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Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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What you need to know before you arrive...


Accepting your offer

If your application is successful, you will receive an email with your offer letter attached as a PDF document.  Please click here to record your reply (Accept / Decline / Defer) to our offer or alternatively follow the link provided in your offer letter.

If you are an overseas fee-paying student, you can click here for Visa or ATAS advice. 

Once you have accepted your offer you will receive an induction brochure which will cover all of the events and workshops that have been put into place to support you as start your research student journey. 

Several of these are mandatory so please keep these dates free. The induction programme spans the first several months after you have arrived, this programme has been specifically designed with you in mind so please do get involved.

Enrolment Information

Once you have accepted your offer you will need to enrol onto your new degree programme, please follow this link to find out everything you need to know about how and when to enrol.

If you need any help with enrolling we will be running a drop in session the day before induction, full details of the arrangements are found in the induction brochure.

Pre-arrival Twitter Question & Answer 

Twitter is a great way to connect with the research community, and will be a useful tool for you throughout your research career. If you haven’t already got an account we encourage you to do so, and follow us @CU_PGRSU.

Prior to your arrival we will be holding a Twitter Q&A session, please join us with any questions that you have. Further details are found in the induction brochure.

Speak to your PGR mentors before you arrive

Introducing our Student Mentors

When you start something new you are bound to have questions and the PGR student mentors are here to help! Whether your questions are about life at Coventry University, the City or what it is like to do a research degree, the PGR mentors are ready and waiting for your questions.

The PGR mentors are research students who have volunteered to support you for the first 6 months of your research degree. Below you will see biographies of each of the PGR mentors, you can contact them before you start your research degree using this email address: PGRMentors@coventry.ac.uk

They will also be available for monthly drop in sessions which you can come along to for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Dates of the drop in sessions will be shared at induction.

 

Our PGR Mentors

PGR Student Induction

When you receive your offer you will also be given the dates and times of the PGR Induction.  This is a mandatory session for all new research students.

The induction is designed to officially welcome you to the University, to give you an overview of all of the support you have access to and to start you off on your research journey.

The induction will be a whole day event with various speakers and lots of opportunities for you to get involved, it will be great fun and we look forward to welcoming you. 

Want to know about what it is like to be a research student at Coventry University? See the life as a research student section for more information!

Other things to consider

Organise your accommodation

If you have not already organised your accommodation please follow this link to find out how the University can support you. The University also has its own private lettings agency with local properties to suit all requirements - visit the futurelets website for more details.

Organising your finances

Paying your fees

If you need to make payment for some or all of your fees prior to enrolment, you can do so by following the instructions available here.

Pre-arrival info for international students

International student hub

If you are a student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study here in the UK, please click here to find out more about the Tier 4 requirements you must comply with during your time here at Coventry University.

What happens next?

As a part of the induction programme you will also have access to the following:

Workshops

After induction there will be a series of optional workshops which are designed to support you as you begin your research degree.  These focus on understanding the process and also help you develop academically. These workshops will include:

Overview of the Curriculum Framework

This workshop details each stage of your research programme, covering the requirements and milestones you will need to achieve in order to progress throughout your research degree.

Introduction to E Learning

This workshop provides an introduction to the different online systems at Coventry University that you will need to use during your research degree including: Solar, Moodle, Turnitin and the PGRSU Portal Pages.

Development Needs Analysis

This workshop helps you to think about what research skills you currently have, and what skills you need and want to develop. The session will encourage you to focus on three particular skills that you want to develop, and how you might achieve this.

Introduction to the Library

The library introduction session will inform you about the range of services and resources available from the library to help you with your research. It will also include a tour of the new Postgraduate Reading Room. 

RefWorks: An Introduction

RefWorks is a piece of web-based software which will help you to store and organise references from lots of different sources and easily create reference lists in the correct format for your work. 

Academic writing workshops

There will also be a range of academic writing workshops designed to develop your writing skills.  These are run by a team from our Centre for Academic Writing.

Research management and publishing workshops

These workshops also form part of the wider research skills workshop programme that is accessible to all research students. For more information on the Research skills workshop programme please see here: Workshop programme.

Introduction to research design and writing

Within your first 2 months at Coventry University you will be expected to attend a 2 day mandatory module called introduction to research design and writing.

Mixer

You will have the opportunity to meet other new and current research students in a more social setting with drinks and nibbles! You will have the chance to be introduced to all of the support and professional services teams that you have access to throughout your research degree.

Drop in Sessions

You are always welcome to drop into the Postgraduate Research Support Unit you will find us in the Alan Berry Building—Room G15. In addition we have also set aside some dedicated drop-in sessions throughout your first few weeks for all new students. You can come along with any query or issue and we will help or signpost you to other support where necessary.