Become a PGR Rep

What is a PGR Rep?

PGR Reps influence the decisions made by schools, research institutes, and faculties. They represent and re-present the views, experiences and concerns of other PGRs and work in partnership to secure changes which make the University a better place to work and study.

Who do they represent?

All postgraduate researchers enrolled on a degree programme in your home school, research institute, CDT, or other administrative cluster.

How do they represent them?

PGR Reps have a seat at all meetings where decisions are made about the experience and administration of postgraduate researchers where they can raise ideas, issues, and concerns as well as feedback on other plans. This will at least include a school PGR Forum, a Faculty Graduate School Committee, and the central University Graduate Board though reps will also be invited in to other discussion.

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.

What skills might they need?

PGR Reps are leaders within their cohort group and should expect to have, develop, or acquire the following skills from the University’s Leadership Excellence Behaviours.

  • PGR Reps will act purposefully and be able to recognise where the actions and activity of the University do not align with its goals and values. They will need their work to be informed by evidence and insight.

  • PGR Reps will be creative and innovative as they find ways of bringing their communities closer together and propose new ways to reach common goals.

  • PGR Reps are collaborative. They work as part of a team of reps in their immediate area, as part of a network of reps across the university, and in partnership with academic and professional colleagues at the University and LUU to create change.

  • PGR Reps need to communicate well to ensure that their cohort trusts them with their feedback and are appraised of developments, as well as to convince decision makers to act in the best interests of PGRs.

What support is available?

LUU will offer training for all new reps and continuous development opportunities. They will offer ongoing support for reps including guidance on boundaries and referrals. They will provide opportunities for reps to meet with each other and with senior University staff and meet with reps as required to give advice and take up issues.

Graduate Schools will ensure reps are invited to the appropriate meetings where they can provide feedback and ideas. They will provide other administrative support by agreement.

Schools will support reps in activities relating to their role, including facilitating PGR Forums and providing suitable channels for reps to communicate with their cohorts.

Directors of PGR will meet with reps once per semester to discuss issues.

Why apply?

  • You will make the University a better place.

  • Improve conditions in your school where you know there are shortcomings.

  • Learn about the inner-workings and decision-making structures of a large University.

  • Get strategic insight into decisions made about research priorities.

  • Receive recognition and celebration for your work.

  • Receive unique opportunities for training and development.

  • Meet staff and PGRs from a range of disciplines.

How to apply?

This differs between areas, so please contact your Graduate School or School for further information, and watch this space for general updates.

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