Many doctoral students find the process of writing a thesis to be a stressful one. Make use of the support available. Your supervisor(s) can provide academic advice and comment on draft work while the Advice and Support Centre can advise on common issues such as perfectionism and imposter syndrome. Where there are more significant issues, Academic Registry can advise on options for taking a leave of absence or requesting an extension of registration.
Support in St Andrews
Advice and Support Centre
The Advice and Support Centre (ASC) is the first port of call for any questions or support needs you may have during your studies.
Visit the Advice and Support Centre for advice on wellbeing and common issues
Read the advice on taking a leave of absence or requesting an extension of registration
Wellbeing talks: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/wellbeingtalks/
The University Chaplain is available to offer pastoral care and support for all students and staff, regardless of religion or belief (including non-belief). The Chaplain is also the point of contact for various spiritual and faith issues.
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2866
Nightline is a confidential, anonymous listening and information service operated by students at the University of St Andrews.
You can contact Nightline to discuss anything and everything, their volunteers will never direct you in what to do or offer advice, but they will actively listen and be there to help you talk through things on your own terms and in your own time.
Contact them by phone, email, Skype, and IM Monday to Saturday.
- Phone (8pm to 7am): +44 (0)1334 46 22 66 (ext. 22 66 in halls)
- Skype (8pm to 7am): @StAndrewsNightline (audio only)
- Instant Message (8pm to midnight)
- Email (24 hours): email@example.com
Report and Support
Report and Support is an online tool where staff, students and members of the community can report issues of bullying, discrimination, abuse, assault, or harassment of any sort anonymously, or by reporting with contact details so an adviser can provide support.
A wide range of self-help resources are available through the Library and collated in the Shelf Help guide. The books and resources within this guide are available to borrow from the Library or to read online and what you borrow from the Library is completely confidential.
Sport and physical exercise is recognised to have a positive impact on personal and mental wellbeing. The University’s Sports Centre offers a variety of sports clubs and fitness classes, housing facilities including a gym, tennis courts, and a climbing wall.
Saints Sport also runs wellbeing initiatives, providing access to wellbeing advisors online and at the Sports Centre as well as running the Saints Peer Support Network: https://sport.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/fitness/wellbeing/
St Leonard’s Community Scheme
The St Leonard's Community Scheme pairs postgraduate students together in order to enable students to make connections and build a supportive PG community. You can join the scheme is you are already in Scotland or are unable to travel to physically be in St Andrews. Open to all postgraduate students!
A wide range of wellbeing resources can be found through the Student’s Association from advice for settling in to finding accommodation and managing your mental health.
Support for LGBT+ students
Workshops with a wellbeing theme are run throughout the year by CEED and OSDS. These cover topics such as resilience, mindfulness, and creating positive habits during your research degree. All workshops currently available can be found on PDMS.
Support beyond St Andrews
The Wellbeing Thesis is an online resource for postgraduate research students to support your wellbeing, learning, and research. The Wellbeing Thesis was developed by the University of Derby, King's College London, and Student Minds.
Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or end of your research, there will be something there for you:
why are you engaging in postgraduate research
debunking postgraduate research myths
taking control to make this work for you
making the research process work for you
The Wellbeing Thesis includes videos that explore the postgraduate research experience from different perspectives, and downloadable resources and practical tools to support good wellbeing.
Run by the University of Edinburgh Museums Services, Prescribe Culture is an mental health and wellbeing initiative that runs online museum tours, storytelling sessions, and social events based around the University’s museum and heritage collections. The Take 30 Together Virtual sessions are open to all and a great way to take time to unwind from your research.