Embarking on an MA or PhD programme is a big decision, and the life of postgraduate researchers (PGRs) can be very different from being an undergraduate. There are new challenges, new systems to navigate and new opportunities to embrace. Beyond your academic life, potentially moving to a new city, finding support and building a social network can be an extra component to add to the mix!
As current PGR students in the Humanities we know how overwhelming this can feel, especially starting out on your postgraduate journey when you just want to get your teeth into your research. We’re also aware that some welcome guides often put greater emphasis on undergraduates, and that PGRs have specific needs that can’t always be addressed in these broader guides.
We therefore wanted to help out incoming and current students by providing key information about PGR life at Manchester in an easily accessible way. That’s why we’ve created The Alternative PGR Guide! It contains important things we wish we’d known at the start of our doctoral journeys, including everything from: where to live in Manchester; what eProg and Pure are; what to expect at progress reviews; what training opportunities are on offer; where to find additional support and finally information about each of the five Humanities Schools. We’ve even included lists of useful resources with handy hyperlinks, so you can quickly access the information you need at the press of a button. Look in your School for printed reference copies of the guide, or access the online version available for download here – we really hope you enjoy it. Finally, good luck with your postgraduate journey!
Lucy Neat-Ward, Yongyu Zeng, Mercy Oke-Chinda