B6 - The changing world of postgraduate researcher well-being

Day 1 at 16:30 - The changing world of postgraduate researcher well-being
Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:30

Postgraduate researchers 

Code B6

Dr Katryna Kalawsky, Postgraduate Research Student Development Officer, Loughborough University

Parmjit Dhugga, Head of Researcher Development, University of Nottingham

Workshop overview: 

Doctoral well-being is an important area in higher education. Potential consequences of poor well-being could include poor student health outcomes, impaired academic performance, reduced student retention and reduced completion rates. Prompted by the results of a Doctoral Well-Being and Support Survey, this workshop will consider the support needed by and available to Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs). The well-being of PGRs will be considered from a variety of perspectives (i.e. PGRs themselves, Researcher Developers, Supervisors and Researcher Leaders) and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss questions such as:

a) Who is/should be responsible for PGR well-being?

b) What could be done to raise awareness of and engagement with issues of PGR well-being?

c) What practical solutions are available to address issues of PGR well-being?

d) What are the perceived and actual barriers to PGRs receiving/accessing support?

The workshop will also provide the opportunity for attendees to share examples of best practice.

Workshop topics covered: 

  • Perspectives of PGR well-being.
  • Accountability of PGR well-being.
  • Raising awareness of and engagement with PGR well-being.
  • Solutions to PGR well-being issues.
  • Barriers to support.
  • Examples of best practice.

Themes covered:

  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors to transform professional development of researchers and embed professional development in the research environment

Workshop outcomes: 

Participants will:

  • Have a greater awareness of the challenges facing PGRs and those who support them.
  • Explore approaches to PGR support (including who is responsible, what has been done, what institutions would like to do, and perceived/actual barriers).
  • Identify actions to share with their institutions.


The format of the workshop will include information, interaction and discussion. Participants should also be prepared to include examples from their own institution and experience.