On arrival postgraduate research students should expect to attend induction events arranged by their Faculty and School.  For September starters there is also an opportunity to participate in University-wide welcome and orientation events.  Students should consult the Handbook for Research Students and Research Supervisors as this provides useful information and contact details that will assist you on arrival in Newcastle.

Central Faculty Inductions

Central Faculty inductions are offered during the main registration periods in September and January.  For students in the Faculties of Science, Agriculture & Engineering and Medical Sciences induction sessions are also available for students starting in April.

You can expect the Faculty induction to provide information on a range of topics including:

  • An introduction to the University;
  • Details of relevant regulations, policies and procedures relating to research degrees;
  • Facilities available to students;
  • Provision for student welfare and other support arrangements;
  • Sources of support and advice outside the supervisory team;
  • Training opportunities available within the Faculty.

The Faculty induction will also provide an opportunity for you to meet other research students and staff.  To obtain details of the induction events offered by your Faculty please contact:

School/Institute Inductions

In addition to the central Faculty induction, new students should also receive an induction from their School/Institute.  This will involve your academic supervisor who should provide you with information on:

  • The academic standards of the programme;
  • The intended learning outcomes;
  • The curriculum including the skills training programme and the research element of the individual project;
  • Methods of teaching and learning;
  • Assessment;
  • Regulations governing progression;
  • Subject-related research codes and ethics;
  • Programme-related health and safety requirements.

Please contact your School/Institute directly to request details of their induction arrangements.  Contact details can be found on individual School/Institutes websites.  Please select your School/Institute from the list on the following websites:

University Welcome and Orientation Events

Students arriving in September, at the start of the academic year, will also be able to participate in University-wide welcome and orientation events and Freshers’ Week which is organised by the Students’ Union.