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Support and researcher development

We are committed to supporting postgraduate students and we are aware that there may be occasions when you may need a little more help to make your journey that bit easier.


A stimulating and supportive environment

When you join Hull York Medical School, you join a close-knit community. Our aim is to ensure you get the most out of your time at medical school, and that you are supported throughout your postgraduate studies.

We want all our research students to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience studying for your research degree with us. We provide a wide network of support and personal development services to help you achieve your potential.

We recognise that there may be times when you need additional support to help you manage academic or personal pressures, and we are here to help.

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Dr Lina Gega

Chair of the Postgraduate Programmes Board

The Medical School has a strong pastoral and academic support system that acknowledges the wider life context within which postgraduate studies take place. As personal and social circumstances may change over the course of a study, we are responsive to individual postgraduate student needs, in balance with maintaining academic rigor and high assessment standards for our taught and research programmes.

Hull York Medical School support

Supporting you to thrive

Supervision and Thesis Advisory Panel

All research students are assigned a principal supervisor. You will also be given a Thesis Advisory Panel, which will consist of your supervisor and two other members of academic staff. All panel members will be familiar with the research topic, but they might have different perspectives from your principal supervisor. This is a good way of collaborating with other academics, as well as getting a variety of views on your research topic, and get feedback on your development as a researcher.

Your progress will be monitored at panel meetings. The first meeting will take place after three months, and subsequent meetings will be every six months.

Postgraduate Researcher Development Scheme

All postgraduate research students (with the exception of MD students) take part in our Postgraduate Researcher Development Scheme, which provides you with extra opportunities to develop new skills or improve your existing ones. The aim is to enhance your employability and prepare you for the many tasks and challenges in your research environment and subsequent career.

Hull York Medical School Student Wellbeing Team

We are committed to delivering a high standard of support to all students, whatever their stage of study and location.

Our Student Wellbeing Team have expertise in supporting postgraduate students and can help signpost students to support services within the Medical School, in our parent universities and external agencies as appropriate.

Open Door Mental Health Practitioner

We believe the mental health of our students is of the upmost importance, and we advocate our students and staff to actively look after themselves and each other. We have a dedicated Mental Health Practitioner here at Hull York Medical School, and students can refer themselves directly to the Practitioner for confidential advice and support.

Universities of Hull and York

Support from our parent universities

Student Support Services

In addition to our dedicated support, Hull York Medical School students also have access to student support services at their university of registration: the University of Hull or the University of York.

Both universities offer a wide range of student support and wellbeing services, including health and wellbeing support and advice, disability support and assessments for support and adjustments, financial assistance or advice, and learning support.

Students’ Union

The Hull University Students' Union and the University of York Students' Union have a range of advice and support functions covering accommodation, finance, advocacy and more.