Who are we?
The PhD Social & Support Network is organised and run by fellow postgraduate researchers (PGRs) at different stages of their PhD journey. The network was set up in 2014 by two PhD students due to a dearth in non-academic support for PGRs. It was recognised that PGRs tended to only meet others in their own department or on Graduate School led training courses and so the social and support opportunities to meet others from across the University were limited. The network aims to be inclusive of all PGRs whether they are based in the office or at home. It provides a means to gain support from others who are undergoing the same process as well as offering a social space where individuals can spend time together away from their research.
We are passionate about supporting PGRs through the multitude of non-academic issues, which may be faced during the PhD journey. Although we are not a counselling service, we are able to provide a supportive atmosphere to help PGRs feel welcome and signpost to the correct support service where appropriate.
Our Mission Statement
“The PhD Social and Support Network provides a non-judgmental, inclusive environment for Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) by offering a space where individuals can spend time together. Whilst the network is not a counselling service it offers an opportunity to share experiences, issues and challenges within a group dedicated to offering support and friendship.”