For every one of you, your ambition through your doctoral studies should be that you get to the point of knowing that you know things that nobody else in the world knows.

Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research

The Doctoral College was buzzing this week as new researchers gathered for a Welcome Reception in the Graduate Commons.

The evening, on Tuesday 10 October, opened with speeches from Professor Jonathan Knight (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research), Professor Cathryn Mitchell (Academic Director of the Doctoral College), the Students' Union and Student Services.

Students took the opportunity to network with fellow researchers and staff from across the university while they enjoyed food, drinks and music. The Doctoral College's Welcome Team, a group of existing doctoral students, were on hand to answer questions, capture suggestions and feedback and also to carry on the conversation later in town.

For those of you unable to make it we captured some photographs, along with the speeches.