PGR Induction is held twice every year, during the first week of October and the second or third week of January. The University offers a week-long programme of talks and events where PGRs are welcomed into the UofG community, as well as meeting key staff members and services who can help on their research journey.
Sessions are held at different levels of the University, and PGRs will be invited directly to welcome events in your Research Group, School/Institute and Graduate School, alongside the University-wide programme.
The main programme of events is open to PGRs from all graduate schools, to give them to opportunity to meet researchers from all disciplines. Most of the sessions are run multiple times throughout the week to allow them to create a mix-and-match schedule which meet their interests and research needs. Some sessions are strongly reccomended- these will provide important information about University services.
For International Students, there is an additional programme of events run by International Student Support which PGRs may find useful.
Descriptions of typical Induction Week events can be viewed below.
PGR Campus Tour
Welcome to Induction Week
This short practical information session will let you know what is on offer during PGR induction week, and how to book onto different events. Many of the events across the week are repeated to allow you to create a mix and match programme. There are also self-paced induction materials that you can use as a stand-alone resource, or to prepare for the ‘chat café’ discussion sessions. Joanna Royle, Researcher Development Advisor, will highlight which sessions are strongly recommended for all PGRs (for example your Graduate School Dean’s Welcome), and which are offered in case they meet your needs and interests.
Graduate School Dean’s Welcome
The University of Glasgow has four colleges: the College of Arts (ARTS), the College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Science (MVLS), the College of Social Sciences (CoSS), and the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE). Each college has an overarching Graduate School which supports your School or Institute with all aspects of your postgraduate research. This session is a chance for your graduate school Dean, Manager, and wider team to welcome you to #TeamUofG. Information abou these sessions will be circulated by your Graduate School before Induction Week.
Introduction to PGR Services
This longer session is a tapas-style opportunity for you to hear from the UofG services that you might find useful as a PGR. Join a team of imaginary PGR friends as they navigate their way through their research journey, with short talks from the Library, the Data Management Team, the Research Integrity Team, the Careers Service and more.
A PhD is not just a PhD! During your research you will have lots of opportunities to undertake additional training, public engagement, internships, teaching, mentoring, and more. Researcher development is the collective term for this portfolio of things that you do alongside your PhD to enrich your transferable skills, foster your talents, and enrich your professional prospects. Like many universities, Glasgow uses the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you frame your researcher development. This interactive session will get you thinking about what opportunities are available, and help you plan and log your own development.
Wellbeing and Support
Doing research is exciting, but also daunting. It is helpful to put in place good strategies for keeping well from the start. Whether you are worried about time management, procrastination, imposter syndrome, making friends, or work-life balance, come along to this advice session, run by the university Wellbeing team, to help you build mechanisms for handling some of the hurdles that researchers face. This session will also let you know about the wider support landscape and services that you can access at the University.
International Student Support
If you are a international student joining UofG for the first time, this is an opportunity to find out more about what support the university offers, and to ask questions of the International Student Support team. You might also want to look at their website for further information.
Been sitting down all morning? The Active Lifestyle Team at the Student Recreation Service have got your back: literally! Hop into something comfy, clear a space on the floor, and take 30 minutes to stretch out in this gentle online lunchtime yoga session.
Take a turn about our beautiful Gilmorehill Campus with your PGR Tour Guide. You’ll find out where some key University services are located, the best places to eat and drink on campus, learn some fun facts about the University and stretch your legs in good company.
Gilchrist Campus Meet-Up
This session is for researchers who are eager to meet fellow PGRs and spend some time socialising. The Gilchrist club is a social and study hub for postgraduate students and staff, so grab a coffee and make some new friends!
Grill a PGR
Want to know what is it REALLY like to do postgraduate research? Grill a PGR is panel Q and A session in a staff-free zone. Join a group of PGR volunteers and your host and ask them all the hard questions!
Chat Café: Taking Stock / Planning Your Process
The PhD journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Taking Stock / Planning Your Process explores tools and processes that could help you build sustainable working practices during your PhD. We will talk about identifying your work patterns; getting the best out of your study spaces; using online project planning apps; communication tools to keep in touch with your supervisor, and our thoughts on why a thesis journal could be your best friend on the PGR journey.
Chat cafes are interactive discussion sessions led by an expert from one of the UofG services. Before the Chat Café you should work through the self-paced materials on the topic, and come with questions to ask and experiences to share. The self-paced materials are here: https://rise.articulate.com/share/009qrh9NipXt6XzA0VewND-WZPSO4CZ4. There are some specialised materials for researchers in the College of Arts here: https://rise.articulate.com/share/LqPNj7U2tTgPeVHTcyWg5YMabGJt9Kl-
Chat Café: Literature Reviews / Writing Your Thesis
The literature review is one of the first sections of a thesis and often the first ‘task’ you will be set by a supervisory team when you start a PGR programme. It might be a separate chapter within your thesis, or part of a general background section. But what is required of a literature review and how do you effectively collate and synthesise all the information you need? We will talk about your experience of writing literature reviews in the past, and do some thinking about different types of literature review structure, library resources, reference management, and what it means to critically appraise information at doctoral level.
Chat cafes are interactive discussion sessions led by an expert from one of the UofG services. Before the Chat Café you should work through the self-paced materials on the topic, and come with questions to ask and experiences to share. The self-paced materials are here: https://rise.articulate.com/share/hyePwuv4MxY0gKb78X1TdKMMZsnVuNef. There are some specialised materials for researchers in the College of Arts here: https://rise.articulate.com/share/iT65Y39pJ-BjI1BcDvNFiAMUDWJYqy5r
Chat Café: A Stylish Thesis / Writing Your Thesis
Formatting your thesis so it looks like a professional document that follows the conventions of an academic dissertation is not something to leave to the end of the process. You can save yourself a lot of editorial time by setting up and using templates and conventions as you go along. This is often one of our most popular induction events, as the IT training team take you through the process, with a wealth of tips and tricks to speed up your typing as you go along.
Chat cafes are interactive discussion sessions led by an expert from one of the UofG services. Before the Chat Café you should work through the self-paced materials on the topic, and come with questions to ask and experiences to share. The self-paced materials are here: https://rise.articulate.com/share/0ozgmFbEGN9_1_luDtFH6gNnhKDcijap
This PhD Life
Conferences are a big part of academic community and knowledge sharing. Attend very first one straight away with the one-day online UofG This PhD Life symposium. This by-researchers-for-researchers event is a chance to hear talks from your UofG peers about what the PhD journey is really like: from managing your time, to handling your supervisory team, to planning your writing and more. Do some networking, make some new friends, and learn what it is like to go to a conference all in one event!
For more informaiton, visit the This PhD Life Webpages