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New Researcher-Led Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiatives scheme launched

Launching the project at the Festival of Doctoral Research (June 2018)

In April 2018 the University was awarded funding from the Office for Students to deliver a project focused on prevention and early intervention in relation to the mental health of doctoral researchers.

Informed by the focus group discussions which took place with Sussex doctoral researchers during May 2018, the project steering group are delighted to announce a new Researcher-Led Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiatives scheme.

The scheme is open to all Sussex doctoral researchers, who are invited to submit proposals for up to £750 per proposal, for initiatives or interventions designed to benefit the mental health and wellbeing of Sussex doctoral researchers.

Proposals should be aligned to one or more of five themes identified through the focus groups:

  • Creating and maintaining community belonging
  • Cultivating time to breathe
  • Celebrating self and successes
  • Constructing “other groups, other routes, other ways to be free”
  • Curating experiences of research process - seminars and events

Find out more about the themes.

There are also opportunities to get involved without submitting your own proposal, by suggesting an idea for an initiative, or expressing your interest in helping other researchers to deliver a proposal.

The first call for applications is now open and will close on Friday 29 March.

Visit our webpage for more information and details of how to apply.

Thank you to all of the doctoral researchers who participated in the focus groups in 2018. If you haven’t yet completed the Understanding the Mental Health of Doctoral Researchers (U-DOC) survey, you can still share your views on this important topic.

Find out more about the Understanding the Mental Health of Doctoral Researchers project.

By: Laura Chapman
Last updated: Monday, 28 January 2019