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Doctoral College Newsletter 3 April 2023

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

  • Reminder: Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2023
  • Research Showcase 2023
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • 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 (17 April), please email: by Wednesday 10 April.

Reminder: Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey (PRES) 2023

All PGR students are invited to complete the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). PRES is a national survey run by AdvanceHE, the results from this survey are used to inform the planning of the PGR experience at the University.

This is your chance to let the University know what we are doing well and what we could improve when it comes to the experience of PGRs. You can visit our ‘You Said, We Did’ page on the Doctoral College website to see how your responses have helped us to respond to your feedback in the past and help us to continue to improve the PGR experience.

To access the survey you will have received an email with your unique completion URL on Thursday 2 March and in various reminders. If you have not received an email and believe you should have, please email: For every person who completes the survey, we will donate a £1 to charity. You will be able to choose the charity that you wish to donate to at the end of the survey.

The survey will close in two weeks (Monday 17th April).


Research Showcase 2023

This year's PGR Research Showcase will be taking place from Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June. The Showcase provides an opportunity to promote the up-and-coming talent of Exeter's research base and to give postgraduate researchers the opportunity to develop their presentation, communication, and impact skills. As part of the Showcase, there will be three competitions that you can participate in:

To register for the Poster competition, please fill in the form here.

To register your participation in the Three Minute Thesis competition, please fill in the form here. We will be hosting 3MT in person on Streatham campus. Penryn students are encouraged to participate as we can offer support with travel. Students are asked to send their slide to by 12pm on Monday 22 May.

#TweetYourThesis competition runs from 9am GMT on 5th June until 5pm GMT on 9th June. To enter, you must tweet during these times using the #tweetyourthesis and tagging @ExeterDoctoral.

Please keep an eye on our webpage, future newsletters and social media for further updates.


Training Needs Analysis

All PGR students are required to complete a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) form every academic year. Prior to completing the form, you should discuss your training needs with your supervisors. You can view a list of questions asked in the Training Needs Analysis here so that you can prepare prior to filling out the form.

We have a Training Needs Analysis webpage which includes more information and frequently asked questions. 

Please aim to complete your form by Friday 12th May.


Training and Development

The below sessions are now bookable via Inkpath and more will be added very soon!

Please carefully check the delivery mode of your session as some of our new sessions are in-person only.

You can access Inkpath through your web browser, and by downloading 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


1-2-1 career appointments available

1-2-1 careers appointments with our dedicated PGR careers coach, Kenneth Howgill, are available to book throughout the Spring term on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week. 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.



Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in DIGIT Lab

There is a job opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (18 month 1FTE, starting in Summer 2023) within DIGIT Lab, which is part of the INDEX Research Centre portfolio. INDEX is an ESE (UEBS) Research centre. Those suitable should have just completed their PhD or be close to completion. 

Please see here for a full description of the post. If you have any queries or would like further information please contact Professor Roger Maull.

Application Deadline: Tuesday 11th April


Workshop on Tuesday 18th April: How to Playfully Explore Co-Production: for PhD Students

PhD students interested in co-production and co-creation are invited to a special event with creative facilitator Hannah Mumby, taking place on Tuesday 18th April, 10:30-13:30 in Exploration Lab 2, Forum Building on Streatham Campus.

Hannah will guide you through a playful, interactive 2-hour session which will use the Co-Production Oracle (a deck of 30 cards that explore co-production processes) to help you gain new perspectives in your research. We will finish with a free lunch, and refreshments will be provided throughout. Booking is via EventBrite.

If you have any queries, please contact Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.


GW4 Connect 2023 – Deadline for Applications Extended- 12pm on Wednesday 19 April 2023

GW4 Connect is a suite of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) pilot programmes which will bring together postgraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds to form peer-to-peer networks of support for marginalized and underrepresented communities in higher education. Contact if you have any queries. Apply here.

Application deadline: 12pm on Wednesday 19 April


Online panel on Thursday 20th April: Social Justice Q&A Panel Series- AI & Social Justice

The Societies & Cultures Institute (SCI) are running a panel on AI and Social Justice via Teams on Thursday 20th April, 10-11:15am, as part of their Social Justice Q&A Panel Series. The event will be chaired and each speaker will have around 6 minutes to talk, which will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A discussion per speaker. The purpose of these events is to encourage networking and interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as to highlight some of the research happening around the theme of Social Justice.
To register for this event, please complete this short form. For more details and list of speakers, please click here.

If you have any queries, please contact Societies & Cultures Institute.


Online panel on Wednesday 26th April: Social Justice Q&A Panel Series- Health & Equality

The Societies & Cultures Institute (SCI) are running a panel on Health & Equality via Teams on Wednesday 26th April, 10-11:15am, as part of their Social Justice Q&A Panel Series. The event will be chaired and each speaker will have around 6 minutes to talk, which will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A discussion per speaker. The purpose of these events is to encourage networking and interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as to highlight some of the research happening around the theme of Social Justice.

To register for this event, please complete this short form. For more details and list of speakers, please click here.

If you have any queries, please contact Societies & Cultures Institute.


Paid Opportunity: Exam Reader/Scribes

The exams team are looking for individuals with the ability to read and write Maths at University level to be readers and/or scribes for Undergraduate students for May exams. This role is paid at £14.73 per hour. If you are interested in this role please complete this form or contact for more information. Please note this post is only suitable for PGR students.


Call for Submissions: The Health & Resilience Project

Do the words health & resilience mean something important to you? Would you like to share your experiences in a creative online space?

The Health & Resilience Project has created a virtual scrapbook for women and gender non-binary people to share their stories of wellness, illness, challenge, and resilience. We welcome all forms of creative expression and would love to hear from you!

Find more information here, or follow @_CreateHealth_ on Twitter.


Survey: Interest for Presentation Confidence Training

Presenting your research publicly is a core researcher skill, whether this be to an audience of your peers at University, to undergraduate students, at international academic conferences or to the public during outreach talks. Researchers often learn these skills through practice, feedback and training, but very little of this training is targeted at you developing the confidence to perform on a stage. This proposed session* will run for at least half a day and will feature training in how to step into a ‘stage persona’ that can help you find the confidence to stare into the lights and deliver a confident representation of yourself and your research.

We are soliciting interest from the wider PGR community to make the case for organising this training, which would take place before the end of July this year. Please let us know if you are interested (and in what capacity) via this Menti here

If you have any queries, please contact the organisers: Lucy Hawkes and Andrew Griffiths.

*Pending a successful funding application



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 SU 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.

Information on all PGR support


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