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The constant activities organised for students (seminars, conferences, social events) really help to expand my personal network and my knowledge of my field.

Monica Ronchi- Middle Eastern Politics

Getting Started

University registration is the process by which you agree to the University’s current regulations. It is a requirement for both new and returning students to complete registration at the start of your studies in each academic year

Registration for most students takes place online in the Student Record System

All students will receive a notification when they need to register.

  • New students receive this notification in the Welcome email from Admissions. Before you can register online, you will need to activate your University IT account
  • Returning students receive this notification by email.
  • New international students usually cannot complete University registration until the International Student Clearance has been completed, as detailed in the Welcome email from Admissions.
  • International students returning to study after an interruption may not be able to complete University registrations until the International Student Clearance has been completed, as detailed in the “Returning from interruption” email from the PGR administration team.

How to access online registration

  •  Log in to the Student Record System using your short username and password
  • In the Student Record System, if you have been cleared to register you will see a red box "Welcome to online registration"
  • Click on the "REGISTER NOW" link to enter the online registration pages

 If you have not been cleared to register, or do not need to register, you should see a message telling you why you cannot or do not need to register.

A charge of £50 may apply if registration is not completed within the dates issued, as well as a temporary block on IT access and library borrowing rights.

Online Registration Dates for the 2018/19 academic year



MyPGR is an online facility for the tracking of PGR student progress. The system delivers a consistent approach to the management of PGR students, enabling improved reporting and ensuring an enhanced experience for students

PGR students on all programmes are given access to the system upon registering for the current academic year, and can be accessed via the SRS login

MyPGR provides an online tool which records meetings between students and supervisors and mentors: students take responsibility for arranging meetings and writing them up, and meetings can be set-up and signed off by more than one supervisor.

MyPGR specifies a minimum number of meetings (contact events) across the year with the deadline for completion of each event the end of the month in which the event falls.

The interface allows for upload of documents, and provides useful information about the student, drawn from the Student Records system.

Management of registration processes: interruptions, upgrades and change to continuation status requests are managed through MyPGR.

Nomination of Examiners: Boards of Examiners are nominated and approved through MyPGR.

To get a better understanding of how the system works, you might like to take a look at the MyPGR training pages, which include screenshots of the system, along with video introductions demonstrating how to set up events in MYPGR.

MyPGR user manuals can be found on the MyPGR manuals page.

Please see the useful contacts and information page  for information on College leads on this project.

At the University of Exeter we encourage all academics and research students to create an ORCiD ID in order to be part of the growing research family around the world. ORCiD provides a personal digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and supports automated links between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognised.

There is a simple registration process that be can be found on the website to get an ORCiD ID, and it is important that you record your personal identifier with the University through MyPGR

You can find more information on ORCiD and it’s importance on our Research Services pages, and also at the ORCiD website.


The scheme details can be found on the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual - Periods of registration and changes to registration status for graduate research students.


Our Academic Colleges provide bespoke guidance and support for Postgraduate Researchers in their disciplines. All the contact details for the colleges can be found below:

College Email Address
University of Exeter Business School
University of Exeter Medical School
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
College of Humanities
College of Social Sciences and International Studies
(St Luke's)
College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Cornwall Based Students

In the first couple of weeks of your research degree you are required to complete both the Training Needs Analysis form and the Supervisory Agreement.

Training Needs Analysis

It is important that you undertake appropriate research training to help you complete your thesis successfully and in good time. The College is fully committed to research training that is relevant, useful and which contributes to positive outcomes for its students, not least in enhancing their post-thesis employability.

Training and professional development should be tailored to the individual student and be appropriate for the path of the individual research project. We don’t consider the development of skills to be a separate process from your research practice – it should support and enhance it.

Each new student should discuss and agree their training needs at the first supervisory team meeting. It is important to identify with your supervisor any specific research training modules which you should follow, and whether any language training is necessary for your research at an early stage. If there are any training needs that cannot be met through the Researcher Development provision or within your discipline, you must notify the your College as soon as possible.

Training for PGR students is provided both within your College and through the University’s Researcher Development Programme. The Researcher Development team have listed recommended training for each year of study; this is only indicative and should be used as a guide for discussion.

All students are required to complete the Training Needs Analysis Form following their discussion with their supervisory team and upload it to MyPGR within the first 6 weeks of study and then annually thereafter. Your responses will be emailed to you after you have completed this form, which you can upload to MyPGR.

Training Needs Analysis Forms:

Supervisory Agreement

All research students work closely with their academic supervisors. This requires regular meetings between you and your supervisors to plan and discuss your research, and the writing of your thesis. You need to produce written work at regular intervals and it is in your interests to start writing as early as possible, even the roughest of drafts. Producing a successful thesis is a methodical task, not something that can be done to a high standard in a hurry. Your supervisors are there to offer advice and guidance, and to provide help and critical comment upon your writing.

The relationship between students and supervisors is of crucial importance for the successful completion of a research degree. There needs to be good communication, co-operation and agreement, and a relationship of trust. The University recognises the need for a set of ground rules that outline the nature of this relationship. This general framework can be found in the Code of Good Practice - Supervision of Postgraduate Research Students. This document provides the background rules, policies and practices to which the College, supervisors, pastoral tutors and students have to adhere, and sets out both the rights and responsibilities of all parties. Research students are required to meet with their full supervision team within three weeks of their initial registration with the University. At this meeting you and your supervisors are required to complete a Supervisor Agreement (2021/22)‌, reflecting on their relationship, frequency of contact, submission of written work, authorship of papers and so on.

The form should be discussed, completed and signed off at the first meeting of the full supervisory team, including your  PGR pastoral tutor and then reviewed annually and if circumstances change (e.g. change of supervisory team, change of student status). It is the responsibility of the student to ensure this form is completed and uploaded to MyPGR within the first 6 weeks of study and then annually thereafter.