There are a number of different Doctoral Researcher roles available for Representation at Loughborough University. Your Education Executive officer, Ana-Maria Bilciu works alongside the DR President, DR Vice President, DR Lead Reps and DR Reps to ensure that researcher's views and feedback are represented and that the postgraduate experience is as strong as it can be.

What is a Doctoral Researcher (DR) Rep?

DR Reps represent and champion the views of Doctoral Researchers on your degree programme by presenting your feedback to those in a position of influence. They attend Doctoral Researcher Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings within your school and work collaboratively with fellow Reps and staff to coordinate school-wide events.

Role Description

  • Represent the views of doctoral researchers on your research degree programme.
  • Give feedback to those in a position of influence.
  • Act as a liaison between doctoral researchers and staff when it comes to academic matters.
  • Attend DR Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings within your School (minimum of three meetings per year, with some on an ad-hoc basis).
  • Work collaboratively with fellow Reps and staff to coordinate events for your School.
  • Celebrate positive changes and keep students informed of changes and developments.
  • Signpost students to appropriate University services.

Benefits to you

  • Make a positive change to your experience as a Doctoral Researcher.
  • Help to shape the research culture and Doctoral Researcher experience at Loughborough.
  • Build strong relationships with staff and fellow Doctoral Researchers.
  • Extend your professional network.
  • Develop your transferable skills, such as problem-solving, negotiation, diplomacy, and time management.
  • Receive recognition from the University at events .
  • Contribute to your annual training hours (maximum of 2 days per year).

What is a Doctoral Researcher (DR) Lead Rep?

DR Lead Reps act as a point of contact for Reps within each School and liaise with the DR President and Vice-President. If you’re a DR Lead Rep, it’s your job to work collaboratively with fellow Reps and staff to coordinate relevant events for your School whilst celebrating positive changes and keeping researchers informed.

Role Description

  • Represent the views of Doctoral Researchers on your research degree programme.
  • Give feedback to those in a position of influence.
  • Act as a liaison between Doctoral Researchers and staff when it comes to academic matters.
  • Attend DR Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings within your School (minimum of three meetings per year, with some on an ad-hoc basis).
  • Work collaboratively with fellow Reps and staff to coordinate events for your School.
  • Celebrate positive changes and keep students informed of changes and developments.
  • Signpost students to appropriate University services.
  • Act as a point of contact for Reps within your School and liaise between the DR President and Vice-President and the Reps within your School.
  • Attend DR Rep meetings with the DR President and Vice-President (approximately three meetings per year).

Benefits to you

  • Make a positive change to your experience as a Doctoral Researcher.
  • Help to shape the research culture and Doctoral Researcher experience at Loughborough.
  • Build strong relationships with staff and fellow Doctoral Researchers.
  • Extend your professional network.
  • Develop your transferable skills, such as problem-solving, negotiation, diplomacy, and time management.
  • Receive recognition from the University at events .
  • Contribute to your annual training hours (maximum of 2 days per year).

What is a DR President?

The DR President acts as a figurehead for Doctoral Researcher Reps who work to effect positive change to the experiences of Doctoral Researchers. They represent the views of DR Reps at an institutional level by collecting feedback from DR Reps and conveying this to senior university staff. The DR President can be seen as a liaison between DR Reps and the University about changes and developments.

Role Description

  • Act as a figurehead for the body of student representatives who work to effect positive change to the experiences of Doctoral Researchers.
  • Collect feedback from DR Reps and convey this to senior university staff.
  • Represent the views of DR Reps and students at an institutional level.
  • Act as a liaison between senior university staff and DR Reps about changes and developments.
  • Chair and attend DR Rep meetings with DR Lead Reps (and other Reps, where appropriate) three times annually.
  • Act as a point of contact and support for the DR Reps in each School and the activities they engage in.
  • Liaise and work collaboratively with Doctoral College staff and Education Executive Officer.
  • Celebrate positive changes and promote best practice.

Benefits to you

  • Make a positive change to your experience as a Doctoral Researcher.
  • Help to shape the research culture and Doctoral Researcher experience at Loughborough.
  • Build strong relationships with staff and fellow Doctoral Researchers.
  • Extend your professional network.
  • Develop your transferable skills, such as problem-solving, negotiation, diplomacy, and time management.
  • Receive recognition from the University at events .
  • Contribute to your annual training hours (maximum of 2 days per year).

What is a DR Vice-President?

The DR Vice-President supports the DR President to effect positive change to the experiences of Doctoral Researchers by helping to collect feedback from DR Reps and convey this to university staff. They work closely with the DR President to instigate positive change for researchers.

Role Description

  • Support and work closely with the DR President to effect positive change to the experiences of Doctoral Researchers..
  • Represent the views of doctoral researchers .
  • Give feedback to those in a position of influence.
  • Act as a liaison between doctoral researchers and staff when it comes to academic matters.
  • Work collaboratively with fellow Reps and staff to coordinate events .
  • Celebrate positive changes and keep students informed of changes and developments.
  • Signpost students to appropriate University services.
  • Attend DR Rep meetings with the DR President and Vice-President (approximately three meetings per year).

Benefits to you

  • Make a positive change to your experience as a Doctoral Researcher.
  • Help to shape the research culture and Doctoral Researcher experience at Loughborough.
  • Build strong relationships with staff and fellow Doctoral Researchers.
  • Extend your professional network.
  • Develop your transferable skills, such as problem-solving, negotiation, diplomacy, and time management.
  • Receive recognition from the University at events .
  • Contribute to your annual training hours (maximum of 2 days per year).