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Welcome new research students!

Welcome from me, Kate Arnold, Dean of York Graduate Research School, and congratulations on becoming a postgraduate research student.

This is the start of a transformational journey for you, as you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence as independent researchers. At the University of York, you have joined a thriving and vibrant community of over 2,000 postgraduate researchers. All our postgraduate researchers are automatically a part of the York Graduate Research School that connects students across all departments, centres and disciplines.

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. Find out how we can support you as you settle into research life and our wonderful city. 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.

How we can support you

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.


Want a summary of the professional support available at York? 

Learn what it is like to be a York researcher. Find out how the University will support you and discover opportunities you can take advantage of.

The next York Graduate Research School induction event is on Friday 24 September 2021.

More details will be released over the summer.


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

Academic progression

Your supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel (TAP) will monitor your progress throughout your course. They will ensure you have access to the support you need to complete your research and meet any requirements along the way.

Academic progression

As well as progressing with your research project, 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.