Undertaking a PhD is an extremely rewarding experience, however there are inevitably times in the PhD journey that are challenging and affect both the student experience and wellbeing. These might relate to pastoral issues such as mental health, disability, financial concerns, interpersonal conflict or academic support.


In the past, we have successfully piloted the below range of pastoral support for Arts, Design & Media PhD students that complements the roles of the supervisory team and Research Degree Coordinators.

We are currently developing a dedicated Pastoral and Academic Support team for the 2019-20 academic year to continue to provide confidential 1-2-1 pastoral support along with support for academic writing. More information will be available here soon.


1-2-1 pastoral appointments

Appointments are available in 30-minute slots and provide a safe and confidential space to discuss any areas of concern. These are normally available on a Wednesday, although alternative arrangements can be made. Details of how to book will be available here soon.


Wellbeing-related events

A number of events aimed at enhancing PhD wellness are scheduled as part of The PGR Studio programme. Past events include Meditation and Mindfulness and PhD walks. We also run socially-oriented events such as regular Coffee & Chats, a winter social and summer PhD picnic as well as happenings that aim to foster a PhD community such as our Inside//Out festival and annual conference.


ADM mentoring scheme

Our mentoring scheme pairs Arts, Design & Media doctoral students at different stages of their PhD journey as well as with recently completed researchers. It facilitates a confidential and supportive space to discuss issues related to PhD study and is complemented by annual gatherings that bring together the mentoring community. You can find more about the mentoring scheme here.


Online resources

We are currently building a resources area on the PGR Studio website that provides links to relevant information and services available both within and beyond BCU. You can also see our Academics Anonymous blog posts here, which explore a range of issues experienced during the PhD journey.



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