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First Things First: Support for Postgraduate and Doctoral Research Students

This event, First Things First, is an online, 1 hour live group session facilitated by Inspire Student Wellbeing Associate, John Foster. This session is being organised in partnership with the Student Disability & Wellbeing Service at Queen's.

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Image of a birds-eye view of a student siting on their bed with their legs crossed. They are surrounded by their laptop, notebooks, and books. Text reads: "First Things First - Support for Postgraduate and Doctoral Research students. Online Workshop Wednesday 7th July 2021, 2:30pm-3:30pm. To book, visit:
July 7, 2021
Online - Zoom
14:30 - 15:30

Update: This event is now fully registered. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email with your student number and QUB email address. 

Event Overview

It is recognised that health and wellbeing are crucial ingredients of effective study and contribute to your enjoyment of a rich and fulfilling postgraduate experience.

Undertaking postgraduate and doctoral research is challenging and most people will experience stress or feel anxious at some point during their research degree. Staying well in mind and body is not always easy and it is understandable that it is much more difficult if personal, family or health problems arise.

This interactive workshop offers support to Queen’s diverse postgraduate research community and is designed to be accessible to all. A range of relevant topics exploring the challenges of postgraduate and doctoral studies will be explored.

These include:

  • Why do I procrastinate and how do I stop?
  • What are the impacts of managing stress, workload and competing demands in your research degree?
  • Why have I got to be perfect?
  • What are the qualities of an effective supervisory relationship?
  • Does your present academic identity create a feeling of inadequacy?
  • What are your social support networks?


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Event Information

This event will take place via Zoom, and registration in advance is required.

Once you have successfully registered, you will receive your joining instructions via email on Tuesday 6 July. Please save the time for Wednesday 7 July in your calendar to ensure you are still available, but do let us know if you are no longer able to attend.

If you have not received your email instructions on Tuesday 6 July, please check your junk / spam folders beforehand, followed by contacting us at 

This event will not be recorded.

Participants are able to keep their cameras and microphones on or off. To get the most out of the session, participants are encouraged to keep their cameras on. 

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If you have any questions about the above session, please contact the Event Organiser below using the email address, or get in touch with 

Event Organiser Details
Name Stephen McCrystall