Postgraduate Researcher Representatives

What is a PGR Rep?

PGR Reps influence the decisions made by schools, research institutes, and faculties. They represent and re-present the views, experiences and concerns of other Postgraduate Researchers and work in partnership to secure changes which make the University a better place to work and study.


Who do they represent?

All postgraduate researchers enrolled on a degree programme in your home school, research institute, CDT, or other administrative cluster. These include both PhDs and MRes students.


How do they represent them?

PGR Reps have a seat at all meetings where decisions are made about the experience and administration of postgraduate researchers where they can raise ideas, issues, and concerns as well as feedback on other plans. This will at least include a school PGR Forum, a Faculty Graduate School Committee, and the central University Graduate Board though reps will also be invited in to other discussion.


Where these formal processes do not lead to change, reps may work alongside each other and LUU to campaign proactively on issues which they and their constituents care about.


How do I contact my PGR Rep?

You can contact AcademicSupport@luu.leeds.ac.uk, who put you in touch with them.

Outcomes achieved by PGR Reps:

  • Funding during Covid-19: including for self-funded PGRs, those with University or School scholarships, and those in their overtime year

  • PGRs teaching and demonstration: working to ensure consistency across the university, lobbying for better pay and working environments

  • Workspace for PGs: working with the university to establish appropriate workspace for all PGRs, including where specialist software is needed on shared computers. Lobbying for support for PGRs working from home during the pandemic

  • Progression to PhD: Addressing the institutional and structural barriers to participation and success in further study

  • Employability: Ensuring that PhDs are ready for their future