Researcher community

Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs) are the foundation of a vibrant research environment. We support a number of on-going events, forums, and engagement opportunities for you to get involved with.

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What's on

There is always something going on in the researcher community! Check out what is happening through RDP, but also look in your own faculty or department. 

Virtual Researcher Café

Every Friday, 11am to 12pm

Over the last year we have all adjusted to new working arrangements and challenges. Many researchers will still be working from home, and find themselves missing the social contact of the office or the lab. We want to continue to provide an opportunity for you to take a break, share your thoughts, and maintain your support network in the face of these changes, so our Virtual Researcher Café will continue to run weekly over the summer and into the new academic year.

Virtual Researcher Café takes place over Zoom, and operates on a drop-in basis – no need to book a place. Each week, members of the Researcher Development Programme team will be available to chat with whoever wants to join in. If you have questions or need advice we’ll do our best to help. But if you just want to take a few minutes’ break to chat, to listen to others chat, or to show off your favourite coffee mug via webcam, that’s fine too.

Find the Zoom link on SurreyLearn. We also send out an email reminder with a link to the Zoom meeting every Friday morning. 

Forums, groups and societies

We help support a number of active groups and forums. Contact groups directly, or ask us about how to get involved.

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