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University of Leeds Dec 2023: Students Workshop Resources

Generation Delta Student Workshop Report 

2nd stage of the PGR cycle: Retention and Progression (RaP) 

Hosting institution: University of Leeds 

Date: Tuesday 5 December 2023 

Time: 10.00 am to 4.15 pm 

Venue: University of Sunderland, Hope Street Exchange, Enterprise Suite 307 

  1. Introduction, objectives and agenda 

This workshop was offered to women who identify as Black, Asian, and/or from minority ethnic backgrounds, and who are enrolled in PGR study.  

 The objectives of this workshop were to provide advice and guidance on: 

  1. The process of progression in doctoral studies
  2. Addressing racial harassment during PGR study 
  3. Student support and engagement for PGR 
Time/ duration  Activity  Leading 
10:00 -10:15  Registration, coffee, networking  Ms Endurance Idowu, University of Sunderland and Ms Angelica Monteiro, University of Leeds 
10:15-10:25  Opening welcome   Dr Kendi Guantai, EDI Dean University of Leeds 
10:25-10:30  Welcome/Logistics/ Housekeeping 

 

Professor Iyiola Solanke, University of Oxford /University of Leeds 
10:30-10:45  Generation Delta project overview  Professor Amaka Offiah, University of Sheffield 
10:45-11:00  Mentimeter Poll No. 1 

 

Dr Monica Bernal Llanos, University of Leeds 
11:00-11:45  Overview of the process for progression in doctoral studies (including Q&A)  Professor W. Luke Windsor, Dean of the Doctoral College University of Leeds  
11.45- 12:30  Panel session: Preparing for progression in doctoral studies. Experiences from recent doctoral graduates. 

 

 

  • Dr Shareefa Fadel, PhD University of Leeds 
  • Dr Ope Adegbulu, PhD University of Leeds 
12:30-12:45  Mentimeter Poll No. 2  Dr Monica Bernal Llanos, University of Leeds 
 

12:45-13:30 

 

Lunch and networking 

 

13:30-13.35  Mentimeter Poll No. 3 

 

Dr Monica Bernal Llanos, University of Leeds 
13:35 -14:45  Students’ breakout groups session: discussing ways to address racial harassment based on case studies.   Professor Iyiola Solanke, University of Oxford /University of Leeds  
14:45 -15:00                                              

                                            Tea/Coffee break 

 

 

 

 

15:00-15:05  Mentimeter Poll No.4 

Student support and engagement for PGR 

Dr Monica Bernal Llanos, University of Leeds 
15:05- 15:45  Student support and engagement for PGR (including Q&A)  Louise Banahene MBE, Director of Educational Engagement at the University of Leeds  
15:45-16.15  Letter writing and wrap up  Professor Iyiola Solanke, University of Oxford /University of Leeds 

 

 2. Registration and attendees 

A total of 78 PGR students registered for the workshop and 25 were selected to attend the session. 

3. Opening welcome 

Dr Kendi Guantai, EDI Dean at the University of Leeds gave a heart-warming welcome to the students, highlighting the importance of projects such as Generation Delta: Kendi Guantai.mp4 

4. Introduction to Generation Delta 

An overview of the action/research project Generation Delta by one of its Co-Is, Professor Amaka Offiah (video: GenDelta Welcome Video and slides: Gen Delta Welcome.pdf) 

5. Menti Polls 

Attending students anonymously answered questions about: 

  • their understanding of ‘progression’ in the context doctoral studies,  
  • the kind of support needed for the upgrade and the viva examinations  
  • sexual/racial harassment during their journey as PGR students 
  • student support and engagement 

See their answers here: Mentimeter results_Leeds 5 Dec 2023.pdf  

6. Overview of the process for progression in doctoral studies — Professor Luke Windsor, Dean of the Doctoral College University of Leeds 

Video: Luke Windsor.mp4 and slides: Luke Windsor.pdf 

 

7. Student support and engagement for PGR — Louise Banahene MBE, Director of Educational Engagement at the University of Leeds 

Video: Louise Banahene.mp4 and slides: Louise Banahene.pdf