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Connections Week

Connections week is opportunity to meet and connect with fellow PGRs across the University. We realise that as we work coninute to work in a new way it may be harder to connect with fellow PGRs, therefore this week is designed to help you find conenctions. 

Monday 25th January- 1:00-2:00

We realise that as we work from home there can be less of a chance for PGRs to get to know each other as a community. As part of connections week we want to bring PGRs together to connect, whether you are on our Exeter or Cornwall campuses or studying at a distance, this is your chance to connect and meet other PGRs at the University of Exeter.

This event is collaboration with both the Students Guild and the SU.

You can join this event here.

Business School

Economics PGR Seminars

Description of network: A fortnightly seminar series for PGR students in Economics to present their work to other students and faculty. 

Who this is open to: To present – economics PGRs; to attend talks – open to all

Contact details:


In these crazy times it’s more important than ever for us to stay connected with those around us. We know that this can be an isolating and lonely time for some of our students so we’re hoping our Get Connected campaign will give you some much needed positivity in these uncertain times. Whether you want to get involved in our pen-pal scheme or get a group of you together for one of our exciting virtual events, we’d love for you to get involved! If you have a little look at what’s going on and think we’re missing anything, make sure you get in touch, we’d love to hear your ideas too! Stay safe, stay positive and stay connected.

Liv Harvey, VP Activities

We want to provide you with as many opportunities to make connections, whether this is through online events you can attend with friends, providing ways for you to meet other students you may not ordinarily meet in virtual settings and ensuring you know that we are here for you no matter what. It’s really important to stay connected with friends, family and housemates during these times. You never know what someone’s going through and just reaching out to say hi, how are you doing can mean the world! We know it’s not the easiest making new connections virtually, so please check our the different events and ways the Guild have suggested you can connect with each other. Get Conencted website.

We know that, with the current national lockdown, your daily lives may have changed slightly (or quite a bit!) but we want to reach out and let you know that we are here - together, wherever.

Whether you are isolating in halls or are a distance learner - we have tonnes of great resources available to help you stay connected throughout the next month. That might mean talking to your Student Rep for your course to give feedback on your academic experience or finding out about student events which have moved online.

We’ll be adding to this campaign page over the coming days and weeks with additional signposting to our range of student services available - so keep checking back for updates!
In the meantime, look out for one another and take care. We’re in this together, wherever.
The SU, We’ve Got Your Back.

Full details available on the SUtogetherwherever webpage.

Are you looking for a way to relax, connect with your fellow PGRs AND improve your writing and critical skills at the same time? Then the new PGR Book Club might be for you!

Using Dr. Siobhan O’Dwyer’s Non-Required reading list for PGRs, we are starting a monthly book club for PGRs. The idea behind the non-required reading list is that a) reading for pleasure helps maintain work/life balance b) great writers are great readers and c) great reads are rarely found in academic journals. So, every month we will read a book of fiction/non-fiction and meet to discuss it. Interested? Come along on Thursday 28th January at 1:00pm to find out more! Book here

The PGR Book Club will initially be chaired by Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager, with the view that like a normal book club each month attendees will take it in turn to lead the discussion.

Our reading plan for the year is:

  • February: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • March: Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley
  • April: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • May: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  • June: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • July: The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart by Ruth Behar
  • August: Cloud Street by Tim Winton
  • September: Shakespeare on Love edited by Michael Kerrigan
  • October: Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt
  • November: Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner
  • December: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

You can borrow each month’s book from your local library (some are available in the University Library but not all), or purchase your own copy through and in doing so support your local independent bookshop.

Book here

We have a trained team of PGR writing facilitators to run regular writing groups (currently online via Teams). Shut Up and Write sessions allows PGRs to come together to participate in structured writing sessions, research has shown that people are more productive in shorter bursts than for sitting for long periods of time.

However we have found that as well as being productive, our students who attend writing groups have really enjoyed the social aspect of getting to know other PGRs (from a distance) and sharing in their successes.

Why not do some work and make friends at the same time!

Full details of the different writing groups happening is available here

Have you not heard from a friend or a colleague in a while? 

Why not reach out to them? 

During Connections week we are encouraging all PGRs to message a friend or a colleague who they haven't spoken to in a while. Why not send them a text or an email and ask how they are. Alternatively if you haven't met up as a research group or a group of friends arrange an online catch up (via Zoom or Teams). I know some of us are tired of online video due to having to do it in the day as part of a job but think of inventive ways of catch up online, have a quiz or play a game. 

You never know by reaching out to someone, you might just make there day.