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The graduate and postdoctoral community at Western believe that your health and well-being are equally important to academic achievement. In fact, we know that it is hard to achieve without the benefits of good health and habits. Our goal is that all members of our graduate community – students, postdocs, graduate faculty and assistants – not simply be healthy, but that everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Take Care
Mental Health in Graduate School

Take Care is an interactive online module outlining where graduate students can find help, both on- and off-campus, covering topics such as health, stress and well-being. By completing the module, students will learn about coping mechanisms for stress, self-care, common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, how to promote wellbeing, and the difference between mental health and mental illness.

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Ten Tips
for Thriving in Grad School

10. Start...

  • Maintain your confidence – you deserve to be here
  • Collaborate – don’t isolate yourself
  • Develop your teaching, writing, research, and presentation skills (http://www.gradpath.uwo.ca/resources/index.html)
  • Practice time and self-management

9. Understand...

Understand the ground rules before you set forward...

8. Communicate...

7. Organize...

We don’t really need more time in the day. What we really need are strategies to better manage our time... 

6. Explore...

Explore the many funding and budgeting opportunities available at Western...

5. Practice...

Practice self-care and stress management...

Make yourself as comfortable as you can from the beginning.  Seek out comfortable working spaces and nice working conditions.

4. Engage...

Consider degree planning and career building resources...

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3. Seek...

Explore all of your options around and outside campus...

2. Access...

1. Enjoy...

This is a once in a lifetime experience!

Additional Resources

Western's Wellness Wheel

wheelMany factors can influence your health and well-being.  Western's Wellness Wheel outlines 7 important interacting dimensions of health.  To learn more about these dimensions, visit the International Students and Wellness website at iwellness.uwo.ca/#Wheel

Professional Development

GradPath

GradPath is your portal to graduate student professional development programs at Western. It highlights information and resources you will need to succeed at each stage of the graduate journey, from coursework through comprehensive exams, thesis writing and publishing to the job search after graduation.

Whether you are looking for help with grant writing, strategies for overcoming procrastination or opportunities to develop your conference presentation skills, GradPath will lead you to the programs on campus that will help you develop competencies you need to succeed in teaching, research and professional practice.

The Teaching Support Centre

The Teaching Support Centre works collaboratively with faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and staff to advance teaching and learning at The University of Western Ontario. The TSC believe that the quality and value of university education is enriched through scholarship and pedagogical reflection. Working in partnership with Western Libraries and Information Technology Services, the mission of the Teaching Support Centre is to:

  • lead and foster a culture of excellence in teaching and learning
  • enhance the practice of teaching and learning
  • nurture a community that values and recognizes teaching excellence and innovation
  • encourage the exploration of diverse learning styles and approaches to discovery
  • facilitate the globalization of education
  • contribute to the scholarship of teaching through research

Workshops and learning opportunities are presented throughout the year to assist in continual academic growth.

The Student Success Centre

The Student Success Centre’s mission is to facilitate the development of career, educational, and life competencies for students and alumni through programs and services that guide successful transitions, foster local and global citizenship, promote leadership opportunities, encourage personal growth, deliver career resources, and ignite active engagement.

Graduate students may find the many career-related services offered by the Centre useful during their studies. The Student Success Centre offer job postings, classes and workshops, a drop-in Employment Help and Resource Centre, career and education fairs, employer information sessions, experiential learning opportunities, a resource library, and individual counselling and career assessments.

Writing Support Centre

The goal of the Writing Support Centre is to help you develop your skills and realize your potential as a writer. To achieve this goal, the Centre offers free comprehensive writing support to students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and staff, and all other members of The University of Western Ontario community. Programs and services include one-on-one appointment and drop-in services, as well as workshops and seminars.

Graduate students may be particularly interested in the GradWRITE!, a suite of services developed specifically for graduate-level needs and offered between September and March each academic year.

Learning Skills Services

Learning Skills Services helps students complete graduate school in a timely manner and is intended for all students, from those seeking to improve academic performance, to those looking to maintain exceptional academic standing. Learning Skills offers one-on-one sessions as well as various workshops to assist you in reaching your academic goals by improving your time management, goal setting, essay planning and helping you deal with test anxiety.

Family Support

We recognize the immense challenge in juggling research/work with familial responsibilities, and we are dedicated to supporting the needs of those in the Western community who strive for greater balance in their personal and professional lives. The Family Support website has been developed to inform parents, both current and expecting, of the many resources available to them on campus and throughout the city of London.

Recreation

Western Campus Recreation provides a variety of drop-in activities, intramural sports, instructional courses, sport clubs, and wellness services to meet the diverse fitness and recreation needs of all Western students. Facilities are open long hours year-round to provide ample opportunity for busy students to make fitness a part of their lifestyle.

Registered full-time graduate students have a Campus Recreation membership. The Western ONECard gives students access to all of the facilities and programs through our Membership Services area.

Part-time graduate students may purchase a membership for a very low monthly rate. Graduate students also have the option of adding family members (partners and children) onto their memberships for very reasonable rates.

Campus Recreation memberships include free access to:

  • A wide variety of group fitness classes including: Cycle, Step, The Pump, Yoga Stretch, PiYo and many more
  • Aqua fitness classes
  • Cardio area
  • Drop-in gymnasia activities (basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball)
  • Racquet sports (badminton, racquetball, squash, table tennis)
  • Weight training room (5000 sq. ft.)

Western Student Recreation Centre

The Western Student Recreation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2009 and provides a number of services to meet the diverse fitness and recreation needs of all Western students. The 160,000-square-foot facility – one of the largest of its kind at a Canadian university – was opened in part through the largest student donation at a Canadian school in history.

The $35-million space is located adjacent to the Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre.

Graduate Student Organizations

Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) is dedicated to providing the information, assistance, and services necessary to help graduate students successfully complete their goals while at Western University. Any part-time or full-time graduate student is a member of SOGS, which is governed by a council and executive board.

SOGS provides its members with several benefits and services including health and dental coverage, bus passes, emergency loans, and advocacy on behalf of graduate students at the university, local, provincial and national levels.

Graduate Teaching Assistants Union

The UWO-GTA Union is composed solely of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at The University of Western Ontario. Although the UWO-GTA Union is a Local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), only GTAs establish the priorities and policies of the Local. Through periodic negotiations with the University, the Union established a Collective Agreement which defines GTA working conditions, compensation, and benefits.

Ivey MBA Association

The Ivey MBA Student Association is the umbrella organization that represents and provides various services to all Ivey MBA students. We work with all the clubs to provide a rich associative life for Ivey MBA students, one that offers ample opportunities for leadership and volunteerism. Our mission is to empower students to maximize our Ivey experience. The MBAA is a unique not-for-profit organization, distinct from other b-school student associations across North America. We are in the business of delivering non-academic services to Ivey students, and ensuring that the MBA experience is delivered efficiently, and is fun. From orientation week, to casebooks and lockers, to helping students with academic issues, to sports and clubs, the MBAA is actively involved.