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Welcome new research students!

Thank you for choosing to be a York research student. We’re delighted that you’ll be joining us - whether that’s face to face, remotely for a short time, or as a distance learner. Here you’ll find information about the initiatives and support we’ve put in place to make your time with us productive, enjoyable and safe.

Karen Clegg, Head of the Research Excellence Training Team, outlines how we will support you with your research and your wellbeing. Regardless of your location, there will be skills training, a buddy and peer support, professional development and tailored careers advice.

If there are Covid-19 related issues that make it difficult for you to come to York in Autumn 2020, find out more about options for incoming postgraduate research students.


Want a summary of the professional support available and an opportunity to meet other research students? Details of our 2020 induction event are coming soon.

In the meantime, you can watch presentations taken from the 2019 induction event to find out about how the University will support you in your research.

View our 2019 induction videos


The York Graduate Research School Handbook helps you understand how the University works, and provides guidance about what you need to know and how to get help from the right people and places.

York Graduate Research School Handbook 2020/21 (PDF , 1,019kb)

What's it like to be a York researcher?

Hear from some of our existing research students and recent alumni to get a sense of what it’s like to be a York researcher.

Meet other researchers

PGR Buddy Scheme

The PGR Buddy Scheme helps you to connect to an existing research student.

Your buddy is matched to you and will help you settle into the York research experience, provide a friendly welcome and help you to get to know the University and the city of York. All our PGR Buddies are trained to be an ambassador for the University and for excellent research.

Sign up for a buddy

How to thrive and survive in your PhD

The How to thrive and survive in your PhD initiative is a peer-led forum organised by PhD students for PhD students. You’ll hear the experiences of current PhD and post-doctoral researchers who have dealt with the same challenges and are now passing their wisdom on. The sessions offer a safe, supportive space for you to network and meet other researchers, ask questions and discuss any issues about PhD research at York.

How to thrive and survive in your PhD

Get the most from your research experience

Study support

There are a number of activities which you must complete in your first year:

The Library & Archives, IT Services, the Writing and Language Skills Centre and the Maths Skills Centre are available to help you further develop your study skills:

Academic progression

Support and community

Support and wellbeing

Professional development & careers support

  • Skills training: The Research Excellence Training Team provides training and professional development opportunities.
  • Public engagement: Find out about 3MT, PhD Spotlight, Pint of Science, Falling Walls International.
  • Teaching opportunities: Introduction to Learning and Teaching training and the York Learning and Teaching Award.
  • Careers support: Book a one to one appointment with the Postgraduate Careers Advisor.