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Welcome, Welcome back or just Welcome to this academic year: A guide for PGRs

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It’s an understatement to say the last 18 months have been somewhat different and strange.  What it does mean is, more than ever, this year’s Welcome is for everyone. You might be starting you PhD, you might have started but never been to campus, or you might have been back a while, but can now look forward to a more ‘normal’ campus experience.

1) Welcome events

With events hosted by the University and the Students’ Union, we are encouraging everyone to get involved and take the opportunity to build relationships and make the most of what Manchester has to offer. 

You can now book onto our wide selection of Welcome events using our Welcome events calendar. Some of our top picks for postgrads and non-first years include:

Afternoon Tea with the International Society. (19th September 3pm)

This is a ticketed event and unlike the other events which are all bookable via the events calendar or app, you will need to book via the International Society (tickets cost £3 for members/£6 for non-members).

Distinguished Lectures: (20th, 21st, 22nd September 5pm)

We’re happy to be showcasing three of our amazing academics throughout the week. Join Gary Younge, Danielle George and Tony Redmond as they talk about their work and its impact on society. These will be great opportunities to meet like-minded students and colleagues and feel like part of our University community. This is free event but you’ll need to book. These will also be streamed if you can’t make it.

Outdoor Cinema: (21st 22nd, 23rd September 6.30pm)

 Join your fellow students in the stretch tent outside the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons for a relaxed evening, watching some all-time favourite films.  This is a free event, but you’ll need to book.

Start of year Fair: (21st, 22nd 23rd, 24th September 10.30am – 4pm)

It’s important to remember that University support services are here for all students. Throughout the week visit the Start of Year Fair outside University Place to get to know some of the university support services as well as some other organisations you might find useful – whether you’re new or not!  No need to book – just turn up.

Food Markets: (21st September 11.30am – 2.30pm)

 Discover some culinary treats as you take a lunch break with our food market on Bridgeford  Street

Societies Fair: (22nd, 23rd September) As with support, remember societies are also for everyone. So, why not take a look and see what you can get involved with.

2) Starting your PhD?

We know that starting a PhD can be daunting, which is why we’ve put together starting your postgraduate research degree: This University-produced resource is designed to answer questions and alleviate any concerns you might have as you start your research programme.

3) New to Manchester?

And, if you’re new to Manchester, we’ve also got our ultimate Manchester bucket list where you can tick off our top 100 things to do in Manchester this year. Pick up one of our free posters from the AskMe desk outside University Place when you arrive to begin exploring – plus don’t forget to tag us in your adventures @officialuom

You can also join a Campus Tour or Invisible Manchester walking City tour throughout the week.


4) Keep up to date

You can also have a look over our Welcome website where we’ll be regularly updating with the latest information on returning to campus, and download our Welcome Guide app where you can view and book onto University Welcome events, see places to eat around campus, try a self-guided tour and find information about key services here at Manchester.

You can download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play by searching ‘Visit UoM.’ Once in the app you can then download the Welcome guide which will automatically be saved into the My Guides section.

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