Making Connections


As a postgraduate researcher, you may feel at times isolated and lonely and making connections both personal and professional are a great way to stay connected and can have a positive impact on your wellbeing and mental health.

Listen to the PGR connect podcast as PGRs discuss their different approaches to connecting and building networks.

Also provided here are some ideas for communities, both professional and social, that PGRs may want to join.


Communities to Join

PGR Reps

PGR reps provide a voice for fellow PGRs within their department, division, School and Faculty.

Reps attend department, divisional, School, Faculty and University meetings. If you have any questions or concerns or want to connect with your reps, contact your Faculty rep.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Science of Engineering

You can also contact the PG rep at the Students' Union. 

Online Academic and PGR Communities 

Recommended online communities with a focus on wellbeing and mental health include. 

Vocies of Academia

Zoe Ayres 100 Voices Project

Open Academics

PhD Balance

DragonFly Mental Health

PhD Success Community