Postgraduate community

At the University of Leeds you will be joining a thriving postgraduate community. Get involved with our award winning Students’ Union. You could be one of over 1,600 postgraduates gaining new experiences and skills outside of their academic pursuits. You can pick from over 280 different societies including one exclusively for postgraduates. You will also be supported by a dedicated ambassador who will discuss any suggestions or issues you may have while you are at University.

Postgraduate research conference

Every year there is a postgraduate research conference for PhD researchers to share their research. The conference celebrates the significant contribution that our researchers make to the research profile and academic life of the University.  Participating in the conference competitions gives you the opportunity to share your research with the wider research community and get valuable feedback. It also enhances your skills of presenting, writing, preparation of posters and, above all, communicating research to a non-specialist audience.

Campus life 

Research networks

You could become part of a wider research community at the University by starting your Postgraduate study in an interdisciplinary research network. A research network approaches an area of study from different disciplinary viewpoints for a more comprehensive result.

For example, the Sustainability Research Institute draws on social and natural science disciplines, including ecological economics, environmental economics, political science, policy studies, development studies, business and management, geography, sociology, science and technology studies, ecology, environmental science and soil science in their work.  

Find a research network

While you are involved in these networks, there are events organised throughout the year, including seminars, discussions, workshops, conferences, and socials. These are a great way to meet other researchers and act as a stepping stone to raise your profile in national/international research networks outside of the University.