If you are a PhD student in the CS department who feels your research is affected by smaller or bigger issues, then this post is of interest to you. We (the mentors) would like to hear your views and concerns and report them anonymously to the department in the forthcoming PGRSSCC meeting (end of June). This is the starting point for taking action in the department with further goal to resolve them.
Last semester we sent a questionnaire to the PhD lists for collecting issues regarding your PhD. Many thanks to the PhD students who completed this survey. We got 64 responses which were reported in the PGRSSCC meeting, which was held on January 2012. These concerns are categorised to the following:
- PhD funding and time that is needed to finish the PhD.
- EPROG system and its usability
- Lab demonstration issues
ENVIRONMENTAL/HEALTH AND SAFETY : E.g.
- Poor air conditioning (rooms are too warm, too cold etc)
- Poor environmental conditions (dirty rooms with mice).
- unreliable email
- Disk quota is not enough
Our main concern for the next PGRSSCC is to see if any improvement has been made the past months. Some of the issues are more difficult to resolve (e.g. academic) but for others such as environmental and IT issues, we need your feedback to check if actions are taken to resolve problems. For example, in the last meeting the environmental manager promised he will take immediate action to resolve the problem with the mice. However, if the problem still persists please report it to us by indicating your room number. The representative for IT services also mentioned that its their plan to improve the quality of the email service by upgrading servers and extending disk quota. Has any of these issues been resolved or improved? Do you have any new concerns regarding your PhD studies?
Your feedback is valuable to us and your opinion matters!! Please report your concerns by sending an email at email@example.com or by just commenting on this post. Issues will be collected for the next PGRSSCC meeting by the 13th of June.