PhD students well-being during COVID-19

This is an Open University (OU) COVID-19 Rapid Response project that explores the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing and progress of PhD students in the UK.

1st May 2020 - 30th April 2021

This project is a collaboration between IET and UCL School of Management. The aim of this project is to help us understand the potential impact of Covid-19 on the research progress and well-being of PhD students. First, we aim to inform research policy by assessing the research progress and well-being in a large-scale representative sample of PhD students. Second, we aim to better understand how PhD students’ characteristics (e.g., gender, age, etc.) may relate to their research progress and well-being. To this end, surveys with PhD students were employed to identify their characteristics, research progress and well-being.

Researchers working on this project combine experience in the fields of education (IET) and mental health (UCL). IET has co-designed and hosted the survey instrument, and is currently working towards the quantitative analysis of the survey responses.