Catalyst Fund: Supporting mental health & wellbeing for postgraduate research students

Catalyst Fund evaluation3 

£1.5M was awarded to 17 projects in March 2018 to support the wellbeing and mental health of PGRs through the Catalyst Fund. Research England (RE), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Office for Students (OfS) commissioned Vitae, together with Universities UK (UUK), to evaluate the impact of this funding at programme level against its aims and identify learning and useful practice from across the programme.

Within this report we provide an overview of the range of activities undertaken by the projects, their reach and impact. We identify the learning and key themes that have emerged across the programme and present recommendations for the sector, senior institutional managers, supervisors, professional services staff and PGRs. In the appendices we include case studies of the individual projects. The appendices are collated in a separate document to this report and also include information on project activities, data on engagement and impact and evaluation indicators. Throughout the report we refer to postgraduate research students (PGRs) as individuals registered for a doctoral degree.

The report and collection of supporting annexes are available to download as PDFs.