Connect with the Bristol postgraduate research community in a brand-new space dedicated to researcher development and wellbeing.

Summer announcement: PGR Hub refurbishments

The PGR Hub will be closed for essential building work and refurbishment from 30 May - 23 September 2019.

This is to allow for construction to start on the Campus Heart project, and also to assist us in the PGR Hub's move from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor of Senate House.

Please join us for our series of Summer Pop-Up activities from June - September. The Brambles is also open to all PGRs for collaborative use, short-term room bookings, and as a breakout space away from your Faculty, School or Department.

What is the hub and who is it for?

The PGR Hub is a cross-disciplinary research collaboration space where you can connect with fellow research students from other parts of the University.

The hub consists of:

  • One bookable training room for events, meetings, workshops and other activities
  • A shared collaborative space where you can meet informally, use for social occasions, and generally hang out
  • A kitchen, where you can make a cup of tea, heat up your lunch, and take a break
  • The BDC office – come and say hello!

Would you like to run an activity in the Hub, book a room, or use our facilities for any reason?

Book the PGR Hub

For all our upcoming events and activities – and to check when there is an available space to run your own activity – make sure you bookmark our calendar of events.

Bookmark the PGR Hub calendar

What can I do in the hub?

The hub is designed for PGRs to meet outside of their faculty or department for a variety of their development and wellbeing needs.

There is a packed programme of activities you can get involved in, ranging from the entirety of the Personal and Professional Development programme to more fun, social events.

  • Learn about and celebrate Bristol’s vibrant and diverse research community
  • Develop yourself as a researcher and discover where your research journey can lead you
  • Seek advice and support at every step of your degree

Where is the hub?

The hub is located on the 2nd floor of the refurbished Senate House, as part of the Campus Heart project

Please note that this space is closed for essential summer refurbishment from 30 May - 23 September 2019.

In the interim, a series of PGR Hub Pop-Up Activities will be hosted in other locations, and PGRs can enjoy access to collaborative meeting spaces in The Brambles

When can I access the hub?

Senate House is closed for summer refurbishment until 23 September 2019. In the interim, you can access The Brambles for collaborative meetings and to take informal breaks away from your office space.

The Brambles is open from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. Entry requires U-Card access, which you can acquire by emailing or calling 0117 39 40729 to provide your name and University username. 

How can I get involved?

The PGR Hub is a space dedicated to postgraduate researchers and run by postgraduate researchers. We welcome any and all suggestions for possible activities in the space!

If you'd like to be involved with how the space is run, or have a suggestion for an activity or initiative you'd like to see take place in the space, please email us.

I love that the Hub is so close to my office and provides a quiet environment where researchers across all fields are able to come together. As a resource in general, the Hub seems like a great place to meet with PGRs from other departments, have a coffee, and relax during the work day. Staff are always so friendly and ready to help.

Kirsten Westmoreland (Psychology PhD)

Behind the name: PGR Hub

We asked you to choose the new name for our new space, and you chose: PGR Hub! The name is what it says on the tin – a central hub for all things related to the postgraduate research community. 

Thanks to everyone who submitted names and everyone who voted in our BDC Bulletin. Though we’re still wondering if we should have gone with ‘Steve’...

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