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Welcome information for New Students

We are delighted to welcome you onto the MIBTP programme which starts on Monday 26 September 2022.

This page is constantly being updated when new information becomes available; if you have any questions not covered on this page, please do contact the MIBTP team.

The information on this page is relevant to ALL students from the five MIBTP collaborative universities, Aston, Birmingham, Harper Adams, Leicester and Warwick; please take the time to read though it carefully before joining us.

Induction (week 0 - week commencing 26 September 2022):

  • Induction will take place from Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September (inclusive).
  • A full weeks induction schedule will be put together for you.
  • All MIBTP students will be issued with a laptop (spec to be confirmed). We strongly advise that you purchase a bag or sleeve to protect the machine from damage. (Please note that the laptop remains the property of the University). We also suggest that you insure the laptop but please ensure that you inform your insurer that the machine is the property of the University of Warwick.

Pre-Arrival at the University of Warwick (non-Warwick students)

As you will be completing your term 1 training at the University of Warwick and visiting Warwick periodically during your studies for cohort meetings and potentially mini-projects etc we would like to register you at Warwick as visiting students. Registering at Warwick will enable you to gain access to University buildings, library and IT facilities etc.

Please note - Any costs associated with travel to the UK to begin study, student visa costs and health surcharge must be covered by you directly as MIBTP funding does provide for this.’

How to register

  • Please complete a Warwick Postgraduate ApplicationLink opens in a new window (course code: P-C1PBA: Life Sciences PhD (MIBTP: Non-Warwick students only))
  • Qualifications: Please complete this section as this information will be required for creating your JeS record (BBSRC information database)
  • References: Please leave the reference section blank (or enter not applicable) as we do not require references to be submitted. If you enter referee email addresses an email will automatically be sent to the referee requesting a reference.
  • Please note that you will not be required to submit any documents, as this exercise is purely to add you into the Warwick system, so that you can gain access to the university etc.

Pre-Arrival at the University of Warwick (University of Warwick students)

  • It is important for you to have received (and accepted) an unconditional offer of a place at Warwick before your start date. If you haven't yet received an unconditional offer please ensure that any conditions set out in your offer email are satisfied as soon as possible.
  • International students may require a student visa. Information with regards to this process can be found on the UoW website.
  • Please note - Any costs associated with travel to the UK to begin study, student visa costs and health surcharge must be covered by you directly as MIBTP funding does provide for this.

Enrolment at the University of Warwick (all students)

Below are the tasks you need to complete as part of enrolment. You will receive an email from the enrolment team 4-6 weeks before your course start date, or within a few days of accepting your unconditional offer if this is later, asking you to complete all of the tasks below. Please do not try to complete Course Registration until you have received this email.

  • Upload a photo for University ID Card - Online photo submission.
  • RegistrationLink opens in a new window - As a part of the course registration process you are agreeing to the University of Warwick's regulations. Please read these regulationsLink opens in a new window. When you receive the email from the enrolment team, please complete your online course registration. If you haven’t studied at Warwick before, a temporary password will be created for you so that you can access Student Records Online and begin the course registration process. To create a temporary password, you will need the following:
            1. Your Warwick University ID (seven-digit number on your Offer Email)
            2. Date of Birth
            3. Family Name
You will need access to the email address that you have registered with us (your temporary password will be sent here).
If you already used Student Records, you can log in with your Warwick University ID and your existing password.

Financial information: The financial information requested during the enrolment process is a little unclear; please select the following options:

- In the Tuition Fee: Payment options box, please select “A department within the University of Warwick is paying all or some of my tuition fees".

- Sponsor name: MIBTP

- Department / Contact name: School of Life Sciences (Navdeep Birdi)

- Sponsorship amount: £4,596 (Warwick students), £1,500 (non-Warwick students)

- Agreement with internal department: MIBTP will cover the full payment of fees for the duration of my studies.

All students will also register at Aston, Birmingham, Harper Adams and Leicester to allow for easier connectivity when attending these universities for masterclasses and cohort events. Please ensure that you have registered at all 5 universities before you join us, to give adequate time for your details to be processed.

Registering at Aston University (non-Aston students)
  • To apply to Aston University as a visiting student, please go to the website
  • Select ‘Making Your Application’ from the purple navigation bar (or scroll down towards the bottom of the page until you reach the ‘Making an Application’ section).
  • Click on ‘Select Online Application Form’, which presents you with a series of drop-down boxes. Please complete the drop-down boxes as demonstrated in the below screenshot below, ensuring that you select ‘HLS Research Exchange Student (MIBTP) 2022/23’ from the ‘Select Degree Programme’ drop-down box.

    • Once you have entered this information then select ‘Apply for selected Degree Programme’. This will then take you to a new screen when you can register on to the system to create a new account as a new user.
    • As part of the process you will be asked to provide various documents to support your application. However, for the purposes of your visit to Aston University you only need to provide the following information*:
    • A copy of your current, up to date, CV/resume, including details of your PhD course
    • The project title (You can simply put ‘MIBTP Visitor’ here)
    • Confirmation of your PhD course of study (or a letter from your PhD institution/MIBTP), this can be uploaded against the degree transcript section. This only needs to be uploaded if available, please do not worry if you do not have such a letter to hand
    • A scan of your current passport

    *Note: For any other documents that you are requested to provide please upload a word document saying not needed. Please do not include reference information; instead upload a word document saying not needed. When we receive your application, we will contact you if we feel any other information is required.

    If you experience any difficulties, please contact the Aston University PGR Admissions TeamLink opens in a new window

    University card - Cards should be sent out to you but if you have not received a card by the time you need to visit Aston, you can request one via SolveLink opens in a new window, on the IT Helpdesk intranet page (you'll need your Aston login to do this).

    Registering at the University of Birmingham (non-Birmingham students)

    In order to register at Birmingham, you will need to complete the Birmingham enrolment form and return it to the Research Student Administration team via email. Birmingham will also require a scanned copy of your Biometric (photo) page of your passport for their records; please include this when you email your form.

    If you require a student route visa, please also provide a scan of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, and/or entry visa stamp (vignette).

    University card - your card will be posted to you if you have completed the online registration form by 10th September giving a UK address. Otherwise, you can collect it from the Welcome Hub on the Green Heart, in the centre of campus.

    Registering at Harper Adams University (non-HAU students)

    Please contact the PGR team with the following information so that they can email you an individual link to register. In the subject line please use the text MIBTP registration:

    • Full Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Email address
    • Contact telephone number

    The postgraduate admissions team can also be contacted via pgroffice at harper-adams dot ac dot uk or telephone (01952 815075) should you have any issues.

    University card - Ensure that you have fully enrolled and uploaded a photo for your student ID card. When you are visiting campus and would like to collect your card, please email the PGR Office and they will make the necessary arrangements.

    Registering at the University of Leicester (non-Leicester students)

    In order to register at Leicester, please complete the online registration formLink opens in a new window; please ensure that you indicate that you are an MIBTP student on the form. Leicester will also require a scanned copy of your passport for their records; please email this to the admissions team once you have submitted your online application. The Leicester PGR admissions team will then make contact to confirm your registration.

    Please ensure that you log into your Leicester IT account straight away or your password will expire; if this does happen, you will need to contact Leicester IT by email or telephone (0116 252 2253) in order to reset it.

    You may receive an automated email asking you to attend the university in order to show your identification; MIBTP students do not need to do this and you can ignore this email.

    University card - You can collect your Leicester University ID card at any time from the Student Services Centre, which is located on the second floor of the Percy Gee BuildingLink opens in a new window and the opening hours are 11am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

    Parking at the University of Warwick

    As an SLS registered PhD student, you are eligible to use the car parks on the Gibbet Hill campus as well as the other car parks across the university for a fee (currently £2.50 per day, to the maximum amount of £7.50 per week):

    Travel between universities and accommodation:

    You will see from the foregoing that you will need to attend a university away from the one you are to be registered at for significant periods of year 1. In particular, in Term 1 you will need to be able to attend Warwick for all the training as part of the taught modules. We hope you will not restrict your choice of masterclass to one university and you must take at least one of your mini-projects away from your place of registration. Transport for some collective activities may be provided, but you will need to organise daily or weekly travel to suit the choices you make.

    • In recognition of the need for extra travel and/or short-term accommodation in year 1, MIBTP will add £850 to your year 1 stipend in order to off-set unusual costs.
    • Whilst we cannot source accommodation for you; we do provide some useful information with regards to finding local accommodation for each university.
    • See current student blogs (below) for ideas about how best to plan accommodation and travel during the training year.
    Stipend payments

    Your studentship will pay you an annual tax-free stipend at the UKRI recommended rate; in academic year 2022-23 this will be £17,668 (paid monthly in advance).

    University of Warwick students:

    In order to receive your monthly stipend payments, please ensure that you submit your bank details to student finance in good time; the first payment will be made around 1st October (you will need to have completed enrolment before you can enter your bank details). Students should enter their UK bank details online as follows -

    • Login to
    • From your Student finance page select the “Providing Your Bank Details” tab on the left
    • Then click on the “Collecting bank details for payments to students” screen.
    • Select the "PG Payments (payments for all PG students except PGCE)" Awards from the drop down list and continue to enter your bank sort code and account number.

    Once bank details are uploaded students cannot change them without contacting student finance first to delete what’s online before entering new information. Students should email if they need to amend their bank account details.

    Aston, Birmingham, Harper Adams and Leicester students:

    You will be contacted by your registered university with details on how to set up your stipend payments.

    UK bank accounts for International students

    Please note that you must have a UK bank account in order to receive stipend payments. Traditional UK accounts require a UK home address, however some banks offer overseas accounts and there are online only accountsLink opens in a new window students can open in advance of moving to the UK. Please note that the University does not recommend any one account for students to use. Students should also be aware that not all online banking solutions are protected by a recognised financial regulatory body (e.g. the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK); please consider this when making your decision. However, such accounts are useful as a short term option ahead of arrival in the UK and setting up a full UK account for your ongoing needs.

    Pre-Arrival mathematics / biology & R revision (optional)

    During induction week, you will receive mathematics training in order to prepare you for the taught modules which begin the following week. Due to the intensive nature of this training, we suggest that you look over some of the material below in order to prepare yourself:

    Khan Academy
    Introduction to functions
    Differentiation introductionLink opens in a new window
    Differentiation rulesLink opens in a new window
    Integration introductionLink opens in a new window
    Integration rulesLink opens in a new window
    ProbabilityLink opens in a new window
    Introduction to statisticsLink opens in a new window
    Hypothesis testing introductionLink opens in a new window
    Hypothesis testingLink opens in a new window
    Vector algebraLink opens in a new window


    MIT Open Courseware
    ProbabilityLink opens in a new window
    DifferentiationLink opens in a new window
    IntegrationLink opens in a new window

    R revision

    If you feel the need for further instruction, we recommend the text book Mathematics for Biological ScientistsLink opens in a new window.

    For students from a non-biological sciences background who would like to prepare themselves for the biological element of the training, we would recommend the text book Molecular Biology of the CellLink opens in a new window.

    Taught modules schedule

    The Quantitative skills module takes place in term 1 (October to December). This module provides training in quantitative skills that you will use in your PhD projects. There are four elements to the module:

    1. Computer programming: to provide you with basic knowledge of the programming language R and give you the skills and tools to be less dependent on existing software.
    2. Statistics: to introduce you to statistical methods you will meet frequently in the biosciences, and provide you with tools to apply them yourself in R.
    3. Data Science: to introduce you to the core principles of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and allow you to explore how these can be exploited in bioscience.
    4. Data analysis: to allow you to apply your new programming skills to specific problems in bioinformatics and epidemiology.

    Students will also have free time each week for independent study. The computer programming and statistics modules are assessed by written tests (this year these will be taken online/remotely). The Data Science and Applied Analysis modules are assessed by coursework.

    In December of term 1, you will also undertake the following modules:

    Science Communication: This module will help students gain the skills and confidence required for effective science communication. It will take place during week 10 at the University of Leicester (it is likely to run online this year).

    Responsible research and innovation: Students will explore the RRI toolkit and examine Citizen Science, Open Access, Public Engagement, Publication Ethics, Equality and Diversity and Gender Equality in research and innovation. This will take place at Aston university during week 11 (this is likely to run online this year).

    A term 1 teaching schedule has been put together for you.

    Student handbook
    • Please ensure that the MIBTP team has a current email address for you; if using an UG university email address, please update your contact details before this expires.
    • From induction week, all contact from the MIBTP team will be made via your Warwick email address. If this is not your first choice of email address, please ensure that a forward is set up from your Warwick address to avoid missing any important communication.
    Student blogs - training year Q&As

    The following question and answer pages were created by current MIBTP students of the programme. They answer the most common questions regarding the MIBTP programme and provide tips and ideas for organising accommodation, mini-projects and PIPS. It is worth reading all of them, not just those which seem to correspond to you best (e.g. same University, department) as they are short and all contain valuable insights.

    Alex Baker
    (Warwick iCASE)Link opens in a new window

    Kristiana Brink
    (Leicester MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Sara Calzolari (Birmingham MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Nic Coltman (Birmingham iCASE)Link opens in a new window

    Emma Condon (Leicester MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Sophie Edwards (Birmingham MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Chris Graham
    (Warwick MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Matt Harwood
    (Warwick MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Amanpreet Kaur (Leicester MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Cathal Meehan (Warwick MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Ollie Odell
    (Birmingham iCASE)Link opens in a new window

    Parisa Pordelkhaki (Birmingham MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Anjana Radhakrishnan (Warwick MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Luke Richards (Warwick iCASE)Link opens in a new window

    Melissa Shaw (Leicester MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Jessica Scivier (Birmingham MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Rory Cunnison (Leicester MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Thomas Maccreath (Warwick MIBTP)Link opens in a new window

    Liz Nabb
    (Birmingham iCASE)Link opens in a new window

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