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The University Graduate College community is a broad one, encompassing postgraduate researchers and their supervisors as well as the staff who support them.

Approximately 500 new postgraduate researchers (PGRs) join Cardiff each year, many of them in October but significant numbers also begin their degrees in January, April and July. Overall, Cardiff has about 2000 active research students, the large majority of whom are enrolled for PhDs. Also among our doctoral researchers are those enrolled on the MD, DEdPsych, DClin Psych, DHS, EngD, Finally, the research student community includes students enrolled on research Masters – MRes or MPhil. Students are based at the Heath Park and Cathays Park campuses as well as in research settings across the UK and abroad.

There are over 3,000 Academic and Research Staff, of which 2,149 are full time and 949 are part time. Many of these serve as research supervisors, whether as main supervisor or as part of a supervisory team, and also contribute to the delivery of research training to research students and other early career research staff.

There are a number of networks that connect researchers working in similar or related discipline areas; these can be found by a quick look at Cardiff’s Research Home Page.

The University Graduate College also enables postgraduate researchers to form their own networks by supporting several student-led conferences and by funding PGR-led initiatives which, often, explore new areas of connection between research questions.

We also support a more formal network of Postgraduate Research representatives, who are elected from within their School to identify issues for enhancement. See our Governance pages for more information.

The Hadyn Ellis Building (home to the University Graduate College) offers 40 desk spaces for postgraduate researchers. Find out more here.

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