"A great way to meet PhDs from other departments and find out you have more in common than you think."


Thursdays, 16:00-17:00 (Once a month)

22 Oct 2020

At Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, Chemistry Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London SW7 2AZ

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As Multi-Faith Chaplains, we find PhD students often want to talk about similar themes, like 

  • how do I make the best use of my time?
  • how to prioritise?
  • how to work well with my supervisor?
  • the ups and downs of working in teams
  • dealing with ‘the unknown’ and going ‘where no one has gone before’
  • the need for good communications –  in the research group, with supervisors, with friends and family
  • how to look after myself and get the research done on time


"PhD can be intellectually lonely and talking to people helps. It's really good to find people with common issues/feelings."

How does it work?

We provide the refreshment. We also provide a starter question, or a quote to get the conversations going (about something from the list above). And then you are off! You are free to take the conversation where you want it to go, sharing experience across groups and departments!

 You will be able to hear how other people deal with the same issues.

 Who is it for?

  • PhD students
  • who want to talk about their experience of doing research
  • who would like to hear about how others are handling the issues.


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Some testimonials from previous attendees

"A nice way to look back at events in our day to day life and have a different perspectives to get over them."

"It's worthwhile to shut off from work and reflect on your experiences over time."

"It is valuable for all PhD students to have a chance to talk things through."

"It is a way of thinking/being integral to surviving a PhD which isn't taught anywhere."

"A safe space to talk about my problems with someone from outside, that's not related to it."

"Writing things down helped me"

"I found it useful to have time window assigned entirely for oneself to speak and be listened to."

"It is a useful platform for discussing my situation and receiving constructive feedback and course of action from the group."

Also in the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre

One to one sessions are available for personal reflection with a chaplain, please email us at chaplaincy@imperial.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.