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Department of Computer Science and Technology


New research students: welcome!

After settling in at your College and collecting your blue University Card, Raven and other passwords, please register as instructed below. If you will be arriving outside the times below, please report to the Graduate Education Office in FS03 on the first floor of the William Gates Building to register and collect your departmental computer account login and password. Please try to avoid the first Monday of term as we are likely to registering M.Phil students. You should also email your supervisor to arrange your first meeting. Please let us know if you are unlikely to be registering before the first Thursday in October.

There is a great deal to digest in the first few weeks of term but we hope that many of your questions will be answered on the web site. We recommend bookmarking the PhD Resources page for future reference.

From time to time you may have questions the web pages don't answer. Just come and ask in the Graduate Education Office. If we don't know the answer, we will know who to ask.

The following information is especially relevant for the first week.

Tuesday 2 October 2018 Health and Safety Course Part 1 (morning)

All new CPGS students (including former Cambridge undergraduates) must attend a compulsory Health and Safety Course at the Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street. Further details can be found on the Safety office webpage . You should also receive an email from the Safety Office in September inviting you to sign up for one of the three sessions via Eventbrite. Part III students are exempt from this requirement. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time (at least 10 minutes before the start) for your session, and take a pen as there will be a short test at the end of the course. You will be expected to return your answers along with your name, department and address/college in order to be credited with attendance.

Tuesday 2 October 2018 Registration Day (afternoon)

  • All new CPGS students should come to FS07 in the William Gates Building on Tuesday 2 October 2018 to register with the Graduate Education Team between 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Students will receive a Department login and passwords for machines used on the course and will be asked to sign that they have read the UCS ISSS and plagiarism guidelines (see Preparation). Please bring your University Card or some other form of identification with you.
  • New research students should have made arrangements to meet with their PhD supervisors independently.

Wednesday 3 October 2018 Registration Day (morning)

  • If you are unable to register on Tuesday afternoon, please register with the Graduate Education Team from 9:10 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Wednesday 3 October.

Wednesday 3 October 2018 Health and Safety Course Part 2 (afternoon)

All new CPGS students should also attend one of the sessions on Safe Use of Pipettes and Computers (VDU's) on Wednesday; see Optional course timetable for further details.

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October 2018: Induction Part 1

Thursday 4 October 2018 - Norwich Lecture Room, Roger Needham Building

  • 9:00 CU1 Introduction to Academic Writing in Higher Education (Dr Karen Ottewell, CU Language Centre)
  • 11:00 Welcome from the Head of Department, Professor Ann Copestake; Group activities (with current research students)
  • 13:00 Using Moodle and 'other things' Graduate Education Team)
  • 13:15 Group lunch
  • 14:00 OU3 How to interpret experimental results (Dr Noa Zilberman)
  • 15:00 CU3-A How to nail your literature review 1: Finding what you need (Kirsten Lake)

Friday 5 October 2018, William Gates Building and Roger Needham Building

  • 11:00 OU7 Reading and writing Systems research (Roger Needham Building, Dr Richard Mortier)
  • 12:00 CU3-B Scientific typography using LaTeX and BibTeX (RNB, Dr Markus Kuhn)
  • 13:15 Group lunch
  • 14:00 to 16:00 WGB, Lecture Theatre 2, Research in The Computer Laboratory (presentations from current research students)
  • 17:30 Happy Hour, WGB 'Fishbowl'

Friday 12 October 2018, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.: Induction Part 2

  • 13:00 SW01 (second floor teaching room) Light lunch with Deputy Heads of Department
  • 14:00 SS03 (second floor seminar room)
  • Welcome, introductions and milestones:  Prof. Alan Blackwell, Director of Graduate Education, Deputy Head of Department
  • 14:40 Researcher Development: Dr Sonja Tomaskovic, SoT RD Coordinator, and Dr Andrew Rice
  • 15:00 Who is here to help and Q&A: Ms Lise Gough
  • 15:30 Environmental sustainability: Mr Ian Burton-Palmer, Mr Martin McDonnell and Mr Louis Massuard
  • 15:45 Tour of the facilities
  • 16:15 End
  • 17:30 Happy Hour/Welcome Party in ‘The Street’

Welcome party

The Computer Laboratory's Happy Hour Team and the Graduate Students Forum will be hosting a welcome event on Friday 12 October 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. when you will have the opportunity to meet current research students, post-docs, lecturers and support staff. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Smart casual dress.

Other very helpful information:

  1. The basics
  2. What is the CPGS?
  3. Research Skills Programme
  4. Important Dates
  5. Who is here to help?

We look forward to meeting you in the new term and hope that you will enjoy your time in Cambridge.

The Graduate Education Team
September 2018