Support for PhD students

In working towards your PhD with CRESR, you could benefit from the following support mechanisms.

High quality supervision 

CRESR students are supervised by leading academics with extensive experience of undertaking high quality research and academic scholarship. The principal mechanism by which supervision is undertaken is through regular face-to-face meetings between students and their supervisory teams. As a University, we have put in place a number of mechanisms and support structures to ensure that supervision is of the highest quality, which is evidenced by our excellent completion rate. In the last five years alone, ten CRESR students have successfully completed their studies. A further five students are anticipated to complete within the next six months.

Access to workspace alongside CRESR research staff

You'll be based within our offices in the heart of the University’s city campus. The location of our students here provides a greater opportunity to engage with CRESR research staff, and is hugely beneficial in terms of facilitating wider integration within the centre. This is very important to us, as CRESR PhD students are seen as being an integral and vital part of what we do.


The purpose of the monthly PhD forum, which is run by Richard Crisp, is to generate discussion about social theory, research methodology and the practicalities of PhD study in a way that is directly focused on students' topics of investigation. This supports the one-to-one supervisory relationship by providing research students with ideas that they can discuss in supervision sessions.

CRESR PhD showcase

This annual event takes place in September and provides CRESR’s PhD students with an opportunity to showcase their research to a broader audience, including academics from outside of the Centre and members of the policy and practice community.  For more information please contact Will Eadson.

CRESR seminar series

CRESR students have access to the Centre’s long-running and highly successful seminar series, which has been a mechanism for promoting academic debate for a number of years. Reflecting its high standing, the series has attracted a number of keynote speakers in recent years including Beverly Skeggs, Jeremy Kendall, John Hills, Gerry Stoker and Justus Uitermark. Additionally, you'll have access to seminar series run in other parts for University, including events run by colleagues in the Department of Nature and the Built Environment as well as links to Politics, Sociology and Politics.

Graduate School

Dedicated support provided by the Faculty of Development and Society’s Graduate School provides additional, comprehensive administrative support for our PhD students. The Graduate School also offers scholarly advice and guidance, including an induction day and further seminars.

University facilities 

As a member of the student population you'll also have access to a range of facilities, including the latest online resources and advanced research methods training modules through the MRES. Our learning centres, library and IT services offer all the practical support you'll need to complete your studies. Find out more about University life and our facilities.

Get in touch

For further information please contact Will Eadson at or call 0114 225 4173.

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