Graduate Hub

About the Graduate Hub

Located in the Graduate Centre building at Hatfield Campus, the Hub is a purposeful environment for our graduate community to meet on main campus. The Hub is a space for our graduates to work and to network. It offers bookable working stations, breakaway spaces for small groups, a seminar room for group discussion for up to 8 people and a monthly stocked coffee bar. Our individual working spaces are equipped with 8 PC’s available for use, WiFi and power points for personal computers.

Operating hours

The Hub is available for use by all UP postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows. A valid university ID card is required for access into the Hub.

The hub will be open on weekdays: Mondays to Fridays between 08:00 and 16:00 (excluding public and university holidays).

Before you visit
  • All our spaces are pre-booked for 2hours, subject to availability.
  • Pre-book your working space by checking availability on our calendar.
  • Our service desk is available on weekly days from 08:00 to 16:00, excluding university holidays and public holidays.
  • The university also offers other working spaces across the different campuses and these are available at
Upcoming events

The Hub holds regular events and it acts as the central networking space for postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows to network, discuss and meet with their academic supervisors.

Tuesday, February 21:

Graduate Hub Launch

What to expect: a physical meeting launching the Graduate Hub. A select audience will be invited to join in this event and it will be officially opened to the postgraduate and postdoctoral community.

Friday, March 10:

Meet and greet

What to expect: Our first Hub event for the year offering a great networking platform for UP postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows. There will be a presentation and discussion session on building and maintaining network in academia. To book your seat, please RSVP.

Facilitator: Prof Vukosi Marivate, ABSA Chair of Data Science

Time: 14h00

Date to be confirmed

What I wish I knew

What to expect: A webinar featuring two speakers who will be sharing their academic research journeys. Our speakers will also share tips and offer insights on coping with the research journey, challenges they encountered and how they addressed them

Date to be confirmed

Navigating the student supervisor relationship

What to expect: the student-supervisor relationship is important to the success of all research studies. This discussion will cover the Memorandum of Agreement between the student and supervisor and will highlight the fundamental elements of a successful student-supervisor relationship and expectations.

Friday, April 21:

Coffee break

What to expect: a virtual and informal platform to share research experiences and challenges with peers.

Date to be confirmed

Preparing for a Y rating (Final year PhD candidates and Postdocs)

What to expect: a collaborative event between the Graduate Hub and the Research Capacity Development unit at the Department of Research and Innovation. The workshop will look at how graduates can start working towards an NRF Y rating.

Monday to Wednesday, May 3- 5:

Research process

What to expect: a virtual comprehensive three-day workshop covering the entire research process, from the proposal stage, all the way to research design and methodology and thesis writing.

Facilitator: Dr Layla Cassim

Postgraduate funding week

What to expect: a series of physical information sessions on funding opportunities. Funders will also be invited to talk about available opportunities. There will also be a training session for postgraduate students intending to apply for 2024 NRF scholarships. The workshop will discuss the NRF framework, application procedure and will look at the NRF online application.

Date to be confirmed


What to expect: an informal networking session over a cup of tea/coffee to socialise with peers and talk about collaborative and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Date to be confirmed

Cup’a Soup

What to expect: join us for a warm cup of soup for women in academia to discuss the challenges that women face as they built a career in academia.

Date to be confirmed

Constructing a Masters and PhD dissertation: conceptualising, researching, structuring, writing and evaluation

What to expect: a course providing attendees with the knowledge required to complete a successful postgraduate dissertation at Masters and PhD level. The full research process from determining a topic to evaluating the completed work will be covered.

Monday to Thursday, August 21-24:

Research week

What to expect: a celebration and showcase of postgraduate and postdoctoral research at UP. A series of panel discussions will be held with the last two days dedicated to our inaugural postdoctoral research day and our annual postgraduate research day.

Date to be confirmed

What to expect: international scholarship, mobility and exchange for postgraduate and postdoctoral fellows will be shared by various funders and agencies.

Date to be confirmed

Ethical considerations in research

What to expect: expects in research ethics will share information and guidelines on conducting ethical research and ethical considerations.

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