School of Computer Science


When you arrive in the School for the first time, you should report to the Research Students Administrator in in the Education Support Office/School Reception. You will receive a key to your office and given a tour of the school where you will be shown your office accommodation and then meet with the Research Students Tutor for an induction.

Computer registration

You will be given an account on the School's computer network. You also have a second account (with the same username) for University services, which you will typically already have in advance of arriving at the university.

See this page for more information about computing resources and getting support.

Office accommodation

As a research student on any of the schools research courses (PhD, MRes etc) you'll be allocated a computer and a desk in an office shared with other research students.

If you have problems with your desk, chair or filing cabinet or you need special furniture (eg an orthopaedic chair), you should discuss your problem with the Head of School's PA.

Don't behave in a way that disturbs your office mates unduly. We have drawn up some guidelines for sharing offices.

Health & Safety

The main School website has some information about health & safety.


You should contact your supervisor very soon after you have arrived (if you haven't already done so). Your supervisor may not be able to talk to you immediately because of other commitments, but they will be able to arrange a time to see you.

In the first meeting, you will probably want to discuss at least the following:

  • How frequently you will meet your supervisor. (The University code of practice says at least once a month for full-time students, but in Computer Science a supervision every week or two is more normal.)
  • What you will be doing in the first few days of your research.
  • Your thesis group.
  • What seminars you should be going to, and whether you need to go on any training courses. (See skills development.)
  • Any demonstrating you can undertake.

It is a good idea to take a list of things you want to discuss to your meetings with your supervisor.

Living in Birmingham

The University has provided some general advice about becoming a student at Birmingham, and one most important piece of advice there is to make sure you are registered with a doctor. The University has its own medical practice or you can find a full list of local surgeries on the NHS website.

The University's International Student Team (IST) has also provided special advice for international students including guidance on healthcare. Even for international students, medical care in the UK is free (though dental treatment is not). You must consult IST if you have any questions about your visa.

The International Students Tutor, Mr Robert Hendley, is available for consultation.