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Doctoral College Newsletter 9 January 2023

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

  • 2023 Researcher Led Initiative Awards
  • 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 (23 January), please email: by Wednesday 18 January.


2023 Researcher Led Initiative Awards – applications open!

Up to 10 awards available, maximum of £2,000 per award to support development and cascading of personal, professional and career management skills. Apply Now!

Closing date: Friday 27th January – 12 Noon


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.



Friday Lunchtime Christian Prayer on Zoom

Join us for a short service of Christian prayer every Friday at 12:30 UK time on Zoom. The service lasts approximately 10 minutes and we use the Midday Prayer liturgy from the Northumbria Community, a group of Christians who follow Celtic Christian spirituality.

If you wish to join us, please message either Ellen or Hannah Alderson for the Zoom code.


Sulsa Data Science/Health Placement

SULSA has teamed up with The Data Lab to bring more life sciences students and companies who are working toward a Data-related problem into their fully-funded placement program.

We are looking for:

  • Life sciences PhD students (who have data and/or AI experience)
  • Life sciences companies who have a potential data-related project that could benefit

The programme provides PhD students with an invaluable opportunity to apply their academic skills in an industrial setting, whilst developing essential skills required in the workplace including communication, team working, identifying and solving business problems.

The programme runs until 2024 (subject to available funding) and is an open call for applications.

For more information and how to apply, click here.


An Exeter University Bioinformatics Network? Needs Survey

Bioinformatics is essential for biomedical research, but often done in isolation.

We are investigating whether a cross-faculty University of Exeter wide Bioinformatics Network could unlock research power.

Please help us survey your research needs with 12 questions that should take < 4 minutes.

Click here for the link.


Postgraduate Pedagogies Journal: Call for Cover Artwork

At Postgraduate Pedagogies Journal we are currently working on our third volume of academic articles authored by postgraduate researchers and academics working with them. We are reaching out to Doctoral Schools and Graduate Colleges throughout the UK in search of a piece of refreshing design or artwork to dress the forthcoming volume of our journal.

Criteria: Doctoral researchers and early career researchers (up to a maximum of three years postdoctoral) who are currently based in the UK

All artworks will be judged by a panel of renowned artists and scholars (to be confirmed).

First prize:

  • artwork printed on the front and back covers of Postgraduate Pedagogies Journal Vol. 3
  • £200 prize money

Runners-up prize (two runners-up):

  • artwork printed inside the Postgraduate Pedagogies Journal Vol. 3
  • £50 prize money (each)

Artwork specifications:

  • JPEG format
  • 300dpi (final version)
  • 31.2x21.6cm

Please submit file size 180dpi

All submissions to be sent to: by 1st April 2023.



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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