We want all of our postgraduate research students to have a personalised experience while at BU, ensuring you graduate with all of the skills and knowledge required to get ahead in your chosen field. We have a range of programmes, resources and events to give you the support you need while conducting your research and developing your academic and professional skills.
Postgraduate researchers have a dedicated support team at BU – the Doctoral College. The Doctoral College oversees postgraduate research degrees, with links to the Faculty Deputy Deans for Research and Professional Practice, the academic Supervisory teams and Postgraduate Research Reps.
Doctoral College team and structure
The Doctoral College structure gives a visual representation of how our department is organised.
Deputy Deans for Research and Professional Practice
Find out more about the Faculty Deputy Deans – Research and Professional Practice:
- Professor Vanora Hundley, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
- Professor Michael Silk, Faculty of Management
- Professor Einar Thorsen, Faculty of Media and Communication
- Professor Tiantian Zhang, Faculty of Science and Technology
Academic supervisors provide an important role in supporting postgraduate researchers at BU. To find out more information and explore our supervisors visit the staff profiles page.
PGR Reps are elected by their Department cohort – to collect feedback, share it with the university and Students’ Union, and work with staff to create change, making the PGR experience the best it can be.
Email the PGR Reps at DCPGRReps@bournemouth.ac.uk to request an up-to-date list of your faculty PGR representatives or visit the Students’ Union webpage for more information about the Student Rep role at BU.
Policies and procedures
Code of Practice for Research Degrees
The Code of Practice for Research Degrees (pdf, 1.6mb) contains a variety of information necessary for both postgraduate research students and staff, from the point of registration and induction through to the point of being awarded. This code is updated annually, so it’s important that staff and students refer to the current version only as it supersedes all previous versions.
All independent research conducted by research students or staff requires ethical approval. All postgraduate research students must consult the Research Ethics Code of Practice (pdf 559kb) and gain ethical approval before commencing any data collection.
The University's Research Degrees Committee (RDC) is the principal committee of the University with responsibility for the strategic direction, nature, quality, development and delivery of the University’s research degree provision across Bournemouth University. The RDC is a sub-committee of the University Research and Professional Practice Comittee (URPPC).
The RDC debates the planning, co-ordination, development and oversight of research degrees across BU. It also considers key aspects of PGR student experience, research degree policy and quality assurance.
ResearchPAD is our online system designed specifically to help postgraduate researchers record their research degree progression and record their professional development.
If you are a BU postgraduate researcher or member of staff you need to log in via the following web address, regardless of whether you are at the university or elsewhere:
BU staff should use their normal login and password to access ResearchPAD.
BU postgraduate researchers (including BU staff undertaking a research degree) should log in using their student account and password.
If you are an external member of staff, you should access ResearchPAD via the following web address:
External supervisors will be emailed a unique username and password by their Research Administrator.
Please note: We recommend accessing ResearchPAD using either Firefox or Google Chrome, as there can be display issues in Internet Explorer.
There are manuals available for postgraduate researchers (1,253kb) and supervisors (1,191kb) (which includes an overview of the processes for Faculty Deputy Deans for Research & Professional Practice (DDRPP) and Research Administrators). These are designed to give an overview of the system and provide you with support and assistance if you need it.
If you need any technical support when accessing or using ResearchPAD, you should contact the IT Service Desk.
For enquiries relating to the research degree process, you should contact your Faculty Research Administrator. For all other queries, contact ResearchPAD@bournemouth.ac.uk where a member of the Doctoral College will be able to assist.
New PGR Introductory Day
The Doctoral College hosts a half-day introductory event following each intake of new PGRs. This half-day event include a variety of sessions aimed at welcoming new PGR to BU by providing essential information for undertaking a research degree. The introductory day also serves as an opportunity to meet fellow PGRs and the Doctoral College team.
New students will receive an email invitation to this leading up to their start date from the Research Administrators (Admissions & Conferments).
Researcher Development Programme
The Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers over 60 workshops, online modules, video resources and interactive webinar series specifically for PGRs research and professional development.
The RDP offers flexibility to PGRs to meet their development needs and long-term career development whilst at BU. The programme aims to ensure PGRs are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge required to complete their research degree and make a successful transition into their future career, whether in academia or further afield.
Postgraduate Researcher Development Steering Group
On behalf of the University’s Research Degree Committee, this steering group is the deliberative forum to advise on the strategic direction, nature, quality, development and delivery of postgraduate researcher skills development provisions at BU.
Some main responsibilities of this steering group are to:
- Develop and enrich the strategic direction, nature, quality, development and delivery of the University’s provision of researcher development for postgraduate research students (PGRs) which reflect the needs of all PGRs
- Guide the centrally- and Faculty-provided researcher development provision promoting complementary support of both to increase the personalisation of support for PGR
- Evaluate University-wide PGR researcher development provision, to ensure all programme content is maintained at a high standard and aligns with the University strategic priorities under BU2025
- Enhance the overall PGR student experience at BU.
Hear from our PGRs in our student stories 'life in research' series.
Health, wellbeing, faith and sport
We have a wide range of services available to support your health and wellbeing while at BU. Here you can find information about:
- Disability and Additional Learning Support – plus language support.
- Faith & Reflection – information about BU's Faith & Reflection Service.
- Health and fitness – information on SportBU’s facilities.
- Health services – how to register with a doctor, finding a dentist, overseas travel advice, plus advice and support on alcohol and drugs, anxiety and stress, depression, homesickness, pregnancy, and relationships.
- The Students’ Union – information about the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University.
- Student wellbeing – including support services, urgent support services, how to access the Student Wellbeing team, AskBU, and living in the UK.
- Transport and Safety – information on transport services and how BU works to ensure a safe environment, and personal safety advice.
- Plus an A–Z of additional resources.
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