February 25, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Mini Induction for New Postgraduates

New & revamped initiative

Postgraduate Induction programmes are an opportunity for all postgraduates to hear about how the Graduate School can support you with training and development opportunities. The programmes also offer a great chance to meet other new postgraduates and establish rapport with senior postgraduates over coffee and cake.

Welcome presentations are delivered by senior staff from the Graduate School and introduce you to the additional facilities and support available to postgraduates.

Coffee and Cake sessions are an opportunity to look around our postgraduate hub and meet other postgraduates. There will be free refreshments!

This year, we are offering a total of four induction programmes and the dates are as follows:

  • Friday 22 February 2019, 2pm – 3pm
  • Tuesday 28 May 2019, 2pm – 3pm
  • Friday 30 August 2019, 2pm – 3pm
  • Monday 30 September 2019, 10am – 4pm

The first mini postgraduate induction 

Our first mini induction for postgraduates was held on 22 February 2019. This induction was for postgraduate students who were not able to attend our main Postgraduate Welcome Programme last October or have joined the University thereafter.


First and foremost, an effective icebreaker was used to welcome and warm up the introductory conversation among the new postgraduate students. This session was facilitated by Dr Jiin Woei Lee, Research Training Development Manager.

Welcome address

“…welcome to the University of Nottingham and this is your Graduate School.” 

A warm welcome address by Ms Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, Head of Graduate School, who also introduced the role of Graduate School in providing a range of dedicated support and services for its postgraduate students. Deepa also talked about two important topics, Research Ethics and Research Integrity, to the new postgraduate students where they are now at the stage of embarking on their research degrees.

Introduction to our support & services

“…there are loads of fun and engaging activities that we do here at the Graduate School.” 

Next was an informative presentation by Ms Vimaleswari Danapal, Assistant Manager at the Graduate School, which delved into the details of competitions, events and activities by Graduate School.

Introduction to our training programmes

“…our training and development provision includes over 40 face-to-face specialist courses and more.”

This was followed by another information presentation by Dr Jiin Woei Lee and Dr Tissa Chandesa, Research Training Development Managers, which delved into the details of Researcher Development Programme (RDP) and Postgraduate Student Teachers (PST) programme.

A network for postgraduate students

Last but not least, an introductory to Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN) by Olaoluwa Duro-Bello (fondly known as Ola), Students’ Association (SA) Postgraduate Officer, who is currently leading the PGSN.

If you would like to find out more about PGSN, please follow and/or get in touch via their Facebook platform.


The new postgraduate students later joined the rest of the postgraduate community in our first Coffee and Cake session of this year. This casual session was an ideal meeting platform for all postgraduate students whilst enjoying some free refreshments.

Get in touch

As a postgraduate researcher, you may start your research degree at different times of the year. We send out a welcome email upon request to new postgraduate researchers which contains information about registering on Moodle, university support services and upcoming events as well as training and other opportunities.

Please email us at graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my for more information.

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