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Tracey Stead
Postgraduate Skills Training Coordinator

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Dr Tracey Stead
Dr Tracey Stead

Internal News - 20 September 2007

New Postgraduate Skills Training Coordinator appointed

The University of Bath has recently appointed a new Postgraduate Skills Training Coordinator, Dr Tracey Stead, who took up the post on 10 September.

The new post is funded by ‘Roberts money’, provided by the UK Research Councils for Generic Skills Training (GST) and career development of research postgraduates.

Dr Stead will be working with faculties, schools and departments to assist them to embed skills development into research degree programmes. The aim is to develop, provide and source developmental training for research postgraduates and to coordinate provision across the institution.

Dr Stead will be looking at ways to coordinate and expand the current provision within the University, using both internal and external experts and training providers.

The new post will be based in the Careers Advisory Service, alongside the Research Staff Career Development Advisor, Dr Ghislaine Dell, who provides similar support and career advice for research staff.

Dr Stead will liaise closely with Dr Lisa Isted, Head of the Graduate Office, Dr Simon Inger in the Staff Development Unit and Dr Alan Wheals in his role as Director of Postgraduate Research Development (see Related Links).

Dr Stead graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 with a BSc in Ecological Sciences, and in 2002 completed a PhD in Freshwater Ecology at Queen Mary, University of London, publishing in various leading journals in the field. Since then she has worked as a civil servant in the Government Statistical Service as a statistician. Originally she worked for Defra on sustainable development issues and, more recently, in the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Statistician, working on multiple deprivation and neighbourhood statistics in Scotland.

As a PhD student, Dr Stead attended a UK Gradschool and has since returned as a mentor before training as a Gradschool tutor. She has been involved with the Scottish Hub of UK Grad and tutored on several national and local Gradschools around the UK. With both UK Grad and the civil service, Dr Stead has gained considerable experience in tutoring, teaching, mentoring and managing staff. Her work with UK Grad has also made her familiar with the ‘Robert’s Agenda’ for skills training.

Dr Stead says “I am very pleased to be working with and supporting the University of Bath’s Faculties, Schools and Departments in the provision of skills training for research postgraduates. As a PhD myself, I have benefited greatly from skills training which I have used to become a more effective researcher and to plan, manage and further my career. I am very much looking forward to helping other researchers to do the same.”

Dr Stead is based in WH 5.27 and can be contacted at T.Stead@bath.ac.uk and, shortly, via the Postgraduate Generic Skills Training website, which also contains information on the Roberts agenda. (See Related Links).