Induction and welcome

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

Welcome from Professor Luke Windsor, Dean of Leeds Doctoral College


Doctoral College Induction 

The 2022-23 Leeds Doctoral College Induction resources are set out below. We have created a 12 ‘module’ programme of video guides, online courses and text documents for you to work through at your own pace. You can come back at any point in your candidature to refresh your memory on what you have learned here. It is essential that you start working through the Doctoral College Induction resources within your first few days of arriving at Leeds. PGRs are also able to access their Doctoral College Handbooks at any point during their candidature to find information relevant to their studies. The modules below will refer to sections in the handbook where relevant.

Click on the link for each numbered title below to work through the resources and information for that module:

  1. Key policies (opens download)

  2. Registration

  3. GRAD

  4. Feeling at home in Leeds

  5. Working with your supervisor

  6. Personal admin (opens download)

  7. Induction to transfer

  8. Year 2 onwards (opens download)

  9. Support across the University

  10. Useful information (opens download)

  11. Concerns (opens download)

  12. University Buddy Scheme

We know when you are new to the University it is always helpful to speak to people face-to-face. Therefore, in addition to the induction modules above, we are hosting some in person open sessions on campus if you would like to come along and ask us any questions, just drop in for a chat or meet other new PGRs. You are welcome to come to just one session, or all three! Hot drinks, juice and biscuits will be available, as well as the opportunity to relax with some board games and activities if you wish. We will also have family friendly provisions too. 

The open sessions will all take place on campus in the large marquee on the grass at University Precinct, opposite the Leeds University Union building, on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday 5th October, 10:00 – 12:00

  • Wednesday 12th October, 10:00 – 12:00

  • Wednesday 19th October, 10:00 – 12:00

Once inside the marquee, look for the Leeds Doctoral College signs and our friendly staff who will be happy to answer any questions you might have! Please sign up to attend a session. While it is not complusory to book, it helps us to know numbers for catering purposes. Thank you.

Graduate School Induction 

More local induction provision will be provided 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. 

International Postgraduate Researchers 

For international PGRs, there is a dedicated International Students website to welcome you to Leeds and answer any questions you might have. It is recommended that you read through all of the information available on that website to help guide you through arrival, setting up and settling in here. 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 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

Other induction events

There are induction and welcome events taking place throughout the University in September and October, but here are just a few to highlight that may be of particular interest to PGRs:

International Orientation Welcome Event, Wednesday 21st September, 15:00 – 16:00
Emmanuel Centre
All international students and PGRs are welcome to come and taste some traditional British cakes and chat about some of the quirks of British food! Plus the chance to meet other students/PGRs and the University Chaplaincy team. Register to attend via Eventbrite.

“What I wish I’d known when I started my PhD”, Thursday 29th September, 13:00 – 14:00
Wilson Room, first floor of the Emmanuel Centre (level access via lift)
Current PGRs and recent graduates share their top tips for the Leeds PhD and answer your questions. Plus time to meet other PGRs and have input into the programme for the rest of the year.
Room capacity is limited. Please click here to express an interest in attending or to be added to the mailing list for future meetings. Hosted by Anthea Colledge, chaplain at the University, who finished her PhD at Leeds in October 2021.

PGR Library Welcome event, Wednesday 12th October, 10:00 – 11:30
Conference room of Edward Boyle Library
Come along to this face to face session to find out how the Library can support you throughout your research degree. You will have the opportunity to meet staff from the Library Research Support Team, Research Data Management Team, Customer Services Team and Special Collections Team. There will also be drinks and pastries! Book your place via the booking link.

LUU’s Welcome Fair, 26th-28th September, LUU Building, Precinct and The Edge
LUU’s Welcome Fair is a chance for you to meet all of the fantastic clubs and societies we have here at LUU and grab a few freebies on your way around too. More information about LUU Welcome events is available on the LUU website.

What comes after induction?

See the Getting Started page for more information on what to think about after your induction(s).

Quick links

University Buddy Scheme
Leeds Doctoral College PGRs Microsoft Team 
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Student Life
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