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PGR Well-being

As PGRs, you face many challenges to your well-being. There are a variety of resources available to help support you.

What is well-being?

Well-being refers to a state of being healthy, happy, and comfortable, both physically and mentally. It encompasses a sense of contentment and satisfaction with your life, and a positive outlook on your personal and professional experiences. It is influenced by a range of factors, including physical health, social relationships, work-life balance, and personal values and beliefs. Maintaining and improving your ‘state of wellness’ is important for overall health and happiness. (Source: wellbeingpeople.com)

Being at University is an exciting phase of your life. You will be meeting new people and new ideas. The whole student experience is designed to stretch you intellectually, academically and personally. It will be challenging. Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you feel.

What should I do first?

Urgent Out-of-Hours Support is available if you are struggling.

Follow the guide below to see what you should do first: 

  1. Speak to your supervisor: Your supervisor is there to support you throughout your PhD. Often speaking to them about your well-being can seem daunting, but they are there to help you.
  2. Secondary supervisor: If you cannot speak with your primary supervisor, you may have an additional supervisor that you can speak to
  3. Department Director: Your DD is there to support everyone in the department, find yours on your department contact page
  4. School Director: Like the DD, your School director is there to support the school you belong to
  5. Faculty Director PGR and Deputy Director are there to support you and your experience in the university
  6. School-based Research & Impact Teams: Provide support for research and impact activity at your school level
  7. Faculty PGR Team: Provide support for funding and training across HSS
  8. Faculty Research & Impact Team: Provide high-level support for research and impact activity, including PGR
  9. SWAG: Student support is there to help you if you need support while studying
  10. Guild of Students: The guild provides advice to help you through your time at the University 


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Well-being Resources

At the University there are teams of people and multiple services that can help you.

Still need help?

If you have an issue that the above resources cannot help you with, please see the other university resources below.