The Bristol Doctoral College supports and develops our thriving community of postgraduate researchers across all research degree programmes at the University of Bristol.
Our team has two key leadership roles in the University: to enhance the environment for all research students and to support the growth of our postgraduate research community.
Enhancing the environment for our postgraduate research students
We work with teams across the University to help ensure that the postgraduate research environment is the very best it can be to enable research students to thrive during their research degree - and beyond.
Some of our activities include:
Personal and professional development programme
Our Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme of workshops, seminars and online resources, is designed to support all of our research students throughout the different stages of their postgraduate research degrees.
Events and opportunities
We organise events and opportunities — like the annual Research without Borders festival and welcome inaugurations — that help research students connect and collaborate with other researchers, as well as showcase their work to the wider world.
We produce a fortnightly email newsletter with a round-up of events, trainings, opportunities and updates for the postgraduate research community.
Supporting the growth of our postgraduate research community
We develop initiatives to grow our thriving postgraduate research community — 3,500 students at the last count — and provide opportunities that attract the very best students from around the world to Bristol.
Our work in this area includes:
Doctoral Training Centres
We work closely with our extensive network of thematic research training centres to share best practice in cohort-based doctoral training and attract the best research students to Bristol.
We coordinate a number of PhD scholarship schemes, for example the Joint China Scholarship Council-University of Bristol Scholarship Programme for 20 PhD students per year across all six faculties.
Building research training partnerships
We are developing a suite of dual PhD programmes with partner universities around the world, where research students will carry out research at both institutions. We also work with industry partners to extend the opportunities for students to gain experience and to do research in collaboration with them.