Loughborough Doctoral College

Essential information

External support for doctoral researchers

Details of external wellbeing support is provided below. Please get in touch with the Doctoral College if you have any further external wellbeing resource recommendations.

The Yellow Book

The Yellow Book contains a wealth of tools to help you manage your response to stress. Advice and tips from therapists and health practitioners, poetry, artworks, readings and music can help to take you on a journey to positive wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Thesis

A comprehensive resource created by the University of Derby, Kings College London and Student Minds to support the doctoral ups and downs.

Wellbeing When Writing 

The Wellbeing When Writing project was run by the Graduate School at the University of Westminster during 2018-19. One of the many outcomes of the project is this useful booklet that contains a range of writing strategies that could ease anxiety associated with writing productivity (amongst other things!).

Vitae Hangout and Podcasts

Vitae have a range of useful resources relating to wellbeing and mental health. Of note and free to access, is the Focus On Hangout on 'Wellbeing for researchers' featuring Dr Katryna Kalawsky (Loughborough Doctoral College and Centre of Academic Practice) and Dr Jo Gillman (Centre of Academic Practice).

Vitae's podcasts series that was created with the publisher Taylor & Francis are also insightful with the ‘unspoken challenges of research life’  ‘overcoming impostor syndrome’ (featuring Dr Katryna Kalawsky) especially relevant.


Mind is a mental health Charity. Their website contains a range of information and support.

NHS Every Mind Matters

This site provides advice on maintaining your mental wellbeing while staying at home, tips for coping with anxiety associated to the current situation and understanding mental health. It also provides contact details for accessing support.


Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in distress; they are here to listen 24 hours. 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free or view 

Les Mills On Demand: 60-day free trial

To help keep you fit and healthy, Loughborough Sport are offering members of the Loughborough Family with a 60-day free trial of Les Mills On Demand.

Les Mills is a streaming service that provides hundreds of workout videos suitable for all fitness levels. The classes focus on strength, cardio, dance and flexibility (and much more!) and you can also access their workout plans and join their online community for that extra level of motivation.

If you have children, the service also has playlists with fitness classes suitable for young people aged between 4-16 years old.