University of Bath

Starting your doctorate: an introduction to doctoral study

This compulsory induction event is a great way to meet your doctoral community and get all of the information you need to get started.

31 Jan 20199.15am
31 Jan 201912.15pm
Image of new student from the Doctoral Welcome Reception 2018
Get to know your doctoral community and doctoral college staff.

As a new PhD student at the University of Bath Doctoral College, you are required to attend this compulsory central induction event.

During this session, you will find out everything you need to know to help you settle into life at Bath and begin your doctorate. You'll be given your official doctoral welcome pack which is packed with useful information about the services and facilities that are available to you should you need them. You'll also hear from key members of staff about the things that will matter to you during your doctorate including supervision, professional development and how you are represented as a postgraduate.

As well as practical advice, it's an ideal opportunity to get to know your research community and find out how you can get involved through the wide range of activities that take place.

Our Doctoral Welcome Team, made up of current students, will also be on hand to share their own experiences and answer any questions that you might have about your doctoral journey. At the end of the session, you'll also have the opportunity to join the Welcome Team on a tour of the campus.

If you are joining the University as a Professional Doctorate, you will have a separate induction integrated as part of your residential.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with the Doctoral Engagement Manager.

Doctoral Induction Programme 2019

Time Content Speaker/s
09:15 Arrival, collect welcome pack Peter Duckett, Doctoral Training and Events Officer and Andrea Baker, Doctoral Programmes Administrator
09:30 Housekeeping Oli Schofield, Doctoral Engagement Manager
09:35 Welcome to the University and your doctoral community Professor Cathryn Mitchell, Academic Director (Doctoral College)
09:50 Introductions Oli Schofield, Doctoral Engagement Manager
10:05 Understanding your doctoral journey Dorcas Mumford, Doctoral Programmes Officer
10:20 How to make the most of your doctoral supervision Professor Chris Bowen, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor Ed Keogh, Department of Psychology
10:40 Break N/A
10:55 Supporting you throughout your doctorate Oli Schofield, Doctoral Engagement Manager
11:00 Professional development and career management Dr Neil Bannister, Professional Development Manager and Tracey Wells, Head of the Careers Service
11:20 Support and wellbeing for doctoral students Anthony Payne, Director of Student Services
11:40 The SU: Doctoral representation and engagement Eve Alcock, SU President
11:50 Ask a doctoral student Doctoral Welcome Team
12:05 Final Remarks Oli Schofield, Doctoral Engagement Manager
12:15 Campus Tour (Optional) Doctoral Welcome Team