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Postgraduate research students

Welcome to the research community at Staffordshire University, we're excited for you to further your study with us.

Before you start

It couldn't be easier to enrol for your course using our e:vision portal, you will need to do this before you join us.
Make sure you're ready for our blended learning approach by checking out our digital guides. You'll need your student email and password to access these guides, so make sure you have them handy.
We will be running lots of activities for new and returning students to help you settle in and make friends including information about clubs and societies and lots of exciting social events.

Support from the Graduate School

As part of the admissions process, you will already have built relationships with your supervisory team, and they will provide a local induction within your School. The Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Programmes outlines what you can expect from us and how your research journey with us will be supported.

We do appreciate that PGR students may require different support services than our undergraduate students which is where the Graduate School comes in as a source of information and guidance regarding your central induction, career and development needs and support needs.

Graduate School induction 

Following the specialist induction in your School, you will be invited to a centralised Graduate School Induction event (14th October for semester one starters), where you will get to meet postgraduate researchers from across the University and the Graduate School team.

Academic and wellbeing support

The Library and Learning Services team is here to support you throughout your academic journey and to help you access the resources and gain the skills you need to reach your full potential. The library's Academic Skills guides offer the key information to make studying easier and give a comprehensive guide to the learning resources and services we offer.

If you have issues with welfare, then we have a service that can help. Whether your concerns are related to your course, careers, money matters, physical health, disability or wellbeing, whatever the issue, we'll help you get the right support.  

If you want to look at the support we offer in more detail then browse our current student support pages which help with all issues affecting your studies and your student life. 

Postgraduate Network

The Postgraduate Students' Network is for those Postgraduate Taught and Research to come together, discuss and share their experiences, as well as helping figure out how the SU can help better these experiences. This can range from social activities to forum-like feedback events. It's a great place to meet postgraduate students outside of your academic school and make connections across our research community. 

On campus facilities

Campus Nursery

Our Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' nursery provides full day-care for children ages 0 to 5 and is available for students, staff and members of the local community. Full and part time sessions are available, so be sure to request a place as soon as you can.

Social spaces

On campus, we have plenty of places to unwind and relax outside of your working day. Our cafes and bars are great spaces to meet with friends and colleagues, while nature reserve and sports centre help to improve the wellbeing of your mind and body.

Your union

We proudly represent the academic interests of every student at Staffordshire University and are the home of over 80 fantastic student groups, entertainments, and fantastic experiences! We provide the advice and support you need, and campaign on the issues that matter to you.
Your Elected Officer Team are annually elected students who represent you, guide the Students' Union and make sure that your Student Voice is heard.
The Student Voice underpins everything we do. It ensures you have the right support on your course if anything should happen and allows you to tell us about the great aspects of Staffordshire University.
The Students' Union Advice Team is a free, independent and confidential service available to all students at Staffordshire University. They advise on a wide range of issues such as housing help, money management and academic advice, as well as signposting to the right support service that you may need.
Gamechangers are events, activities and campaigns that students can help to shape and deliver to support students, change the world and make significant change for the better, from Sustainable Union to supporting Black Lives Matter.
The Students' Union runs two handy convenience stores at College Road and Leek Road that can supply all of your day to day shopping needs from lunchtime snacks and drinks to a full weekly shop.

Our local area

Stoke-on-Trent is a diverse, lively city, with plenty of places to relax and have fun. With everything from beautiful green spaces, shopping centres and restaurants to theme parks and a thriving nightlife, Staffordshire has so much to offer.