Support for our postgraduate research students

We have an active postgraduate research student community that is very much an integral part of the University’s research community. We offer a suite of training programmes and events that are designed specifically for our doctoral students, both to support their progression within their doctoral studies and their careers beyond.

Investing in you

We have invested in supporting the experience of our postgraduate research (PGR) students through dedicated staff, the establishment of new research student forums and by supporting opportunities to showcase their work externally through a dedicated research fund.

Our student satisfaction is higher than the national average with over 82% satisfied with their doctoral supervisory support (Advance HE, Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2020). 

PGR student development programme

Our Researcher Development Programme is developed in line with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. In 2019/20, we delivered a series of events for our postgraduate research students. These included:

Our students participate in the East Midlands Doctoral Network (EMDoc), enter the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition and benefit from the chance to meet with fellow doctoral researchers from across the University via PGR networking events and being a member of our PGR Network on Twitter.

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Training and development

We run a year-round programme of training and events to help you complete your doctorate and prepare you for your future career. The PGR training is organised around the three main phases of the research degree: beginning; middle phase; and completing the doctorate.

Our tailored programme ranges from the doctoral induction, research methods and tools, research ethics, research management, public engagement and impact from research.

Neil Radford: My research - my reach: Exploring your place in the bigger picture

Dr Neil Radford explains to doctoral students how their research achieves impact in the academic and wider context.

Dr Neil Radford

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Community and wellbeing

Our postgraduate research students have access to a wide range of events throughout the year including our regular breakfast networking events, annual Images of Research competition and a full social calendar for outside of their research and studies.

Student wellbeing is very important to us and our students are supported by our Student Wellbeing Services team and also have access to the Wellbeing Thesis, an online resource which provides support, learning and research specifically for postgraduate research students.

Supporting our international students

As well as having access to our full range of services across the University, our international students are supported by our International Student Centre, which offers specific services for international students as well as helping students settle in the UK and make new friends.

We also offer our students a free course on Academic English Language that is tailored specifically to their needs.