October 2017 PGR Induction Week
On the 23rd October 2017, the Graduate School team ran the four day biannual induction programme welcoming twenty six new postgraduate research students who joined the University of Northampton this year. The head of the Graduate School Prof. Ian Livingstone started the programme introducing the Graduate School members and explaining their roles.
This was followed by different informative sessions ranging from responsibilities of the research student, the supervisor and the institution, research degree processes and procedures, research integrity and preparing for a research degree. Reflecting on those sessions, a student said: “I found it very useful and really important information”.
Day two of the programme saw a very dynamic and interactive morning where a number of students enthusiastically gave talks about their research topics and exchanged ideas and questions. Students were then presented to the different university services and were also given a session on skills development. One student commented on how interesting and engaging the day was saying: “It was great not only to be given the opportunity to present my work and receive feedback and question from my colleagues, but also to listen to others’ work and hear about their projects, and how we can use the development programme provided for us”. The third day of the induction took place on the library IT training room and was devoted to the basic IT- related knowledge that the students need on their research journey. Information on library services, referencing and the research skills online was provided. The last day of the induction featured more research presentations, getting to know the research degree boards’ members and chatting with them over a working lunch.
The programme ended with a very active session where new students met with the current research students and had the chance to ask all manner of questions. One student commented that “meeting the current PhD students and chatting with them was an opportunity for me to listen to different experiences and learn a lot from them, it also gave me more confidence”.
The new PGR Students were also invited to attend their faculties induction on Friday 27th October. The next PGR Induction programme will run from Monday, March 19th to Friday March 23rd 2018. For more information please contact Simone by email firstname.lastname@example.org.