I am Courtney and Postgraduate Development Officer for 2017–2018
My name is Courtney Aitken and as Postgraduate Development Officer for this academic year I am the representative for postgraduates’ non-academic concerns. I chair a monthly meeting with university staff from CAPOD, Careers, Student Services, the Students’ Association, Chaplaincy and Registry to discuss the recent developments in projects across the university working to improve the postgraduate experience. If you want something related to your (non-academic) experience here brought to the attention of staff at the university, I can raise it at this meeting and discuss it with the various university stakeholders. I also sit on the Students’ Association SRC (Student Representative Council). Completing a postgraduate degree is an arduous experience at times but there are a lot of people working to support you and your experience here. St Andrews is a wonderful place with a lively postgraduate community and I hope you have a great time here as you begin your postgraduate degrees. Feel free to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on the role
The Postgraduate Development Officer is elected in March by the postgraduate student body to represent non-academic postgraduate interests within the University and the Students’ Association.
Courtney Aitken is the current Postgraduate Development officer.
The position of Development Officer is a brand new role created to alleviate the workload of the Postgraduate Academic Convenor, as such the role's remit is to liaise with all services related to postgraduate life that do not fall under the categories of academic or social. These services include CAPOD, Accommodation, Student Services, Registry and many more.
Currently the Officer is initiating monthly meetings with these key services relating to postgraduate life and laying the foundations for future representatives.
Within the Students' Association, the Development Officer sits on the SRC and the Postgraduate Society committee.
The hub for postgraduate activities is the Postgraduate Society that organizes multiple events throughout the year and is led by the Postgraduate Society President (pgpres@).
Postgraduate Society Facebook Group
Postgraduate Society St Andrews