Learning resources and student support

As a research student you will have access to a wealth of resources and support provided by the School and the University.  Academic and pastoral support will be provided by your supervisor in the first instance but the School also has a strong community ethos amongst our academic staff and research students which will help you through your studies.

PhD students have their own dedicated School space for working, including 'hot-desk' computers, lockers and printing facilities.  Other rooms in the School can be booked for meetings or seminars, and there are communal spaces to relax and eat.  University facilities are close by, with main campus being a ten minute walk away.

Each year the research student community elects two students to act as representatives at School meetings, liaise between students and academic staff and provide information and support to the rest of the student community. Student representatives can be campus-based or distance-learners and are elected by the student community during Research Week. PhD students in the School play a central role in designing and implementing the student experience.

Research Week is held every year (usually in the spring) and provides the opportunity for students to present their research to academic staff and other research students from the School in a highly stimulating and supportive atmosphere.  During the week a range of training and social events are provided, as well as an optional study trip.

Attendance at Research Week is not compulsory every year but it is helpful if you plan to attend before your APG review as this will give you an opportunity to deliver a paper, a requirement for your upgrade.


The University also provides a range of support services in case you need more specialised advice or assistance.

Distance learning students

During your time as a distance learning PhD student, you will need to visit Leicester several times. There is the formal requirement that you come to Leicester for your APG interview, which takes place during a Research Week, and you will also be present in Leicester for your viva.  You may also want to visit your supervisor at least once during your time as a student for a face-to-face meeting. We are, of course, happy to see our distance learning students more regularly than this. If you are able, you are welcome to attend any of the seminars or conferences organised in the School. You may also want to come to Leicester to use the University Library or meet with other members of the research community in the School. You will also have access to the Library at a distance.

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