Postgraduate life at Surrey

Discover more about what it's like to be a postgraduate student at Surrey.

Working with national and international partners

Research is a highly collaborative venture and being a PhD student is one of the first times you get a taste of this. Collaboration occurs within groups, departments, faculty, nationally, and internationally. When you start a PhD, you’ll find yourself collaborating with groups from other universities or even industry partners. Local and national collaboration I […]


Stop Stressing – It’ll Be Over Before You Know It!

I’m a full-time postgraduate student who is expected to study more than 100 hours every month. Mind you, I know some students are more relaxed than me, but I have some strong goals I want to achieve, so I’m usually one of the hard-working students. Also, I’ve been working as a social media manager and […]


Find Your Fire, Just Don’t Get Burned Out On The Way

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. I’m sure most of us know what this is like. Burnouts can look like little to no motivation, insomnia, amplified anxiety, exhaustion and feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Of course, these signs can change for everyone, but it is always useful to be able to recognise the signs, not only in yourself, but in your friends too. This is a very difficult time for everyone anyway and the rate of depression cases in UK adults has increased from 9.7% pre-pandemic to 19.2% as of June 2020. So, it is more important than ever to check in on your friends and family. Even if there is not much you can do, just letting them know that you are there for them and that they can lean on you sometimes is all they need.


How I Met My University Friends During COVID

Meeting people at this time is difficult. Even meeting people you already know is hard. So you can imagine that packing up your life and travelling miles, hundreds of miles, in some cases thousands of miles and trying to meet some new people to share this latest adventure with in near impossible.


Building Research Culture at Surrey

An important part we as post-graduate researchers (PGRs) soon realise after starting a PhD is that the environment that we do research in moulds us and our research quite a bit. This is ‘Research culture’. At most universities and research institutions this is made of policies, guidelines and practises that researchers must follow in order […]


3 things that helped me to adjust to hybrid and virtual learning

I have personally greatly enjoyed the combination of hybrid and virtual learning at Surrey, but at the beginning, I was definitely feeling a bit apprehensive. Having taken a year between my undergraduate and postgraduate degree, I hadn’t studied during the pandemic and experienced virtual learning. I hadn’t even watched a lecture online before, as my […]


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