PGR wellbeing support network

by | Oct 12, 2020 | News, Workshops/training | 0 comments

Six Ways to Wellbeing – Connect
In September and October student and staff support focuses on the theme of Connect, one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing. With current coronavirus restrictions making it difficult to spend time in person with friends and colleagues, as well as new starters on research programmes looking for ways to get to know their new community, feeling connected is more important than ever.

There are a number of events taking place this month with the aim of helping PGRs meet and connect with each other. My Research Essentials offers a series of online workshops and sessions where PGRs will be able to connect with each other virtually. The full programme of upcoming events can be found here

Those in the Faculty of Humanities can access a Facebook page which has been created to foster networking and community building within the PGR community there. It can be found here

PGRs are also invited to Check-in and Chat. This is a scheme developed by the Student Support team to offer all students extra support if they are isolating. A Check-In and Chat volunteer from the University is available to give students a call to see how they are doing during these very unusual times. A call can be requested by emailing

Counselling Service – Recorded Workshops
There are a number of recordings of virtual workshops available on the counselling service’s website here, including the Managing PhD Stress workshop. These can be accessed at any time and are suitable for all.

Wellbeing Lecture – Mindset Coaching
PGRs who also hold staff status are welcome to attend a lecture from Dave Cottrell, who is a Mindset coach, on how to better understand our minds and behaviours, taking place 21st October 1pm-2pm. Dave will cover coping strategies for stress, anxiety and depression, and provide some key insights into the build-up of stress and how this can lead onto greater mental health issues. Register here

LifeLine Training
The Counselling Service are also offering training to staff whose roles can involve supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students during COVID. The focus of the session will be on raising awareness of mental health conditions, recognising when a student or PGR is in crisis and identifying and managing other risks that may indicate someone is experiencing mental health issues. The next session will take place on 13th November 10am-11.30am. Register here


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