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.

Find out where to go

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

Help with Technology

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.

Starting Your Doctorate - Compulsory induction 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 18 October 2020. Once registered, you will be able to access this course via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment.

Doctoral Welcome 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 session that is convenient for you.

Your timetable

The online PhD student induction programme is spread over a series of morning slots (UK time) over 10 days. This is to accommodate time differences for students in other countries, and so that we can meet regularly, get to know one another and you have a weekend to reflect and come back to us with concerns or comments over the week.

Thursday 24 September

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 11.00am MSTeams Departmental Welcome Session: Introduction from the Head of Department, Student introductions, Short presentation from the Director of Studies, Warm up activity led by the Deputy Director of Studies and Introduction to Doctoral College

Friday 25 September

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 10.45am MSTeams Coffee and catch up with other PhD students, new and existing

Wednesday 30 September

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 11.15am MSTeams Research Clusters within the Department

Thursday 1 October

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 10.30am MSTeams Library induction: meet your Subject Librarian

Friday 2 October

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 11.00am MSTeams Important milestones and Q&A. Short presentation to be emailed to students in advance, with questions being answered in the session.

Monday 5 October

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 11.00am MSTeams Equality Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Department training event

Tuesday 6 October

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 10.45am MSTeams Research ethics

Wednesday 7 October

Start Finish Location Description
10.00am 11.00am MSTeams Experiencing PhD Study: Information sharing with a panel of existing PhD students at different stages of their research

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.

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