Welcome to our weekly update about news and upcoming events for the PGR community for week ending 10 July 2020.

Don’t forget that if you have any requests for support or would like to see any specific sessions offered by the Doctoral School, please get in touch via doctoralschool@shu.ac.uk – we’d be pleased to hear from you.

  1. Events from the Hallam Guild Wellbeing Group
  2. Registration Open for Earthly Matters Conference
  3. SHU Ethics Newsletters
  4. SHU Inspirational Research Supervisor and Outstanding Student Support (Research) Winners
  5. Reminder about ‘Opening up’ of our PGR Virtual Café
  6. Research Degree Examiner and Independent Chair Workshop | Monday 3 August 2020


1.   Hallam Guild PGR Wellbeing Group – forthcoming sessions

PGR Wellbeing ‘Need to Know’ sessions – Wednesday 15 July

It’s important that you know what help is available to support your wellbeing as a PGR Student or Supervisor and feel confident in accessing the appropriate services and resources.  Come along to one of our information sessions to find out more and ask your questions in the live Q&A.

For PGR students:  Wednesday 15 July | 2 – 3 pm online | Booking link student session

For PGR supervisors:  Wednesday 15 July | 4 – 5 pm online | Booking link staff session


Online Workshop for PGR Students on Academic Writing:  Reduce Anxiety – Monday 27 July | 10 am – 1 pm online | Booking Link for PGR Students

Academic Writing:  Reduce Anxiety – run by Dr Catriona Ryan SFHEA (www.scriptorcube.com)

This is a chance to acquire a new skill in academic writing designed to reduce anxiety through an active writing session with ongoing 1:1 consultation throughout.  Students should attend the course with a plan for a Thesis chapter and will leave with the discursive analysis planned down to the last paragraph, with some paragraphs written.  The session will include Dr Ryan’s popular 7 step academic writing methodology for reducing anxiety during the writing process.


  1.         Registration Open for Earthly Matters Conference

The SHU Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference – Earth(ly) Matters is taking place online over three Fridays in August 2020 – 7, 14 & 21 August.  Further information about the conference format and content and the booking link can be found on the Conference website via:  https://shuprssconference.wordpress.com/


  1.         SHU Ethics Newsletters

The two most recent SHU Ethics Newsletters can be found in the Research Ethics section of the Research Degrees Blackboard site (via the menu on the left-hand side of the screen).  The June newsletter gives the ethics support arrangements for staff and postgraduate research students, and outlines the process for ethics review, and the May newsletter provides information on the ethics review process for taught courses (eg undergraduate and taught masters), which may be useful for PGR students who teach.


  1. SHU Inspirational Research Supervisor and Outstanding Student Support (Research) Winners

It’s great to be able to share good news, so our congratulations go to the following staff who have been recognised for their inspirational and outstanding support for PGR students:

Inspirational Research Supervisor Award Winner 2020

Harriet Tarlo (SSA, Humanities)

Rory Ridley-Duff (BTE, Management)

Christine Le Maitre (HWLS, Biosciences and Chemistry)

Simon Choppin (HWLS, Academy of Sport and Physical Activity)

Outstanding Student Support (Research) Award Winner 2020

Catherine Duckett (HWLS, Biosciences and Chemistry)


  1. Reminder about ‘Opening up’ of our PGR Virtual Café

From Friday 17 July we’re offering a new drop-in PGR Virtual Café.  The aim is to offer more virtual spaces for informal catch ups with community peers.  You can drop in or stay for the whole session between 9.00 and 10.00 am on Friday mornings to say “hi”, share ideas and experiences or just have a chat with other PGR students.


  1. Research Degree Examiner and Independent Chair Workshop | Monday 3 August 2020  |  1000 – 1300

We will be running an online session offering a briefing/training workshop for staff who wish to act as Internal Examiners and/or Independent Chairs for Doctoral Examinations.

The session will cover information about the regulations and also the changes to vivas necessitated by the Covid-19 situation.

You can find further information about the session and book a place via the booking link


Don’t forget that you can find help and information about supporting your wellbeing via the University website on https://www.shu.ac.uk/current-students/student-support/student-wellbeing

Keep safe and look after yourselves and each other

Nicola, Elizabeth and Liz