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PhD Support

The Centre provides a rich and supportive cross-disciplinary academic environment, and PhD researchers are very much a part of our research culture. You will be joining a team of fellow student researchers at various stages of their PhD from start to completion. Alongside this, you will also join a wider community of Centre staff who are actively engaged in scholarship and teaching, and who are internationally recognised and respected for their academic work. The research culture here is rich and varied, and you will be encouraged to become part of it. We aim to strike a balance between providing the freedom for independent scholarship and the support of a warm and collegial environment.


You will receive an induction to the University and the Centre and an initial assessment of learning needs geared to your PhD e.g. research methods training.


You will experience monthly supervision if a full-time student and every two months if part-time. This is arranged via skype, telephone, or at the University according to your needs. In the first year, you will broaden your literature review and continue to work on your research proposal.

Annual review

Your progress will be reviewed on an annual basis and developmental needs identified. You will be initially registered on an MPhil and progression to the PhD will follow successful completion of an upgrade panel towards the end of your first year (full-time) and second-year (part-time).

Personal tutor

You will be allocated a personal tutor to discuss pastoral issues. Your personal tutor is a different person from your supervisor and provides a useful additional line of support.


You will be provided with a pleasant PhD study room. It is equipped with modern PCs, desks, and lockers.

Seminar series

You will be invited to attend and participate in a combined staff and student seminar programme. This provides a collegiate forum for sharing and discussing current topics and ideas.

Teaching opportunities

You will be provided with suitable training and opportunities for teaching practice.

Researcher development

You will develop transferable skills for researchers including workshops, events, and accredited programmes covering academic writing, literature review, research ethics, preparing for the viva, and developing your academic profile. Link here:

University research degree facilities

You will be provided with facilities and support to realise your full potential including the Wolfson Research Exchange based in the library. There are many opportunities to organise your own workshops and reading groups, evening social events, cultural celebrations, and more. Link to here: