For those of you who are new to the city and University, welcome to Bath! For those returning for another few years of fun – welcome back!
You might currently be recalling the first weeks of being a new undergraduate right now, and the general feeling of excitement/terror just before starting your first degree. Chances are you remember your first Freshers’ or Welcome Week, making new friends, meeting mentors, trying new sports (Quidditch, anyone?!) and are worried that it’s going to be a thousand times more difficult to do that as a doctoral student. The truth is that it can often very much feel that way, but I’m delighted to introduce the Doctoral Welcome Team as a way to ease the path into your doctorate.
The Doctoral Welcome Team is a group of current doctoral students tasked with the job of making you feel welcome and supported in the first few months of your doctoral studies. The team consists of myself (Aoibheann), Bethan, Chao, Darlington, Dio, Heather, Jane and Niamh. We come from all the Faculties - Science, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and the School of Management - with wide-ranging doctoral experiences. We have mature students who have worked for several years outside of the academic bubble, students coming straight from their undergraduate degree into the doctoral programme, and those who joined our community from the other side of the world. Whatever your background, whatever your worries, we can empathise and hopefully point you in the right direction if there’s anything you need!
To help you settle in, make the most of your first few months here and meet people from all over the University, we have an exciting programme of events waiting for you to attend. In the first few weeks alone, we have campus tours, a Macmillan Coffee Morning (this Friday!), a Doctoral Breakfast, Welcome Reception, Skyline Walk and a chance to see the cutting-edge research already going on here with A Taste of Research.
To find out more, and keep updated on upcoming events, check out our events page for more over the coming weeks and months. We’ll also be blogging regularly about overcoming struggles during the first year, tips on the best food, places to hide from undergraduates and little snippets on our experiences and life at Bath.
Look out for us on campus in our red hoodies – we’re hard to miss!