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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 postgraduate researcher 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. PGR 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.

Remember to plan some down time. Postgraduate researchers are entitled to 27 days annual leave per year, plus bank holidays and University closure days, and this should be arranged in consultation with your supervisor.

PGR mentor and buddying schemes

Help a new PGR student who may be starting their research degree away from York by applying to be a student buddy, and gain useful mentoring if you're in the last 18 months of before your submission deadline.

Find out more and express your interest


Research Student Administration Team

PGR 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 2020/21

How to thrive and survive in 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.

How to thrive and survive in 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



Coronavirus: Working remotely


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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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 Wellbeing Thesis

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.