skip to content

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. You may also find the PDF version of our Research Student Handbook useful. Please do not print it - we will provide a copy at your registration.

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 8 October 2019 Health and Safety Course (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. 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 8 October 2019 Registration Day (afternoon)

  • All new CPGS students should come to FW26 in the William Gates Building on Tuesday 8 October 2019 to register with the Graduate Education Team at 3 p.m. sharp.
  • 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.
  • Current PhD students from the various research groups will act as guides to help new students to get settled.
  • New research students should have made arrangements to meet with their PhD supervisors independently.

Wednesday 9 October 2019 (Lecture Theatre 1)

  • 9:00 Coffee (The Street)
  • 9:30 CU1 Introduction to Academic Writing in Higher Education (Dr Karen Ottewell, CU Language Centre) - former M.Phil students do not need to attend this session
  • 11:30 Group activities (with current and new research students)
  • 12:30 Using Moodle and 'other things' (Graduate Education Team)
  • 13:00 Sandwich lunch with the Graduate Students Forum
  • 14:00 Computing Facilities in the William Gates Building, followed by short break
  • 15:00 Managing Life at Cambridge (Angela Ike, Gudrun Haraldsdottir, CU Counselling Service)
  • 16:00 Postgraduate groups - class photos

Friday 18 October 2019, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.: Induction Part 2

  • 13:00 The Street - near library Light lunch with Deputy Heads of Department
  • 14:00 Lecture Theatre 1
  • Welcome, introductions and milestones:  Prof. Ann Copestake, Head of Department, and Prof. Cecilia Mascolo, Deputy Head of Department
  • 14:40 Researcher Development: Dr Eva Kalyvianaki
  • 15:00 Careers Service: Sonali Shukla
  • 15:30 Who is here to help and Q&A: Ms Lise Gough
  • 16:00 Life as a research student: Ilia Shumailov, Graduate Student Rep (Security Group)
  • 16:20 Tour of the facilities
  • 17:00 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 18 October 2019 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
August 2019