What support do international graduate teaching assistants need?

This is a guest post from Dr Jo Collins, Postgraduate Development Advisor, University of Kent. Photo by redcharlie on Unsplash As part of a University of Kent Review of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), we ran a survey which gathered data from 44% of our GTAs. The survey highlighted three key findings: International postgraduate students (those who require a Tier …

The invisible Others: stories of international doctoral student dropout

This is a guest post jointly written by Melissa Laufer and Meta Gorup, doctoral candidates at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent at Ghent University in Belgium. Together, they explored the dropout experiences of international doctoral students and the factors that contributed to the discontinuation of their studies. The full article, ‘The invisible Others: …

protecting supervisors who respond to the mental health and wellbeing needs of international research students.

Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash There is evidence that international doctoral students are more vulnerable to study-related stress in the course of their candidacy. Our project asks how this amplified stress may also have an impact on those who closely support them? The study defines a unique set of stress triggers for the supervisors of international PGRs …

the power of peer support

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash This is a guest post by Sherrie Lee, an international PhD candidate based in New Zealand. She is a past president of, and current mentor to, the Postgraduate Students’ Association at her university. Her doctoral research examines informal academic learning among international tertiary students in New Zealand. Sherrie has an ongoing interest …

what does supporting international doctoral learners mean?

This is a guest post by a team from the School of Education at the University of Glasgow: Dr Dely Elliot, Dr Muir Houston, Dr Kara Makara, Dr Kate Reid, Dr Catherine Lido. They reflect here on their recent national event with the UK Council for Graduate Education. We cannot fail to notice the strong presence of international doctoral learners in …

Community Acuity (7) trust your gut: a cautionary tale for the eager new supervisor

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students.  This guest post is anonymously shared in the spirit of helping others to learn. In Business Schools, we get a lot of applications from overseas students with full scholarships from their governments, often …