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Getting startedInduction

A very warm welcome to the University of Strathclyde, we’re delighted that you’ve chosen Strathclyde to do your postgraduate research degree. You’re joining an ambitious and talented research community who make a real difference to world leading research through the University’s commitment and drive to increase our research output.

Beginning a research degree is an exciting albeit challenging time and there are a lot of things you’ll need to know. You may feel overwhelmed but our induction sessions are the best way to get all the information you need to get you started.

Aim of induction is help you to:

  • Discover the support and resources available to you from around the University
  • Virtually meet colleagues and peers from across the University
  • Brush up on your networking skills

Sources of information to explore:

Induction materials are available on Myplace.

We are in the process of finalising this year’s October Induction Programme and have started to populate our Sharepoint site with some details. Please have a look and feedback any comment and feel free to share with those who may also be interested.

The Induction afternoon will take place in the new Doctoral School space in L6 of the New Teaching and Learning Building at 12.45. You can help yourself to a free lunch and walk round our Support Services Marketplace. 

This University-wide session will be opened by our Associate Principal Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE at 14.00 in T&L325 and provides a welcome to Strathclyde, to Strathclyde Doctoral School and to your journey as a postgraduate researcher. 

Have a look at the detailed programme of events here:

Don't worry if you miss October's Induction there will be a further opportunity to join in April. Please refer to these pages nearer the time for all the details. 

Finally, keep up to speed with what’s going on by following us on Twitter and keeping an eye on our webpages.

Day one

This University-wide session is an opportunity to hear about the postgraduate researcher journey from supervisors and students. As well as welcoming you to the University, this session focusses on life as a PhD student and considers requirements and expectations of you and your supervisors. It is also a chance to ask questions and 'talk' to your peers.

Day two

Our second session focusses on information from our key support services, including the library and student support services, who can help to make your journey easier. You’ll also find out about the Doctoral Researchers Group and how to get involved in our wider PGR community.


Day three

PG Cert RPD Induction

This session will cover the purpose of the PG Cert RPD, planning professional development, and how to successfully complete the PG Cert RPD. The hour long session will consist of a presentation and an open Q&A.

Students in the Business School should contact their supervisor or departmental administrator to find out about their professional development requirements. An optional on-campus Q&A will follow.


Peer support programme

PGR Peer Support Programme – Our Doctoral Researchers Group coordinate a peer support programme where an experienced PGR hosts a small group of new PGRs to help make connections and get answers to the myriad of questions – we’ll tell you how to join the programme at induction.