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Doctoral College

Supporting you as a researcher

From our Doctoral College professional development programme to faculty-based initiatives, technical training and online tools, there is a wealth of support available to help you succeed in your research and enhance your career prospects.

Doctoral Researcher Welcome Reception

Come along to the Doctoral Researcher Welcome Reception (held November and February each academic year for new doctoral researchers) to meet your fellow researchers and find out how we can support you throughout your PhD journey.

Doctoral College Professional Development Programme

Visit the Professional Development Programme pages to see our broad range of training opportunities – including face-to-face workshops and online learning resources.

Explore the Professional Development Programme.

Faculty Graduate Schools

Your faculty’s Graduate School will run induction and development initiatives as well as offering opportunities to network and showcase your work.

Visit the website for your faculty or subject area to find out more.

Find out more about the Faculty contact details.

Research Students Who Teach: Policy

The University of Southampton values the significant contribution that research students can make to the education of undergraduate and postgraduate taught students through the support of research-informed teaching. A University Policy has now been put in place for research students who undertake teaching activities.

Research Students Who Teach: Policy Guidance for Schools 

This guidance document complements the Research Students Who Teach Policy by providing guidance on the recruitment of research students to teaching activities.

Maternity Pay and Shared Parental Leave for Research Students 

The University Executive Board has approved a significant extension to the Maternity and Shared Parental Leave policy for doctoral researchers. It brings doctoral researchers who are directly funded by the University, or who receive funding directly from the University as part of an external (non-charitable) contract into line with the terms and conditions of those who are funded by UKRI (or previously RCUK). The system will be administered through Faculty Graduate Schools. Read the full policy here.

Enabling Services

Enabling Services supports all doctoral researchers. It doesn't matter whether you are full time, part time or primarily a distance learner. They offer advice and support for students with disabilities, long-term health conditions (including mental health conditions and autism spectrum disorders), and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Doctoral Training Centres

The University hosts and participates in a number of centres for doctoral training (CDTs) which give research students the skills they need to address some of society’s biggest challenges, including climate change, energy, our ageing population and high-tech crime.

Find out more about our CDTs.

Visiting Research Students (VRS)

The University plays host to a number of visiting doctoral researchers each year, both from the UK and abroad. This offers postgraduate researchers the opportunity to undertake part of their research at our world-class institution and to join a vibrant academic community.

Find out more about becoming a Visiting Research Student

PGR Tracker

An online record of the training you undertake and other aspects of your progress towards your research degree.

Log into PGR Tracker.

Researcher Portal

Current students can find a range of resources on the Researcher Portal, accessed via SUSSED. It acts as a one-stop shop for information and support about all aspects of the research project life cycle, including funding, research integrity and commercialisation.

Log in to access resources on the Researcher Portal.

Your career

The University’s Careers and Employability Service works collaboratively with the various academic services and the Doctoral College to help you identify and work towards you career aspirations.

Find out more on the Careers and Employability Service website.

For postgraduate researchers who choose to stay at Southampton to begin their research career, the Working as a Researcher will give you more information about the support available to research staff.

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