Postgraduates represent roughly 30% of our student body at Southampton, and we are here for you.

As a postgraduate student at the University of Southampton, you are automatically represented by the Postgraduate Committee. We exist to represent you to the Union and the University, to hold regular social events so you can meet and mingle with fellow postgraduates, and finally to make you feel part of a community here at Southampton.

We can't do this entirely by ourselves though - we need keen, enthuiastic postgraduate students from both the taught and researcher population to get involved and help us by joining the Postgraduate Committee. You can find the descriptions of each role below and we hope you'll consider getting involved. At the bottom of the page, you can find the details of the current members of the Postgraduate Committee and their contact information if you have further questions.

Why not join our Facebook group to stay up to date with our activities and events? Here you'll find other postgraduate students, as well as your officers available to answer any questions you might have!

Nominations for all postgrad committee roles are open now until Friday 13th October at 13:00 - voting will then occur from Monday 16 October, 09:00 to Friday 20 October, 16:00 - any unfilled roles will be filled through the first meeting of the Postgraduate Committee.

Available roles (scroll left/right to see all roles):

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Officer

Be the voice of 3500 Masters' students

As the Postgraduate Taught Officer , you will help to co-chair the Postgraduate Committee, as well as sit in various high level meetings with senior University staff to help improve the student experience for Masters' students all across the University.

You will lead a team of two other officers - the Postgraduate Taught Academic Officer and the Postgraduate Taught Welfare Officer - and will be able to choose your own projects to improve the experience of our postgraduate taught students while they study here at Southampton.

You will additionally be a student leader of the Student Communities Zone, and this will represent an opportunity to work directly with the Vice-President Student Communities as well as other full-time officers to ensure the views of masters' students are heard.

Core features of the role include:

  • Sit on the Union's Student Communities and Education Zones as full voting members.
  • Attend the University's Education Strategy Executive Group.
  • Work directly with the Vice-President Student Communities on your own projects
  • Work closely with the Postgraduate Research Officer to address issues affecting all postgraduate students.
  • Lead the Postgraduate Committee with the Postgraduate Research Officer and work with officers from all around the Union to raise the profile of issues affecting postgraduate students.

Postgraduate Communications Officer

Develop your communication skills and our social media

As the new Postgraduate Communications Officer , you will develop our communication channels with all postgraduates - both masters' and research students, so they know what the Union is doing for them, as well as providing more channels for postgraduates to speak to us about what they want. You will also be integral in the eventual creation of our social media presence and other elements such as our hope to create a WeChat to reach out to even more postgraduate students.

This role is open to any postgraduate student .

Core features of the role include:

  • Sit as a voting member on the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Work with all of the officers on the Postgraduate Committee to shout about what we're doing, as well as taking a lead on how we communicate with postgraduates.
  • Liaise with the Union's Vice-President Engagement to develop innovative and exciting new ways of getting the message out about the activities and successes of the Postgraduate Committee.
  • As a new role, you'll have the ability to shape this role and make it your own!

Postgraduate Events & Activities Officer

Plan and execute events that appeal to our 7000 postgraduate students

As the Postgraduate Events & Activities Officer , you will plan a series of events over the next 12 months that appeal to a wide variety of our postgraduate students - from barbecues, to coffee mornings, all the way up to Christmas and Summer Balls, it will be your role to ensure that we have an exciting social calendar for postgraduates. You will liaise with Union events staff, as well as other officers and student groups, to ensure our events fit in a wider events programme for postgraduates and address the variety of cultures that our postgraduate student body contains.

This role is open to any postgraduate student .

Core features of the role include:

  • Sit as a voting member on the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Work with all of the officers on the Postgraduate Committee to take on their feedback about events.
  • Liaise with Union events staff to plan an exciting programme of events both within the Union and outside of it.
  • Work with the Postgraduate Communications Officer to get the word out about our events and take on feedback about what events are really exciting our postgraduate student body.

Postgraduate Academic Officers

Stand up for the academic needs of our postgraduate students.

As either the Postgraduate Research Academic Officer or the Postgraduate Taught Academic Officer , you will be responsible for liaising with University staff as well as other student representatives to address the academic concerns of the postgraduates you represent. Both roles will also have a standing invite to the Union's Education Zone Committee.

The Postgraduate Research Academic Officer will work closely with the Postgraduate Research Officer and the Vice-President Education to address issues affecting doctoral study, while also creating a collaborative network with the PGR reps across the various faculties. This role is only open to postgraduate researchers .

The Postgraduate Taught Academic Officer will work closely with the Postgraduate Taught Officer , the Vice-President Education and our large body of postgraduate course reps to address wider concerns around issues that masters' students experience during their studies at Southampton. This role is only open to postgraduate taught students (i.e. masters, PGDip, etc.) .

Core features of the roles include:

  • Sit as a voting member on the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Attend the Union's Education Zone Committee so as to provide a postgraduate voice to the discussions there.
  • Work closely with University staff to address issues with the academic side of postgraduate study.
  • Coordinate with your respective officer to raise serious academic issues to the attention of senior university staff.
  • Improve the academic experience for thousands of our postgraduate students, both now and into the future.

Postgraduate Welfare Officers

Improve the support available for postgraduate students.

As either the Postgraduate Research Welfare Officer or the Postgraduate Taught Welfare Officer , you will be responsible for liaising with University and Union staff to address the welfare concerns of the postgraduates you represent. Both roles will also be invited to attend the Union's Student Life Zone Committee to ensure that the Union's welfare activities reach our postgraduate students.

The Postgraduate Research Welfare Officer will work closely with the Postgraduate Research Officer and the Vice-President Welfare to address welfare issues that can arise from the sometimes isolating experience of doctoral study. This role is only open to postgraduate researchers .

The Postgraduate Taught Academic Officer will work closely with the Postgraduate Taught Officer and the Vice-President Welfare to address the welfare of our masters' students and improve the support that is available to them during their time at Southampton. This role is only open to postgraduate taught students (i.e. masters, PGDip, etc.) .

Core features of the roles include:

  • Sit as a voting member on the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Attend the Union's Student Life Zone Committee so as to provide a postgraduate voice to the discussions there.
  • Work closely with University staff to improve access to welfare and support services for postgraduates.
  • Coordinate with your respective officer to raise serious welfare issues to the attention of senior university staff.
  • Improve the welfare and support available to thousands of our postgraduate students, both now and into the future.

Postgraduate Research Training & Development Officer

Improve the training available to postgraduate researchers.

As the Postgraduate Research Training & Development Officer , you will be in the unique position to lobby the University and the Doctoral College to improve the provision of training and development opportunities available to doctoral researchers at the University. You will sit on the Doctoral College's Professional Development Subcommittee and work with other elements of the university such as the Careers and Employability Service, to ensure that doctoral students have access to appropriate skill-based training as well as professional development. This role is only open to postgraduate researchers .

Core features of the roles include:

  • Sit as a voting member on the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Attend the Doctoral College's Professional Development Subcommittee on behalf of all PGR students to lobby for more training and resource to be given to PGR training & development.
  • Work closely with the Communications Officer to determine which areas of training and development are currently not adequate for PGRs and improve this through lobbying the University and working with the PGR Officer.
  • Work with the Union's Learning and Development Team to help start a professional development programme for PGRs, delivered by the Union.


Our current officers

Below you'll find the information of the current officers that belong to the postgraduate committee, and their details in case you'd like to contact them.

Current officers

Giles Howard


Postgraduate (Research) Students Officer

Hi. I'm a third year PGR in ECS working on security and safety analysis of national infrastructure and in total I've been at the University of Southampton for over 6 years. I'm delighted to be your PGR student officer this year and would love to hear from you anytime!