Being a postgraduate research student or PDRA in SEPnet

Research, Professional Development and Industry Placements.

GRADnet brings together the research strengths of the nine universities that make up the SEPnet to create the largest physics post-graduate research training programme in England, with opportunities for research, professional development and industry placements. Many of these are also suitable for early career researchers (ECRs), particularly PDRAs. Find out more.

Building Networks

Being a physics researcher is an exciting and at the same time challenging undertaking. For researchers from ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented in physics, the lack of contact with researchers having shared experiences can be isolating. GRADnet provides SEPnet researchers with physics networking opportunities on a scale that the individual universities cannot achieve, so one very clear benefit of being a researcher in the SEPnet universities is the ability to with others from across SEPnet at GRADnet training and development events. Researchers who are looking to meet and network with other physics researchers specifically from under-represented backgrounds, whether on the basis of ethnicity or gender, are strongly encouraged to connect with the internal and external networks highlighted on our diversity page.

PGR/PDRA Mental Health and Wellbeing

Embarking on a PhD or postdoc is an exciting undertaking, but a lot can happen over three to four years and life can be challenging. Your physical and emotional health are important and looking after them will ensure you get the most out of university life. SEPnet has assembled a number of resources provided by the SEPnet universities to support their PhD students and PDRAs, which you and your colleagues may find useful.