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A Hub of activity — hundreds visit new, dedicated space for postgraduate researchers

A group of scholars mills around the collaborative open space in the newly opened PGR Hub.

CSC-UoB Joint PhD Scholars celebrate at a welcome evening for their new cohort — one of the first events to be held in the new Hub.

16 November 2018

Senate House’s new PGR Hub welcomed nearly a thousand visitors in its first full month, and hosted a diverse selection of events focused on the University’s postgraduate researcher (PGR) community.

Sessions held during October included ‘Productivity Ninja’ and ‘Getting started with your PhD’ — both part of the Bristol Doctoral College’s Personal and Professional Development programme — and a drop-in networking event for doctoral researchers who teach.

In addition, the Hub hosted a free mental health awareness session led by NHS Bristol Wellbeing Therapies and a lecture from the celebrated interdisciplinary scientist, Emeritus Professor Robin Wood.

To welcome PGRs and colleagues to the new space, the Bristol Doctoral College organised an inaugural Hub Quiz — with a team from the Senate House Student Information Services battling stiff competition from the PGR community to claim the coveted top spot.

Reflecting on the first month of operations, Bristol Doctoral College Manager Dr. Oksana Kasyutich said: “I am delighted to see our postgraduate researcher community embrace this space by taking part in Bristol Doctoral College-led events and making connections with fellow researchers, including those from different disciplines.

“We are already starting to see researchers organising and hosting their own events in the Hub, and I am keen to encourage many more of these initiatives as awareness of the dedicated space spreads throughout the community.”

Shubham Singh, the Bristol Students’ Union Postgraduate Education Officer, welcomed the opening of the new space, which is available to PGRs from 8am to 10pm every weekday. “The presence of the PGR Hub at the centre of our University campus is symbolic of the importance the University attributes to its postgraduate research community,” he said.

The development of a PGR Hub in Senate House is part of the University’s Campus Heart programme — a major initiative that will transform spaces and services on Tyndall Avenue and create opportunities for staff, students and the local community to come together.

Further information

Would you like to book space in the PGR Hub for your own postgraduate researcher event? Find out how you can do so on the Bristol Doctoral College’s PGR Hub page.

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