The NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) is a science research institute which hosts PhD students in partnership with universities. In response to growing awareness of the importance of student mental health and wellbeing and its impact on PhD completion rates a programme was developed to support students by building their self-confidence and resilience. This programme was named the ‘PhD MOT’ and represented an opportunity for students to pause and take stock. The initiative has had a positive influence on the wellbeing of CEH PhD students and raised the profile of student mental health more widely. This session will describe the background to the development of the PhD MOT and provide details of how a similar programme can be set-up quickly and simply at other institutions.
Improving PhD student completion rates: Supporting doctoral student wellbeing with ‘PhD MOTs’ - STEM Conference 2018
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