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.
Posted by Shirley Cooper on behalf of Natasha Bradley, PGR Support Group.