From UoB to UBC- a U21 fellowship blog

Home away from home


I’m taking a short trip to Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria. It reminds me of nothing so much as an English seaside town, really putting the ‘British’ into British Columbia.


Yesterday I met with Lisa Bronner, who helps international students at UBC feel at home through her work as an international students advisor. UBC has a very high number of international students, just as UoB has, and I was interested to find out some of the activities they can get involved with, including events to explore Vancouver. UBC has a beautiful campus but it’s away from the downtown area of Vancover, and it can be hard for students to find their feet in the wider city. As UoB has a similar location, I wonder if we should expand our campus tours to wider city excursions. Anyone fancy being a tour guide?

Today I visited colleagues at the University of Victoria to get a different perspective on researcher development. UVic is Canada’s largest provider of co-op programmes for postgraduates, which combine masters or doctoral research with paid, relevant work experience. This enables postgrads to develop professional and career competences, and well as seeing the impact their research may have in the wider world.

I also spoke with the Centre for Teaching and Learning about the LATHE programme of teaching development for PGTAs, a programme that emphasises pedagogical research as well as practical skills. They were also interested in our PGCARMS programme, so I told them a little more about it. Knowledge exchange in action!


Author: Erika H

Erika Hawkes, Postgraduate Researcher Development Officer at the University of Birmingham. Creator/facilitator of University Graduate School development programmes. Interested in professional development, writing support, and cohort identity among postgraduate researchers. Enthusiastic knitter and accidental ice hockey fan. Opinions are my own, not those of my employer.

4 thoughts on “Home away from home

  1. What a gorgeous view and the weather looks beautiful, Erika! Very interesting, reading your blog.

  2. Hi Erica, lovely blog–I had no idea UVics program was so big. Thanks for the discovery. It was great meeting you today, hopefully we can collaborate more in the future.

    • Hi Jackie, Yes, the co-op programme looks very well established at UVic! It was great to meet you too, and I look forward to collaborating if we can find a suitable project. Also, the writing blog I mentioned was Patter, on WordPress

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