New HDR Student Induction Program

Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Alex Ng in a suit

Congratulations on being offered a place here and joining our high-calibre postgraduate research student body. We know that it takes a lot of hard work during your previous study to get here, and we are confident that you have what it takes to succeed.

Your supervisors are all world-class, research-active academics, who are there to guide you on your journey to complete your thesis. The University has world-class facilities and offers services to support you throughout your studies. During your higher degree by research study, I strongly encourage you to participate in the broader research activities at the University, such as industry placements and internship programs, where you can further develop your skills in a real-world setting.

I encourage you to put to use every resource the University has to offer. Take advantage of your time here. Finally, I would like to wish you well on your research journey and in your future career. I am excited to learn what you will discover.

Associate Professor Alex Ng
Director of Graduate Studies

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Your first month with ECMS

It is important that you use this time to get settled and familiarise yourself with your new work environment, processes that you may need to follow within your school, and of course, staff and students with whom you will interact with during your candidature.

Listed below are a few things that will help you get settled.  

  • On your first day

    image of students walking at the front of the north terrace campus

    For international students: you will need to present yourself at the Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) to initiate your enrolment and collect your enrolment package. The AGC is located on Level 10 of the Schulz Building (via West Entrance). For directions, here is the North Terrace campus map.

    Before you meet with your supervisor, introduce yourself to the School Administration Officer to receive your ECMS welcome pack and arrange a time for your local induction.

    Local Area Induction: after you meet with your supervisor, the School Administration Officer will arrange to show you around your office area and to your workstation.

    ECMS HSW inductions: you will need to complete the Staff & HDR General Safety Induction and Ergonomics assessment as a new member of the ECMS Faculty. 

  • Meeting with your supervisor

    This meeting will be the first of many and to ensure you receive the support you may require during your candidature it is critical that you establish an arrangement to meet regularly.  

    • Please refer to the Principal Supervisor Checklist - New HDR Student Induction to help guide you during your meeting. 
    • Your supervisor will introduce you to the Postgraduate Coordinator (PGC), however if they aren’t available, please arrange to meet them at a later time. 
    • Master of Philosophy students with a coursework component: please check with your supervisor regarding the correct procedure to select and confirm enrolment into any courses.  
  • Getting set up

    It is important that your computer is set up correctly and you are comfortable at your desk. If you have any concerns, please ask for help otherwise here are a few tips:

  • HSW induction process for HDR students

    For your health and safety, it is important as a new HDR student, to complete the required HSW induction process for HDR students within your first week.

    This process will outline what you’ll need to complete before you can request access to ECMS research (workshop and laboratory) facilities.
    Also, please familiarise yourself with other important safety information available at ECMS Faculty HSW which you may need to refer to throughout your research studies.

    HSW Induction Process for HDR Students

  • Online HDR enrolment

    When required to enrol, you will receive an email from the Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) requesting that you activate your university account, and then login to the online enrolment form.

    You will receive an email confirming your enrolment once all approvals are completed.

    HDR Online Enrolment Workflow

  • ID card

    When you receive confirmation that your enrolment is complete, you will be able to request a student ID card from Ask Adelaide which is located in Hub Central.

    If you haven’t received your confirmation of enrolment email within two weeks of commencing, please contact the Adelaide Graduate Centre

    If you need to arrange building access while you are waiting for your enrolment to be completed, please liaise with your supervisor.

    More information about ID cards