From: UK Council for Graduate Education [UKCGE@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] on behalf of WYNNE Carolyn [C.L.Wynne@UKCGE.AC.UK]
Sent: 28 May 2012 15:29
Subject: New report available online: Postgraduate Researcher Symposium: Conversations about the doctoral experience

A report of proceedings and recommendations from the Postgraduate Researcher Symposium held at the British Library on 1 November 2011.

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), the British Library, Vitae and the National Union of Students (NUS) brought together doctoral researchers, supervisors and academic staff, staff supporting researchers and librarians for a one-day Postgraduate Researcher Symposium to discuss the doctoral experience. It is rare indeed for the various stakeholders to communicate with each other to generate shared ideas. This report, Postgraduate Researcher Symposium: Conversations about the Doctoral Experience documents the proceedings of the event and the recommendations that emerged for how the doctoral experience could be improved for all the stakeholders involved.

The idea of bringing together a range of stakeholders in the doctorate was originally conceived in conversations between UKCGE, the British Library and NUS. We recognised that each of us regularly holds conferences and events at which we discuss the doctoral experience of doctoral researchers, supervisors and staff supporting researchers. But it is rare indeed for the various stakeholders to communicate with each other to generate shared ideas and rarer still for doctoral researchers to be part of the conversation.

We believed that between us we could put together an event that would draw from each of our usual audiences to bring a range of different individuals involved with doctoral study from all kinds of institutions, including doctoral researchers, into one place for a day.

Over time this germ of an idea became a reality as Vitae joined the group and we developed the idea of facilitated conversation among supervisors, doctoral researchers, librarians and staff supporting researchers that would lead to specific recommendations of what needs to change to improve the doctoral experience for everyone involved.

What appealed to us about this format was that it created space for everyone to have their say and negotiate through potentially thorny issues in a safe environment. We also felt that the event should have clear and specific outcomes in order to add value, rather than merely replicating existing forms of provision.

This report documents how we approached the day, the themes and issues that emerged and the subsequent recommendations for improvements to the doctoral experience. We invite all those who have a stake in the doctoral experience to consider how these might be taken forward in our different institutions.

We have also considered that the symposium format could work at institutional or regional level as well, and so we have appended a guide outlining how this might be brought about to support staff and/or researchers who might wish to deliver an event of this nature.

To download a copy of this report, please click here.

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April 26, 2012 Art and<br /><br /><br />

Transart Institute

The Artist’s PhD

Application Deadline: May 1
Transart Institute
Mail: 228 Park Ave. S.
New York, NY 10003
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First Studio PhD in the US
Transart is offering an international low-residency studio PhD course of studies: The Degree is offered for creative work (practice-based research). Advisors come from Transart Institute and Plymouth University.
Fast Track MFA >> Phd
Exceptionally focussed and accomplished artists can apply for transfer from the MFA to the studio PhD program at the end of the first year. Students who wish to enroll in the Fast Track program apply to the MFA Creative Practice. In their second semester on the MFA they develop a doctoral proposal. At the end of the semester they can apply for Fast Track assessment. Successful applicants will be registered for the MPhil/PhD course of studies at that time.
The MFA Creative Practice
The MFA Creative Practice consists of three intensive summer residencies in Europe filled with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances, and exhibitions and two shorter fall or spring residencies in New York City. In the four semesters between residencies, students create an individual course of study realizing art and research projects with the support of faculty and studio advisors wherever they work and live.
Certificate Program
Artists attend the certificate program to get a creative surge, get a fresh perspective on their work, revitalize their practice, take their work in a new direction, make plans for a focussed praxis in the year ahead and to become part of an international community of artists, theorists, and curators.
Transart Field Trip 2012
Seizing the opportunity Transart is extending its program with an optional Field Trip to some major European art events this summer: 
Documenta 13
Manifesta 9
Visual Arts Flanders 2012, covering 5 cities in Belgium
Ruhr Triennale 2012
Open Spaces
Very few seats remain open on this year’s PhD, MFA, and Summer Certificate. Apply early if interested.
For questions or to make an appointment to speak with faculty please contact Drew Henmi:
Transart in a Nutshell

  • Low-residency format allows you to keep work and family obligations while advancing your career
  • Experience summer intensives in Berlin, the art capital of Europe
  • Fall and spring residencies in New York City
  • Design your own course of studies
  • Form an international collective with faculty and alumni for exhibition and performance opportunities
  • Thesis exhibition reviewed, critiqued, and curated by established international curators
  • International make up of students and faculty fosters exchange across cultural boundaries
  • A contemporary learning experience without grades or pre-formatted curricula.

Transart Students
Tansart students are emerging and mid-career artists and educators. Transart residencies are a meeting place for cultural exchange. Transart students and alumni will converge for the summer residency from areas as diverse as Thailand, Egypt, Italy, Pakistan, Iceland, Croatia, Ethiopia, Canada, Costa Rica, the UK, and the US. 
For both students and faculty the time at Transart is a transformational experience. Performer and painter Nicole Stager wrote: “This program has changed my life in profound ways. My art practice is more informed, better articulated, more open, more thoughtful, more grounded in theory.” New York based artist Virgil Wong found “The community I’ve become a part of through Transart is already much more immersive than what I’ve developed in ten years of living and working as an artist in New York City”. Photographer and performer Angelika Rinnhofer found that “to work independently can pose a challenge but it also offers freedom and flexibility. Since a large number of students are accomplished artists and earn a living, Transart’s concept is ideal to work toward a degree and to expand one’s artistic career in addition to having a job.” Faculty Michael Bowdidge: “Undertaking a PhD has lead me to a much deeper understanding of the nature of my practice.”
Transart Faculty
comes from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographic locations. Transart advisors have included Alec Soth, Alison Nordström, and Cate Rimmer among many others. Studio faculty include international artists working with photography, film/video, sound, performance, dance and choreography, drawing, sculpture, intervention, and installation. Current theoretical areas of expertise include curatorial work, African diaspora, interface technologies, digital arts, continental philosophy, media, social studies in colonialism, capitalism and tourism, word and image relationships, and contemporary asian art history. You can learn about the experience of Transart faculty online.
The Small Print
PhD Admissions:
A master’s degree in a related field, with an MFA strongly preferred.
The application process is detailed online. 
PhD Tuition And Fees
Application fee: $50
Tuition PhD: GBP 5,375 / $8,540* per semester (minimum of four)
Bench fee: $3,000 per semester
* based on current exchange rate
PhD Scholarships
Limited Assistantships are available through enrollment in the PhD program. These Assistantships cover up to $12,000 of tuition over three years. One 50% developing country scholarship is available this year on the PhD program.
PhD Application Deadline
Online form: May 1, 2012
Supporting materials: May 7, 2012
MFA Admissions:
A well developed artistic practice.
A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience.
The application form is online.
MFA Tuition And Fees
Application fee: $50
Tuition MFA: $9,760 per semester (for four semesters)
MFA Scholarships
Partial scholarships are available on the MFA Creative Practice.
MFA Application Deadline: Open admissions
Certificate Admissions:
A well developed artistic practice.
The application form is online.
Tuition And Fees
Application fee: $50
Tuition Certificate: $3,250 (3-week summer program, non-credit)
Certificate Financing
Additional financing is generally available through sources in the student’s country of residence and/or citizenship. Funding letters are mailed with acceptance into the program.
Funding letters are mailed with acceptance into the program. Plymouth University, the validating institution of all Transart degree programs, is certified by the US Department of Education (DoE) as an eligible foreign school. Students are now able to apply for Sallie Mae International private student loans, school code: 023521.
For questions or to make an appointment to speak with faculty please contact Drew Henmi:

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