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University Postgraduate Researcher Induction

The University Postgraduate Researcher Induction and Essentials sessions are intended to help you make a smooth transition from undergraduate/masters study or the workplace to postgraduate research student.  The Induction will explain the University structures, policies and procedures that apply to you as you undertake a doctoral or other research degree. Presenters for the Induction include the Provost and Pro Dean (Research Postgraduate), as well as current Postgraduate Researchers, senior academic staff and alumni (on their perspectives of research).

Induction happens three times each academic year in order to accommodate different start dates - you only need to sign up to one Induction.  All Inductions are open to students from all disciplines.  Please attend the Induction nearest to your start date.

In addition to a morning Induction, you will sign up for one afternoon Postgraduate Researcher Essentials session.  These are designed to introduce you to the full range of support and advice available to you as postgraduate research student, so that your time at St Andrews will be as rewarding and productive as possible.  There are several sessions at various times in the first semester, and one session in the second semester - please choose whichever session fits best with your schedule.

How do I request a place?

Please register for one Postgraduate Researcher Induction AND one Postgraduate Researcher Essentials

You need to activate your University email address prior to booking a place as you need this for the online booking system.  If you haven't already done this, go to New students on a research postgraduate course for information on activating your account.

The links below will take you to the University's online Personal Development Management System (PDMS), so that you can book on the Induction and Essentials sessions of your choice.  The links will all open in a new browser window.

Registration process: Tick the "Add course" box, then click the "Book" button.  You will go to a login page where you need to enter your St Andrews University email username and password, then click the "Login" button.  The system will show you the course you have asked to book on: click the "Submit" button. You will be asked to fill in information on special dietary needs, etc - that will only happen the very first time you log in. You will get an email acknowledging your request for a place, and a separate email to confirm when you have been allocated a place.  If you don't receive any confirmation emails, please check your Spam/Junk/Clutter folders, and if you still can't find it let us know by emailing:

Inductions (select one):

  • Mon 16 Sep 2019, 09.30-12.30 (registration opens at 9am)
  • Mon 7 Oct 2019, 09.30-12.30 (registration opens at 9am)
  • Tue 11 Feb 2020, 09.30-12.30 (registration opens at 9am)

Essentials (select one):

  • Mon 16 Sep 2019, 13.30-16.30
  • Mon 7 Oct 2019, 13.30-16.30
  • Tue 12 Nov 2019, 13.00-16.00 (note earlier start time)
  • Tue 11 Feb 2020, 13.30-16.30

Refreshments & Information stands

Refreshments will be available during registration and mid-morning, and lunch will be provided.  During the mid-morning break at Induction there will be Information Stands from a variety of units such as:

  • Careers Centre,
  • University Library,
  • Student Services,
  • Transitions.

Mobility concerns

The University of St Andrews has many lovely, old buildings, which means that access to venues can be restricted.  If you have any mobility concerns, please email and let us know:

Any problems or queries

If you encounter any problems or have any queries, please email us:


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Contact details

Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee
Educational & PG Researcher Developer 

T: (01334) 462334

Remember: activate your university email account prior to registering for the induction.

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