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Doctoral College Newsletter 12 December 2022

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

  • Annual Monitoring Review 2022/23
  • 2023 Researcher Led Initiative Awards – applications open
  • Teaching Staff Assessment and Feedback Survey
  • Cost of Living Survey Results
  • 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 (9 January), please email: by Wednesday 4 January.


Annual Monitoring Review 2022/23

The Annual Monitoring Review (AMR) will be launched week commencing 30th January 2023. AMR is the University’s primary monitoring exercise for PGR student progression.  It is a confidential survey which is completed by every PGR student and their supervisory team. From 30th January 2023, you will receive an email, with a link to your individual form. The deadline for submission of the completed form is 24th February 2023. 

Based on feedback from previous years, we have created a new AMR webpage which details the full AMR process and should answer any queries you may have.  This webpage also outlines the questions you will be asked in the form, please do take the opportunity to start discussing AMR at your next supervisory meeting.  This a compulsory part of your PGR journey therefore please plan time to complete the form! 

Your Faculty PGR support team will be sending email guidance about the AMR process, in the meantime please contact them with any queries you may have.


2023 Researcher Led Initiative Awards – applications open!

Up to 10 awards available with a maximum of £2,000 per award to support the development and cascading of personal, professional and career management skills by and for PGRs and ECR staff across the University of Exeter. 

Apply Now!

Closing date: Friday 27th January – 12 Noon


Teaching Staff Assessment and Feedback Survey

The NSS Assessment and Feedback project is looking to support academics in considering the NSS measures in their teaching, support for learning, and marking and feedback activity.

As part of this, we are running a short survey to ask academics, ECRs and PTAs who teach how they’d most like support, which you can find via the link below. Please take a few minutes to complete it as soon as you can – your feedback will help ensure we provide you with the right advice, guidance and training on assessment, marking and feedback.


Cost of Living Survey Results

The Student's Guild ran a Cost of Living Survey from Thursday 21 July and closed on Monday 6 August 2022. The reason for running such a survey was to find out from students the impact that the cost of living crisis was having on them and how the university can support this going forward. The results have been published live on the Student's Guild webpage here.

For anymore information, please contact the Guild Insights team at


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.



PhD StudyPsychology Ethics Reference Number- 521279

Do you find yourself being harsh towards yourself? If yes, would you like to contribute to a new research project?

We are investigating the relationship between our social experiences and its influence on self-perception and emotions in individuals who feel they are highly critical towards themselves

Eligibility to participate:
(1) Self-identify as experiencing high levels of self-criticism
(2) Above 18 years of age
(3) Comprehend and respond to statements in English
(4) Meet further eligibility requirements based on an online screening questionnaire

If eligible, you will receive course credits or receive remuneration for your time

To participate please contact: Pranati Misurya, PhD student,


Take part in a study on relationship between UK and international students

A research team based in the Department of Psychology is carrying out a study to explore perceptions that UK students and international students hold of one another. You will have the chance to communicate your perspectives on the interactions between international students and UK students. This online survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete, and participants will be compensated with £1. If you are interested in this study, please find more information and take part in here. The deadline for filling out this survey is 16 December Friday.


Call for Papers: Unpacking the V&A Wedgwood Collection

A two-day symposium exploring new research avenues for Wedgwood studies
Friday 30 June, V&A Wedgwood Collection, Barlaston and Saturday 1 July 2023, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A Wedgwood Collection is one of the most important industrial collections in the world and a unique record of over 260 years of British ceramic production. Owned by the V&A following a successful fundraising campaign spearheaded by Art Fund in 2014, it is on display at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, where an imaginative public programme celebrates the diversity, creativity and depth of the collection. The conference is organised in honour of Gaye Blake-Roberts MBE, former Curator of the then Wedgwood Museum. After forty years of research and achievements, she retired from her position in early 2020, continuing her research as Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the V&A Research Institute.

We are pleased to invite submissions from established scholars as well as emerging voices, and look forward to conversations which expand our understanding and push scholarship in new directions.
Contributions are invited for four research themes:
1. Beyond Josiah Wedgwood – Re-examining the narrative
2. Global Wedgwood
3. Creativity, technology, economics and labour 4. Impressions of the Past – Contemporary ceramic making

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Transatlantic and continental trade
• Creativity, design and artists
• Race
• Economics and labour
• Disability
• Workshop traditions
• Female contributions to the development and history of Wedgwood and ceramics
• Production and consumption of ceramics
• Empire and colonialism
• Technology
• Class
• Displaying and collecting of ceramics
• Social histories of ceramics
• Factory architecture and employee welfare

Please submit a 400-word abstract outlining a 20- to 30-minute presentation along with a short biography or CV by 15 February 2023 to These will be reviewed by the organising committee. Selected participants will be notified by 15 March 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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