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PhD Wellbeing

Wellbeing during your PhD

A PhD is challenging and it is important that you look after your whole self; and this includes your wellbeing too.

On this page you will find resources which will help you think about how you look after yourself ( or your colleagues); understand that some of what you are feeling is very common (academic imposter syndrome is very common amongst many of us); and some hints for dealing with practical challenges such as procrastination or writers block.

These resources are not a replacement for speaking to a professional or seeking professional help.

Please check the Wellbeing Services resource page to see how you can access more support and guidance


If you are concerned about someone's wellbeing or mental health and are on campus and require out of hours emergency help contact Community Safety on 024 7652 2222 or read Wellbeing's emergency contact information

If you are off campus then call the Emergency services on 999

Helping students in distress (Researcher Development Guide)

Researcher Development Wellbeing

workshops Autumn

  Full workshop details
Get prepared, get organised Dealing with transitions Dealing with imposter syndrome
A beginners guide to your PhD Managing Change Dealing with negative thinking and self-doubt
Tackling perfectionism Emotional intelligence Dealing with isolation & loneliness
What resilience means for researchers Goal setting & beating self sabotage Dealing with low mood
Practical problem solving Dealing with negative thinking

Dealing with rejection( from publishers)

Time management Dealing with anxiety and worry Increase your productivity & protect your wellbeing

Take 5 for Wellbeing

6 x 90 second videos to help you #TakeBreaks #MakeBreakthroughs

Take 5 video 1: Connect

Take 5 video 2: Be Active

Take 5 video 3: Take Notice

Take 5 video 4: Keep Learning

Take 5 video 5: Give

Take 5 video 6 : Remember to recharge


A workbook from which discusses 'what is stress', identifying symptoms, and then strategies for coping strategies, overcoming barriers and much more

Managing Stress- a self help guide

Problem Solving

Problems to Solutions

Managing your worries