Conducting a large research project is challenging work. We provide a range of support services to help you through your studies.

PGR buddying scheme

The buddying scheme matches up new PGRs with existing postgraduate researchers to help you settle in.

PGR mentoring scheme

The mentoring scheme matches 2nd, 3rd and final year postgraduate researchers with a postdoctoral researcher.

How to thrive and survive in your PhD

Our 'Thrive and Survive’ peer-led sessions are created by PhDs for PhD students, offering personal insights and tips for making the most of your PhD.

Your wellbeing

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. The Student Hub can provide support and advice on a range of issues, from money worries to accommodation issues and more.

Our health and wellbeing information includes an Advice A-Z on issues many students experience and also lists our regular wellbeing workshops. You can also see the various ways we can help and support you, including providing free access to Togetherall, the 24/7 online global support community. We also provide advice if you feel you are in crisis now.

We recommend The Wellbeing Thesis for advice specific to the postgraduate researcher journey.

Distance PGRs

We want you to get the most out of your research experience with the University of York, no matter where you are based.

Being a postgraduate researcher can be challenging - and studying at a distance can add to that challenge. Our aim is that you feel supported and can access any help you need.

Support for distance PGRs

Graduate Students' Association

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.