We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education 2019! Winners are selected each year from the research and projects funded by UKCISA's Grants Scheme.
The Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian and Heriot Watt carried out research in 2018-19 into the mental health of international PhD students and their supervisors.
Judges commented that the research was ‘timely’, ‘interesting’, 'thorough’ and ‘high quality’ and noted that ‘the issues here are not well understood despite this cohort representing a very significant number of international students in the UK (49 per cent of all doctoral students in the UK HE system).’ They particularly liked the examination of the issues from ‘an alternative but important and valid viewpoint’ with one judge commenting, ‘I found the examination of supervisors own mental health to be insightful and reflected my experience with academic colleagues.’
Chris Blackmore, part of the research team based at the University of Sheffield said:
'The comments from the judges are really good to read. We just chose what we knew to be an important topic, then delivered that to the best of our ability. The ultimate reward for us would be to have contributed towards improved mental health/wellbeing of international postgraduate research students. But it is very nice to be recognised in this way.'
The researchers have been disseminating the work widely and members will get to read the full report this month as the publication of all research and projects carried out in the academic year 2018-19 is (almost) in the post. Members will also get the opportunity to hear about the research and meet the research team at the UKCISA Members Seminar on 3 March in Glasgow.
The University of Plymouth was Highly Recommended for their research into the effectiveness of their buddying scheme and the University of Greenwich was Highly Recommended for their project supporting direct entry Chinese students. You can read the reports in full in the printed publication. Look out for future dates for UKCISA events where we hope to be able to showcase this important work.
Read the research report here.