PGR Welcome

A welcome message to all postgraduate researchers from the Dean of Postgraduate Studies

Welcome to the University of Leeds. Leeds is a major research-intensive university with a truly international outlook. Our research is increasingly making an impact on global society. We have mutually beneficial relationships with a range of partners from small local companies and organisations to major multinationals, all of which benefit from the expertise of our researchers.

Postgraduate researchers are an essential part of this research activity and are valued for their contributions to the academic community. Great importance is placed on the academic success and personal development of each researcher. With this in mind the University has developed standards for research supervision and support, which are leading the way in UK research training.

Each of the University's eight Faculties has a Faculty Graduate School headed by a Director of Postgraduate Studies. The Graduate Schools provide training for postgraduate researchers at Faculty level and provide opportunities for postgraduate researchers to interact academically and socially through the organization of conferences, seminars and social events. Postgraduate researchers are represented on Faculty Graduate School Committees, to strengthen discussions and decisions about future University policy for research degrees.

All postgraduate researchers also have the opportunity to provide regular feedback to the University about their experience here. The University values the information provided in these questionnaires, and makes use of it to review and enhance its provision.

The University recognizes the crucial importance of postgraduate researchers  in the contribution they make to the vitality and growth of the University’s research environment. As one of its key priorities, the University has been working to enhance even further the postgraduate research experience, and to improve the support and opportunities that are offered.

The University celebrates the achievements of its postgraduate researchers at its annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference, ‘Showcase’, which provides an opportunity for postgraduate researchers to present their research to the academic community of the University.


Welcome to Leeds and to the exciting challenge of being a postgraduate researcher.  We look forward to working with you.

Claire Honess

Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies