n 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.
Monday 4th October 2021
|N/A||N/A||Online||Recorded talks from key members of staff|
Tuesday 5th October 2021
|4:15pm||5:15pm||1WN 3.10||Departmental PGR Welcome Session|
Wednesday 6th October 2021
|2:15pm||3:15pm||1WN 3.24||Meet current PoLIS PhD Students|
|6.00pm||8.0pm||Green Park Brasserie (City Centre)||PoLIS Pizza Night - Staff & Students (Not compulsory)|
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:
- Book an in-person session by visiting our registration pages.
- Book an online session by visiting our registration pages.
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 Webinaron 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
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.
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).