In addition to meeting with your supervisor(s) you will need to attend a number of induction activities. Your induction activities may take place either in-person or online. Please use this timetable to help you plan the start of your studies with us at the University.

Your timetable

Monday 27 September 2021

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 11.00am Online Departmental welcome and introduction by HoD and Director of Studies for PGR students
2.00pm 3:00pm Online Welcome talk from PGBio (Postgraduate Society for Dept of Biology and Biochemistry), and overview of society activities.
3.30pm 4.00pm Online Introduction to peer mentor scheme

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Start Finish Location Description
10.15am 11.15am Milner Centre social area (1st floor) PGBio Coffee morning
1.00pm 2.00pm Online Health and Safety Induction session for new PhD students. (Mandatory before starting work in laboratories.) Note: Current day and time are provisional and may change.

Wednesday 29 September 2021

Start Finish Location Description
5.30pm 6.30pm Milner Centre social area (1st floor) PGBio Pub quiz

Thursday 30 September 2021

Start Finish Location Description
2.30pm TBC Milner Centre picnic area Fête and pizza event for all Biology and Biochemistry PhD students

Tuesday 5 October 2021

Start Finish Location Description
11.15am 12.15pm MS Teams Library induction with Karina Bradshaw

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Start Finish Location Description
TBC TBC Roman Baths PGBio group tour: Details of time and how to book a slot will be announced closer to the time.

Friday 8 October 2021

Start Finish Location Description
2.00pm 3:00pm Milner Centre social area (1st floor) Department Welcome and "meet your supervisor" event

Make sure you check your emails regularly. Sometimes we need to change the times and locations of Welcome events but we’ll email you the new details if that happens.

Other induction activities

Starting Your Doctorate (e-learning module)

All new doctoral students are required to complete our Starting Your Doctorate online course. You can do this at your own pace but this must be completed by Friday 22 October 2021. Once registered, you will be able to access this course via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment.

Doctoral Welcome Sessions (in-person/online sessions)

All new doctoral students are invited to attend a Doctoral Welcome Session, organised by the Doctoral College. We have multiple dates for you to choose from. Please check your timetable below and book a relevant session. You are welcome to choose either an online or an in-person session:

Doctoral Welcome Reception (in-person)

We are delighted to announce that our Doctoral Welcome Reception will return on Thursday 21 October 2021 17:00 - 18:30 having been postponed in recent years due to the pandemic. During the Reception you will hear from the Vice Chancellor, Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor's (Research) and the Academic Director (Doctoral College).

Doctoral Information Webinar

Book your place at our Doctoral Information Webinar on Thursday 28 October 2021 10.30am - 11.30am. The webinar is an opportunity for you to find out more about our professional services within the University and the support available. The session will be recorded for those unable to make the session but the benefit of joining live is that you will be able to ask your own questions.

SU Fresher's Week

As well as these compulsory events, you can also get involved in optional activities run by The SU.

Peer Mentoring

Your Department is included in the Doctoral Peer Mentoring Scheme and you will be assigned a Peer Mentor to welcome you to your doctorate. Your Peer Mentor will email you to arrange a meeting with you in your first or second week of commencing your studies. We would encourage you to make the most of this meeting as it is a useful way to ask any questions you may have in an informal environment.

Useful information

Covid-19 information for students

Find out more about the latest Covid-19 information for students.

Find out where to go

For any in-person sessions, look at our campus map to get directions to your sessions.

Help with Technology

For any online sessions, if you need assistance with any IT, please contact the IT helpdesk before your induction sessions.

Link to other students in your Department

We have set up a Microsoft Team for you to ask questions and start to get to know other doctoral students in the Department.

First meeting with your Supervisor(s)

Please use our supervision checklist to help plan your first couple of meetings with your supervisor(s).