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Design Management - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Design Management

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Dr. Mersha Aftab
mersha.aftab@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Master’s in Design Management! 

By joining this innovative and well-established course you have made a significant personal investment and will be working with a great team of professionals. We are looking forward to meeting you!

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Essential equipment

To participate fully in the course you need access to a laptop, either PC or Mac.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Design Management

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

Instagram

Twitter

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption) - PgDip

Start date

TBC

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - PgDip Architectural Practice

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Ian Shepherd
Ian.Shepherd@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (RIBA Part III). 

We are confident that the courses will give you a mature understanding of and interest in architectural practice that will inform your career in architecture and we hope that you will enjoy your time studying with us.

What shall I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival task

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - PgDip Architectural Practice

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Location

Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street

Course Leader

Demitrios Kargotis
Demitrios.Kargotis@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hello Art and Design Students! 

I’m looking forward to meeting you and I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! There are a series of talks, inductions and activities programmed to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate in sending me an email.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

Instagram

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Fine Art - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Fine Art

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Location

Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street

Course Leader

Mona Casey
mona.casey@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Dear All, Im very happy to welcome you to Birmingham School of Art and the MA Fine Art Programme. I look forward to meeting you during the induction week.

Until then.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Fine Art

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Contemporary Arts China - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Contemporary Arts China

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Dr Nuria Querol

Nuria.Querol@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there, 

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Contemporary Arts China

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

Instagram

Twitter

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

English Linguistics - MA

This is a distance learning course. If you have any queries then please contact your Course Leader.

Arts and Education Practices - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Arts and Education Practices

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Cathy Wade
cathy.wade@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. The spirit of the course is to investigate pedagogical arts practices in their expanded field, to look at innovation and the avant-garde within arts education and consider how it could affect present and future provision. We are looking forward to meeting with you and beginning the year.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Arts and Education Practices

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

Instagram

Twitter

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Arts and Project Management - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Arts and Project Management

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Beth Derbyshire
beth.derbyshire@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Dear APM Students.

Welcome to MA Arts and Project Management, we have an exciting year ahead. I am really looking forward to meeting you and I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! There are a series of talks, inductions and activities programmed to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate in sending me an email.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Arts and Project Management

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

Instagram

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Creative Writing - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18 January

Teaching starts on Wednesday 27th January

Start time

Information about your online welcome, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Creative Writing

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Professor Gregory Leadbetter
gregory.leadbetter@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Congratulations on gaining your place on the MA in Creative Writing. Here you will receive specialist tuition from outstanding writers in a range of forms, in a supportive atmosphere – and benefit from masterclasses, seminars with guest authors, editors and agents and literary professionals organised through the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, an organisation within the School of English devoted to the literary arts and the life of ideas.

Writers are perpetual students. Our programme is designed to help you learn how to keep learning, enriching and refining your practice as an independent author, through disciplines that strengthen your creative imagination, develop your literary knowledge, and cultivate your critical sensitivity.

Birmingham is an excellent city in which to deepen your involvement with contemporary literary culture, music, dance, theatre, museums and visual arts. I encourage you to take advantage of all these opportunities during your time with us and beyond and wish you every success in your studies.

Greg

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

We do not want you to be loaded up on your first day with all your equipment. Please see below for what to bring on day one:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Note pad
  • Student ID
  • Student card
  • Pre-arrival tasks
Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction and Welcome' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Creative Writing

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

2020 BCU Postgraduate group

Facebook

ICCWriting Twitter

BCU English Twitter

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Fashion Management - MA and Luxury Brand Management - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Fashion Management

Moodle - MA Luxury Brand Management

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Barry Batson
Barry.Batson@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

You are joining a globally renowned provider of fashion and textiles education.

We have a rich history dating back to the 19th century, and today, we are renowned for our students’ achievements, innovative research and partnerships with industry.

Our courses address the needs of global fashion and textiles industries, and you will be welcomed into a genuinely creative, collaborative and international student community.

A high value is attained on our postgraduate students being able to reach their full potential academically, while at the same time developing as a mature, motivated and confident individual. The University prides itself on its student-centred approach and as such has established world-class standards for academic support and research supervision.

As postgraduate students, you will actively be encouraged to provide regular feedback to the University about your experience here.

As Course Leader, I value the information provided in the student lead staff/student forums and makes use of the feedback and suggestions contributed by students to review and enhance our provision.

Finally, it is with pleasure that we welcome you to the course and to the exciting challenge of being a postgraduate student. 

My team and I look forward to working with you, supporting you and ensuring that you reach your full potential as a Birmingham City University student.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Fashion Management

Moodle - MA Luxury Brand Management

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

Fashion Management Instagram

Luxury Brand Management Instagram

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Public Relations - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 18th January

Teaching starts w/c 25th January

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Public Relations

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Philip Young

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Public Relations

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

Facebook

Twitter

Twitter - #BCUWeArePR

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Visual Communication - MA

Start date

Induction w/c 25th January

Teaching starts w/c 1st February

Start time

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, we will be splitting courses into smaller groups for their welcome and induction. More information about these sessions, along with a course handbook and any pre-arrival tasks, will be found on your virtual learning platform, Moodle. Links to your course Moodle are below, but please note that you need to complete enrolment in order to be able to access Moodle. If you have not yet started enrolment, please look out for an email telling you how to do this.

Moodle - MA Visual Communication

All students must complete a Covid induction and self-assessment before they come to campus. The induction is available on Moodle via the link below – a password will be emailed to your BCU email address. A link for the self-assessment will also be sent to your BCU email address with a deadline of when this must be completed by.

Moodle – Covid induction

Course Leader

Robert Gibb
Robert.Gibb@BCU.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Masters’ Degree Programme within the School of Visual Communication.

It’s a really exciting time to be studying at Masters level as there are so many ways that we can help you develop your professionalism, creativity and employability to another level.

The team and I are looking forward to helping you develop and explore your creativity and curiosity at the Masters level.

Myself and the team appreciate that making the transition to Postgraduate education can be both an exciting and a daunting prospect, but don’t worry. You have a dedicated team of industry experienced professionals and academics to guide you through the journey.

It will be a journey that we will take together.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring lots of layers and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.

Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.

Moodle - MA Visual Communication

Student Success Advisors

At BCU we have a team of Student Success Advisors who are employed to support our students at all levels in gaining the best university experience. Every member of the ADM SSA team is a graduate of the faculty and uses their student experience along with their expert knowledge of the BCU services and processes to help you, whether that is navigating your course and finding your feet, collaborating with others across the university, accessing support and resources, or asking for guidance when you aren’t sure where to turn.

Our friendly and approachable team know the highs and lows of university and offer guidance and support through events, activities and one to one appointments. The SSA team are the glue between your tutors, administrators and services at BCU.

Follow the SSA Instagram @adm.ssa_team for future event details, regular posts, updates and information. Our Moodle page ADM Student Support hosts loads of info and resources and is where you can book a one-to-one appointment. You can also contact the team through our team inbox admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through this exciting next step in your academic career!

Social media accounts

The ADM Faculty is an innovative, creative and vibrant community both on campus and online. During your induction, you can stay up to date on social media for the latest news and events. We have a variety of accounts and group spaces where you can connect with fellow students and staff members.

Course Facebook group

@adm.ssa_team

mybcu

Birmingham City University Facebook

Research to PhD (Art and Design)

Induction date

Week commencing 27 January 2021.


See also details below.

Start time

Various – see details below.

Location

Online

Course Leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.

These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Welcome message – from the Director of Research Excellence

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At Birmingham City University, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public engagement, your research could deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.

Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.

Professor Keith A. Osman,
Director of Research Excellence

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.

More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

Induction week timetable

There is a plethora of information and events for you to access to help you acclimatise to postgraduate research study here at Birmingham City University. As well as the wider Welcome pages, this page is just the start and you are now encouraged to ensure that you ‘tick off’ the following additional elements to complete your research degree Induction:

  • Add this page as a ‘favourite’ to refer back to.
  • Ensure that you check out these pages regularly throughout your Induction and beyond to keep up to date with University updates relating to research and research degrees; this is particularly important as we adapt to the current and changing environment.
  • Ensure that you attend / access the following remote Induction events/resources:

    You will already have received communications from the Doctoral Research College regarding the online events taking place for PGR students in your base faculty:

        •   Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media: 27 January 2021 – 10:45am

    If you have queries, please contact drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk

        •   Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences: 08 February 2021 – 10:00am

    If you have queries, please contact blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk

        •   Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences: 04 February 2021 – 2:00pm

    If you have queries, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk

        •   Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: 04 February 2021 – 10:00am

    If you have queries, please contact drc.cebe@bcu.ac.uk

Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Research to PhD (English)

Induction date

Week commencing 27 January 2021.

See also details below.

Start time

Various – see details below.

Location

Online

Course Leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.

These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Welcome message – from the Director of Research Excellence

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At Birmingham City University, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public engagement, your research could deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.

Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.

Professor Keith A. Osman,
Director of Research Excellence

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.

More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

Induction week timetable

There is a plethora of information and events for you to access to help you acclimatise to postgraduate research study here at Birmingham City University. As well as the wider Welcome pages, this page is just the start and you are now encouraged to ensure that you ‘tick off’ the following additional elements to complete your research degree Induction:

  • Add this page as a ‘favourite’ to refer back to.
  • Ensure that you check out these pages regularly throughout your Induction and beyond to keep up to date with University updates relating to research and research degrees; this is particularly important as we adapt to the current and changing environment.
  • Ensure that you attend / access the following remote Induction events/resources:
    • General Research Degree Welcome
    • Welcome to the PG Certificate in Research Practice
    • You will already have received communications from the Doctoral Research College regarding the online events taking place for PGR students in your base faculty:

      •   Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media:  27 January 2021 – 10:45am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences:  08 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences:04 February 2021 – 2:00pm

      If you have queries, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: 04 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.cebe@bcu.ac.uk

    • Explore the hints, tips and advice from your fellow research degree students.
Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Research to PhD (Music & Performing Arts)

Induction date

Week commencing 27 January 2021.

See also details below.

Start time

Various – see details below.

Location

Online

Course Leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.

These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Welcome message – from the Director of Research Excellence

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At Birmingham City University, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public engagement, your research could deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.

Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.

Professor Keith A. Osman,
Director of Research Excellence

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.

More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

Induction week timetable

There is a plethora of information and events for you to access to help you acclimatise to postgraduate research study here at Birmingham City University. As well as the wider Welcome pages, this page is just the start and you are now encouraged to ensure that you ‘tick off’ the following additional elements to complete your research degree Induction:

  • Add this page as a ‘favourite’ to refer back to.
  • Ensure that you check out these pages regularly throughout your Induction and beyond to keep up to date with University updates relating to research and research degrees; this is particularly important as we adapt to the current and changing environment.
  • Ensure that you attend / access the following remote Induction events/resources:
    • General Research Degree Welcome
    • Welcome to the PG Certificate in Research Practice
    • You will already have received communications from the Doctoral Research College regarding the online events taking place for PGR students in your base faculty:

      •   Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media:  27 January 2021 – 10:45am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences:  08 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences:04 February 2021 – 2:00pm

      If you have queries, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: 04 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.cebe@bcu.ac.uk

    • Explore the hints, tips and advice from your fellow research degree students.
Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups:

Research to PhD (Media)

Induction date

Week commencing 27 January 2021.

See also details below.

Start time

Various – see details below.

Location

Online

Course Leadership

Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.

As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).

You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.

These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.

Welcome message – from the Director of Research Excellence

Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.

At Birmingham City University, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public engagement, your research could deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.

The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.

Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.

We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.

We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.

Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.

Professor Keith A. Osman,
Director of Research Excellence

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice

As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).

This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.

The course aims to:

  • Assist you in developing your individual research project through a structured programme
  • Prepare you to carry out academic work for your research degree
  • Introduce you to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential for your postgraduate research study
  • Provide an opportunity for you to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application
  • Foster a supportive environment in which you can develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal

The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.

Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.

More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).

Induction week timetable

There is a plethora of information and events for you to access to help you acclimatise to postgraduate research study here at Birmingham City University. As well as the wider Welcome pages, this page is just the start and you are now encouraged to ensure that you ‘tick off’ the following additional elements to complete your research degree Induction:

  • Add this page as a ‘favourite’ to refer back to.
  • Ensure that you check out these pages regularly throughout your Induction and beyond to keep up to date with University updates relating to research and research degrees; this is particularly important as we adapt to the current and changing environment.
  • Ensure that you attend / access the following remote Induction events/resources:
    • General Research Degree Welcome
    • Welcome to the PG Certificate in Research Practice
    • You will already have received communications from the Doctoral Research College regarding the online events taking place for PGR students in your base faculty:

      •   Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media:  27 January 2021 – 10:45am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.adm@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences:  08 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact blssdoctoralresearchcollege@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences:04 February 2021 – 2:00pm

      If you have queries, please contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk

      •   Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: 04 February 2021 – 10:00am

      If you have queries, please contact drc.cebe@bcu.ac.uk

    • Explore the hints, tips and advice from your fellow research degree students.
Social media accounts

If you do not already follow us, please join the following groups: