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Welcome New Students

Welcome to the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences! This section will aim to provide you with all the information you need to help you get started! Please take time to explore other areas of the website that have information to guide you throughout your studies and time here!

Prior to starting your programme

Before starting your programme, you should have enrolled via . If you are an international student holding a Tier 4 visa then you must attend a registration or check-in event - for further information please see

Induction Sessions

Each new student should take part in a Faculty induction in Semester 1 and a follow up in Semester 2 as well as inductions with their programmes/academic units.

 All students should read the PGR Student Handbook which has useful information about your studies.



Meet your supervisor

New students should meet with their supervisory team as soon as possible and complete the Academics Needs Analysis form (you will be prompted by PGR Tracker to do this).  At this meeting you will discuss your project, review your relevant experience, and discuss what further training would be appropriate for you to complete.  This training may be subject specific, e.g. directed reading, attend a high-level undergraduate course etc., or be more general in nature, e.g. further English language training, attending transferable skills courses etc.. 

At your initial meeting with your supervisor you should also discuss the make-up of your supervisory team and the frequency of supervisory meetings.  It is important to be clear on this from the start of your studies so that you can work effectively as a team.

What is PGR Tracker

PGR tracker is the on-line system where you can see all your personal information about your programme; upload your progression reports; maintain your training record and also complete any forms. If you have any questions then please ask the Graduate School Office Team.

Keep within your deadlines

Please know what your progression milestones are and when they are due (refer to the PGR Student Handbook). Failure to comply with the deadlines will have consequences, and may lead to termination. If you are not going to meet your deadline you must inform the Faculty Graduate School and submit a request to the PGR Special Considerations Board for an extension of the deadline.  Further guidance on PGR Special Considerations Requests can be found here

Complete a health and safety form

All students are required to complete a health and safety form which you can be download. Once completed please return to the Graduate School Office, Bulding 58/2111.

Know where to get help and who to contact

Your main supervisor is your first point of contact once you have commenced your programme; your supervisory team together with your Doctoral Programme Director and adminsistrator are responsible for maintaining your student records, ensuring that you are on track for your studies and they are there if you need a helping hand! The Graduate School Office can deal with most issues from progression queries to finance issues to graduation and award processes. If you have any sort of problems, be it personal, supervisory, financial, PGR tracker or needing to suspend, the Graduate School team can guide you to what options are available to you and help you through the process. You will also find an array of useful information in your Handbook and on this website, which is still developing.

You should also refer to: University calendar (rules and regulations) and code of practice and the quality handbook.


And finally enjoy your time here!

.....And remember the 7 secrets1 to a successful PhD:

  1. Meet regularly with your supervisor
  2. Write and show as you go
  3. Have realistic research goals – try not to be a perfectionist.  It’s not a Nobel Prize!  There is always more to do and people that disagree.
  4. Say no to distractions- checking your email first thing in the morning decreases daily productivity
  5. Work hard and respect holidays – reward yourself with a break
  6. Make full use of the available help – you’re not on your own!
  7. Persevere – you can do it!

1References: Conference: Seven Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students by Hugh Kearns;

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