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The NDPH Research Student Group is led by research students, for research students. It is co-ordinated by volunteers from among the student body, is supported by the Graduate Studies Office and organises a broad range of activities.


Social activities

  • Monthly tea and coffee afternoons – a chance to socialise with research students from elsewhere in the Department and get to know our large and diverse student body.
  • Termly socials – afternoon teas and meals out.

Academic and career activities

  • DPhil seminars – regular seminars, usually twice per term, at which one or two DPhil students present their research to students and staff from across the Department.
  • Journal clubs – termly journal clubs led by academics from the Department where key issues and papers which are making the headlines are discussed.
  • Academic talks – sessions on a wide range of subjects including preparation for Transfer, Confirmation, and Examination, and other topics suggested by students.
  • Committee representation – student representatives sit on Departmental and Divisional committees to aid communication from the Department and Division to their fellow students, and to provide feedback from the student body.
  • Termly meetings between the RSG and the Director for Graduate Studies.

Student support

  • Mentoring – is offered to new DPhil students and is provided by volunteers from amongst the existing student body.
  • Peer support network – a number of RSG co-ordinators have received formal training to provide peer support, and to act as independent advisors.

NDPH student blog 

  • All graduate students in NDPH are encouraged to contribute to the NDPH Student Blog which covers a variety of topics ranging from viva tips and film reviews to  conference reports.

Get involved

All NDPH DPhil students are encouraged to volunteer and get involved with the RSG activities. All suggestions are welcomed.

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