The Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH) respond to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Consultation on a ‘New Deal’ for the future of Postgraduate Research (PGR).
Between February and May 2022, a cross-sector consultation was led by UKRI on plans for a ‘new deal’ for PGR following the UK government’s initial commitments to PGR developments in the UK Research and Development Roadmap (2020) and the Research and Development People and Culture Strategy (2021).
To maintain sustainability, openness, and attractiveness at a local and international level within the PGR sector, the UKRI aims to establish and deliver a ‘new deal’ for doctoral candidates, Higher Education Institutions, public, private and third sectors, as well as people, society and economics generally through a long-term programme holistically focusing on four inter-dependent, yet interacting, areas. These include: (1) models and access; (2) routes in, through and out; (3) rights and conditions; and (4) funding and financial support. Further information related to these areas of focus and the UKRI’s ‘new deal’ for PGR can be found on the UKRI website.
In response to the consultation, IMH collated and consolidated responses to 12 questions from a range of postgraduate students and members academic staff at career stages from Research Assistant to Professor. The questions posed explored topics such as the goals of contemporary PGR training; the four areas of focus listed above (including perceived challenges related to these); and factors that should be considered when developing the UKRI’s engagement plan for future work surrounding the ‘new deal’.
In particular, the IMH response identified a number of priority challenges in relation to the four areas of focus identified by UKRI – a selection of which are detailed below:
The Institute's full consultation response can be read online on the UKRI website.