The University of Southampton

Faculty Support

In the vast majority of cases, postgraduate research students settle in quickly and form lasting and mutually supportive relationships with their supervisors and other colleagues. From time to time however, some students find it helpful to discuss particular problems with someone outside of their supervisory team. 

Your Doctoral Programme Directors, the Faculty Graduate School Director and the Graduate School Office Team are always there to assist you.  Please refer to the contacts page.



University Support

The Doctoral College is a focal point for the training and development of postgraduate researchers and works in partnership with Faculty Graduate Schools and Professional Services to coordinate and enhance doctoral training across the University. It provides you with an attractive Professional Development Programme to enable you to maximise your potential as a researcher and enhance you future prospects.

iSolutions is the University's IT support service and provides help and support for all IT needs. You can contact their serviceLineby phone on extension 25656 (internal calls), +44 (0)23 8059 5656 (external calls).

The Students’ Union Advice Centre provides free, independent and confidential advice to all students at the University of Southampton, including postgraduates.

The Student Services Centre is located in Building 37 and offers a drop-in Reception and deals with general enquiries from financial information to University accommodation information.

Enabling Services encompasses a wide variety of support for students who have disabilities, mental health issues or specific learning difficulties.  Their expert team can provide advice and support relating to your studies both whilst you are preparing for and throughout your time at University. 
If after you have sought advise and support and still do not feel that the situation has been resolved, our complaints and appeals procedures can be found at and

Research Training Support Grants (RTSG)

The RTSG (usually £750 per annum for 3 years for full-time students, pro-rata for part-time students) can be used to meet costs and expenses for fieldwork, conferences, seminars, training, purchasing necessary specialist equipment, transcription etc. Funding is dependent on successful progression.


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