PGR activities

A key element of the PGR Well Bee-ing Project is co-production, for PGRs at the University of Manchester to participate in activities and to inform practice, so that we can create change together.

PGR activities (upcoming):

Due to the current disruptions and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rapidly evolving national and international situation, we have taken the decision to postpone the PGR Well Bee-ing Project: ‘What Now? What Next?’ event which was scheduled for Wednesday 1st April between 11.00am – 1.00pm.

Please accept our apologies and we will be in touch to let you when we are able to hold the session.

PGR activities (archive):

PGR wellbeing: prevalence and triggers

The research team are investigating the prevalence and triggers to wellbeing for PGR students through a series of studies including:

  1. An electronic questionnaire to identify the prevalence and nature of wellbeing for PGR students.
  2. Interviews with student-facing staff to find out how PGRs present to academic staff and support services regarding wellbeing issues, and to identify what strategies are utilised for facilitating wellbeing amongst PGR students.
  3. Analysis of routine data from PGR systems, to identify what type of data is recorded for PGR wellbeing and how can we develop a process to monitor this going forward.


How do PGRs get involved? 

The research team are currently inviting PGRs to participate in a focus group to pilot the electronic questionnaire on Monday 3rd December between 12:00-14:00 in Room B3.17 in the Ellen Wilkinson Building. If you are a PGR at the University of Manchester and would like to participate, please register here using the password: ‘pgrwellbeing’.

PGR engagement with the 'six ways to wellbeing' framework

The project team want to better understand how useful the University of Manchester’s ‘six ways to wellbeing’ framework is for PGRs. 

How do PGRs get involved?

PGRs are invited to attend a workshop that will encourage them to reflect on each of the six ways, and to consider actions that could enhance their own wellbeing. This workshop will be an informative and fun way to understand the actions you and others can take to enhance your wellbeing. After the workshop there will be a chance to discuss and share ideas for improving the University of Manchester’s wellbeing framework.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 6th December between 12:00-14:00 in The Atrium, University Place. If you would like to attend, please register here.

Peer support workshop: part two

Coming up on the 10th May 2-4pm we are holding a second peer support workshop in room 2.5 on the second floor of the Students’ Union. At the first workshop PGRs and staff who facilitate or take part in peer support groups shared their experience and reflected on the function of peer support groups in the PGR community. The aim of the second workshop is to recommend ways that PGR peer support networks could be developed at the university, helping to inform the work of the PGR Well Bee-ing Project.

If you would like to participate in the workshop please email

Wellbeing apps for PGRs

The project team are interested in finding out opinions of some wellbeing apps to inform which of these would be useful if made available to the wider PGR community.

How do PGRs get involved? 

The team would like to invite you to join us for an interactive workshop that will take place between 12:00-14:00 on Friday 30th November in Room 2.5 in the Students’ Union.If you are a PGR at the University of Manchester and would like to participate, please register here using the password: ‘pgrwellbeing’.

PGR Wellbeing Champions pilot

As part of the PGR Well Bee-ing Project we are launching a pilot to test the viability of extending the current Undergraduate Wellbeing Champions scheme to PGRs. Three PGRs (one from each faculty) are piloting Wellbeing Champions scheme and will be running events/ activities that promote the Manchester Six Ways to Wellbeing.

We will be sharing updates about the scheme on the project Twitter here

Resource development workshop

We are holding workshops for members of the project’s PGR consultative forum to discuss plans for developing online resources supporting the mental health and wellbeing of PGRs at the University of Manchester. Two sets of online resources are being developed; the first are aimed at university staff, to increase awareness of the common issues PGRs face that can impact wellbeing, the second are a set of online wellbeing resources for PGRs that will be featured on the PGR Life website.

The workshop will be repeated on both campuses. The north campus session will take place on Wednesday 31st July 12-2pm, in the Barnes Willis Hub and the south campus session will take place on Friday 2nd August 12-2pm in The Atrium, University Place. Lunch will be provided.

For more information and to book a space on the workshop please email, stating which session you would like to attend.

Managing Transition into PGR Life: Workshop

We are holding a workshop for PGRs, and in particular those in their first year, to discuss plans for developing an online resource for managing the transition into PGR life at the University of Manchester. We are interested to hear about your experience of transitioning into PGR life, whether that be from a taught programme, full time work, from overseas etc., in particular the challenges faced in doing so and what you would have found helpful in overcoming these.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 17th December 12-2pm, in Room 1.010 in the Roscoe Building. Lunch will be provided.

Following the workshop we will be seeking attendees to volunteer to be filmed sharing their views on topics discussed at the workshop; participants who are filmed for the resource will be reimbursed for their time with a £20 Amazon voucher.

For more information and to book a space on the workshop please email

Keep up to date with opportunities to be involved in the project on our Twitter page here 

What Now? What Next?

We are delighted to announce the dissemination event for the PGR Well Bee-ing Project: ‘What Now? What Next?’

This event is an opportunity for us to share with you the project’s key findings and our subsequent plans for the future of PGR wellbeing at the University of Manchester.

The event will take place on Wednesday 1st April between 11.00am – 1.00pm, in the Penthouse Event Space in the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) Building.

The project team will share the outcomes of each of the project’s objectives, and there will also be the opportunity to hear from PGRs who took an active role in the project, and to participate in a question and answer session with Vice President for Research Professor Colette Fagan and Associate Vice President for Research Professor Melissa Westwood, representatives from support services, and each of the project leads.

Invitations are open to all PGRs and staff members, both academic and professional services, who work with PGRs. Capacity is 100 attendees on the day, however the full event will be available to stream afterwards for those unable to attend.

We ask that to register your interest in attendance you get in touch as soon as possible by emailing

Looking forward to seeing you there.