You will find many characterisations of PhD research as a lonely and miserable experience. At Ulster we aim to ensure this is not the case. Your immediate sources of support are your supervisors and your peers.
However you also have the Doctoral College staff organising the Researcher Development Programme as well as social events, the Docs are places where you can meet other PhD researchers socially and we have a PhD Researcher Forum with representatives on each campus.
At Jordanstown there is a Student Union-supported Doctoral Society which organises monthly outings. For more details of Doctoral College events, please also see the What’s On page.
In addition, within each Faculty or School there will be a range of seminars, a Research Director, in most cases also a Postgraduate Tutor and various research groups to which you have access.
Don’t forget about online support on relevant Facebook groups (both Jordanstown and Magee have Facebook pages and details of these are on the What’s On page) and on Twitter. These can be surprisingly helpful.
If you have any problems in finding sources of support, please contact your Head of Doctoral College or Research Director for advice.