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Pre-field Diary

Induction week

Below is the schedule for Induction week 2018. All students are expected to attend the events listed below, so please let the Graduate Administrator, (graduate-secretary [at] know if you cannot attend any of the activities.

All events take place in the Department of Social Anthropology unless marked with an asterisk*.

DateTimeDescription and Location
Before course All-year SSRMC Skills audit, online at SSRMC
Tue 02 October Morning Graduate Safety Course, Babbage Lecture Theatre
Wed 03 October 11:30 Pre-Field InductionDepartment of Social Anthropology
Wed 03 October 16:00 Introduction to the SSRMC, Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick site
Wed 03 October 17:00 SSRMC booking window opens, University Training & Booking System
Thu 04 October 09:00 Teaching begins, see MRes/PhD1 Timetables
Fri 05 October 18:00 Social Anthropology welcome party, Museum of Arch & Anth
Tues 09 October 09:00 Deirdre McCLoskey Workshop on Academic Writing
Wed 10 October Morning Interviews with PhD Chai and Pre-Field Tutor


Course Diary

The diary contains term dates, course submission deadlines and deadlines for funding amongst other useful information. For a teaching timetable, please see the Timetables.

PhD in Social Anthropology 2018-19
Thursday 04 October Michaelmas Term teaching begins
Friday 12 October 17:00 Deadline - Nominations for pre-field cohort PhD Committee Junior Member
Wednesday 17 October Election for nomination of pre-field cohort PhD Committee Junior Member
Friday 26 October Research Training Paper titles released
Friday 07 December Fieldwork Risk Assessment Form due for Christmas vacation fieldwork
Thursday 17 January Lent  Term teaching begins
Friday 18 January Noon Submission deadline for Research Training Paper (RTP) 1
Thursday 28 February Fieldwork Risk Assessment Form due for Easter vacation fieldwork
Tuesday 23 April Deadline for Fieldwork Risk Assessment Form
Thursday 25 April Easter Term teaching begins
Friday 26 April Noon Submission deadline for Research Training Paper (RTP) 2
Friday 26 April Noon Submission deadline for Ethnographic Case Study
Friday 17 May Noon Submission deadline for Fieldwork Proposal
Friday 24 May Fieldwork Clearance Interviews
Friday 31 May Deadline for William Wyse Fieldwork Funding applications
Friday 31 May Deadline for University Fieldwork Fund Applications
Friday 14 June Easter Full Term ends, update contact details in your CamSIS self-service account

A staff-student coffee morning is held during Full Term - you will be notified of the time and date.

Academic Calendar

  • The Cambridge academic year commences on 1st October and finishes on 30th September each year and is made up of three terms: Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter.
  • “Full term” means the eight-week central portion of each of the three terms (Michaelmas, Lent and Easter), during which teaching takes place.
  • Graduate students operate on the basis of the academic year which extends beyond the end of the Easter Term are expected to be in residence at all times, even outside of Full Term, unless they have been granted leave to work away.

For specific term dates please see University Term Dates.