Support for research students

We aim to foster and support an inspiring network of Loughborough researchers.

We will provide you with a ‘cohort-based’ experience by providing a range of seminars, conferences, networking opportunities and social events, in addition to our formal training programme. The highly networked nature of our postgraduate research programmes, and the resulting community of research students, is a hallmark of what defines the Loughborough doctoral experience.

Loughborough Doctoral College

All research students at Loughborough belong to the Doctoral College as well as to your own School or Department. The Doctoral College can enhance your doctoral experience by developing a sense of community for researchers from across all academic disciplines.

As a member of the Loughborough Doctoral College, you will receive

  • membership of our Loughborough Doctoral College through which you will benefit from an extensive doctoral training programme
  • dedicated facilities and study spaces
  • the opportunity to attend research conferences, showcases and events to enable you to exhibit your research
  • a minimum of two supervisors, plus additional guidance and pastoral support
  • access to the PhD Support Network led by our award-winning Students’ Union
  • tailored support and resources for career progression
  • a calendar of informal social activities to support networking and enable to you get to know other research students.

Every time I visit the department, I will bump into other researchers, staff and students. Those brief encounters are wonderful, and leave you with a lingering smile.

Sarah, PhD student

Support and training

The Doctoral College can provide you with support and training, ranging from an induction day to an annual Research Conference.

The Loughborough Doctoral College offers an annual programme of training designed to allow you to develop specific skills for researchers such as Understanding Research Methods and Techniques, Analysing Information, and Recording and Presenting Research Findings. These skills are key for your professional development and future employability.

The Doctoral College has provided training throughout my PhD career; not only focusing on new skills and techniques in research, but also in developing a positive mindset, and how to communicate effectively with other PhD colleagues in different departments.

Yusma, PhD student

Our comprehensive training programme is mapped directly onto the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (the UK’s national organisation for researcher development). As a research student, you will be encouraged to work with your supervisory team in using the Researcher Development Framework to identify your own goals and skill levels, enabling you to engage with targeted training and development activities.

Delivered by experts to small groups in dedicated facilities, our training sessions not only allow you to learn useful skills, but also to network with other researchers from across the university.

You will have access to a suite of resources to support you through your research project, from a training record to gauge your progress, to guidance on producing Posters to communicate your research.

The Doctoral College also works closely with the Careers Network to assist research students in your career planning. As a researcher at Loughborough, you will be able to access Career Consultations and interview coaching as well as advice on your CV and job applications.

Research students are also invited to drop-in to the PhD Support Network; an informal, weekly, lunch-time meet up, where you can share experiences and relax.

Graduate House

Occupying a central location on our Loughborough campus, Graduate House is a home-from-home on campus for postgraduate students.

Graduate House is the venue for Doctoral College training courses, and activities such as Café Academique and our PhD Support Network, an informal weekly drop-in for any PhD student to stop by and chat with other students from across the University. The Graduate Hub, located on the first floor of Graduate House, provides space outside of research students’ departments for studying, or relaxing and meeting up with colleagues and friends.