On behalf of all members of the ESSL Graduate School, academic staff, support staff and PGRs, we extend a very warm welcome to you. We hope that you have a hugely enjoyable, rewarding and intellectually stimulating time studying at the University of Leeds.
You are joining a truly international community of PGRs, which we believe will enrich your time with us intellectually, culturally and socially. We have an enormously diverse community of over 350 PGRs within the ESSL Graduate School, bringing together a tremendous amount of scholarly talent from all parts of the globe. Rarely will you gain the opportunity to learn so much from so many!
You are also joining us at a very exciting time. The University has great ambitions for postgraduate research and is investing heavily to ensure that its community of PGRs has the very best academic experience possible. So we would encourage you to engage with the range of exciting research and training events taking place in the Faculty, but also to make use of all the services and facilities that the University makes available to support you during your studies.
The ESSL Graduate School brings together PGRs from the academic Schools of the Faculty (i.e. Education, Sociology and Social Policy, Politics and International Relations, and Law) and for a range of purposes, including research training and development and social networking. Sharing your experiences with fellow PGRs is a fantastic way of gaining peer-group support and integrating yourself into the research environment; so we would encourage you to make the most of the opportunities you have to meet and work with other PGRs from within and beyond your own intellectual discipline.
Whether you joined us in October or more recently, we hope that you are settling in to life as a ‘Leeds PGR’ and becoming accustomed to the daily rhythms of studying for a research degree.