Conducting a large research project is challenging work. We provide a range of support services to help you through your studies.
Being a research student isn't just about producing a piece of academic work. It's about developing skills that will help you succeed in your chosen career. Your department and supervisor will help you with skills specific to your subject. Research Student Administration will support your course progression. The Research Excellence Training Team and Careers will help you develop transferable skills and gain experience to improve your effectiveness and employability.
The Research Student Administration are experts on University processes, from funding rules to final submission.
The Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) support you in developing key transferable skills required for your research and the workplace.
The Careers service offers opportunities to volunteer, gain work experience and develop your skills throughout your time at university.
Download your copy of the York Graduate Research School handbook for everything you need to know whilst you're studying with us.
Surviving your PhD
PhD students have developed this resource to help you get the most out of your PhD experience by sharing what they've learned along the way.
SkillsForge is designed to help you organise and track your progress. Sign in to SkillsForge to:
It's good to know who to turn to if you need help, whether it be with your studies, your personal life or your physical or mental wellbeing.
For advice specific to the postgraduate research student journey, see this web-based resource developed by the University of Derby, King’s College London, and Student Minds:
The Postgraduate Research Student Liaison Officer, Jamie Khoo, represents and liaises with York research students to contribute to the development of activities that support students' professional development and wellbeing. Her role involves working with students, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the Research Excellence Training Team in order to:
If you have ideas for training and wellbeing projects, contact Jamie: firstname.lastname@example.org
We're one of only a few universities in the UK to have an independent student-led association specifically for postgraduates.
Contact the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) for advice and support and find out about their various networks, events and activities.