WHEN: Every Tuesday 1-2pm
WHERE: International Well Being Support Service, International Society, William Kay House, 327 Oxford Road, M13 9PG
Who should attend?
Any international postgraduate student in Manchester can attend. You can be in a taught or research programme.
What kinds of topics will be discussed in the group?
Students can bring up anything they want to discuss with the group. Some examples of topics might include:
– Strategies for improving motivation and concentration
– Communication differences
– Uncertainty about career and stress of job search
– Dealing with conflicts with others (e.g. lab mates, romantic partners, instructors, supervisors, friends, family)
– Financial pressure
– Balancing professional and personal life
– Self-confidence and “The Imposter Syndrome”
– Adjusting to UK culture
– Making friends in the UK
– Rewards and challenges of living, working and studying in Manchester
How will the group help me?
The group provides an opportunity for you to:
– Meet other international postgraduate students who might share similar experiences as you
– Learn about resources and coping strategies to help you succeed as an international postgraduate student
– Feel less lonely, isolated and judged
– Practice speaking in English
– Give support to other students
How many people will there be in the group?
There will be up to 8 students in a group and 1-2 group facilitator(s).
What will a typical group meeting look like?
Meetings will generally start with a short introduction by the group facilitator(s) about the purpose and format of the group. Then each group member will be asked to briefly introduce themselves and say if they have anything about which they would like to get help from the group. The group facilitator(s) will then guide the discussion to help students in the group to discuss the topics raised, share strategies and experiences and learn from each other.
Do I have to reveal all my personal feelings and experiences to the group?
No, you do not. You decide what, how much and when you want to share personal information about yourself with the group. This is not a therapy group. The aim of the group is to offer and receive support and discuss experiences related to being an international postgraduate student. Most people tend to talk more about themselves after a little while when they feel more comfortable in the group. We encourage you to be aware of how comfortable you are in the group and share when you feel comfortable to do so.
What if I don’t feel comfortable in groups?
Many people feel nervous when they join a new group and this a normal. The group facilitators are trained to help start conversations and discuss anything that might make group members feel
nervous. Most new members start to feel more comfortable after a little while when they hear others talking and see what the group is like.
How will a discussion group be more helpful than meeting with a counsellor 1-on-1?
Many students find it even more helpful to get support from a group than individually meeting with a counsellor:
– Students often feel better knowing that they not alone in their concerns because they identify with the experiences of other group members
– By listening and giving feedback to others in the group, students may feel like they are supporting others and learn more about themselves
– Being in a group offers the opportunity to get multiple perspectives from peers