How to Thrive & Survive your PhD – Upcoming Session, and Volunteers Needed!

We’re happy to announce the return of our popular How to Thrive and Survive in Your PhD series of workshops! Ran by PhDs, for PhDs, Thrive and Survive sessions tackle a variety of themes, with panel and peer-peer discussions.

We have a new Thrive & Survive Coordinator in post – Georgia Beel, a 3rd year PhD from Environment & Geography. Georgia will be leading, facilitating and coordinating the series, alongside fellow PhDs and some postdocs.

For all of our PhD Students

We will be announcing a full Thrive & Survive programme (both online and on campus) for the next academic year, but in the meantime, we’ve got a brand new session lined up for you in July:

PhD Myth Busting
11th July 2022, 13:00-15:00
Book your place

Volunteers Needed! – Postdocs and PhDs

The Thrive & Survive programme is peer-led, so we rely on our wonderful Postdoc and PhD volunteers to help run our sessions alongside Georgia. The full details can be found below – please email Georgia with any questions you may have:

We’re looking for current PhD and postdoc researchers to share their experiences, thoughts, tips and tricks on how to survive your PhD journey. A series of workshops will run over summer and into the next academic year to help support and inspire new doctoral students.

The upcoming workshops will cover busting common myths associated with PhDs, how to handle the work/ life balance, how to keep up motivation during your PhD, bumps in the road and even what life looks like after completing a PhD!

We’d love to have you on board – the more experiences and speakers we have, the more we’ll be able to help and connect to new students who will be just starting their PhDs. This would be a great experience for those looking to:

  • Inspire fellow PhD students
  • Build your professional development portfolio
  • Be a part of a supportive research community

Workshop dates for 2022

Note: Volunteers are welcome to participate for just one session; or for as many as they like.

PhD Myth Busting!

  • Monday 11th July 2022 – details to follow

How to Survive your PhD

  • October 2022 (date tbc)

How to Survive the International PhD experience

  • November 2022 (date tbc)

PhD work/life balance

  • Dec 2022 (date tbc)

Online sessions

As some students may still not be able to travel into the UK for the new term(s), we may also, or instead, conduct an online session.

About the workshops – what’s involved

These ‘PhD Survival’ workshops are organised by PhD students and post-docs for new PhD students, to offer peer support and advice. They aim to create safe spaces for discussing various aspects of the PhD experience, and to share personal insights and advice that students won’t find through official channels.

You’ll work with the Thrive and Survive Coordinator, Georgia Beel, to help plan and speak at these workshops, and facilitate discussion with other students.

Each session will involve:

  • participating in a panel discussion and/or Q&A at the workshop itself
  • joining breakout discussion groups, if held online, during the workshop with participants, and  helping to facilitate conversations and answer questions
  • each workshop will run for approximately 1.5 hours (there may be a small amount of preparation to do before the workshop itself)

This is a great chance to be a part of an important, peer-led activity that strongly supports the PGR community. You’ll also gain valuable skills in project management/event organisation and receive a certificate of participation from the University to add to your CV and portfolio.

If you’d like to volunteer for any of these workshops as a speaker or facilitator, please email the Thrive and Survive Coordinator, Georgia Beel: or on her university email (Georgia will then send out further details to all volunteers and begin planning each workshop).

We’d love to have you on board and look forward to hearing from you!

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