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  • Arrival
  • History Induction
    • Baseline Skills Evaluation
  • Doctoral College Induction Information
    • University Funded Scholarship Information
  • CADRE induction
  • IT Facilities and Training
  • Study Spaces
  • FAB History Department Lunchtime Social Space
  • The History Society
  • Reading Week
  • Term Dates


To make the start of your studies as smooth as possible, the University and Department offer a wide spectrum of general online information and personalized advice. You may have already seen the arrival webpage ( with lots of specific guidance on accommodation, enrolment and any particular needs you may have.

If you will be arriving in the UK from overseas, The Welcome Team have a Guidance for New International Students to help with planning your journey, and what to expect when you arrive.

Formal and informal social inductions will be held for new incoming students at the start of each academic year. Details will be communicated to new students in the run up to the new academic year.

History Induction

New students will have their formal induction in the first Graduate Research Forum meeting on Thursday in week 1.

An informal social induction will also be held in Welcome Week on Thursday 28th September at 14:30 in FAB3.60 for all new PGR students.

Baseline Skills Evaluation

It is important that you are equipped with the necessary skills to fulfil your full potential and, where you identify gaps, that you know how to fill them by attending internal and occasionally external training. You will be asked at the start of your studies to complete a baseline survey of your existing skills and to identify what additional ones you might need. You can then discuss these with your supervisor(s) and follow the links on the form to help find the support you need, though we will also be on hand to guide you through the University's offerings:

PGR Skills Baseline AssessmentLink opens in a new window

In addition, we will ask all continuing students to complete a shorter form each year so that you can ensure that you are fully equipped for all the tasks of the year ahead:

PGR Annual Skills EvalutionLink opens in a new window

Doctoral College Induction: online help and information

The Doctoral College has a range of useful induction videos, covering Library services, IT Services, Wellbeing and Professional Development (and more).

Doctoral College Welcome ResourcesLink opens in a new window

The Doctoral College have an additional information resource for any students in receipt of a University of Warwick scholarship

PG Scholarship New StartersLink opens in a new window

CADRE Induction

Year 1 students are encouraged to take part in CADRE's development and training workshopsLink opens in a new window across the year, particularly the term 1 induction sessions.

IT Facilities and Training

Students are expected to be computer literate. You will need to make use of computers for word processing, access to the Library catalogue and its collection of online resources. All students need to acquire these skills during the first term of their first year.

If you need any help accessing the website or registering with IT Services please contact the IT Services Helpdesk, internal extension 73737, or by e-mailing

IT Services Free Training Courses

Study Spaces

There are student study spaces in many of the buildings across campus, for details see the facilitiesLink opens in a new window page.

The History Society

With over 800 members, Warwick’s History Society (HistSoc) is one of the largest and best-known societies on campus renowned for its socials, ball, tour, incredibly popular sports teams and impressive academic support! Socials are a big part of their identity with termly HistSoc nights out on and off-campus. They look to support their members academically through essay workshops, module fairs, guest speakers and the newly developed mentor scheme.

Reading Weeks

Week 6 in Terms 1 and 2 is designated as a ‘Reading Week’ and no classes run in that week. The point of these weeks is to allow students more free time to research and read for their assignments and essays, and to allow academic staff to stay in touch with their own research and to conduct more intensive teaching preparation. Most academic staff will not be in the Department during these weeks and if you need to make urgent contact with them you should do this via e-mail in the first instance.

Term Dates


Autumn Term Monday 2 October 2023 – Saturday 9 December 2023
Spring Term Monday 8 January 2024 – Saturday 16 March 2024
Summer Term Monday 22 April 2024 – Saturday 29 June 2024

*Please note that some courses may have non-standard start dates. Please refer to your offer letter for confirmation of the start date of your programme.

**International student visa holders, who are subject to restrictions on the number of hours they can work each week for immigration reasons, should be aware that the official University term dates and vacation periods relate to undergraduate courses only. Student visa holders on any other type of course, including Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research courses, should refer to http://go/immigration, or contact us using this form for further information about their rights to work in the UK. Exceeding the permitted number of working hours when studying in the UK as a student visa holder is a serious breach of the conditions of your visa.



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