Starting a PhD can be almost as daunting as finishing it, and no-one knows that better than the staff at the Graduate Research School here at Otago.
So School Manager Ms Claire Gallop has this year started a new initiative aimed at getting doctoral students off on the right foot.
Entitled 'An Insider's Guide to Doctoral Domination: PhD Induction Programme', the six-hour long course over two weeks gives a cohort of new students a heads up on the information they'll need to survive the next three years.
Ms Gallop, herself a doctoral student, says the reasons for the new programme are two-fold.
“Previously, we've held a three-hour programme as a one-off. We're hoping the new format will allow us to give doctoral candidates more information than before, but that it will also create a group of students who have bonded over the two weeks.”
“One of the key indicators for a successful and enjoyable PhD is having an excellent support network in place. We've designed this to help create bonds between thesis candidates from across the University.”
The six hour-long sessions cover: getting to know you, getting the bureaucracy, getting support, getting coffee (an induction into the Staff Club), getting on with supervisors, and getting on with it.
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