As a new PGR student there is a lot to find out about. We have planned a week of information sessions and events planned to help to settle in, including campus tours, ethics and IT sessions, visa information and lots of opportunities to meet the team and other PGRs over coffee. 

Your mandatory (for on-campus students) official PGR School welcome and 'Taste of Aberdeen' reception will take place on 17 October 4-6pm.  If you are studying off-campus or cannot attend any events in person, you can view essential information in our online induction guide (coming in October 2019). 

You must register for induction & orientation events via by 9 October 2019. If you encounter any difficulties with this, please contact for further guidance. 


PGR Breakfast


FORESTERHILL: Monday 21 October: 09.15-10.00 in Level 7 COnferecne Room, IMS 

OLD ABERDEEN: Wednesday 23 October: 09.15-10.00 in the PGR Lounge in Crombie Halls

Join us for breakfast and an opportunity to meet fellow PGR students and find out about your PGR School.

IT Security & Research Data Management

FORESTERHILL: Monday 21 October: 10.15-12.15, Comp Room 3 Polworth Building

OLD ABERDEEN: Tuesday 22 October: 10.15-12.15, S81, Edward Wright Building

Information security and research data management training is one of your [link] mandatory training courses that you must complete within the first six months of being a PGR student at the University of Aberdeen.

The training is an online module that you can complete at your desk, however, if you would like to complete this is a classroom environment where you will be assisted by IT tutors, then this session is for you.

Research Ethics and Integrity

FORESTERHILL: Wednesday 23 October, 14.00 - 16.00, Polwarth, Computer Room 2

OLD Aberdeen: Friday 25 October, 10.15-12.00, Edward Wright, S81

Research Ethics and Governance training is one of your mandatory training courses that you must complete within the first six months of being a PGR student at the University of Aberdeen.

The training is an online module that you can complete at your desk, however, if you would like to complete this is a classroom environment where you will be assisted by a tutor, then this session is for you.

This overview session introduces current understandings of good research practice, and supports you, as a postgraduate research student, in making informed choices based on the principles of research integrity and ethics. You will then have the opportunity to complete the online training module in the class.

PhD Studentships

OLD ABERDEEN: Thursday 24 October, 11.15-12.30, A03 Crombie Halls

If you are in receipt of a funded studentship, this session will give you an overview of how your funding will work, information about research training grants and any specific requirements there are for reporting and submission timeframes.

Your PhD Milestones and Progression

FORESTERHILL: Tuesday 22 October, 13.15 – 14.30,  Level 7 Conference Room, IMS

OLD Aberdeen: Friday 25 October, 13.15-14.30, A03 Crombie Halls

During your postgraduate degree there are various point for review and for assessment of your progress. This session will provide you with more information about what to expect and when they will take place.

Getting Started with Your PhD - Working with Your Supervisor

FORESTERHILL: Tuesday 22 October, 14.45 – 16.00,  Level 7 Conference Room, IMS

OLD Aberdeen: Thursday 24 October, 14.15 - 15.30, A03 Crombie Halls

This short course is designed to give you time to explore how to set up the relationship with your supervisor, what your expectations are, what supervisors want from you and how to work together during your degree. You will leave with action plans to help improve and develop your relationship with your supervisor(s).

Immigration and Visas

FORESTERHILL: Monday 21 October, 14.00-15.30, Rm 115, Health Sciences Building

OLD ABERDEEN: Wednesday 23 October, 11.15 - 12.15,  A04 Crombie Halls

This session will give you an overview of the things you can and can’t do while studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa. It will also explore the options you have to work in the UK and the possible routes available to you at the end of your studies to look for work in the UK. You will be able to meet the Head of the Tier 4 and Immigration team and our International Student Advisers with opportunities to ask questions at an informal Q&A.

HOST Social - For International PGR Students

Old Aberdeen: Wednesday 23 October, 12.30 - 14.00, Room A03 Crombie Halls

HOST is a UK-wide organisation that links international students with approved hosts around the UK where they can visit for a day, a weekend or at Christmas.

A HOST social includes a fun quiz about British culture, followed by a presentation on the basics of British culture, and information about HOST visits.  There will be lots of opportunities for you to chat with other attendees and discuss differences in culture they have found, any difficulties they have had, and similarities.  We hope it will give you the opportunity to meet other students who have had similar experiences to them, as well as giving you a bit more information.  It’s particularly ideal for new students.

Introduction to Practice Based Research

Old Aberdeen, Wednesday 23 October, 14.00 - 17.00, Sir Duncan Library foyer 

Prof Patience Schell will lead a workshop on the place of practice-based research. Attendees will be shown around the exhibition ‘Sewing Resistance' at the Sir Duncan Rice Library before hearing a short talk from Prof Schell on the background to the arpillera project. Attendees are then invited to engage practically with the theme of the session by taking the first steps in creating their own arpillera. This opens up a reflective space where those present can ‘learn by doing’ in considering their own research in a new light. 

Arpilleras are traditionally made from fabric scraps, materials to hand and materials that have some sentimental value. Please feel free to bring in any fabrics, small or big, that you would want to incorporate into your arpillera. But don't worry if you can't think of anything to bring: all materials will be provided.

No previous craft/sewing experience necessary'


Coffee, Cake and Games in the PGR Lounge

Old Aberdeen, Friday 25 October 14.00 - 17.00, Crombie Halls

Join us for coffee, cake and board games in the PGR Lounge.

PhD Movie Screenings

The PhD Movie. Tuesday 22 October, 18.00, PGR Lounge, Crombie Halls

The PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School. Thursday 24 October, 18.00, PGR Lounge, Crombie Halls

Join us to watch the PhD movies,  live-action adaptation of the popular online webcomic "Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD)" about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. With humour and heart, the film follows the plight of two graduate students ("The Nameless Graduate Student", played by Raj Katti, and Cecilia, played by Alexandra Lockwood) as they try to find meaning and balance in the annals of Academia.

Hidden Campus Tour

OLD ABERDEEN: Monday 21 October, 17.00 - 18.00, Crombie Halls foyer

Join us for a guided tour of some of our unique and hidden gems on campus. Meet at the front entrance to Crombie Halls.