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Postgraduate Research Induction and Development

Induction

When you join the University of Bradford you will take part in both a University wide and a faculty based Induction Programme, which is a requirement for all full-time and part-time research students. This will help you understand the academic and social environment here, and give you an introduction to all the services, support and training available to you.

Following this you would also undertake a comprehensive induction programme organised by the Faculty of Engineering & Informatics. These take place on the following dates according to the current Faculty Induction Policy.

  • 1st Wednesday, February
  • 1st Wednesday, May
  • 1st Wednesday, August
  • 1st Wednesday, November

It is also mandatory for all new PGR students to have attended at least one safety lecture organised by the Faculty's Health and Safety officer in their first year. Bespoke Health & Safety Lectures for PGR students shall be arranged. It is advised that in the following years, students attend the safety lecture as it may contain new information.

Research Training

When you join the University of Bradford you may take part in both University-wide and faculty-based training activities. The University provides high-quality training and represents our research students internally and externally.

At the Faculty level, various different research training activities are also provided. Supervisors meet students regularly and assess students' progress and training needs. This is highlighted in the Annual Progress Report.
Students are fully integrated into the Faculty's Research & Knowledge Transfer activity, which is organised into various interdisciplinary Research Groups. Each Research Group may provide different (appropriate) forms of training to their PhD students, such as:

  • Presentation skills: by presenting work to fellow group members and receiving feedbacks
  • Paper writing skills: by encouraging students to write papers and provided detailed feedback on these to help them improve their technical writing skills.
  • Discipline specific skills: experienced researchers may train the newer researchers in discipline specific activities like usage of software tools, specialised equipment, research methodology, etc.
  • Other subject based training depends on the subject area and may or may not be required and is decided by the supervisor following regular meetings.

Students are allowed to attend some FHEQ Level 7 modules in order to acquire additional skills and knowledge that may be useful for their research work.

Postgraduates who teach

Supporting students to obtain work-based experience is a key feature of the University of Bradford's approach to enhancing your employment prospects, so we encourage and support our postgraduates to engage in teaching and supporting learning.

We've developed a framework to support the initial development of all new employees involved in teaching and supporting learning. Your particular development plan will depend on your previous experience or involvement in marking, assessment and feedback. Your programme leader or supervisor will help you plan this out.

More information can be found at the Centre for Educational Development.

Language support

The Language Centre provides English language support open to all University of Bradford students.
It offers a range of free classes, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and online support to help you get the most out of your time here.

You will also find useful tools and advice in the International Study Centre in Richmond Building on the city centre campus.

Career development services

The Careers team at the University of Bradford provides a range of workshops designed specifically for research students covering topics like:

  • planning a career in academia
  • exploring wider career options
  • effective job applications and CVs
  • preparing for interviews

You can also use the team's drop-in service or arrange a longer guidance appointment to discuss your career development.

International Students

We have a large number of postgraduate students who come from outside the UK, so at the University of Bradford we work hard to make you feel at home as soon as you arrive.

The University provides support to international students throughout your time here, whether it's about your initial application, visas, social events, opening a bank account or even preparing to return home.

You can get in touch with the International team by speaking to International Student Adviser Sue Baker at The Hub in Richmond Building from 14:00-16:00 on weekdays.

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