Induction for postgraduate researchers

A good induction can help PGRs settle in quickly and begin to make early progress with their research.

Postgraduate researchers are provided with a PGR handbook which brings together key rules, regulations and guidance which form the framework of the degree. 

The handbook includes:

University welcome event

All new postgraduate researchers are encouraged to attend the University welcome event. They are formally welcomed to the University by Professor Claire Honess, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, signposted to key areas of the University, the resources and facilities available.

There is also the opportunity to meet many other new postgraduate researchers. The welcome will close with free drinks and snacks in The Terrace.

Students are notified of forthcoming welcome events by email, with an invitation to register online.

Information provided by schools and faculties

Schools should provide students with any local information about the administrative and academic arrangements for undertaking research within that school or faculty. This could include:

  • information on the specific facilities that are available to PGRs
  • relevant health and safety advice
  • opportunities for participating in conferences
  • information about social and extra-mural activities

You may also provide information about the training that is available through the Staff and Departmental Development Unit (SDDU).

Information provided by the International Student Office

International welcome briefing

International postgraduate researchers are encouraged to visit the International Student Office soon after they arrive in Leeds for an arrival briefing.

The International Student Office also organises orientation briefings to provide international research students with essential information on banking, healthcare, registering with the police, living in Leeds with a family and UK regulations. Orientation briefings enable students to find out about social activities, University services and local facilities. They can also ask questions and meet other research students. 

Orientation briefings take place every Thursday during term time from 3pm - 4pm in the International Student Office, Level 11, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building.

Email to book a place. 

International welcome packs

The International Student Office sends welcome packs to new international postgraduate researchers. The pack includes information about the University and the local area and the University arrival guide and international student handbook.