Postgraduate Researcher Reps

If you are interested in becoming a PGR Rep, contact your graduate school Manager, or for any queries, please contact LUU always welcomes applications from students of various backgrounds in order to ensure we have a diverse range of voices representing the student population.

Why become a PGR Rep?

  • Achieve peer-led change for your cohort

  • Develop skills including communication, self-confidence, diplomacy, feedback collection, public speaking, organisation and advocating for others

  • Ensure a voice for often underrepresented PGRs across the University

  • Networking opportunities with Academics, Support Staff, and other Reps across the University

  • Recognition for your contributions, including eligibility for awards as part of Celebrate Week and a certificate

Who should apply?

  • Anyone with a passion for improving the research culture in their faculty

  • Those with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of researchers, academic and support staff

  • Those with the ability to listen to, and represent, diverse viewpoints without bias

  • Those with an interest in contributing to team initiatives

What will I be doing?

PGR Reps have a seat at meetings where decisions are made about the experience and administration of postgraduate researchers. They can raise ideas, issues, and concerns as well as feeding back on other plans.

Meetings vary between Graduate Schools but can include a PGR Rep Central Forum with the International & Postgraduate Students Officer and the Dean of the Doctoral College, a Faculty Graduate School Committee and the possibility to sit on Graduate Board. Reps will also be invited into other discussions as and when necessary.

Where these formal processes do not lead to change, Reps may work alongside each other and LUU to campaign proactively on issues which they and their constituents care about.

Outcomes achieved by PGR Reps:

  • Funding during Covid-19: including for self-funded PGRs, those with University or School scholarships, and those in their overtime year

  • PGRs teaching and demonstration: working to ensure consistency across the university, lobbying for better pay and working environments

  • Workspace for PGs: working with the university to establish appropriate workspace for all PGRs, including where specialist software is needed on shared computers. Lobbying for support for PGRs working from home during the pandemic

  • Progression to PhD: Addressing the institutional and structural barriers to participation and success in further study

  • Employability: Ensuring that PhDs are ready for their future