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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


PG Research Welcome Week 2018

The Graduate School of Social and Political Science runs a variety of academic induction and social events throughout Welcome Week.  Please find a copy of the PGR welcome week schedule here.  More detailed information on those events is available below.

For useful information on starting as a posgraduate researcher in the School of Social and Political Science, please see our frequently asked questions.

Essential Meetings

SSPS Research Students' Orientation Day

Thursday 13 September 2018 | 10:00 - 16:00 | venue tbc

Run jointly by the Graduate School of Social and Political Science and the Institute for Academic Development, this core session gives an introduction to Postgraduate Research within the University of Edinburgh, and an opportunity to meet your fellow incoming research students, key staff within the school, and current PhD students in their second and third years. The content will cover: welcome and contexts, introduction to computing in SPS, expectations and challenges, working with supervisors, and planning ahead - the 1st three months.Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Programme Welcome Meetings

Wednesday 12 September 2018 | variety of times and locations, available here

The Programme Welcome Meetings provide an opportunity to meet with your Postgraduate Advisor, fellow students on your programme, and provide you with essential information and advice on your programme and research training courses, both core and optional. As there is a large number of research programmes within the school, the schedule of meetings is available separately, here.

Social Events

School of Social and Political Science Reception

Thursday 13 September 2018 | 17:00-18:30 | Foyer, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Join fellow postgraduate students and staff for an informal and social reception.

Ceilidh for all School of Social and Political Science PG students

Thursday 13 September 2018 | time and venue tbc

Join us for a traditional Scottish Ceilidh. Don’t worry if you don’t know the dances, there will be a ‘caller’ to talk you through it!

Optional Sessions

Campus Tours for Social and Political Science PG students

Monday 10 September 2018 | 

Tuesday 11 September 2018 | 

Wednesday 12 September 2018 | 

Meet in the Chrystal Macmillan Building Foyer by the large "Campus Tour" sign.

These tours are led by current students in the Graduate School School of Social and Political Science and will take you around school facilities. There's no need to register, just turn up at the times above.

Introduction to Library Resources

Friday 14 September 2018 |  Seminar Rooms 1+2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Run by the School of Social and Political Science Librarian, the session will cover the following topics:

  • Getting started with the Library
  • Types of library resources available
  • Online research resources
  • Search tips and tools
  • Referencing, citing and avoiding plagiarism
  • How to get help with library queries

Optional - just turn up

Introduction to the Data Library

Wednesday 12 September 2018 |  

This session presented by University Data Library staff will cover how to find quantitative and qualitative data sources to help you with your research project, including cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, government statistical and census data, economic time series and financial databases and sources for mapping data. After a brief introduction to the Data Library and its services for University staff and students, it will cover data sources from national resources including the UK Data Service, EDINA, government and the third sector.

Optional - just turn up 

Introduction to Computing in SPS 

What is it like being a student here? Q+A with current SSPS PG students.

Thursday 13 September | 16:00-17:00 | venue tbc

Current SSPS PG students will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about postgraduate studies at the School, University and city.

University of Edinburgh Welcome Ceremonyhosted by the central University

Monday 10 September 2018 | McEwan Hall 

This traditional University ceremonial event welcomes new students to the University community. The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, will officially welcome you to the University.  You will also get the opportunity to hear from a number of student Office Bearers, including the Students' Association and Sports Union Presidents, and Senior members of University staff. At the conclusion of the ceremony, there will a tea/coffee reception in the Foyer of the Festival Theatre. We encourage you to stay and meet fellow new students and University staff.

Postgraduate Research Students Welcomehosted by the central University

Tuesday 11 September 2018 |  McEwan Hall 

This is the University's formal Welcome for all new Postgraduate Research students. This event includes a formal welcome from the University, current postgraduate students talking about their experience and top tips and an introduction to various student support services who are available to assist you throughout your time at the University.

After the formal welcome talks conclude you will have the opportunity to meet fellow new students and talk to the Student Services  in detail about your individual questions at our Services Fair! During the Services Fair we will provide you with complimentary tea, coffee and juice. 

 Register to attend here.

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