On 15 October, all enrolled graduate students and relevant staff will be given access to Graduate Supervision Reporting (GSR), which will replace the Graduate Supervision System (GSS). Access will be provided early in term, so that users may login and take a look around in advance of Michaelmas term reporting. The launch of GSR follows a pilot during the summer with 19 courses and 6 colleges. Feedback from participants was positive, and a number of suggested improvements have also been made.
This replacement was required because the vendor has withdrawn support for GSS. This provided an opportunity to implement the process changes intended to improve reporting participation and quality, previously approved by the Education Committee following a consultation exercise with the collegiate University. Technical improvements have also been made, to eliminate the downtime and data problems that were associated with GSS.
Students will access GSR from within Student Self Service, which they already use to register for the new academic year, enter for examinations, view their results, and more. Training Needs Analysis forms for research students will be included within GSR. The relevant academic and administrative staff will access to GSR from eVision, which is the main student records system for the University of Oxford.
GSR automated email notifications to users will include details of how to log in at the start of each reporting window, and support contact details. Details are on the Student Systems GSR web pages.