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Welcome and Induction

Welcome to Middlesex Postgraduate Research

We’re so excited to welcome you to our Research Degrees Community. Our induction day is your official welcome to Middlesex University, and will give you all the info you need and introduce you to life as a research student.

  • September 2021 Induction

    Induction for research students starting in September 2021 will be on Thursday 23 September 2021 and will be delivered online via Zoom.

    It is designed for research students in the following programmes:

    MPhil/PhD, MPhil/PhD by Public Works, MA/MSc by Research, ArtsM/ArtsD, MProf/DProf (Specialist Validated Pathways - SVP).

    Research Induction consists of the Welcome to Middlesex session, an introduction to the Faculties where they have the opportunity to meet with research staff and their supervisors, the Research Library Induction and some additional sessions where new starters will have an opportunity to meet with current students and graduates. The schedule can be found below.

  • Exceptional Inductions

    Transdiciplinary (TD) Professional Doctorate students: Please note that your programme has a separate induction schedule which will be communicated to you by your supervisors and Directors of Studies. You are encouraged to attend Middlesex Research Students Induction session (23/09/2021 at 10am, as well as any other Induction session), but please note that the Faculty introductory sessions (23/09/2021, afternoon) will not be relevant to your programme.

    Students starting in our collaborative partner institutions (New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Metanoia Institute, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and London School of Theology) are also invited to attend Middlesex Research Students Induction on 23/09/2021 as well as any other Induction session, as it is a great opportunity to welcome everyone in the MDX Research Community. The Faculty introductory sessions (23/09/2021, afternoon) are not relevant to our collaborative partner students as these sessions are specific to the Middlesex programmes.

  • September 2021 Induction Schedule (click on each date to see the schedule)

    • Wednesday 22 September 2021
      Date and TimeActivityLocation
      11:00 - 12:00 BST

      Wellbeing and Healthy Habits

      Facilitated by Lorna Zacharek (Mental Health Advisor)

      Keeping on top of the day to day can be a challenge for all of us. It can take a lot of commitment and creativity for us to find structure in our days, to balance the often countless things on our to-do lists and to prioritise our wellbeing, especially as a postgraduate research student, with the majority of work requiring independent and self-disciplined approaches.

      This session will explore topics including: reinventing our routines and managing our time, maintaining self-care and reaching out for help when we need it; this will include us sharing information on the Student Support Services available to you at MDX.

      There will be lots of space for interaction and discussion throughout the workshop; we’d love to hear from you.

      You can access the Zoom meeting here.

      Meeting ID: 918 5271 0602

      Passcode: 302173

      13:00 -15:00 BST

      Word from the experts: how are they doing it? with the MDXSU

      Current Middlesex University research students and recent graduates will talk about their experiences and their research journey. This session will offer you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss with fellow researchers while offering us an opportunity to informally welcome you to our Research Community. We are hosting this session in collaboration with Belito Bale, Student Communities Development Coordinator in our Students' Union and we will open with an introduction to the work of MDXSU.

      Join us via Zoom here.

      Meeting ID: 961 7602 0522
      Passcode: 826892

      Unfortunately, we will need to run this session exclusively online. Apologies for any inconvenience.

    • Thursday 23 September 2021
      Date and Time

      Activity

      Location


      10:00-12:00 BST

      Welcome to Middlesex

      (10:00-10:45) Prof Carole-Anne Upton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Knowledge Exchange and Engagement (TBC) and
      'Research at Middlesex': Prof Richard Comley, Director of Research

      (10:45-11:15) Introduction to Research Degrees Administration Team - Kerrie O'Connor and RDAT

      (11:15-11:30) Student Fees and Finance - brief introduction by Jodi Dehaney

      (11:30-12:00) Navigating the website, UniHub, MyLearning and Q&A

      You can access the Zoom meeting here.

      Meeting ID: 936 2043 8184
      Passcode: 660895

      Induction material is available in MyLearning and accessible with your Middlesex login details.

      Access January 2021 Induction folder.

      Afternoon

      Introduction to your Faculty/School

      In these sessions, you will be welcomed to your respective Faculties in Middlesex University. We strongly encourage that you attend your School Induction, as this is the starting point for you to familiarise with the environment in which you will be working for the following years.

      Click on each Faculty to enter the Zoom meetings

      Arts and Creative Industries  (Meeting ID: 929 7121 6657,
      Passcode: 611683)

      Science and Technology (Meeting ID: 919 7110 0983, Passcode: 211494)

      Health, Social Care and Education (Including MProf and DProf SVP students) (Meeting ID: 938 3298 5656, Passcode: 439216)

      Business School (Meeting ID: 864 7291 2264; Passcode: 262617)

      School of Law (Meeting ID: 972 8100 5934; Passcode: 519204)

    • Friday 24 September 2021
      Date and TimeActivityLocation
      14:00-16:00 BST (UK time)

      Research Library Induction

      In this workshop, Dr Adam Edwards, Jamie Halstead and Susannah Parry, Subject Liaison Librarians, will take you through the resources necessary for your studies.

      Find the essential instructions and checklist for this session. If you can download these two items before the meeting this will save time on the day.

      During the session you will work through the instructions sheets at your own speed with Librarians available to help you 1-2-1 if required.  As soon as you complete the work you are free to go, so unless we have technical issues on the day, the session will be shorter than the two hours advertised.

      If you have any questions about this session please email Dr Adam Edwards.

      You can access the Zoom meeting here.

      Meeting ID: 959 5730 4505

      Passcode: 454532

Get in touch with our Research Degrees Administration Team for further information on any of these activities.

This information is subject to change, so please check again closer to your arrival date.

Your induction

We have two induction sessions during the academic year depending when you start your course; September or January.

We highly recommend you attend as many of your induction sessions as possible. There you'll have the opportunity to meet our support services, speak to our library team and be introduced to key faculty staff members. You will find out important information about your degree and resources available to you as a student and researcher in Middlesex University.

Pre-arrival survey

Starting a research degree is an exciting yet daunting task. We want to ensure your journey with us is a positive experience right from the start.

By completing the pre-arrival survey, you will have the opportunity to let us know more about yourself and your expectations, and we can use this information to assist you further in your studies.

Take the survey!

Welcome message from the Vice-Chancellor Professor Nic Beech

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Nic Beech would like to warmly welcome our new research students to Middlesex, to our MDX family and to our Research Community.

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