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Wednesday 1st June

Cardiff University PGR Internships

The University’s Carbon Net Zero Panel is advertising two Cardiff University PGR internships on the Cardiff University Jobs Board. Please see the details below for more information about the opportunities and how to apply.

Carbon Modelling PGR On-Campus Internship

The University is advertising for a postgraduate researcher who would be interested to undertake a unique 3-month internship with the University’s Carbon Net Zero Panel. Cardiff University declared a climate emergency on 29th November 2019 with a stated aim to become a carbon neutral institution by 2030. In the coming months the Panel will focus on achieving a better understanding of the potential paths to achieving this ambitious aim.

You will work with members of the Panel, primarily located in the schools of Architecture, Biosciences, Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering and Psychology, along with our Professional Services Team responsible for sustainability across campus.

  • Location: Remote. We anticipate that these will be a remote working internships, with regular online meetings with the Deans for Environmental Sustainability, the Panel and individual supervisors.
  • Start: ASAP
  • Duration: 3 Months
  • Hours: 35 hours per week, Flexible
  • Pay: £10.86 per hour. Paid through Jobshop. You will need a right to work check for this internship
  • Closing date: Sunday 13th June

Climate Emergency Travel Strategy PGR On-Campus Internship

The University is also advertising for two postgraduate researchers who would be interested to undertake 3-month internships with the University’s Carbon Net Zero Panel. Cardiff University declared a climate emergency on 29th November 2019 with a stated aim to become a carbon neutral institution by 2030. In the coming months the Panel will focus on achieving a better understanding of the potential paths to achieving and maintaining a sustainable approach to both international and local travel for University staff and students to support this ambitious aim. The postgraduate researchers will work with the Carbon Net Zero Panel, and especially the Dean and Associate Dean for Environmental Sustainability and other members of academic and professional services staff who are advising.

  • Location: Remote. We anticipate that these will be remote working internships, with regular online meetings with the Deans for Environmental Sustainability, the Panel and individual supervisors.
  • Start: ASAP
  • Duration: 3 Months
  • Hours: 35 hours per week, Flexible
  • Pay: £10.86 per hour. Paid through Jobshop. You will need a right to work check for this internship
  • Closing date: Sunday 13th June

Please Note:

The student and their supervisory team will need to ensure that they are eligible to take a 3-month Interruption of studies or internship. Advice can be provided first by visiting here and also in consultation with the Postgraduate Quality and Operations team in the Registry at PGR@cardiff.ac.uk

Jobshop – These internships are paid through Jobshop. The successful candidates will be required to complete a right to work check. To apply, you will need to be enrolled as a student for the duration of the internship.

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Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey and Postgraduate Research Experience Survey are currently open and active until the 17th of June 2021. As Wonkhe said: “This survey's the nearest equivalent to the NSS but specifically for Postgraduate students and with greater focus on enhancing and improving the PG student's experience.”

You can access the links below to fill out the survey. It only takes a couple of minutes!

The PTES and PRES are the only university-wide surveys recognized by advanced Higher Education for postgraduates and will be used within the University to gain insights from you on your overall learning and teaching experience. For a more detailed understanding of the two surveys, read this page by advance HE.

Graduate route open to international students

The Graduate Route is expected to launch on 1 July 2021. It will require a new work visa application which will only be possible from inside the UK, the payment of a visa fee of £700 and the payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge at the full rate of £624 per year of visa granted. The visa will allow new graduates to stay and work in the UK, initially for 2 years (3 years for PhD graduates).

If you began your studies in autumn 2020, you will have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK with permission as a student (updated from the previous date of 6 April 2021), in order to be eligible to apply. If you began your studies in January or February 2021, you will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

You will need to know the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number you used for your recent student (or Tier 4) visa application and also be holding a valid student visa at the time of application.

Find out more about Graduate Route here.

Supporting PGR Communities: In Conversation with the Students’ Union and the Doctoral Academy

Thank you to the researchers who attended this event in February. There were interesting questions and issues raised for discussion, I hope you found it informative. I have compiled some useful information in response to the main themes raised which you can read here.

Book a COVID Test

The Cardiff University Screening Service has been designed to support students and staff who will be spending time on campus. If you are not spending time on campus, you are encouraged not to travel if that action is contrary to current Welsh Government guidance. However, if you are feeling particularly anxious, you are asymptomatic, and a test would put your mind at rest, then the Screening Service is available to you at this time.

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Postgraduate Community

There is a large and active postgraduate community in Cardiff and we are working each year to build on this. If you would like to get more involved or have an idea, get in touch with Jane at VPPostgraduate@cardiff.ac.uk

Postgraduate Research Students' Association

This Association represents all postgraduate research students at the university. They provide a platform for socialising, to cultivate a sense of community and support for PGRs during their time here at Cardiff, as well as formal representation of the collective PGR interests. Membership of the Association is free - join here.

Cardiff Students Postgraduate Network

The Cardiff Students Postgraduate Network is a Facebook group for all postgraduate students that seeks to develop an active, strong and vibrant postgraduate community here at Cardiff. The network combines both Research and Taught students in order to develop a supportive research environment as well as promoting the diverse and exciting extra-curricular opportunities available to postgrads. The network gives you the chance to find out about academic and social events, get in contact with fellow students and find out more information about what’s going on in the postgrad community. The PG network is led by the Cardiff Students’ Postgraduate Association, the Vice President Postgraduate Students and the Students’ Union. They are there to listen to your views, to advise, to take effective action, and to support and facilitate your ideas, whether this be for social events or improvements in your academic experience. Don’t forget to like the page to stay updated!

Academic Reps

At Cardiff University, you get an input into your academic experience. Each year, the Students' Union trains and supports over 1,000 Reps across the University. These Reps serve as the vital link between peers, Schools, the University and the Students' Union on educational matters. They are the Voice for your school and year group. Contact your Rep.

UCU Union

It's time for more PhD rights, training and support. Your Students’ Union and many others across the country agree. Join the UCU Union for FREE!

The UCU Union provides targeted support for postgraduates who teach, on a wide range of topics including: Employment Rights, Representation, Professional Development, Training and Advice.