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Current Postgraduate Students


How your induction runs in the Department will depend on whether you start in October - Michaelmas Term, January - Lent Term or April - Easter Term.  The greatest proportion of our graduate students (PhD and MPhil) arrive in October (around 70-80 students) and therefore, we have in place three days of induction activities and events to cater for this large cohort; in January and April, we usually have around 5 students arriving  and therefore, the induction is on a smaller scale, typically just one day but enough to get the new students up and running in their laboratories.  You can access the most recent Induction schedules by clicking the above term names.

Regardless of the term in which you start, you will receive an Induction Pack which will contain the following items:


Registration (x 1)

Green Safety Induction Checklist (x2 – one to submit, one to keep for your records)

Statement on Safety Regulations (x1)

Safety Handbook

Departmental Graduate Training Information

Careers Service Handbook


Departmental IT Service

Researcher Development

Cambridge Enterprise

In terms of your Live Fire Training, this can usually be booked through Reception.  The Department is currently changing provider for these sessions so students will need to wait until the new ones are advertised.  This will be done by e-mail but they are normally quickly filled so we recommend that you get booked onto one as early as possible .

And should you require prescription safety glasses, our Dispensing Optician (Mr Kieran Doyle) will be on-site during the latter part of October to meet with you (dates TBC by reception): until you have your prescription safety glasses, please wear over-glasses in the laboratory. Ordinary safety glasses will be provided for all students when they arrive, if they will be working in teaching and research laboratories.