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Training and Development

Departmental Postgraduate Induction

Incoming students:

PhD and MAR:

A department welcome session will be held from 3-5pm on Thursday 30th September 2021; please meet at 3pm in R2.41. The interactive campus map will help you locate the room. If you have concerns or problems about travelling to the UK or campus due to Covid 19, see the guidance on this page.

Do you need information on registering, Link opens in a new windowand other useful tips? see the University's Welcome Pages. Link opens in a new windowFor our Taught MA programmes, please contact Dr Zahra Newby (convenor of Ancient Visual and Material Culture) to discuss your options. For research degrees, please contact your supervisor (if you don't know who this is, email the Director of Graduate Studies: Dr Clare Rowan).

The Department provides an induction into subject-specific research methods and techniques to all research students in the course of their first year. The programme below also incorporates the sessions provided by CADRE, which are compulsory for all new PhD students.

Attendance at Induction sessions (as appropriate for year of study) and Work-in-Progress seminars is required for all Research Postgrads. Please note that certain sessions are formal engagement monitoring points.

Induction programme 2021/22 (mandatory for new PGRs):

  • Welcome: 3-5pm on Thursday 30th September 2021, R2.41 (followed by drinks)
  • PGR induction, Dr. Clare Rowan, Wed 6th October, 2-3pm ONLINE. ppt.
  • Introductions to particular source material (epigraphy, coinage, ancient art) will take place as part of our core taught MA programme. Please contact Zahra Newby if you wish to attend for further details.
  • 14/10/21, 10am on Teams: Getting your materials (libraries, databases, other resources)
  • 28/10/21, 10am on Teams: Using bibliographic software: Endnote
  • 25/11/21, 12pm on Teams. Careers Talk (Ersin Hussein, Swansea)
  • 2/12/21, 10am on Teams. Visualising and Cleaning Data, Maps. handout.
  • 19/1/22, 10am on Teams. So you are getting close to submission.
  • 10/2/22 - QGIS training on Teams (via Centre for Digital Inquiry).
  • 3/3/22, 10am on Teams. Postdoctoral applications in Classics.
  • 10/3/22, 12pm on Teams. Careers Talk (Kathryn van de Wiel, Research Impact)

The remaining programme of training and talks will be published throughout the year, and decided in dialogue with our PGR students.


Unfortunately our academic German class has had to be suspended this year. For other language training needs (including Latin and Greek), please contact your supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Work in progress seminars:

In 2021/22, the Work in Progress Seminar (WiP) will take place on Wednesdays from 2pm. There will be a mixture of online and face to face sessions. The full programme is available here. Attendance is mandatory for all PGRs.

CADRE 2021/22

Faculty-wide training are organised by the Doctoral College via CADRELink opens in a new window.

The programme of sessions can be downloaded here and is also available online.

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR)

will be holding courses on

Palaeography: from Manuscript to PrintLink opens in a new window

Latin for Research in the Humanities