All PhD students are invited for coffee and a chat at 92 degrees,
Myrtle Street (opposite Vine Court) on:
Tuesday 6th August – 1pm
Thursday 15th August – 3pm
Monday 26th August – 1pm
‘Peers for PhDs’ aims to connect
PhD students from across the university so that we can support each other
through the ups and downs of postgraduate research. Campus can seem eerily
quiet this time of year, so we’re hosting an informal series of Summer Coffee
Socials instead of our usual monthly group meeting. This is open to any PhD
student wanting to take a break, meet others and relax over a hot drink. If
you’re new to Peers for PhDs, it’s the perfect way to get involved.
A group of PhD students began planning Peers for PhDs last Summer, and we
held our launch event in October 2018. We typically meet monthly and discuss a
different theme each time, as suggested by the group’s members. We’ve grown to
more than forty member and have covered a range of topics including ‘First Year
Woes’, ‘Lunchtime Destress’, ‘Protecting Your Mental Health’ and ‘Improving the
Supervisory Relationship’. Research into the wellbeing of PhD students suggests
that it is common for PhD students to lack opportunities to connect with others,
leading to loneliness and increased stress. Social connections can often feel
side-lined in a competitive academic environment, but we can all benefit from
helping each other and making some new connections.
Vitae is inviting researchers at all career stages (from PhD candidate upwards) to participate in a workshop looking at research integrity and researcher behaviour. The workshop takes place on Friday 9 August (pm) at the University of Manchester.