This Year's NPC Projects

ISSUES AFFECTING POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND MEDICAL ILLNESSES
OFFICER: Marilyn Shanks
INSTITUTION: University of Essex

Marilyn will be looking into the issues surrounding postgraduates with disabilities and medical illnesses including how postgraduate applications are monitored to prevent discrimination, the approaches taken by LEAs and National funding councils and most important the support and career development provided by institutions.

NSTIGATION AND PROMOTION OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
OFFICER: Rainy Mears & Gemma Cansell supported by Norman Jackson of the LTSN
INSTITUTION: University of Leeds and Imperial College, London

Rainy and Gemma are investigating into the way universities promote Personal Development Planning (PDP). PDP is a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. Recently, PDP has been a focus of many UK universities as a result of a recommendation by the National Inquiry into Higher Education (Dearing Report 1997). 14 case study universities are being contacted in an effort to establish the plans of the institutions in Postgraduate involvement and the methods by which they implement progress files and gain feedback of their successfulness. An on-line survey will be carried out to determine students views on PDP, how they record their personal development e.g. progress files, log books etc, their usefulness and drawbacks.

The outcome from this study will hopefully highlight areas of PDP for postgraduates that need improving and may result in guidelines being recommended to UK universities for implementing PDP for postgraduates especially research students.

UPDATE OF THE 1993 NPC GUIDELINES ON CODES OF PRACTICE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL POSTGRADUATE COURSES
OFFICER: Emily Orme
INSTITUTION: Nottingham Trent University
Emily will be working on an updated version of the 1993 NPC Guidelines on Codes of Practice for Instructional Postgraduate Courses with further consultation expanding the scope of this useful document.
Emily is also planning an advice leaflet on funding for postgraduate courses that offer a professional qualification at the end. These courses are often harder to fund publicly than other instructional courses such as Masters, but there are often a number of private funding opportunities available that are not advertised widely and so they gain little competition.