Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Induction: Get Connected Welcome Day

Get Connected: Welcome Day & Networking for New Research Staff and Academics.

Table discussions

The Get Connected day is an informal induction event for new research staff and academics, in all schools / colleges, who have recently joined the University. It’s also suitable for new post-docs who have previously done their doctoral studies at the University. 

Aims of the event

Discover the support and resources available to you from around the University: Table discussions will focus on career development opportunities, applying for research funding, advice on engagement, impact and consultancy, information services, finance and developing teaching skills.

Meet other new colleagues from across the university: there are opportunities to network during breaks and as part of the table sessions.

Brush up on your networking skills - there will be a short session giving you tips on how to network effectively

Get a professional profile picture: a photographer attends this event, and participants can get a profile picture taken, if they wish.

Find out about PURE: The University of Edinburgh’s Research Information system

How to book to attend

Next date: TBC, 2021 in the Outreach Centre. Find on campus map

How to book: Booking is online via the University events booking website.


Not able to attend? You can download our Get Connected Guide - a PDF guide for new researchers, with information relevant to starting at the University in a research related role and presentations from the different table hosts.


Slides from January 2020 Get Connected event:


Any questions?: Please get in touch on the email address below.

Research staff and principal investigator (PI) support

Contact details

Venue & timings

Venue: this event usually runs in the Outreach Centre, 9c Holyrood Road.

Timings: the event generally lasts about 4 hours.

Typical programme: the session is made up of 3 40-minute table sessions, hosted by support services from around the University, with participants able to choose which sessions they would like to attend. There is also usually talks from one or two senior academics, plus time for coffee and networking.

Table hosts

This flexible and interactive programme gives participants the opportunity to meet colleagues in different support services, ask questions but also get to meet each other.

The tables that run as part of this event include:

Professional Development hosted by:

Institute for Academic Development

University HR Services

Learning & Teaching hosted by:

Institute for Academic Development

Applying for grant funding at Edinburgh: our culture and the help that’s available hosted by:

Edinburgh Research Office

Public and Community Engagement and Knowledge Exchange hosted by:

Beltane Public Engagement Network and the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Information Services hosted by:

Information Services

Finance Department - Research Grants Section hosted by:

Finance department

EI Consultancy hosted by:

Edinburgh Innovations (EI)


There are also colleagues from Library Research Support who attend the event, who have information about the University's research information management system PURE.

Library Research Support Team

Information about PURE

Course feedback

Excellent day! Inspiring and provided so much information I would probably not know about it otherwise. Great selection of workshops, all being relevant for both early career and senior academics.

I really enjoyed the event and would like to say thanks for running it! I feel more confident about my ability to put together a grant proposal with such great support being available!

I enjoyed the whole morning, but especially the table discussions and the final talk.

I think it was a well organised, well structured event. I have learnt about how the University and people working in various positions can assist with teaching, applying for grants and public engagement activities.