Information for new PhD students

General information

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

Level three ACEX Building



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.

PhD symposium

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 2019
30/09/2019 13.30-17.00h Departmental registration for new PhD students in the Chemical Engineering Postgraduate Office: collection of PhD handbook and your ID card (DROP-IN SESSION)  ACEX 311
 01/10/2019  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) and a Wellbeing Talk by Faith Marsh, Student Wellbeing Advisor  ACEX 250 (Lecture Theatre 1)
 01/10/2019  12.00-13.00h  Introduction to the PhD programme by Professor Serafim Kalliadasis, Director of Postgraduate Studies  ACEX 203 (Lecture Theatre 2)
01/10/2019 16.00-18.00h PhD welcome reception ACEX 306-312 (Design Rooms)
 02/10/2019  12.00-13.00h  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)
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 Full details on College-wide activities for new students can be found here.

You may find our online calendar with PhD events useful - you can subscribe to the calendar via this link.

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 Hannah Davy, the Postgraduate Research Student Administrator. 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.