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WEBINAR: Looking after yourself during your PhD

Wednesday 1 April 13:00 until 16:00
Speaker: Dr Sophie Valeix and Kim Leader
Part of the series: Researcher Development Programme

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and the University’s decision to suspend all classroom teaching, this workshop is currently being reviewed to be delivered as a webinar. Attendees will be notified via email as soon as further details have been confirmed.

Visit the University’s Coronavirus webpage for the lastest Coronavirus advice and guidance for doctoral researchers.


Undertaking a PhD can be an exciting time. You are focusing on your own research in real depth, doing something which is personally meaningful and developing new skills, confidence and autonomy. But a PhD is a marathon, not a sprint. It is vital that you look after yourself and ensure you have the personal resources to succeed in a challenging environment.

Built upon recent research, this workshop examines the mental health and wellbeing challenges linked with doing a PhD and provides tools to manage those challenges and maintain good mental health, as well as to cope with mental health difficulties.

In this workshop you will:

  • reflect on self-care strategies that work for you
  • discuss ways of overcoming potential barriers to self-care
  • identify some of your own triggers
  • gain understanding of what you can’t control
  • learn about the support that is available to you on and off campus

This workshop is new and one of the initiatives of the wider mental health and wellbeing support and resources for doctoral researchers. Other workshops that are being developed include Looking Out for One Another in the PhD Community and Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Supervisory relationship (for supervisors only). Further support includes the Student Life CentreUniversity Counselling Service, and Student Support Unit. For more information and resources, please visit the Doctoral School’s Wellbeing page.

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By: Adam Kreimeia
Last updated: Wednesday, 25 March 2020