The Thirteenth NPC Conference

This year the NPC welcomed attendees from as far a field as Plymouth to the beautiful historic town of St Andrews for our 13th annual conference and Annual General Meeting.

Diana Woodward
Diana Woodward tess us what it means to be a part-time postgrad.

We were graciousley welcomed by Professor Colin Vincent (Deputy Principal of the University) followed by the first talk of the conference given by David Eastwood (Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board). This highly thoughtful contribution set the tone for the conference which included presentations by distinguished individuals such as Andrew Cubie (Chair of Court at Napier University), Diana Woodward (Director of Research at Napier University), Ewan Gillon (Open University of Scotland and former NPC General Secretary) and John Beaumont (Chief Executive of the eUniversity).

Student Politicians' Question Time occupied the Saturday Afternoon spot, with Rami Okasha (NUS Scotland President), Natasha Hirst (who has the PG portfolio for UCMC/NUS Wales), Benson Osawe (Council for International Students) and Marco Biagi (CHESS, the Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland) taking the spot light.

The conference was informed of the headline finding of the NPC postgraduate funding survey, sponsored by CSU, publishers of Prospects with research by the University of Warwick Students' Union. Some of the NPC's key work was presented by Tim Brown who revealed his findings on campus facilities for postgraduates.

The new NPC executive

At the Annual General Meeting the NPC elected officers for the coming academic year including Tim Brown (General Secretary), Chris Neville-Smith (Chair) and Tim Roll-Pickering (Treasurer).

Stuart Purdie and Frank Ridell
Stuart Purdie says thank you to Frank Riddell (Provost of St Leonard's College).

There was a cracking social programme featuring a wine reception with special guest appearance by the renowned Editor of educationet Joe Rukin on Thursday. The Annual Dinner on Friday featured the bearded and kilted Stuart Purdie - Conference Secretary - who kept everyone entertained with stories of scottish wisdom and bravery, and on Saturday we boogied in the Union until the early hours.

NPC delegates at the bar

Join us next year for another exciting episode of NPC Conference (location: Somewhere out there!).