Doctoral communities: Before, during and after the pandemic

By Dr Dely L Elliot, Senior Lecturer in Education and the Psychology of Learning, at the University of Glasgow. It is widely acknowledged in the literature that the doctoral process is often a long and isolated journey – something that we ourselves frequently mention from casual chats with our doctoral scholars through to our publications. … Continue reading Doctoral communities: Before, during and after the pandemic

Using a creative tool to ‘open the can of worms’ – Discussing psychological wellbeing in doctoral supervision.

By Sally Ohlsen, Research Associate in the Mental Health Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) within the University of Sheffield. Discussing psychological wellbeing in doctoral supervision has been referred to as similar to, ‘opening a can of worms’, where supervisors are unsure if they have the knowledge, skill set or ability to … Continue reading Using a creative tool to ‘open the can of worms’ – Discussing psychological wellbeing in doctoral supervision.

How to approach stressed postgraduate researchers: what to do ‘in the moment’

By Dr Kay Guccione, Senior Lecturer in Academic Development, at Glasgow Caledonian University. During our ‘Are you OK?’ project we interviewed a group of supervisors about how they supported international students who were experiencing stress, and how they helped them to move through the emotional transitions, and the ups and downs that normally characterise a … Continue reading How to approach stressed postgraduate researchers: what to do ‘in the moment’

Supporting stressed postgraduate researchers, and looking after ourselves

By Dr Chris Blackmore, Senior University Teacher in the Mental Health Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. Our recent research project ‘Are you OK?’ looked into supervisor experiences of supporting international doctoral researchers. One of our findings was that where a doctoral student experiences poor mental health … Continue reading Supporting stressed postgraduate researchers, and looking after ourselves

About the ‘Are you OK?’ project

Funded by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), this project was carried out by an inter-university team researching how well supervisors understood the support needs of international doctoral students, and what support supervisors felt confident to provide, given the reported poor levels of psychological well-being experienced by students in this group. Our findings … Continue reading About the ‘Are you OK?’ project

Research findings from the ‘are you ok?’ project

Funded by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), this project was carried out by an inter-university team researching how well supervisors understood the support needs of international doctoral students, and what support supervisors feltconfident to provide, given the reported poor levels of psychological well-being experienced by students in this group (see here for … Continue reading Research findings from the ‘are you ok?’ project