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Doctoral College Newsletter 28 November 2022

Welcome to this fortnight's issue of the Doctoral College Newsletter. In the following sections you will find:

  • The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities - Call for Papers
  • Human Tissue Act Training
  • Training and Development
  • 1-2-1 Careers Appointments
  • Opportunities
  • Wellbeing
  • Enquiries

If you have a news story or an opportunity you would like to advertise in the next newsletter (12 December), please email: by Wednesday 7 December.


The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities - Call for Papers

Call for Papers 2023:
Greening the Medical Humanities: The Environment and the Body in Conversation

The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities, based at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History is now accepting submissions for articles and book reviews for its seventh edition. They welcome original articles and book reviews that engage with any aspect and interpretation of this theme. 

Increasingly in the 21st century we have seen how the Anthropocene encroaches on the environment, and how humanity’s interference with nature is starting to affect us as well. This edition of the journal proposes to “Green” the Medical Humanities to understand the implications of our actions and how anxieties around the environment are being portrayed in the arts and humanities.

To find out more about topics of interest, word limits and style guides, visit the advert. If you have any questions, please contact

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd February 2023.


Human Tissue Act Training

This training is mandatory for anyone wishing to store ANY human samples at the University of Exeter. The next session is on Thursday 26 January 2023, 10:00-11:00 on MS Teams.
If you plan to collect informed consent as part of your research, there is also the Informed Consent training held on Thursday 26 January 2023, 11:15-12:15 on MS Teams.

Please contact for further enquiries and to book your place.


Training and Development

The new training and development programme is in progress. The below sessions are now bookable via Inkpath and more will be added very soon! We are aiming to make as many sessions as possible hybrid (accessed online and in person, please check when booking).

You can access Inkpath through your web browser, and by downlading the Inkpath app.

Please note all of our events have limited spaces; if you cannot attend, kindly remove your booking.

To learn more about Inkpath and to get started with your account please watch the following introductory content:

    Continuous tutorial video
    Individual section tutorials

Video Passwords: exeterinkpath2021

You can find all of our sessions on Inkpath under 'Activities.' If you have any technical questions/difficulties using Inkpath please email the helpdesk, If you have any questions about the training programme please contact

Thank you to everyone who attended our Researcher Development Spring/Summer 2022 Training and Development Programme, please note that all Spring/Summer webinars have been recorded and posted on to ELE.

If you book to attend training – please ensure you do attend!

Our workshops are often fully booked with people on the waiting list, if you do not attend, those people miss out. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice or do not show up for workshops, you may be prevented from booking online for future sessions.


1-2-1 career appointments available

1-2-1 careers appointments with our dedicated PGR careers coach, Kenneth Howgill, are available to book until mid-December. Kenneth is a qualified and experienced career coach, lecturer and learning and development professional with over 20 years’ experience within the corporate sector, universities, further and adult education. He has held management roles in the public, corporate and not for profit sectors, leading professional development, coaching programmes, and recruiting graduates. Kenneth is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and holds a business degree, a master's in music and a professional career coaching qualification.

All appointments are 50 minutes long and can be booked via Inkpath.



Pitch Up and Play

Pitch Up and Play sessions are available free of charge for students wanting to try out a new sport in an inclusive environment. You can turn up on the day without booking, but it's better if you book in advance through the link on the website. The sessions are a great opportunity to be physically active and meet new people but not have to commit to something weekly. Students can book on to the sessions here.

In addition, the Riding Club are offering their own Pitch Up and Play session for a reduced cost of £25 for any students with mental health concerns who want to try horse riding – no experience required and tea, coffee and cake will be available. Students can book the session via this link.

Basics to Barbells

Basics to Barbells is a 5-week programme available to students who identify as female and non-binary run by the Sports Park for £15. It's specifically for anyone who wants to try out using weights/resistance training with no previous experience or who may feel anxious about going into the main Sports Park gym. The course takes place in the PTF Gym, which is separate from the Main Sports Park gym/entrance.

There will be two new courses running in Term 2 and it will be possible to book once the current course ends (last week of term) via this link.

Scholarships for Canadian Postgraduates studying in the UK

The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF) award competition opens Monday 9 January 2023 for applications by Canadian students pursuing full-time, multi-year postgraduate programmes in any field of study in the United Kingdom. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 March 2023 at midnight.

Find out more information and how to apply on the CCSF website.


The PhD Viva Workshop (Online) - 3 December


Comprehensive workshop on the viva process and preparation for PhD / Doctoral students

Suitable for PhD and Doctoral students in all disciplines, aimed at those approaching completion in the next 12 months.

- Covers real experiences, what the viva is, insights into the viva set up and practicalities, planning and preparation, mock viva questions and dealing with anxiety.
- Very clear and accessible delivery
- Includes live discussions
- Opportunity to have a go at answering some common questions

Places strictly limited - register now
Price: £50

The workshop is broken into several sessions, delivered by Dr Stacey Bedwell and Dr Isabelle Butcher. Together Stacey and Isabelle have expertise spanning several fields and have first hand experience of the PhD viva.
The range of sessions will give you an insight into the viva experience, preparing for the viva, debunk some viva myths and give you the opportunity to practice some key viva skills.
9am – Welcome & Introductions
9.30am – Viva experiences
10.00am - Lay summaries
10.30am What the viva is, what it’s for and how to make the most of it
11.30pm Viva preparation timelines
Lunch Break
1.30 pm – Mock viva questions & mock viva activity
3.15 pm Dealing with viva anxiety & self-care.
3.45pm –Summary and final Q&A
Dr Stacey Bedwell teaches at some of the UK’s top universities. Her background and expertise is in neuroscience and psychology. Stacey was awarded her PhD in 2015 for her work on the anatomical connectvity of the mammalian prefrontal cortex.
Dr Isabelle Butcher is a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at a prestigious UK university. Isabelle was awarded her PhD in 2020 for her work on understanding individuals subjective experiences of negative symptoms of schizoprenia.
Stacey and Isabelle have previously held workshops on the human brain and co-authored the popular children's book 'Anything you can do, I can do'. They have been successfully running The PhD Viva Workshop since June 2021. Their new book, 'How to excel in your doctoral viva'  launched in October 2022.


Dr Stacey Bedwell, BSc MSc Phd FHEA
Lecturer in Psychology & Neuroscience
Dr Isabelle Butcher, BSc MSc Phd
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

"I passed my progression viva without corrections! Thank you once again for all your help!"
"Many thanks to both of you for your feedback, this is very helpful! Your review contains great points, which you explained very clearly! There are also points which I have not considered earlier, so I will be happy to think about these in more depth before my viva. I will also think about how I can strengthen my arguments."
"I just wanted to let you know that I passed my viva with moderate corrections.It was an extremely intense and challenging viva but all of the preparation including your mock enabled me to articulate my answers really well; I was commended on my performance! Thank you both so much again, your guidance was so very helpful and I will point others in your direction!"

See more course information and courses on our website



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.



Details on how you can contact the PGR support team, either via email, telephone or face to face via our hubs (located on all campuses) is available on our contact us webpage.

Remember you can come along and meet the team or to ask any enquiries you might have at either of our helpdesk hubs below at any of our campuses:

The Streatham PGR Hub is open from 10.00am – 3.00pm Monday to Friday. The Streatham Hub is situated in the Old Library Ground Floor next to the Quiet Study Space and Bill Douglas Centre.

The St Luke’s PGR Hub is open from 10.00am – 3.00pm Monday to Thursday. Students wishing to access the hub should go to the Info at St Luke’s desk and request PGR support, the PGR team will then be called to see you.

The Penryn PGR Support Office is open from 10.00am – 2.00pm Monday to Friday and is based in the Postgraduate Suite in Daphne Du Maurier building 3 (next to the FXU and opposite the Stannary).

For enquiries surrounding training and development, please contact the team on:

To view previous versions of the newsletter, you can do so here.

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