Information for new students
Information for new PhD students
How to find the Postgraduate Office
- we are based in Room 311 of the ACE Extension (building 14 on the campus map)
- if you come via the walkway from the College Main entrance, you will see the glass atrium with the chemical symbols on your right
- enter the building via the walkway entrance
- go up to level 3
- follow the red arrows on the map below
Blackboard is the College's 'Virtual Learning Environment', an online portal upon which you can find a great deal of useful information and resources:
You can self-enrol on the RAFT course (a pre-requisite Health and Safety requirement) by following the PhD Student Blackboard Enrolment Instructions
If you don't have access to the Chemical Engineering PhD student resources, please contact Susi Underwood providing your user name. If you need access to any undergraduate course materials, please contact Susi Underwood providing your user name, the course code and name of the course to which you need access. Course codes and information on undergraduate lectures can be found in the document entitled "Attending Chemical Engineering Lectures" under "Essential Links" in the Chemical Engineering PhD student resources.
The PhD symposium has been established as an annual event, which takes place on the first Monday after the summer term. The symposium is a great opportunity for PhD students to share their research with the Department and representatives from Industry.
All third-year PhD students are expected to give either an oral or a poster presentation.
Attendance of the symposium is compulsory for first-year PhD students.
PhD student-staff committee
The PhD student-staff committee gives the PhD students in the Department a voice and has been very active in organising events for PhD students, including a successful annual barbecue and monthly breakfast events and drink gatehrings.
Start of session events
Induction events at the start of the academic year
The following events are essential departmental induction events during the first week of term plus a welcome reception for new PhD students to give you the opportunity to meet other students, departmental staff over some free food and drink.
Welcome week events for new PhD students 2018
|01/10/2018|| 09.00-09.30h or
|Departmental registration for new PhD students in the Chemical Engineering Postgraduate Office: collection of PhD handbook and your ID card||ACEX 311|
|02/10/2018||11.00-12.00h||Welcome talks by Professors Nilay Shah, Head of Department, and Serafim Kalliadasis, Director of Postgraduate Studies; followed by Introduction to Postgraduate Welfare by Professor Paul Luckham, Senior Tutor (PG)||ACEX 250 (Lecture Theatre 1)|
|02/10/2018||12.00-13.00h||Introduction to the PhD programme by Professor Serafim Kalliadasis, Director of Postgraduate Studies||ACEX 203 (Lecture Theatre 2)|
|03/10/2018||11.00-12.00h||Departmental safety induction for new postgraduates and staff (This safety induction is COMPULSORY for all postgraduates and staff who are new to the Department.)||ACEX 250 (Lecture Theatre 1)|
|12/10/2018||16.00-19.00h||PhD welcome reception in the Design Rooms||ACEX 306-312|
Full details on College-wide activities for new students can be found here.
Registration after October
Induction events for PhD students who join the Department after welcome week
If you start your PhD after welcome week, please come to the Chemical Engineering Postgraduate Office (ACEX 311) and arrange a suitable time for a brief induction with Susi Underwood. In order to obtain your ID card, you will need to complete the Day One Health and Safety Induction, if you are new to the College. This induction should be arranged by your supervisor and done by someone in your research group.
You will also need to ensure that you fulfil all the necessary safety requirements as soon as possible. Full details of the safety requirements can be found on the Chemical Engineering Safety Pages.