This February the Arts and Humanities Research Board held a Research
Strategy Seminar on "Issues in Masters Programmes in the Arts and Humanities".
NPCs Tim Roll-Pickering sent the following report.
The day began with Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Chief Executive of the AHRB welcoming the announcement that the AHRB would be granted Research Council status, as detailed in the governments recent Higher Education White Paper. Speakers, including Peter Williams, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency, gave details to show how MSc. programmes had developed and how they now fit into the post Bologna framework and the European Credit Transfer Scheme.
I was asked to introduce the discussion on "What students want from masters programmes" to express the postgraduates point of view. I supported this with consultations collected via the POSTGRAD Jiscmail discussion list and the NPC OGM in Cardiff. The discussion sessions which also included "How masters programmes can prepare students for research" and "How masters programmes can prepare students for professions" were very productive and the NPCs opinions gave an invaluable insight into the AHRBs work from the students perspective.
Tim Roll-Pickering, NPC Treasurer