation on Prof Pat Cryer’s supervisor
                        training web gateway, hosted at the BBSRC
        11:45am – Dr Jacqueline Labbe and Dr Karen O’Brien, Warwick
                        Professional skills for postgraduates
        12:45pm – Close of Conference with Sam Hardy, Conference Secretary

Lunch 1:00pm to 2:00pm


CSU (principal sponsors)
The Association of University Teachers
The Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Science’s Next Wave

What does it cost?

You may choose to attend for the whole conference or, alternatively,
for as many days and/or nights as you wish.

Full residential conference fee
This covers admission to all conference sessions, social events and meals
plus accommodation in a standard room on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Attendees from institutions affiliated to NPC:  220 pounds
Others:                                                 330 pounds

Day conference fee (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday)
This covers admission to all conference sessions, social events
and meals that day.

Attendees from institutions affiliated to NPC:  40 pounds per day
Others:                                                 60 pounds per day

Accommodation fee
Standard and en suite rooms are available on Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday nights. Note that the full conference fee
includes standard accommodation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Standard room:                                          30 pounds per night
Premium for those wanting an en suite room:     30 pounds extra per night

If you are unsure whether your institution is affiliated to the NPC,
or if you wish to affiliate to the NPC in order to take advantage of
our reduced rates for affiliates, contact the General Secretary,
James Groves on [log in to unmask]


A booking form should be attached as a Word document. For those
unable to open attachments, contact the General Secretary,
James Groves on [log in to unmask] for a paper copy.

In any case, a mailing will be going out to all NPC affiliates
within a week, and to all higher education institutions at the
beginning of July.

Completed booking forms, together with payment, should be sent by
Friday 27 July at the latest to the Conference Secretary:

Sam Hardy
NPC Conference Secretary
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Warwick

If you've any queries please contact the Conference Secretary,
Sam Hardy on 024 7652 2570 or [log in to unmask]

If you cannot send payment with your booking form, let Sam Hardy know
as soon as possible and we'll come to an arrangement.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Warwick.



James Groves
General Secretary
National Postgraduate Committee
The Graduate College
University of Lancaster
Tel +44 (0)1524 592173
Fax +44 (0)1524 594218
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