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Doctoral College Newsletter - 5 July 2021

Welcome to this fortnight's issue of the Doctoral College Newsletter. 

In the following sections you will find the following:

  • My Career Zone Update
  • Opportunities
  • Podcasts & Blogs
  • Training and Development
  • Wellbeing

If you have a news story or an opportunity you would like to advertise in the newsletter please email:


Research Activity Update

Reminder: All PGRs received an email from the Doctoral College on Friday 16th July detailing the next steps regarding Research Activity in line with the new Government Guidance changes for COVID-19. Please do read this email carefully, as while some restrictions are eased across the country, certain restrictions/ room limits will remain in place at the University for your safety.


Please read: My Career Zone Update 2021

As you may already know, the My Career Zone Booking System is going, and will no longer be accessible from 31st July 2021. We strongly suggest that you copy your individual training record from My Career Zone for your own records, as we are only able to download and keep limited data centrally due to GDPR. You can access your training record on your Dashboard under Event Bookings and Event Bookings History. Please follow this guide on how to download your training record.

The Careers Service are replacing the My Career Zone Booking System with Handshake, which is employer focused and not suitable for PGR training and development. Therefore, from September we will be introducing the use of Inkpath, a booking system designed specifically for researcher training and development programmes. You can find out more about Inkpath on their website, and we will be sending through further details about the Inkpath launch date and how to access and set up your Inkpath account.



The Open Review Journal- Call for Papers

The theme for this year's journal is "Transformation," which we hope will inspire current PGR students across the SWDTP colleges to reflect and write on the many challenges and ruptures, as well as opportunities and potentialities for change, across the social sciences in this current moment. For those considering submitting, any questions may be addressed to Deadline to apply: 30th July 2021.

Young Innovators Awards 2021/22.

You people (aged 18-30) can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality, which includes a grant for £5,000, a living allowance and tailored business support. Full details about the award can be found on the KTN website.

University of Glasgow- PGR WELLNET Survey

You are invited to take part in a study undertaken by researchers from the University of Glasgow investigating the wellbeing of postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and looking more closely into the role of relationships and social support. If you would like to take part in the survey details are available here.

Event: Arts, Culture and the Environment

On 21 July, join the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), Penryn Humanities and Arts and Culture for an online event exploring arts, culture, creativity, science, technology, wellbeing and the environment in Cornwall. See the full programme here. This event will also be live streamed on the ESI Facebook page. When? 21 July, 1-2pm BST.

Beyond Academia: Research Commercialisation for Real-World Impact

Book onto the upcoming workshop, 'Beyond Academia,' which will run on Thursday 29 July, 9.00am-12.00pm. This Researcher-Led Initiative is funded by the University of Exeter Researcher Development & Research Culture Team. It will be focusing on research commercialisation and is aimed at researchers at any stage of their research journey and in any discipline.

Call for Papers - The Open Review

The theme for this year's journal is "Transformation," which is to inspire current PGR students across the SWDTP colleges to reflect and write on the many challenges and ruptures, as well as opportunities and potentialities for change, across the social sciences in this current moment. Short essays (up to 4000 words), research articles (up to 8000 words) or images with descriptions (up to 500 words). Deadline: 30 July 2021. For those considering submitting, any questions may be addressed to

Supermassive Games and the Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI)

Interested in 'New Routes into the Gaming Industry: PhD action research project with marginalised communities'?
You could get a full annual stipend (£15,609), fees, and annual research fund in line with UKRI provision. Deadline: 1 August 2021. 

JSPS and The Royal Society Joint Call for Bilateral Research Projects

You can now apply for the Bilateral Joint Projects and JSPS’ Counterpart Funding Institution in the UK (The Royal Society). This scheme is based on an agreement with The Royal Society. Starting date: 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 for the Japan side and no later than 10 March 2022 for the UK side. 
Application deadline:
JSPS: 17:00 JST, Wednesday 8 September 2021
Royal Society: 15:00 BST, Wednesday 29 September 2021

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership

Please see all upcoming SWDTP events, find videos and resources from past events on the revamped website. This includes the event 'Precarity, prosperity and everything in between: PGR identities & wellbeing,' 8 September 2021.

Get INTRApreneurial now with IKEEP!

Whatever you plan to do after graduation (study, startup, travel, graduate role etc.) get training and funded industry experience through the SETsquared Partnership’s new Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway (IKEEP) programme. IKEEP project placement rounds are due to run in November 2021 (1st through 26th), February 2022 and June 2022. Apply here.​If you have any questions please contact, Amber Strong,


Doctoral College Podcast and Blog

R, D and the In-betweens Podcast



Training and Development

The Summer Training and Development Programme has now finished.

Please find all online resources and recordings available on ELE.

Over the summer period you can still attend the Doctoral College online Writing Group sessions; each using the renowned pomodoro method. All you need to do is join the Microsoft 'Team' here.



Wellbeing Centre sessions

Mindfulness Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.30am

Every Mind Matters

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. The NHS have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. See their website here.


Sprectrum.Life provides a confidential telephone, video, and live chat counselling service to help with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement and more.

Wellbeing Centre

If you would like to speak to our PGR Support Advisor for Welfare, Cathryn Baker can be contacted at: or tel: 01392 726207. Further wellbeing information, tools and support can be found on our wellbeing webpages



Remember we are currently not in the office however you can still contact us via email or via a Teams appointment. Full details on how to get in touch with your PGR support team, please see our enquiries webpage.

For enquries surrounding training and development please contact the team on:

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