Published: 17 September 2019

Spotlight on the Postgraduate Society

PhD student and President of the Surrey Postgraduate Society, Lester Buxton, tells us how the group can help students navigate postgraduate life at Surrey.

Going to university for the first time is often a nerve-racking but life changing experience. It usually means exploring a new place, meeting a variety of people, and of course, learning a huge amount about your chosen subject. 

Embarking on university life for a second or third time as a postgraduate student isn’t too different. Granted, you may not necessarily want to do everything that the typical 18-19 year old undergraduate is doing, but there’s still a lot to learn and discover.

students from the postgraduate society


What does the society stand for and who runs it?

Surrey Postgraduate Society works to build an active, supportive, and inclusive postgraduate community that is represented within the University and its Union.
It is run by a committee of four students; myself as president, Diana as secretary, Malin as treasurer and Shannon as our social and communications officer.

How can students get involved in the society?

You can join for only £3 on the Students’ Union website. We’re made up of both PhD and masters students and even if I, as president of the society, do say so myself, we’re quite a welcoming bunch!

What sort of events happen?

Whether it’s an informal lunch, a pub quiz, a sports afternoon or a Christmas meal, the postgraduate society offers a comfortable environment where you can socialise with peers. There are events where postgrads can meet other postgrads from across the different campuses at Surrey as well as from different disciplines. 

How does the society interact with the students?

Join our Surrey Postgrads group on Facebook to connect with other students and keep up-to-date with our news and events.
If anyone has any questions or suggestions, please drop us an email as we would love to hear from you: ussu.pgs@surrey.ac.uk

How does the society support students?

The Surrey Postgraduate Society mainly deals with the social side of things, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t help out in other aspects of postgraduate life as well. We can help communicate to the University or the Students’ Union about any problems that you may be facing as a postgraduate student. Whether it’s an issue with a supervisor or a difficulty you’re experiencing in your studies, we can help. What’s more is we don’t just have formal discussions, by being part of a community of postgrads across campus we can talk to each other to see how others in similar situations are dealing with their problems.

Why should students join a society?

Experiencing life beyond your studies is important. We all need a place to kick back, relax and talk about your day and it’s a lot easier to have that discussion with people who have similar passions and understand what you do on a day-to-day basis. 

What are your tips for getting the most out of being at University of Surrey?

If you’re just starting out as a postgraduate student at Surrey, it’s worth exploring the University and surrounding area to get a feel for what life is like here. You could also look out for people on the same course or year as you so you can start getting to know them, or you might prefer to get stuck into work straightaway. There are plenty of things you could do, the possibilities are endless!

Discover more about our student clubs and societies, including the Postgraduate Society.

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