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Doctoral College Newsletter 17 October 2022

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

  • Doctoral College Website Feedback - short survey
  • 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 (31 October) please email: by Wednesday 26 October).


Doctoral College Website Feedback - short survey

We are currently reviewing the Doctoral College webpages so that we can ensure that it is accessible, improve the information and support we provide you. Our aim is to make the webpages a one-stop-shop to help reduce the time you spend searching for key information and support, along with streamlining our communications to you.

To assist us with this, we are asking you to participate in a short survey that will take no more than 4 minutes to hear your thoughts on the Doctoral College webpages and if there are ways we can improve the information available to you. All responses will be kept anonymous. To access the survey, please click on the link here.

For everyone who completes the survey, you will be included in a prize drawer for a £25 voucher. For more information or queries, please email:


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.


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.



What Works Global Summit

This year's What Works Global Summit (WWGS) is a free virtual event from 18-20 October 2022, which aims to build bridges between research evidence, policymaking, and practice on social science topics. The event is co-hosted by Campbell Collaboration and Campbell UK & Ireland and will feature plenary sessions, panel discussions, rapid presentation sessions, workshops, and a virtual poster exhibition hall.

As well as sessions on Ageing, Gender Equality, Climate Solutions, International Development, Social Welfare, Equity and Inclusion, Children and Young Person’s Wellbeing, Nutrition, Education and Knowledge Translation, there are also 6 sessions related to evidence synthesis innovations such as logic models, machine learning and searching and several sessions around policy practice partnerships including a special session run by Professors Jeremy Grimshaw and John Lavis on The Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges.

Find out more by downloading the programme overview or the detailed programme with speakers. 

Register your place for the summit.

In addition to the above, there are several free pre and post conference events you can register to attend:


Part time work opportunity: University of Exeter Exams Team

The exams team are looking for PhD students to work as invigilators on the Penryn Campus. Full training will be provided and you will be paid £12.17 per hour. The role of the invigilator will be to oversee the running of the exam ensuring all rules and regulations are adhered to while supporting the students and dealing with any issues. 

To apply or request further information, please email


The Digital Humanities Lab are offering the following digital skills training workshops and seminar series this term

Training Workshops:

Seminars - Open to all. Seminars will be held in Digital Humanities Lab Seminar Room 1, or virtually, see website for details. No sign up required for seminars.

Policy Internships for UKRI PhD students

As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)’s postgraduate training portfolio, the UKRI Policy Internships scheme provides an opportunity for UKRI-funded doctoral students to undertake a three-month placement at one of a selected group of influential policy organisations – including devolved national governments, government departments and UK Parliament!

Apply online by the 4th November 2022 at 4pm. Find out more about the host partners and internship opportunities available.

Exeter Food Network’s Event - What do we (really) talk about when we talk about food? With Tara Garnett

When: 4/11/22

Where: Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre 2, Streatham Campus (hybrid option available)
Register here

The Exeter Food research network is hosting a public lecture by Tara Garnett. Tara will discuss global food systems, how they are broken and the complex factors that affect our perception of what a ‘good’ system actually looks like.

Tara is based at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and is the Director of TABLE. TABLE is a global platform for knowledge synthesis, for reflective, critical thinking and for inclusive stakeholder dialogue on how the food system can become sustainable, resilient, just, and ultimately “good”.



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 new hub in the Old Library is available on our contact us webpage.

Remember we have the new PGR Hub found in the Old Library where you can come along and meet the team or to ask any enquiries you might have.

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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