Dear colleagues

We are looking for an experienced academic staff member with a commitment to supporting students to become an Independent Advisor for Postgraduate Research Students. You will join an academic team spread across different departments of the university. The role is for three years and works closely with the Lead Independent Advisor for PGR students, Dr Emma Denham, in supporting and advising PGR students in difficulty. More information about the role, and the current IAs, can be found online and involves helping and supporting doctoral students who need independent advice about a range of issues associated with their ability to progress.

Examples of issues covered include, but are not limited to, conflict with supervisor(s) or other students, progression at confirmation and final viva, appeals and complaints, and dignity and respect issues. Meetings with the Independent Advisors are confidential unless the student wishes otherwise (or are at risk). IAs often support students by attending meetings with Supervisors or Heads of Department; acting as a supporter to help present their case at meetings; mediation and negotiation; and advise on drafting appeals or formal documents. Where the student agrees, the IAs can work closely with other support services such as the Students’ Union, Student Support & Safeguarding, the Doctoral College, and HR.

Training and support will be provided by HR, Student Policy and Safeguarding, and the current IA team members. We believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our students and colleagues, so we encourage applications from all genders and backgrounds, particularly from under-represented groups. We are particularly looking for colleagues from the School of Management or Faculty of Engineering & Design to apply.

Applications can be submitted online via the link below. The closing date is Thursday 30 November. The final appointment of the new IA will be made by Senate.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Emma Denham.

Warm regards,

Professor Cassie Wilson and Professor Sarah Hainsworth