We hope you are looking forward to commencing your studies with us here at the University of Exeter. To help you settle into university life we have arranged a series of different sessions based on your course for you to attend.  

All new PGR students are required to attend induction, even if you are progressing from Undergraduate or Masters study at Exeter. Our Induction Session is designed to provide you with essential information to help you while studying for a research degree. It is also a great way to meet fellow students. 

As all the inductions will be taking place online this year via Microsoft Teams, you will not need a Exeter University email address to access these events however we strongly recommend that you get your IT account set up and use this email address. You should be able to access the Teams events without having the desktop app however again we recommend you download it from the university website (once you have completed both your IT and programme registration). Please note that Teams has replaced Skype for Business.

There is one booking form for induction , where you will be able to sign up for the Doctoral College induction and your college induction. Details of your discipline induction will be shared with you soon via email. Once you have completed the form, you will be set an automatic email with the links to the three inductions (each link will be different and based on what you have selected in the form). This email will be sent to the email address entered in the form, so please check you have entered the correct email address. This email may end up in your Junk or Spam folder so please check. If you do not receive this automatic email within 48 hours please email: Please only sign up to induction once, unless you make a mistake.  

Below you can find out when the different inductions will take place, please note all times are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). If you are unsure as to what college or discipline you are part of please refer back to your offer letter. 

Timetable for Induction:

Meet the Doctoral College Team 

Your first couple of weeks as a Postgraduate Research Student (PGR) is all about getting to know the University and your college. You will be provided with useful information about the services available to you as well as the key things you need to do throughout your research degree. 

Doctoral College Induction (University Induction)

Monday 11th January- 11:00-12:30 (GMT*)

All new Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) are required to attend this induction, regardless of college, discipline or campus. This induction is an introduction to both the university and its support services, as well as an introduction to the Doctoral College and its people who are here to give you dedicated support throughout your research degree. 

This event will be taking place on online via Microsoft Teams. Details of which will be sent to you once you have signed up. 

Sign up here

College Specific Inductions

Depending on which college you are part of (you can find this out on your offer letter), you are required to attend a college specific induction which will cover the details of what happens in your college and will allow you to meet others in the same college as you. 

Business School

Date: Wednesday 13 January 2021

Time: 12:30-13:45 (GMT*)

Sign up here (please note you only need to sign up once)

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Date: Monday 11 January 2021

Time: 13:30-14:30 (GMT*)

Sign up here (please note you only need to sign up once)

College of Humanities

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 11:30-12:30 (GMT*)

Sign up here (please note you only need to sign up once)

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Date: Tuesday 12th January 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30 (GMT*)

Sign up here (please note you only need to sign up once)

College of Medicine and Health

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 10:30-12:00 (GMT*)

Sign up here (please note you only need to sign up once)

College of Social Sciences and International Studies 

Date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

Time: 11:00-12:00 (GMT*)

Sign up here (please note you only need to sign up once)

*Greenwich Mean Time 

Over the course of your first couple of weeks, you will meet your discipline direct of postgraduate research (DPGR) as well as others from within your discipline. Details will be sent to you directly about when this will take place.  

List of discipline inductions:

- Graduate School of Education- Throughout the week beginning 18th January- full details available here- Graduate School of Education Induction Timetable Jan 2021

Introduction to our Training and Development programme

For your first term, we have designed a research training induction programme to introduce you to the university, its processes and systems, and the skills you will need to undertake your research. You are also welcome to book on to any of our other sessions advertised on My Career Zone. All sessions will be run online using Microsoft Teams.

Our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is designed to support you at all stages of your research degree. The programme is organised into five strands:

  1. Researcher Development Essentials,
  2. Career Development Essentials,
  3. Data,
  4. Sharing Your Research,
  5. Writing

In week 4, your training programme will begin with sessions to help you assess your training needs and plan your training and development. This will include a workshop on Planning ahead: developing yourself and your skills and a question and answer panel with PGRs and academics with a Focus on…getting started with your research degree. In tandem with these training sessions, we suggest you discuss and complete your Training Needs Analysis with your supervisors this week after attending these sessions.

Why not also listen to our podcast Researchers, Development and the In-betweens, where our Researcher Development Manager Kelly Preece talks to researchers about their experience of working in Higher Education! You can listen and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher!

Workshop Dates

- Planning ahead: developing yourself and your skills- 26/01/2021 (11:00-13:00)

- Focus on... getting started with your research degree- 27/01/2021 (14:00-15:00)

Online Resources

- Planning ahead online course

In week 5, we will focus on your relationship with your supervisory team. This includes our workshop on Working with your supervisors covering what you can expect, how to manage your relationship and (if necessary) have difficult conversations. We also suggest you complete your Supervisor agreement after attending this session.

Workshop dates and times

- Working with your supervisors- 05/02/2021 (11:00-12:00)

Online Courses

- Working effectively with your supervisor

In week 6, we will provide training to help your manage your research project, and image your time. You will get an overview of project management techniques for researchers in Project managing your research degree, and core skills for managing your time in our session on Working from home.

Workshop dates

- Project managing your research degree- 09/02/2021 (10:00-12:00)

- Working from home: wellbeing and productivity- 11/02/2021 (11:00-12:00)

 Online Courses

- Project managing your thesis

- Working from home tips

In week 7, we’ll get you started thinking about your literature review. In our sessions Starting your thesis: preparing for your literature review you will learn the purpose of a literature review in a research degree, how to conduct thorough searches and keep up to date, reading efficiently and taking notes effectively. This week will also include a Library Induction for Researchers to fully prepare you to undertake your literature review.

Workshop dates

- Starting your thesis: preparing for your literature review- 17/02/2021 (11:00-12:00)

Online Courses

- Starting your thesis

In week 8, we want to get you started thinking about writing. Writing is a core skill to develop during your research degree, and something that should be practiced and honed throughout rather than left to the ‘writing up’ stage of your degree. Our introductory session on Academic writing for PGRs will introduce some core skills and techniques for writing at research degree level. Why not also attend one of our Shut up and Write sessions this week as well, and get some writing done in the company of other PGRs?

Workshop dates

- Academic writing for PGRs- 23/02/2021 (11:00-12:00)

Online Courses

- Academic Writing for Research Degrees

- Writing webpage including writing dates

Introductions to University Services

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE)

Any PGR wishing to undertake undergraduate teaching, will need to complete stage 1 of the LTHE course. Full information about the LThe course can be found on the following webpage. 

If you have already registered and got your Exeter IT account, you can visti the LTHE sharepoint about how to sign up for the course. 

Library Induction

The Library induction can be accessed at any point and is an interactive SWAY presentation.  

Finance- T1 Support
The finance team are here to support you with any of your training needs related to T1, there are several ways you can access their training:
  • Bookable Induction Training Sessions- take a look at the courses advertised here, as you are a student the way to book onto these sessions is via email: letting them know the date and time of the session you wish to attend. 
  • Online training information- there are a series of online help sheets to help you navigate the T1 system, topics include: Access to T1, T1 cost codes, cash advances, how to submit an expenses claim and much more. 
  • Bookable Teams Q&A sessions post training- this is to help clear up any questions you may still have and provide any further support that might be needed. More information about the finance helpdesk drops in can be found here. 

Widening Participation

The University of Exeter has a key objective to ensure that all students, from every background, are supported to access, succeed in, and progress from higher education. The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation (WP) team organise and run a large programme of WP events targeted at young people from a range of underrepresented and often disadvantaged backgrounds. The contribution made to these events from members of the academic community is essential for ensuring an exciting and authentic experience of the kind of teaching and research carried out at the University of Exeter. To get involved, please see the WP team's webpage here

Widening Participation Induction Presentation 2020

INTO Training Programme

The insessional programme for English Language Skills Development online induction can be found here.