Induction covers a wide range of activities, both formal and informal, which aim to ensure that PhD candidates develop a full and detailed understanding of all the issues relating to the degree.
The main responsibility for induction resides with the academic unit (usually a Department or School) in which the research is taking place.
Within the first few months of candidature, all students should get to know both the University-wide procedures concerning the PhD and the "local" practices within their home department.
It is, of course, one of the primary purposes of this Handbook to provide comprehensive and succinct information about the University's regulations and procedures. Most departments also provide practical written guides for their postgraduate students, giving information on services and resources as well as departmental activities, such as research seminars, staff-student committees and the like.
Although Divisions, Schools and Departments will often provide general induction sessions for new groups of students, it is essential that supervisors see induction as an important part of their work with candidates in the early stages of the PhD.
The Dean of the Graduate Research School can provide practical help with induction in Departments, Schools and Divisions. The Dean also presents regular PhD orientation workshops for new PhD students.
Further workshops are available through the Student Learning Centre and the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC).
Details of the workshops are available at: http://hedc.otago.ac.nz/hedc/sld/Postgraduate-Students.html