Relax, make connections, enjoy fun events and further your development in this dedicated space for Bristol's postgraduate researcher (PGR) community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Senate House will be closed from 6pm on 20th March until further notice.

As a result, unfortunately the PGR Hub is no longer accessible for students.

Please contact if you have any questions relating to Hub activities and keep an eye out for emails from the Bristol Doctoral College for updates.

PGR Community Fund: Online events & activities

As no activities will be held in the PGR Hub during the coming weeks, and PGRs are required to work from home, we’d like to encourage applications to our PGR Community Fund that focus on online events and digital community building.

Awards of up to £300 are available — find out how to apply on the PGR Community Fund page.

What is the Hub?

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

The Hub consists of:

  • the Training Space: a bookable training room for events, meetings, workshops and other development-focused activities
  • the Collaborative Space: a communal area where you can meet other PGRs, enjoy social occasions and generally hang out
  • a Bristol Doctoral College office.

As of the 20th March 2020, the PGR Hub is closed until further notice, in line with the University’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Where is the Hub?

The PGR Hub is located on the second floor of Senate House.

What can I do in the Hub?

The aim of the Hub is to make it easy for you to meet PGRs from beyond your faculty or department — and to ensure there’s a dedicated space for a wide range of PGR-focused events, from training sessions to relaxing coffee and cake hours.

Although the Hub is currently closed, here are some examples of the types of activity it normally hosts (although this list is not exhaustive):

Training Space

  • Most workshops in the BDC-curated Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme are held in the Hub's Training Space or adjacent meeting rooms. To see what’s available, visit the PPD course directoryPlease note that as of 16 March, the remainder of 2019-20 PPD sessions previously scheduled to be at the Hub will be conducted online.
  • The Training Space can also usually be booked for PGR-run workshops, meetings and drop-in writing sessions. This is done by using the Hub booking form to request the space. You can contact the PGR Hub Assistant to discuss an idea for an event before submitting a request.

Collaborative Space

  • Come in for a cuppa! Tea and coffee-making facilities are available — and the second-floor kitchen is nearby — so the Collaborative Space is an ideal place to have lunch or enjoy a break with a beverage.
  • Meet other PGRs at one of our regular coffee and cake hours, held on the first Wednesday of the month.
  • Enjoy a board-game break. The Hub has over a dozen games and a selection of jigsaws.
  • Borrow a book or DVD — or swap them for one of your own.
  • Hold your own event. In 2019, we launched a new PGR Community Fund to provide financial support for PGR-run Hub events — from movie nights to meditation sessions.

How can I find out what's happening in the Hub?

PGRs receive regular emails from the BDC that highlight upcoming events in both the Training Space and the Collaborative Space.

Details of many events will also be listed on the PGR Hub Facebook group.

How can I book the Hub for a training session or hold my own event?

Training Space

When the Hub is open, please use the Hub booking form to request the Training Space. We are currently not accepting requests for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

If you want to discuss potential ideas or check the viability of your event before making a booking, you can contact the PGR Hub Assistant.

Collaborative Space

When the Hub is open, PGRs are welcome to hold events in the Collaborative Space — although the space must remain open to the wider community.

If you have an idea for a non-research-related event that will bring PGRs together in the Hub, you are eligible to apply for our PGR Community Fund. If your Community Fund application is successful, the BDC will book the space for you. (Depending on the nature of the event, this could also include the Training Space.)

If you want to book the Collaborative Space without applying for the PGR Community Fund, you can use the Hub booking form to submit your request.

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)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for PGRs

Advice and useful links can be found on the University's dedicated page, which is updated regularly.

The Hub Update

Every fortnight, we share a 'What's happening in the PGR Hub' email — although this is currently suspended. You can read the most recent (March 2020) edition.

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