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Welcome to SEPnet’s Intersectional PhD Peer Support network!


We support physics PhD students from diverse backgrounds who are studying at SEPnet universities.

We aim to create a friendly and supportive intersectional community to provide peer support and mentoring! We welcome all students of diverse identities, including with respect to age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and access to education/first in family status.


We run an informal networking event on the first Thursday of every month and all are welcome to attend. Our Winter Term events are: Thursday 3rd February at 12.30 pm, Thursday 3rd March 12.30 pm.

For more information, drop us an email or join our Slack workspace.

Peer Mentoring and Support

We have recently launched our peer mentoring scheme for SEPnet PhD students! This scheme is open to all SEPnet physics students.

This virtual mentoring scheme will be done online. We recommend a 1-hour session per month, but the format and frequency of meetings can be set mutually by the mentor and mentee. Once you have signed up, you will need to do a short online induction training session and will be matched with a mentor or mentee. You can join the scheme at any time and matching will be done on a rolling basis.

Mentees: If you are a new PhD student or feel you would benefit from a mentor, you can sign up as a mentee using the mentee form.

Mentors: Mentors help guide, support and advise others. In this role, you will use your understanding and personal experience to help your mentee overcome challenges and achieve their goals. If you would like to mentor, please fill out the mentor form.

If you have any questions, please email d.shearer@surrey.ac.uk (Daisy).

Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you – please direct any questions to ippsnet@sepnet.ac.uk. You are also welcome to join us on Slack:  https://join.slack.com/t/sepnetphdnetwork/signup.