Welcome to Manchester [1] and to our doctoral programmes in Computer Science [2]. We are very excited to have you working on our programmes.

Welcome to Students

Welcome, too, to the start of your research careers. You are enrolled on this doctorate to learn how to do research. During the next years you will be learning the skills of a researcher: how to address a problem and understand its context and importance, how to carry out effective investigations using the techniques of particular research fields, and how to evaluate and communicate research. You will be working under the direction of one or more academic supervisors (typically two) and will have the opportunity to work with other staff, colleagues and students. We hope by the latter half of the programme you will be communicating or collaborating with researchers world-wide in your chosen research area by attending conferences and meeting them face-to-face. We expect you will soon be contributing to the wider research community, by writing papers, making presentations at scientific conferences, and helping to shape the future of computer science. We hope your time here is challenging, fulfilling and enjoyable.

I hope together we will make your time here - as an early career researcher - a great experience. I wish you the very best success as a postgraduate research student.

Welcome to Staff

Welcome to you as a member of staff who will be supervising, co-supervising, or supporting the students in their day to day work in the laboratories. As you know, doctoral training and work is the first step towards research careers; and is likewise important for your research endeavours. Our relationship with our trainees is reciprocal: we provide the best Research Environment [3] for our doctoral candidates and help them to understand their chosen research fields. By doing this well, we are also able to encourage them to write 4* papers and facilitate joint impact in high-quality research outcomes.

Dr Simon Harper, PGR Director,

School of Computer Science.