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 from Rachel Cox, the Head of Doctoral College Operations

My name is Rachel Cox and I fulfil the role of Head of Doctoral College Operations.  My team, consisting of Doctoral College Admissions, Progress, Examinations and Scholarships, as well as seven Faculty Graduate School Offices, is here to support you throughout your research programme.  We are part of the University’s Student Education Service, which provides support to students across all cohorts and offers several specialist services, such as the Careers Centre and Disability Services

We know that working your way through required administration can sometimes be difficult, and our aim is to do all that we can to make it as seamless as possible.  You can contact us by email or on Microsoft Teams, or if you need help whilst you are on campus you can visit one of the student information points.  If you require any help during your time as a postgraduate researcher at Leeds, please do get in touch with us.

Postgraduate research induction

We have created a three-week programme of online activities specifically designed to provide all the information you need to begin your research degree.  The Induction includes sessions on how to work with your supervisor, our progression and assessment requirements, how to access the training and development available to you and much more.

In addition, there will also be induction activities organised by your school or faculty. Please see below for more information about faculty induction programmes.

You will receive an email from your faculty Graduate School with details of how to access the online induction.  The content for each week can be completed at your own pace; there is no schedule (with the exception of a small number of live events).

  • In week one we will introduce you to ‘Your Academic Experience and the Global Community’, and. There will be information about the Graduate Record of Achievement and Development, our system for recording and tracking your progress during your research degree, plus Leeds University Union, the Global Community at Leeds as well as the Postgraduate Induction Mentoring Scheme.
  • In week two you will learn more about ‘Your Professional Development and Wellbeing’. You will receive an introduction to training and development at the University as well as learn about the numerous courses and workshops on offer to you as a postgraduate researcher. You will learn about the University partnership and how to work with your supervisor, what to expect in your first year, and the help and support services available at the University.
  • In week three we will introduce you to our Research Community, one of the most vital aspects of being a research student at Leeds. You’ll be invited to ‘Research Nights’, to hear other research students discussing their work in an informal setting, plus your Library induction and other activities. 

Faculty specific information

Faculty of  Arts, Humanities and Cultures

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Environment

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Faculty of Social Sciences

Leeds University Business School (LUBS)


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 will result in withdrawal from your programme of study.  

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 and how we can support you if you need to self-isolate. Please complete our international arrivals booking form to let us know your travel plans as soon as possible.

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 welcome events and 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