Teaching & Learning


Supporting PGR students' mental health and well-being (f2f) 30 May

30 May 2022, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm


To aid new and experienced supervisors recognise indicators of mental health problems and potential triggers, in this workshop led by Arena Centre and SSW.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff




Arena Centre – Education and Practice Development (Arena)


Arena Room, 10th Floor
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

Monday 30 May 13:00 - 14:30

UCL's Arena Centre and Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) are delivering this session, which is open to all new and existing research supervisors.

High expectations and workloads associated with a PhD can create an environment in which students experience heightened anxiety, isolation, and insecurity. Additional factors, such as working conditions or personal circumstances can also impact wellbeing. 

UKCGE’s Good Supervisory Practice Framework emphasises the important role supervisors play in supporting student wellbeing and creating a healthy institutional and academic culture.

This session is designed to help supervisors recognise indicators of mental health problems and potential triggers, understand the boundaries of their responsibilities and capabilities, confidently signpost PGR students to appropriate support, and be mindful of their own wellbeing and healthy working practices.  

This session will help supervisors:

  • consider the links between positive mental health and academic success for PGRs and their supervisors
  • understand the role supervisors can have in supporting PGRs’ mental health and wellbeing
  • identify resources available to support PGR students and supervisors
  • share good practice
  • consider the importance of their own mental health and wellbeing and contribute to a healthy institutional and academic culture.  

Who should attend

New and existing research supervisors will find this session useful. 

Have you completed the online mandatory course for superviors? 

How to join the online course: Introduction to research supervision

If you have any trouble accessing the course, email arena@ucl.ac.uk.