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Induction – University of Reading

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  • You'll get a warm welcome


As a new starter at Reading, our induction events give you the chance to find out about the University, the Graduate School and what to expect on the journey towards your doctorate.

“The PhD orientation was an encouraging introduction, and the overall support of the Graduate School to organise breakfast clubs and provide PhD student desks has helped build a sense of community.”

Shweta Samir Ghosh – PhD in Film, Theatre and Television

​Graduate School induction events (2020-21)

We will email you before the start of your first term to invite you to an induction event. We encourage you to attend your induction, as it includes important information on:

  • what you can expect from your time at Reading
  • what is expected of you as a postgraduate researcher
  • training requirements and development opportunities. 

If you can't make the date of your induction event, you are welcome to attend the next one scheduled.  

Term Induction Date  Time Location
Autumn 2020 20 October 2020 11.00-11.45 Online (MS Teams)
Spring 2021 Online filmed induction n/a n/a
Summer 2021 Online filmed induction n/a n/a
See the induction information page for an online information 'pack'.

School induction events

Your School will also hold an induction event for new students, details of which will be made available to you when you start.

Other useful information for new starters

In addition to the information you will find here on the Graduate School website, the University's Welcome pages give useful practical information about starting a course at Reading, including specific information for international students.

Vitae, the national organisation for researchers, offers some useful advice on starting your doctorate and keeping on track.

What happens next?

Our guide to what's involved in a postgraduate research programme provides an overview of the key activities and timescales.

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