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Doctoral Induction Events 2023

Details of doctoral induction events for students starting in October 2023.

We are very pleased to welcome you to Bath. There are a range of sessions and activities that are designed to help you get your studies off to the best possible start and for you to settle into your life here.

Department and Programme Induction Events

Find details of your department/programme induction event here. These events are compulsory.

Doctoral Welcome Reception

This will take place on Thursday 12 October 2023 16:00 - 18:30 in the Claverton Rooms.

An opportunity to meet and find out about doctoral groups and networks, hear talks from different members of our University community, network with other new doctoral researchers and enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments.

Book your place here

Welcome Workshop Series

A series of 5 sessions starting in week 3 all at 14:15-16:05 in 10 West 2.47. These sessions will be followed by a discussion hosted by our Doctoral Development Facilitators, tea/coffee and cakes will be served. Book on these workshops

Wednesday 18 October 2023
Preparing for candidature:
This session will provide information and guidance on starting your doctorate programme at the University of Bath. It will also involve guidance on completing your candidature form, and help you to conduct an initial review of your current and required skills in relation to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) to identify which development activities to engage with during your doctorate and list on your candidature form.

Wednesday 25 October 2023
Establishing expectations in supervision:
Your supervisor is one of the most important resources provided to you by the University to support you to complete your research successfully. Getting the supervisory relationship off to a good start is essential in a doctorate programme, requiring clarification of roles, expectations, responsibilities and behaviours. Join the 2023 Doctoral Supervisor of the year at this session, who will share wisdom on optimally managing your supervisor to ensure a productive, supportive and successful working partnership.

Wednesday 01 November 2023
Developing your skills:
Doctoral researchers are required to develop their skills throughout their doctorate and to engage with on-going professional development activities. In this session you will be introduced to the online researcher development portal "MyDoctoralDevelopment" so you can find out how you can access opportunities and how you can record your training and development. You will also be reminded of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which can be used to help you identify your own development needs.

Wednesday 08 November 2023
Engaging with opportunities:
An important part of a doctoral programme is developing yourself personally and professionally, as well as completing the research project. This session will highlight some of the opportunities available for doctoral students at the University to make connections, develop important vocational skills, engage with the research culture, act as a representative of the doctoral student voice, and make a positive impact and change which can benefit yourself and others.

Wednesday 15 November 2023
Understanding your support:
As much as starting a doctorate can bring opportunity, it can also bring with it a level of challenge. Whilst your research is bound to be your main focus, it is essential to proactively look after yourself and also those around you. This session will outline the various support services available to you at the University, to support your research, your development and career, and your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Living in a New Culture

Thursday 12 October 2023 14:30-15:30 in 10 West 5.01 (Doctoral Training Room). This session is for overseas doctoral students who are new to the UK and is in addition to the LINC programme of events that are open to all new overseas students. This is an opportunity to meet other overseas doctoral students and find out about how we can help you to settle into your new life with us. For students with dependents there is a dedicated session, you can find details of this here.

SU 'Fresher's Week'

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

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