Information for newly registered postgraduate researchers
At the University of Bristol, you are part of a thriving and vibrant community of over 3,000 postgraduate researchers. All our postgraduate researchers are automatically a part of the Bristol Doctoral College. Find out how we can support you as you settle into research life and our wonderful city.
For all the nuts and bolts around registration, be sure you follow the information outlined in the New Students pages.
Your local research group, department and/or school will be integral in helping you settle in. Make sure you sign up for your specific induction session, so you can learn about the essentials relevant to your research area and the space where you will be working.
Once you have registered, make sure you go through our postgraduate researcher checklist to make the most of your first few months.
Say hello at our PGR Hub
Get to know your wider postgraduate research community in a space dedicated to your development and wellbeing.
Bookmark our calendar of events
There’s a whole host of events going on at the University that are open to the whole postgraduate research community. Our PGR Hub calendar provides a helpful overview.
Sign up to our welcome ceremony
Sign up for our Researcher Inauguration welcome ceremony, an event where you get to meet the rest of your research community and also get a free scarf!
Consider your researcher development
Browse our free Personal and Professional Development programme and learn how you can get going with your researcher development.
Log in to STaR
STaR is an online tool that helps you manage, track and communicate your progress from wherever you are in the world. Log in for the first time, use our video tutorials, and get familiar with the system.
Get to know your Faculty representative
Your Faculty PGR Rep is an elected current research student who helps make positive change to improve your research student experience. Find what your faculty-based rep is working on this year.
Join the PG Network
The Bristol SU PG Network is a student-led initiative for all postgraduate students that seeks to develop an active, strong and vibrant postgraduate community here at Bristol.
Start thinking about your supervisor relationship
Your supervisor(s) has a fundamental role in supporting you throughout the duration of your time at Bristol. Book a meeting with them if you haven’t already got one scheduled, and establish how you will work together over the course of your degree.
Look after yourself
There are times in everyone’s life where we might struggle with the demands of studying, work, or our own personal lives. Know that you are not on your own and that there is always someone to talk to and support you – including the Student Wellbeing Service advisers, who are not just for undergraduate or taught students.
Not registered yet? Questions about getting yourself set up on basic systems, or into your accommodation? Check out the New Students checklist for a rundown of everything you need to get done and where you need to go.
Our handy BDC blog has a rundown of the funnest parts of being a researcher at our University.
Are you an international arrival: Find out about the help and support available when you arrive at Bristol, from accommodation needs to welcome events specifically for our international community.
Do you know about your annual leave entitlement?
PGR students are entitled to 25 days annual leave in addition to the days when the University is closed. This is in accordance with section 4.6.1 of the PGR Code of Practice. Please ask your supervisor about the specific procedure and rules for your school.