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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Catalyst Fund: supporting mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate research students

HEFCE is providing £1.5 million for 17 projects to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate research (PGR) students.

HEFCE’s investment will support a range of activities including development of new practice for the pastoral support of PGR students, enhance training for PGR supervisors and other staff, and support students’ transition into postgraduate research, with its different expectations and working practices.

Read further details in the news announcement

Funded projects

Lead institution

Partner institution

Total Catalyst funding


Bournemouth University

Arts University Bournemouth


Improving transitions and support for PGR students

University of Bradford



PGR Connect

University of Derby

King's College London


The National PGR Student Wellbeing Online Resource 

University of Durham


PGR Mental Health and Wellbeing: Exploring the role of the supervisory relationship in supporting the PGR experience

University of East Anglia

University of Suffolk



University of Liverpool


Preparing for a healthy PhD: Piloting a multi-layered induction, training and development framework to support PGR mental health and wellbeing during transition into the early stages of doctoral study

University of Manchester


Partnerships for improved postgraduate researcher wellbeing and mental health

University of Newcastle upon Tyne


Wellbeing for All: An Equality and Inclusion Approach to Supporting PGR Mental Health

University of Oxford


PGR Peer Support 

University of Plymouth


Peer Support for PGR Student Wellbeing

University of Portsmouth

Leeds Beckett University


Improving postgraduate research student wellbeing by increasing mental health literacy and social support

Queen Mary University of London


PGR Catalyst mental health support

University of Sussex


Supporting PGR Student Mental Health

University College London

University of Nottingham


ADAPT: Supporting the mental wellbeing of postgraduate research students

University of Warwick


PGR mental health and wellbeing project

University of the West of England, Bristol


An integrated online-offline support ecosystem for PGRs enabled by SAM App

University of Westminster


Wellbeing When Writing: An intervention programme for tackling mental health and wellbeing issues arising from the doctoral writing process

Page last updated 22 March 2018