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 graduate students. The current timetable is as follows:
It is the responsibility of the responsible board 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 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 3.2. The board is responsible for determining who delivers each element of induction, e.g. the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), research group leader, or the individual supervisor. Responsible boards should 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
Responsible boards should ensure that the programme of induction includes the following:
Examples of good practice in graduate induction may be found at Annex A.
Where students are admitted who have disclosed a disability, the responsible board should ensure that any special requirements to support the student on course are understood, put in place and communicated as necessary. The board 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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