The Graduate School- who are we, and what do we do?

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It’s mid-November, and you’re probably feeling a bit better settled in at the University now. You’ve met other researchers working in your subject area, you’ve had a meeting (or two!) with your supervisor, you’ve worked out the quickest and easiest route from your front door to your office, and you definitely know your way around the library.

But did you know that as a postgraduate student, you’re also a part of the College of Arts Graduate School?

And now would be such a great time to take advantage of everything the College can offer you!

As well as organising a wide range of really useful training workshops for research students, and providing a helpful focus for interdisciplinary networking and knowledge exchange across the schools and subject areas which are part of the College, the College office is full of knowledgeable people who’d love to be able to help you out if you’re in need of a hand, and point you back on the right track.

We caught up with Adeline, who manages the busy Graduate School office, to find out more about her, and what she does here at the university.

1) What’s your name, and what’s your role here at the university?

Adeline Callander, Graduate School Administrator for the College of Arts Graduate School.

2) What does your role involve?

Put simply, I manage the administrative arm of the Graduate School. The Graduate School is responsible for formal matters such as strategy, quality assurance and compliance with University regulations. However, we are also involved in lots of other day to day administrative activity around induction, registration, skills development, examination, community building, health study space, annual progress, scholarships etc. etc.

3) What does a typical day in your shoes look like?

It feels like there is no such thing as a typical day! Of course, what might be a typical day in October will be very different from a typical day in, say, February due to the specific demands of the different stages of the academic cycle. I will normally start the day by checking and responding to the latest batch of emails. I will have planned some specific tasks for the day but these plans are often derailed by the urgency of some emails and this trend can continue all day depending on the email traffic. Like all people working in a busy office such as ours, I juggle many different tasks in a day but that’s what makes the job interesting. Life is never dull in the Graduate School!

4) What’s your favourite thing about being part of students’ university experience?

I love sharing the excitement the students feel when they have achieved their ultimate goal (conferment of their degree) in the knowledge that, even if just in a very small way, the Graduate School has helped them towards that.

The Graduate School is located at No.6 University Gardens, and the office in Rm101. Adeline and her colleagues can be reached at, Monday to Friday, 9-5.

Post Author: Rachel

Rachel is a PhD candidate in the School of Culture and Creative Arts. Rachel supports the UofGArts Blog as a contributing writer.

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