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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and the organisers will keep you updated.
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.
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:
For information on UCC's Budgeting Advice Service, the Student Assistance Fund, or Fees, click on the following link: