‌‌4. Research support and facilities

There are a number of resources and support pathways available to trainees. The flow chart in Figure 1 may help trainees to find the support you need. This flow chart outlines the existing areas of support and when and who to go to for support. In addition, below is a detailed overview of available resources.

Research support flow chart
Figure 1. Flow chart for finding research support, see explanation in the text.

In addition to the assistance that research supervisors and field collaborators offer, trainees can receive support and advice from the following sources:

4.1. The handbook and other material on the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE)

This is the trainees' primary source for checking guidelines, downloading teaching materials, and checking other useful resources that the research team has put there.

4.2. Weekly Research Consultations

Trainees can seek additional advice during the time allocated for Research Tutor Consultation, which occurs weekly in term time, 12.15-1.15 on Tuesdays. The Research Tutor Consultation is available upon request during summer vacation. To book an appointment, trainees should contact the Programme Administrator (DClinPsy@exeter.ac.uk) by 12:00pm the Friday before a research consultation is due to take place. Research consultations will be the primary source of contact during term time. If general emails are sent to research tutors outside of consultation then, they will simply refer trainees to this mechanism for consultation. As noted earlier, this is in addition to the support offered by research supervisors whom trainees can contact at any time during the course of training. 

Weekly Research Consultations

4.3. Research Tutorials

In Year 1 time has been allocated for a one hour research tutorial each term. These will be run by research tutors and aim to support small groups of trainees in meeting the requirements of the research module. The topics covered will normally include planning, writing and general management of research work (e.g., SSRP, thesis proposals) in addition to ethical issues in research. We recommend trainees consider what they need to ask before the research tutorials. The research tutor leading the tutorial is also the internal supervisor for the SSRP in Years 1 and 2.

4.4. Research Thesis Supervisor

Two thesis research supervisors (primary and second) are allocated to each trainee in the Spring of Year 1 (see Section 6.4.1. for information on the thesis supervision allocation process). The primary thesis research supervisor is the primary source of support for thesis related research issues.

4.5. Director (and Deputy) of Research 

The Director (and Deputy) of Research for DClinPsy are responsible for the development and management of the DClinPsy Research Module. The Director (and Deputy) of Research represent the PGR components of the programme at senior management meetings, programme liaison committee meetings (and other programme meetings), and at both a College and Faculty level. The Director (and Deputy) of Research can support trainees with any issues not otherwise managed by research consultations, research tutorials, research year leads, or thesis research supervisors.  

4.6. Appraiser

Each trainee is assigned an appraiser during the DClinPsy programme (see Programme Chapter for detailed information about the role of the appraiser). The appraiser also acts as a PGR mentor to the trainee, providing pastoral support throughout the programme, including advising the trainee in cases when difficulties arise between trainee and research supervisor. Trainees are also advised to discuss any research supervision issues with the Research Director(s).

4.7. Computing and Statistics Helpdesk

A computing and statistics helpdesk is available Tuesday 2-4pm, Thursday 1-3pm, Friday 1-3pm during term time in the School of Psychology. The aim of this service is to provide immediate advice on statistical problems and computer programmes.

Their email address is psy-helpdesk@exeter.ac.uk.

4.8. Research facilities at the University

A number of research facilities at the University are available to trainees when undertaking research.

  1. Interview & telephone rooms for research activities within the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC), trainees can book interview or phone rooms.
  2.  AV equipment: for research activities within the MDC, trainees can book digital audio or video recording devices. Some of the interview & telephone rooms are also equipped with AV devices.
  3. Experimental facilities: The MDC also has a number of testing rooms with computers that are ideal for experimental research.
  4. Biobehavioural lab: The biobehavioural lab is part of the MDC and is equipped with multichannel EEG (Brainproducts), equipment to measure peripheral parameters such as heart rate, skin conductance, EMG (BIOPAC) and eye trackers (Tobii, Eyelink 2000). There are also different Virtual Reality equipment currently used for research on emotion processing and PTSD. Trainees can make use of these excellent facilities.

4.9. MyPGR

Trainees have the status of Postgraduate Research (PGR) students at the University of Exeter (see 6.4.1 for more information).

4.10. Researcher Development Service

As PGR students you can access the Researcher Development Service. This service offers courses and guidance in relation to professional development in research.