Induction and welcome

As a new postgraduate researcher, you will receive a full programme of induction activities to welcome and introduce you to the University, your fellow researchers and the resources available to you.

An introduction from Prof. Luke Windsor, Dean of the Doctoral College

 

Welcome to the University of Leeds and to the beginning of your journey as a postgraduate researcher. You have joined a research-intensive university with influence across regional, national and international boundaries. Our research is increasingly making an impact on global society and we have fruitful two-way relationships across a spectrum of external organisations. We are committed to building and maintaining these relationships at institutional level (through entities such as NEXUS and the Cultural Institute) as well embedding such engagement within our disciplines.
 
You are an essential part of our passion for research and innovation. We are committed not just to the success of your research project, but also to your individual development, both as an effective and impactful researcher and as an ethical and responsible global citizen. Working towards a Leeds Doctorate places you within a vibrant community of researchers to share with and learn from, provides word-class professional training and development, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary supervision and collaboration, and support for your wellbeing, all within a context of support for you to engage with international researchers here and abroad. 
 
Within the Doctoral College, each of the University's seven Faculties has a Graduate School. At disciplinary level, principal investigators and supervisors in your academic school or research unit work with School Directors of Postgraduate Research and the Heads of the Faculty Graduate Schools to ensure consistency as well as to deliver subject-specific support.
 
In order to adapt to a rapidly changing world we are always keen to hear from you on how to improve what we do, and to better match your changing needs. We provide regular opportunities for you to provide feedback to us, both directly and via our partnership work with Leeds University Union.
 
Postgraduate researchers are represented on Graduate School Committees and on our University Graduate Board, to proactively strengthen discussions and decisions about future University policy for research degrees.
 
We look forward to working with you. As we gradually emerge from a global pandemic to face the other challenges of the 21st Century your intellectual focus and skills will be essential.
 
And whatever your current or future plans, we intend that a Leeds Doctorate should be a platform for your success.
 
Professor Luke Windsor
Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College

 

Doctoral College Induction 

The Leeds Doctoral College induction materials for 2021-22 are available on the Leeds Doctoral College Organisation in Minerva (sign in required). The induction materials are accessed by navigating the menu on the left hand side of the page under the headings of “Welcome and programme”, “Essential information” and “Training and courses” that will be relevant to all PGRs regardless of your Faculty. There are recordings available of induction sessions that were held in October 2021 that can be viewed any time and are relevant for all new PGRs starting throughout the academic year.  

 

Graduate School Induction 

More local induction provision will differ across Faculties and Schools, therefore, remember to check your emails regularly. Your Graduate School will send out information at the appropriate times about registration, getting started and your School or Faculty induction. If you need support or have questions regarding local induction information, please email your Faculty Graduate School and a member of the team will be happy to help. Please go to Contact Your School and scroll to the bottom of the page for the Graduate School contacts. 
 
As a guide, topics you can expect to be covered in your local inductions should include: 
  • Registration and getting started with your studies 
  • Graduate School contacts 
  • Faculty and School contacts 
  • Faculty and School building locations and access 
  • PGR work space (desks, laboratories, etc.) 
  • Training such as health and safety 
  • Relevant Faculty and School policies 
  • Research groups/clusters that you are part of 
  • Social opportunities, events and societies 
Faculty or School inductions may include online events, pre-recorded videos, reading material, or in-person events. This is at the discretion of the organisers and may vary depending on the time of year that you start. If you ever have questions about topics that are not covered by induction(s), please get in touch with your Graduate School. 
 

Registration 

You need to register online within four weeks of the start date on your offer letter to make sure that all your details are correct. Failure to register may result in withdrawal from your programme of study. You should expect to receive notifications to your University email account reminding you to register if necessary, so please check emails regularly. 
 
Find out more about the registration process or contact your Graduate School if you have questions about registration.  
 

International Postgraduate Researchers 

If you’re coming to Leeds from outside the UK, you’ll find useful travel and arrival information on our Preparing for Leeds webpages, including information about booking our arrival services. 
 
When you arrive, your online international orientation has lots of information to help you get started, feel at home in Leeds and make the most of your international experience. 
 
Current student ambassadors from our Link to Leeds team (including some postgraduate researchers) can help you prepare to come to Leeds and settle in. You can chat to them online before you travel and when you arrive. They'll also be running online social activities where you can meet other new students and researchers. 
 
If you have questions about preparing to travel to Leeds, or what to do when you arrive, please email internationalwelcome@leeds.ac.uk.
 

Other useful links 

See the Getting Started page for more information on what to think about after your induction(s) as well as these links below: