In 2018 the Graduate Supervision System (GSS) will be replaced. The replacement is required because the vendor is withdrawing support for the underlying platform. This presents an opportunity to improve our systems in this area, and incorporate the improvements recommended by the Education Committee (this list is published on the Graduate Supervision Reporting page).
The Education IT Board has now given this project approval to advance to the development and implementation phase, and the IT Committee has been asked to approve the project scope and funding request. Assuming the project is approved by the IT Committee, development will start in September 2017.
Key aims for this project are:
- Replacement of GSS with a new Graduate Supervision Reporting module in eVision (GSR).
- Implementation of process changes intended to improve reporting participation and quality.
- Technical improvements to eliminate downtime and data problems associated with GSS.
- The Training Needs Analysis forms will be made available within GSR. The Project Board also agreed that integration with the smart phone application Inkpath, which was originally in the scope, should not be included at this stage as it is due to be piloted by various departments during the 2017/18 academic year.
The project will continue to draw on the expertise and input from a Project Board and User Group, to identify the detailed requirements for the new system. The User Group is made up of representatives from across the University, from divisions and colleges with a range of GSS user roles.
Further information, including benefits, is available from the Graduate Supervision Reporting page.