Have a network to share?

If you have a network you wish to share and add to this webpage please email: doctoral.college@exeter.ac.uk




Academic Networks

The ETR group is a PhD student led group that holds talks and activities relating to conducting sensitive research.

This year we will meet monthly, mostly on Zoom, occasionally in-person. To go on the email list, contact Catherine Cartwright cc943@exeter.ac.uk or look out for events publicised in the PGR and ECR newsletters and Twitter.

 The first session: Tuesday 12th October 2021 2-3pm

Practicing Emotional Resilience: Learning from being a Helpline volunteer with Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services – a talk by Catherine Cartwright

This year, related to my research, I trained as a Helpline volunteer with Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services (DRCSAS). In response to being exposed to difficult, dark experiences of other people’s lives, I am practicing different ways of emerging back into a lighter/positive frame of mind. In this talk I look at some of these techniques that are helping me and will also support me through conducting my own emotionally-sensitive PhD research.

If this sounds interesting to you, please pop it in your calendar and send an email to cc943@exeter.ac.uk so I can send you a reminder and a Zoom link the week before.

Other dates for your calendar. All times are 2-3pm. Details to come.

  • Thursday 25 Nov
  • Tuesday 11 Jan 2022
  • Thursday 10 Feb 2022 
  • Tuesday 15 Mar 2022
  • Thursday 5 May 2022
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022

Shut Up and Write is an online writing space supported by the Doctoral College and run by a team of PGRs. It is open to anyone across the PGR community, whatever subject your are studying and wherever you are based. SUAW offers structured sessions using the pomodoro technique, which Cirillo (1980) named after a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato. The objective of the pomodoro technique is to focus on one short task for 25 minutes, followed by a 5 minute break. The aim is to find support (or a sense of belonging) in the PGR community, avoid procastination and improve productivity.

Those that attend Shut Up and Write have said:

"Having a community to share ‘space’ with while you work has been hugely beneficial. Even if one of us gets distracted during a session we can share this, and the others immediately jump in with support. Anything goes in these sessions, we can spend a session writing emails, prepping for teaching, writing the news in Cornish for the BBC, chapter structures, re-writes, editing, documents for supervisors and so on. All these are part of the PhD journey and SU&W allows for this and so the academic guilt is diffused."- Lucy Hilliar, PGR in History

Full details about Shut Up and Write can be found here.

Social Networks

The PGR reading group, is a group dedicated for PGRs to share their interest in books. 

Dates of meeting and books:

  • 23rd September, 4pm - Daemon Voices by Phillip Pullman – advice using the topic finder and reading the chapters on the practice of writing
  • 25th November 4pm - The Bees by Llaine Paull
  • 16th December 4pm - Christmas party discussing our favourite reads of the year, and deciding what to read next year! 

You can join the PGR reading group Teams channel here. 

The PG Society (society part of the Students Guild Exeter) is a society set up by postgraduates for postgraduates dedicated specifically to postgraduate social life. If you are one of the thousands of Masters/PhD students on campus, this is the society you belong in.

Full details available on the PG Society website.