Induction and welcome

As a new postgraduate researcher, you will be invited to a series of workshops and events to welcome and introduce you to the University, your fellow researchers and the resources available to help you.

You can expect to receive some information from your Faculty/School about administrative and academic arrangements for starting your research with them. This may include information on specific facilities available to you, health and safety advice and opportunities for conferences. Contact your Graduate School for more advice about induction and information relevant to you and your studies.

Postgraduate research welcome

The University holds welcome events throughout the academic year. You will be welcomed to the University by Professor Claire Honess, Dean of the Leeds Doctoral College. You will be signposted to key areas of the University, resources and facilities available to you and you will have an opportunity to meet other postgraduate researchers. 


You will need to register online and obtain a student ID card within four weeks of starting your studies to make sure that all your details are correct. Continuing postgraduate researchers need to register each year within four weeks of the anniversary of their starting date. Find out more about the registration process

International postgraduate researchers

The International Student Office runs weekly welcome talks for postgraduate researchers. This welcome talk will introduce you to life in Leeds, the services available on campus, and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions. You can also collect your international welcome pack from the International Student Office enquiry desk. Sign up online for one of the next sessions.

Find out more about arriving in Leeds as an international postgraduate researcher on our welcome and arrival pages

Starting your PhD

The arrangements for induction vary between faculties and schools and according to your individual research project so please check with your school. Your induction will include Doctorientation, which is the chance to meet other new postgraduate researchers and explore the campus together. You will be able to find out more about postgraduate research at Leeds and prepare to begin your project by completing the online induction modules hosted on Minerva in the Doctoral College Organisation. You can find more general information about your first few days in Leeds on our page about arrival at the University