PGR peer support

Postgraduate research peer support

During your time at Bournemouth University we want you to be a positive contributor to our research culture. You have lots of opportunities to embed yourself within this supportive and cohesive postgraduate research community.


Postgraduate Research Student Representatives (PGR Reps)

PGR Reps are elected and volunteer their time to help make the PGR experience the best it can be by collecting feedback from their PGR colleagues and sharing it with the university via the Faculty and University Research Degree Committees, and SUBU via SIMON.

Following this they share with their PGRs & SUBU what’s happened as a result of giving this feedback and work with staff to create positive change. Collectively, the PGR Reps meet 6 times per year as the PGR Rep Committee, which is chaired by an elected Chairperson, to identify key themes to discuss at the University’s Research Degree Committee.

You can find a list of current PGR Reps via the Doctoral College Brightspace unit, there is at least one per department. Full details of how to become a student representative and what it involves are available on the Students' Union website.


PGR Society

Join a like-minded society of researchers that offers an environment for development, collaboration, learning, and entertainment. The postgraduate research (PGR) society is a society run by fellow researchers, ensuring that the BU environment builds a community of world-class researchers.

You can join the society by visiting the SUBU website. For more information, you can email the society on [email protected].


PGR Peer Support VLE

The PGR Peer Support area is accessible to all BU PGRs via Brightspace and provides a forum to connect with others, ask questions and share advice about the PGR journey.

The area includes peer-led content and a series of interviews shedding light on research milestones and common challenges. In addition to this, there are discussion boards where you can ask questions or respond to others, post information about key events or calls for research participants too.

If you have any questions or suggestions for additional content you would find useful, please email Chloe Casey at [email protected].


Student Union Bournemouth University (SUBU)

In addition to the PGR Reps and various clubs and societies supported by the Students’ Union (SUBU), there are also a range of student communities PGRs can join. These student communities include the following: Student Carers, Student Parents, Mature Students and International Students.


Faculty research communities

Most of our faculties and departments host opportunities throughout the year for PGRs to come together to relax, network and share their research. Full details can be found on the Faculty Postgraduate Research Brightspace units.