We facilitate several programmes and events for postgraduate students that are ongoing throughout the academic year:

See which events are coming up next on our Calendar.

Monthly Coffee Social

 Join us for a cup of coffee and a chat.

The coffee socials are a great way to meet fellow postgraduate students in casual and relaxed setting.

Our next coffee social is on  10 am Friday 3rd March, 2023 @ Superfino.

No registration required. 


Buddy Programme

Apply to be a Buddy

Apply to be a Buddy Group leader

Applications close Monday 10th March 2023.

Got questions? Feel free to email our Buddy Programme Co-ordinator, Francis,

The buddy programme provides postgraduate students with a support network and knowledge sharing community. Doctoral candidates are selected as buddy group leaders (BGLs) and facilitate casual meetings with their small group of buddies (PgDip, Honours, or Masters students) throughout the semester. The buddy programme aims to improve:



BGLs meet with their buddy groups every fortnight to check in. Buddy groups are designed to be a safe space for pre-doctoral students to share concerns about their study programmes. It’s easy to feel isolated when doing postgraduate study; buddy groups provide comfort for students- you are not the only one finding it difficult!

Academic Performance

Every BGL is a 2nd year (+) doctoral candidate. They have done the work that you are completing for perhaps the first time- literature reviews, research presentations, 700 level exams, and more. BGLs offer the tips and tricks for getting through difficult aspects of research and postgraduate study.

Understanding of Academia

What does a career in research actually entail? Our BGLs share their experiences of doctoral study, and their knowledge of careers in academia.

Academic Leadership Initiative (ALI)

Seminars on teaching, research, service (and more) give students the opportunity to learn about the possibilities and realities of a career in research.

Seminar schedule for 2023 to be confirmed soon!


What is a teaching portfolio and is it important? How do I get a job as a professional teaching fellow?  Teaching is an integral part of a research career from one-on-one mentorship to full class lectures. The teaching seminars show you how to prepare for the road ahead, and the different pathways on offer.


A research career involves more than data analysis and write-up. Researchers need to apply for grants, manage a budget, peer review publications, and more. Early career and seasoned researchers tell you what you should know before embarking on a research career of your own.


Service typically takes up 20% of an academic’s workload. Service might include reviewing articles, editing a journal, or membership on a community board, among other options. The service seminar will shed light on the reasons for doing service and the different types available,.

Doctoral Workshop Series

These workshops answer common questions and problems faced by doctoral students (though all FMHS postgrads are welcome to attend). Dates for the workshops will be sent out via email.


The Provisional Year

A general discussion led by Prof Trevor Sherwin on what the provisional year is, how the review process works and what is expected in the full thesis proposal.


How to Write Your Thesis

A discussion on different types of theses, copyright rules, timing of examination, when to hand in your thesis and what happens after that.


Thesis with Publication

Thesis with publication or traditional thesis? In this workshop, Prof Trevor Sherwin answers your questions about including publications in your doctoral thesis. Even if write-up feels like a long time away, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the different options for your thesis early on.

Student Support

An overview of the types of support available to doctoral students, including when, where, and with whom to seek this support.


Managing Stress and Staying Resilient

Achieving and sustaining an optimum level of performance is paramount to post graduate students, yet challenging due to this highly demanding context they operate in. In order to thrive and sustain optimal performance, functioning and health, effective demand /stress management is essential as is the maintenance of high levels of resilience.

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Want to get more involved? We are also open to new board members. If you are interested in improving the experience for your fellow postgraduates, send us an email at