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Issue 473, 19 November 2001

The Graduate Centre Reaches Out to undergraduates to promote opportunities for PG study at Leeds

As part of on going Graduate Board efforts to increase support for postgraduate recruitment the Graduate Centre plans to hold an information event to publicise postgraduate opportunities at Leeds. The event will take place in Parkinson Court and the Graduate Centre, 11am — 4pm on Wednesday, 28 November 2001.

Recent education marketing surveys have suggested that current university students are often a ‘missed market’ for the promotion of postgraduate opportunities and that students feel it is difficult to access information on postgraduate study options. Some Leeds departments are working hard to target current finalists and this Graduate Centre event is an extension of their efforts. Claire and Jacqui, the event organisers, hope the event will raise the profile of postgraduate study as an option for our undergraduate population and convey the message that ‘if you enjoy being a student, it doesn’t have to stop at your graduation ceremony’. According to the latest Prospects publication, one in four graduates now undertake some form of postgraduate study after their degree.

Jacqui comments: "It is important that Leeds students are aware of the huge range of options available to them here at a world class institution with excellent facilities and support’. She also stresses ‘We are very conscious that we must demonstrate to students that postgraduate study has long term benefits as well as being challenging and enjoyable. Naturally the funding of postgraduate study is a major issue but we hope to be able to provide sensible advice on how to approach the search for funds."

At the event there will be stands with information on available programmes, how to apply and sources of funding. There will also be prospectuses available from other UK universities and representatives from Leeds Metropolitan, and the Universities of Huddersfield and Bradford. The Careers Service will be on hand to offer advice and guidance and most importantly visitors will be able to meet current Postgraduates and find out what life is really like as a masters or research student.

The Graduate Centre has already requested promotional materials from departments but all staff are encouraged to remind their students to come along to the Parkinson Court on the 28th November. If any staff would like additional copies of posters to publicise the event or any further information contact Claire Murray at the Graduate Centre on ext. 2544 or Jacqui Brown, International Office 4085.

The Graduate Centre is open all year round during office hours, giving information and advice to current and prospective students on all aspects of postgraduate life at Leeds. The Centre is a venue for courses and events, has a postgraduates only computer cluster and a social space where students can relax, meet up with friends and help themselves to free tea and coffee. Information on all the activities at the Graduate Centre is available on-line at the Graduate Centre Building at  


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