There is a wide range of support for you beyond your institution. If you look around your locality and your region you will find lots of sources of support. Some will be associated with nearby universities while others might provide you with bridges to professional associations and networks beyond academia. This page lists a number of useful national organisations.
The Vitae programme is committed to realising the potential of researchers. This website will provide you with information about all the programme's activities, but you should also feel free to contact us direct with suggestions.
The National Postgraduate Committee (NPC) is a charity which aims to advance, in the public interest, postgraduate education in the UK.
As a registered student you are a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). Within your institution the NUS should have a sabbatical officer with responsibility for postgraduate students who may offer advice.
The University and College Union (UCU) is the largest trade union and professional organisation for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK. The union encourages postgraduate researchers to join and offers a discounted membership rate.
It is also highly advisable to join the national body of your chosen discipline. They will keep you informed on conferences, provide networking opportunities and many also give opportunities for personal and professional development. Generally, membership fees are much reduced for postgraduate researchers.
Whoever is funding your research has an interest in ensuring that you are well supported. It is worth talking to your funder in detail and asking what support they offer. Some funders provide a range of courses, advisory services and financial support.
A page containing some websites specific to postgraduate researchers
Disabled researchers will find resources to support them on the Premia website.
Premia aims to improve provision for disabled postgraduate research students, to increase the number of disabled research students and to improve the quality of their experience.
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