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

“The PhD orientation was an encouraging introduction, and the overall support of the College 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

Doctoral and Researcher College induction events (2023/24)

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 2023 Thursday 19 October 2023  11.00-12.00  Whiteknights (book via RISIS) 
Spring 2024 Tuesday 6 February 2024  11.00-12.00 Whiteknights (book via RISIS) 
Summer 2024   Thursday 25 April 2024   11.00-12.00 Whiteknights (book via RISIS) 

Read our induction 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 Doctoral and Researcher College 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.