Information for New Postgraduate Research Students
Starting Out – Induction Event for New Researchers
Sign up to attend the Starting Out Induction Event, specifically for new researchers, which offers an important introduction to life and study as a researcher at Cardiff University. These events are held in October, January, April, and July. Click here for further information.
University Graduate College Programme
A comprehensive programme of workshops and activities to develop your research and research management skills, as well as personal and professional skills. Click here to find out more.
What it’s like to do a PhD
Click here for an online database featuring information, guidance, humorous anecdotes and personal experiences from current and former PhD students that may help you navigate life as a postgraduate research student.
Managing your project, your supervisor and yourself
Vitae is an important hub of information and guidance for research students and staff.
University Rules and Regulations
- Research Degrees Handbook
- Other academic regulations (academic integrity, attendance, progress monitoring)
Student High Street
A video introduction to the Student High Street is available here.
About your Academic School…
Key contacts within your academic school:
- Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
- Postgraduate Research Administrator
Check with your supervisor or the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies for information on the following:
- Tour of the School’s facilities
- School Code of Practice and local frameworks
- Heath and Safety arrangements
- School Arrangements for progress monitoring
- Student feedback and communication methods
- School research ethics policies and procedures
- School skills development and training programme
- School seminar programme
- Funding for conferences and external activity
- Postgraduate groups/societies within the School
Refer to the Learning Central site where you will find more information on your ‘First Steps’.
- Identify which library holds the materials relevant to your subject.
- Find the books and journals you need.
- For distance researchers.
- Register with a Doctor and Dentist.
- Advice on housing, finances, welfare and academic matters.
- Advice and counselling on personal matters.
- Immigration and visa advice
- English Language support
- Introduction to Study Methods in the UK
- International Research Students Support Network (IRSSN)IRSSN is a voluntary and informal network of international research students set up to meet the additional need for mutual support and encouragement experienced by many international students during their stay at Cardiff University. It is primarily a social group of mature international students who meet informally on a regular basis (monthly), for example for an informal chat on a topic of mutual interest, to brainstorm on a non-academic or academic Phd matter, for a meal or just to go bowling.The IRSSN welcomes new international PhDs to register their interest in joining the network by sending their mobile phone and current email address to Sarah Simons at firstname.lastname@example.org who will email you with their next meeting date.