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Support and wellbeing

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.

Administration

Research Student Administration Team

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

Development

Research Excellence Training Team

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

Careers

Career support

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

Student handbook

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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 2019/20 (PDF , 1,200kb)

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

SkillsForge

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

Resources

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.

Support and advice

Health and wellbeing

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Representation and feedback

Jamie Khoo, Postgraduate Research Student Liaison Officer

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:

  • support the delivery of workshops where research students can share their issues and experiences;
  • provide input into the development of the Research Excellence Training Programme for postgraduate researchers;
  • write proposals for projects to support postgraduate researcher wellbeing.

If you have ideas for training and wellbeing projects, contact Jamie: jpfk500@york.ac.uk

Graduate Students' Association (GSA)

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.