University establishes its Doctoral College

The University’s Doctoral College has been established, acting as locus of responsibility and expertise in all matters related to postgraduate research.

It will support and advise Schools, Faculties, and other parts of the University with its interconnected, holistic environment for doctoral research and training and will be led by Professor Roberta Mock, Director of the Doctoral College, following her previous role as Director of the Graduate School.

The Doctoral College aims to:

  • Foster a vibrant and growing community of doctoral researchers, characterised by its diversity and integrated in our areas of world-leading research, through cohort development and strategies for improved recruitment of home and international students.
  • Stimulate, facilitate and sustain a vibrant research and intellectual environment across and between disciplines for postgraduate and postdoctoral early career researchers at the University
  • Support researcher excellence and employability across the doctoral and early career stages of the researcher journey through first class training and excellent supervision, development opportunities and mentoring
  • Provide postgraduate and early career postdoctoral researchers with the best possible experience, allowing them to reach their full potential and ensuring that they are prepared for life beyond the University of Plymouth
  • Build a cohesive, lively, accessible and innovative cross- and interdisciplinary community of researchers, while working in partnership where possible and appropriate. 
The Doctoral College is an independent unit that reports directly to University Senate, with close management and governance associations with University Registry; Teaching Learning & Quality Committee (UTLQC); and Research & Innovation Committee. The business of the University's Graduate Sub-committee will now be undertaken by the Doctoral College Board and Doctoral College Quality Sub-committee.

A formal launch event of the Doctoral College will take place during the DVC Research Showcase in January 2018. 

In the meantime, the Doctoral College will be working on firmly establishing and embedding roles, responsibilities and processes within new governance and monitoring structures; on updating Gradbook and the research student handbook in line with these and revised regulations; on enacting a marketing and communication plan with a focus on web presence; and on increasing our online training offer.

Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, said: 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr John Martin, who has now returned to Research & Innovation, for his work in the Graduate School over the past few years, as well as the Directors of the University's Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), which have now been replaced by School and Faculty-centred structures.”