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Monday 1 October 2018 Registration Day

  • All new M.Phil and Part III students should come to Room SW01 in the William Gates Building on 1 October 2018 to register with the Graduate Education Team. There will be three queues, MPhil's Surnames A-M, MPhil's Surnames N-Z, and Part III's.
  1. Registration 10:00 - 10:50 a.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.
  2. Induction talk 11:00 a.m., Lecture Theatre 2: the Course Director will give a brief introduction to the course.
  3. Tour 12:00 noon. The Graduate Education Team will take new students on a tour of the facilities. Students arriving late should report to the Reception Desk and wait for the tour groups to return.
  4. Course Advisers 14:00 - 17:00 Some Course Advisers will have arranged to meet their advisees during the afternoon of 1 October 2018. Please check with your adviser for arrangements. This will an opportunity to discuss your module choices and make changes if necessary. Others will meet advisees later in the week or early the following week.

Tuesday 2 October 2018 Health and Safety Course Part 1

All new M.Phil 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.

Wednesday 3 October 2018 Health and Safety Course Part 2

All new M.Phil 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

We are planning a full 2 days of induction to include ice breaker sessions and some of the compulsory units from the Research Skills Programme.

A draft timetable follows:

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

  • 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); some students will need to attend L305 (11:00 WGB, FW26)
  • 13:00 Using Moodle and 'other things' (Graduate Education Team)
  • 13:15 Group lunch
  • 14:00 OU3 How to intepret 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 - to be confirmed - William Gates Building and Roger Needham Building

  • 9:00 M.Phil Project Briefing (WGB, LT1, Dr Ian Wassell) - NB M.Phil ONLY; CPGS students do not need to attend and Part IIIs will have their briefing on Thursday 11 Ocober, 9 a.m. LT2.
  • 10:00 Students taking L90 (10:00 WGB, LT2) or Free time
  • The following sessions are optional for former MPhil students:
  • 11:00 OU7 Reading and writing Systems research (RNB, 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'

Some lectures borrowed from the Computer Science Tripos Part II will also start on Thursday 4 October. Module conveners will explain the module structure and assessment criteria in the first class for each module. The timetable has been arranged as far as possible to avoid clashes in students' module choices. Please note that some, but not all, lectures at the University of Cambridge start on a Thursday and finish on a Wednesday. Many of the M.Phil/Part III modules offered in Michaelmas Term will start on a Monday and finish on a Friday.

Project Briefing

This is a session on projects, project proposals and project supervision presented by the Course Director. M.Phil students will have their briefing at 9:00 a.m. on Friday 5 October 2018 in LT1.  Part III students will have their briefing at 9:00 on Thursday 11 October 2018 in SW01.

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.