The Graduate School at the University of Westminster has been awarded £46,219 by The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate research students.

The project, which runs from April 2018 to early 2020, is entitled ‘Wellbeing When Writing: An intervention programme for tackling mental health and wellbeing issues when arising from the doctoral writing process’. It aims at supporting students in proactively tackling writing-related anxiety and stress and to improve their confidence, resilience and sense of wellbeing.

The initiative will be achieved through a series of reflexive learning workshops for students to help increase their positive experience in the doctoral writing process. In addition, three masterclasses will be delivered by academic writers who successfully use the practices of creative writing in their research; as well as two Supervisor Forum sessions, allowing supervisors to consider how they can support students’ wellbeing.

Professor Simon Joss, Director of Graduate School, said about the project: “We are delighted that our investment in the Graduate School over recent years has paid off with this HEFCE grant award, and we look forward to implementing the project to support wellbeing among our doctoral researcher community.”

The University of Westminster was awarded a grant alongside 16 other universities in England working to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate research students as part of the Catalyst Fund HEFCE’s scheme.

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