“The same but different: researching and enhancing PGR employability and experience in Art & Design”

Jacqueline Taylor, Sian Vaughan


We present and discuss two related projects at Birmingham City University undertaken by the same staff-student partnership: the first a research project to understand the aspirations and motivations of our PGRs; the second, informed by the first, a pilot project to enhance the PGR experience through peer mentoring. The complexity of Art & Design PGR identity and their nuanced professional aspirations means that our PGRs are an extremely individualised group who cannot easily be categorised. The challenge is in enabling individualised provision within a supportive cohort environment. We critically reflect on the significance and impact of each of these projects as having been undertaken through the framework of a staff-student partnership, drawing on our own and our PGRs’ experiences more generally as being the same yet different and individual.



employability; student experience; mentoring; PGR

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v1i2.198


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