Wellbeing Resources

PhDChatUCC: Peer Support for PhD students

PhDChatUCC is an informal platform created by PhD students for PhD students, and offers an opportunity for students to meet in a relaxed environment and share their research, thoughts, tips, experiences, achievements, and a long list of etcs.

For more information on the group's goals, and to sign up and find out the schedule for the first informal meeting, please see: www.phdchatucc.wordpress.com

You are encouraged to join PhDChatUCC's Facebook group, and also follow it on Twitter. If you do not use Facebook or Twitter, you can also register your interest by emailing phdchatucc@gmail.com, and the organisers will keep you updated.


Resolving Problems for Research Students

Postgraduate research students may, during the course of their research, encounter obstacles that can impede satisfactory progress if they are not resolved in a straightforward manner.

The UCC Policy on Resolution of Difficulties for Postgraduate Research Students (264kB) sets out in detail the procedures that should be followed when difficulties arise. 

In summary, the following steps are recommended:

1. Discuss the issue with your Supervisor(s) and/or PhD Advisor.

2. If a resolution is not reached with your Supervisor(s) or Advisor, your next step should be to approach your Head of Department/School or the Chairperson of your Departmental/School Graduate Studies Committee.

3. If the issue is not resolved at local level, it should escalate to College level by contacting your Postgraduate Student Liaison Officer. In CACSSS this is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, currently Dr Alan Gibbs. 

4. The UCC Student Advisor and Ombudsman is a university-level resource available to you. 

Student Support Services

A Range of Student Support Services

UCC provides a range of supports for students, including:

  • Offices with information about accommodation, careers, and budgeting advice
  • Offices dedicated to supporting students with disabilities, mature students, and international students
  • Students' union
  • Student health centre

Links to all of the above can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/students/support/


UCC Student Counselling and Development Service

The Student Counselling and Development Service offers free and confidential counselling to students.

But - they also offer lots of other kinds of support including:

  • Mindfulness courses
  • Access to an online computer-aided lifestyle management programme
  • Wellbeing podcasts
  • Stress management workshops
  • Self-help resources

If you're feeling the pressure a little bit (or even if you're not), why not browse through their website here:


Managing your Finances

For information on UCC's Budgeting Advice Service, the Student Assistance Fund, or Fees, click on the following link: 


Useful Websites


If you know of any other useful websites to support postgraduate student wellbeing that you'd like to share on this website,  please email them to graduateschool.cacsss@ucc.ie

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