This guidance has particular relevance to postgraduate research students.

Maintaining good working relationships

With your supervisors

Many students form a life-long friendship with their supervisor. When you are considering applying for a doctoral degree, as part of the interview process you should ask about how particular research groups work and consider whether this is an environment in which you could work well.

Setting ground rules from the start is an important way to manage your supervisory relationship. You should work with your supervisor to agree, for example, the frequency of face-to-face meetings, how often you can expect to receive formal or informal feedback and an acceptable time period in which to receive responses to queries sent by email.

With your peers

Working well with others in your research group or with other students based in your lab is an important part of research degree training. Building a network of peers can provide you with an extra layer of support and can often be a quick source of information.

Building peer networks can help you to make the most of your time at College by ensuring you do not feel isolated in your lab, enable you to learn more about research being undertaken by other students and help you to make space in your calendar for social activities.

Cohort building

Your department should have assigned you to a group of students known as a cohort. There are many activities that cohorts of students can undertake together, such as research seminars, symposia or journal clubs. Additionally, the Graduate School provides funding for cohort building activities. Further details and how to apply for funding can be found on the cohort building website.