Guidance for staff on student administration and support
The University’s Education Committee is responsible for the maintenance of a timetable for Week 0 of Michaelmas Term determining the days on which departments and colleges shall provide an induction programme for full-time graduate students. The current timetable is as follows:
It is the responsibility of the department to provide a programme of induction for its students, which will sit alongside the induction provided to students by their colleges. During Week 0 of Michaelmas Term this programme must be delivered in accordance with the agreed timetable with colleges, but the programme may begin before, or extend beyond Week 0 over the course of the first term.
The programme of induction should enable students to begin their studies with an understanding of the academic and social environment within which they will be working and must include (but is not confined to) all essential aspects of induction as listed in subsection 4.2. The responsible body should determine who delivers each element of induction, e.g. the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or course director. The responsible body should also ensure that the induction programme takes into account the diverse backgrounds of a typical student cohort, and the multiple adjustments that students are making at this time, especially those who have recently arrived from overseas.
The responsible body should ensure that the programme of induction includes the following:
A document giving fuller guidance on the content of induction, including examples of good practice, is attached to this Policy and Guidance at Annex A.
Where students are admitted who have disclosed a disability, the responsible body should ensure that any special requirements to support the student on course are understood, put in place and communicated as necessary as early as possible. The responsible body should discuss these requirements with the student and take advice from the Disability Advisory Service.
Additionally, induction is a good opportunity to inform students who have not yet disclosed a disability that it is in their own interests to do so for their better support.
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