4.5 Induction

Prospective research students will receive information about the induction procedures for their research degree programme when they are notified that their application has been successful, prior to their expected start date, so that they are aware of what to expect when they start their degree programme. Information for new students is also available on the University's website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/students/new/.  

The induction programme for new research students at the beginning of the academic year may be comprised of University-wide and/or faculty events, both of which are complemented by induction at school or programme level. The timing and content of induction activities should take account of the needs of different groups of research students, including those studying part-time or by distance learning, and international students arriving in the UK for the first time.

Faculties and schools normally ensure induction for those students who begin their research programme part way through the year is tailored to enable them to understand their faculty, school and programme of study. 

4.5.1. The University’s minimum requirements for induction of new research students are:

All research students, including part-time students and those working remotely, must receive appropriate information about the environment in which they will be studying and pursuing research, including the names and contact details of all those involved in guiding and supporting them within their school or faculty and in the wider University.

All research students must receive appropriate induction that provides them with the information they will need to begin their programmes. Faculties and schools should determine what is covered at their respective levels.

Research students must receive detailed information about University regulations and policies that apply to their programme, including:

  • supervision;
  • progress monitoring and review;
  • regulations that apply to the degree for which the student is registered;
  • assessment criteria and regulations that apply to the degree for which the student is registered; and
  • any institutional or faculty codes of practice that apply to the research degree programme.

Full information about supervisory arrangements is critical as these affect many aspects of the research degree programme. Research students should be made aware of the importance of their relationship with their supervisors and should understand their own role and that of their supervisors.

Induction programmes should also provide information for research students on:

  • the learning infrastructure and how to access it, including arrangements for remote access, available equipment, library and computing facilities and any social space specially designated for research students;
  • the University’s expectations of the student’s responsibilities;
  • the day-to-day support and communication that students can access, including the school's arrangements for pastoral care,
  • the opportunities available for the student to develop subject-specific and transferable skills;
  • school and faculty arrangements for evaluating student satisfaction and dealing with problems encountered by students; and
  • arrangements for meeting students' personal, social, welfare and recreational needs, including information about facilities, opportunities and support available within the University.