B3 - Researcher development opportunities for PGRs based at an overseas campus

Day 1 at 16:15 - Universities are becoming increasingly international with many UK institutions establishing overseas campuses. Newcastle University has well established undergraduate courses in Malaysia and Singapore. The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering has recently expanded provision with the recruitment of research students for its campus in Singapore. This initial batch of research students were registered with Newcastle University and received the same personal and professional development opportunities as their Newcastle based peers. This session began with information on the Newcastle point of view of the problems and solutions involved in providing a researcher development programme to students based remotely in Singapore. The merits and challenges of creating a multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Centre in Singapore to provide support for the students from diverse disciplines was also discussed. This led onto to a structured discussion of the issues involved, for UK Universities, in providing equal opportunities for all research students regardless of location. Finally, attendees were invited to share experience and best practice to enhance the researcher development of PGRs at overseas campuses. Strand - Postgraduate researcher.
Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:15
Strand Postgraduate researcher
Code B3
Presenters Dr Gail de Blaquiere - Postgraduate Skills Development Programme Manager, Newcastle University

Topics covered:

  • researcher development opportunities for overseas based PGRs - challenges and opportunities
  • inclusivity - how to provide parity of provision of researcher development opportunities for all PGRs

Workshop outcomes:


  • related and shared their own experience of development programmes for PGRs based permanently overseas
  • discovered the current best practice in supporting the personal and professional development of PGRs on overseas campuses
  • engaged in a wider discussion around the ways to prevent a two tier provision of support for different researchers.


Information, interaction and discussion. Participants included examples from their own experience during discussion.