Examples of existing good practice: Induction
Consider the induction as a process rather than an event, providing students with information gradually over a period of time (e.g. via a series of introductory sessions/events) rather than overloading them with information in the first week.
Provide students with a clear structure for their research, by supplying them with a set of progression milestones at the outset (including target dates for upgrade and submission)
Help international students to settle in by:
- Organising an informal lunch to which PGRs are invited to bring foods typical of their home countries to share with others;
- Arranging for PGRs to undertake group activities (e.g. for an afternoon) designed to introduce them to their fellow students and to the city of Sheffield;
- Arranging opportunities (often involving existing PGRs) to discuss the cultural differences international students are likely to face, and to clarify the expectations of student and supervisor.