We’re delighted that you’re joining us.

Welcome from the Dean

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

This is the start of a transformational journey for you, as you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence as independent researchers. You are joining a thriving and vibrant community of over 2,000 postgraduate researchers at York. The York Graduate Research School connects you, across disciplines and departments, to other researchers, experts, mentors and partners. 

We look forward to supporting you - the first step is to register for our induction event. Read on to find out more about getting started.

Getting started

Progressing your research

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. See information about academic progression as a PGR.

Your first year

In addition to your research, there are a number of activities which you must complete in your first year:

  • Being an Effective Researcher Tutorial (BERT)
    An introduction to the tools and support available to you as you complete your research degree. 
  • Research Integrity Tutorial
    A comprehensive guide to research integrity: Citations, references and academic misconduct.
  • Expectations in Research Supervision Questionnaire
    Designed to facilitate a discussion of expectations held by Postgraduate Research (PGRs) and supervisors. It is recommended that the form be completed independently by the supervisor(s) and the PGR and that the responses be the topic of discussion at a supervision meeting.
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP)
    All first year postgraduate research students must complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP). Complete your Training Needs Analysis (TNA) to help develop your PDP, which can be reviewed as part of TAP and supervisory meetings.

Professional development

Our web pages highlight the many opportunities you have to develop your research and professional skills.

  • Skills training: Training and professional development opportunities are provided by the Building Research and Innovation Capacity (BRIC) Team, Library and Archives, IT Services, and the Academic Skills Community.
  • Public engagement: Find out about 3MT, PhD Spotlight, Pint of Science, Falling Walls International and more.
  • Teaching opportunities: Begin or enhance your teaching skills with our Introduction to Learning and Teaching training and the York Learning and Teaching Award.
  • Careers support: Book a one to one appointment with the dedicated Postgraduate Careers Advisor.

Support from your peers

The PGR Buddy Scheme connects you to an existing postgraduate researcher. 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. 

Sign up for a buddy

How to thrive and survive in your PhD is a peer-led forum organised by PhD students for PhD students. The sessions offer a safe, supportive space for you to meet other researchers, ask questions and discuss any issues about PhD research at York.

How to thrive and survive in your PhD

Support and wellbeing