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Support and welfare


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Conducting a large research project is challenging work. The University provides 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 Researcher Development Team and Careers will help you develop transferable skills and gain experience to improve your effectiveness and employability.


Research Student Administration Team

The Research Student Administration are experts on University processes, from funding rules to final submission.


Research Excellence Training Team

The Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) support you in developing key transferable skills required for your research and the workplace.


Career support

The Careers service offers opportunities to volunteer, gain work experience and develop your skills throughout your time at university.

Student handbook


Download your copy of the York Graduate Research School handbook for everything you need to know whilst you're studying with us.

York Graduate Research School Handbook 2018-19 (PDF , 1,311kb)

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.

The students' guide to surviving your PhD



SkillsForge is designed to help you organise and track your progress. Sign in to SkillsForge to:

  • Define your goals
  • Plan your thesis
  • Record supervision/TAP meetings
  • Share work with your supervisor
  • Organise your time
  • Keep a record of your activities
  • Assess your training needs
  • Book courses and workshops



It's always 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.

Visit our Welfare page to find out about the services we offer and people who can help.

Someone to talk to

Emergency contacts

  • If there is a threat to life, in the case of serious injury, or a serious incident requiring intervention,
    dial University Security on 01904 32 3333 and ask them to call 999.
  • Emergency contacts list
  • Contact the campus Health Centre


SafeZone is a free app that will connect you directly to Security if you need help while you are on campus.

Get the SafeZone app