Welcome information and timetables

Starting a doctoral degree can be a daunting experience. Our welcome event is organised to help smooth the transition into doctoral-level research and prepare you well for the journey ahead.

Welcome timetables

Dates for your diary

  • 1 September - Register online from this date
  • 14 September – Resources will be available online
  • 28 September – Various School level inductions across PGR
  • 29 September – Faculty of Humanities virtual welcome session
  • 5 October – Various School level inductions across PGR

Postgraduate research (PGR) online handbook

The SEED PGR online handbook covers all the information pertaining to your studies, from the moment you commence your studies right through to submission. You can find information about your programme, services and support, funding and finance, fieldwork, ethics, and teaching and training.

Students should read and become familiar with the PGR handbook.

Arrival in Manchester

You can register online via the registration portlet in My Manchester anywhere in the world, and it is recommended that you complete this prior to your arrival in Manchester.

Registration is essential, as it is the process by which you are formally admitted to the University each academic year. At the end of the process, as a new student, you will receive a validated University student/library swipe-card which will last for the expected duration of your programme of study, and which is subject to annual validation via re-registration.

There are three main steps you must complete in order to officially register:

  • activating your IT account;
  • confirming your attendance;
  • completing online registration.

Details on how to complete these steps, as well as help and support, completing registration and how to pay your fees can be found at Get Ready for Manchester.

Late arrivals

This year the School is offering flexibility for those postgraduate researchers who will be arriving late however, it is expected that registration is completed as normal from 1 September unless you are registered on a course within the School/University and results are pending.

If you will be arriving late, please do make the PGR Office aware of your future arrival date so that we can inform the relevant supervisors and departments. Please contact pgr-seed@manchester.ac.uk

Creating your research profile

Greatly enhance your career prospects by creating your research profile in Pure, the University's research information system.

Your publicly visible research profile can keep people updated with key information including:

  • your contact details;
  • details of your supervisor;
  • the title of your research project;
  • details of memberships of professional bodies;
  • details of your past study and employment;
  • details of your scholarship;
  • details of training you have completed. 

If you are unable to log into Pure using your University username and password, please contact Pure support - pure@manchester.ac.uk.

More tips, information and guidance on Pure can be found on StaffNet. You can browse the research profiles of our current students.

Studentships and sponsored students

If another organisation is paying your fees, you need to email a scanned copy of your sponsor letter to sponsorletters@manchester.ac.uk. Your sponsor will then be invoiced. A copy of what you should include in your sponsor letter can be downloaded here.

If you are in receipt of a School or Research Council award you must input your UK bank details onto your student record during the online registration process. This is essential to ensure that you receive your maintenance payments.

WhatsApp Welcome group

During Welcome Week and Induction, there will be an instant messaging group called 'SEED PGR Welcome 2020’; this group will have members of the PGR Team, Student Representation and the Director of PGR.

We will be emailing students directly to invite you to join this group or you may contact Christopher Kitchen via christopher.kitchen@manchester.ac.uk to request an invite.

Teaching Assistant training for new PGR students

During your PGR studies within the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) there may be an opportunity for you to partake in teaching via a Teaching Assistant role.

Details on this for 2020/21 are currently being finalised and you will receive further information to your student email account in September/October.

Student Support and Guidance (SSG)

If you have any questions about support, wellbeing or engagement with your course, you can get in touch with the Student Support and Guidance (SSG) Team at studentsupport-seed@manchester.ac.uk.

For the latest engagement and support information, events and activities, follow SEED Student Support and Guidance on Facebook. You can also check out our Eventbrite page.

For more information about the whole range of support available from the University, please visit Manchester’s Student Support website.