Once you've been accepted for a place at the ORC, you should have an idea of the project that you're going to be working on. We will provide you with references to some reading material on the subject, to start bringing you up to speed. Communicating with your supervisor on their expectations in this regard is highly recommended.
The majority of our students start in October at the beginning of the academic year; if you join us else when in the year your first week may vary slightly. We like all our students and staff to feel part of our community right from the word go. We'll provide you with a schedule of your first week, which will involve introductory talks from the senior staff, tours of the facilities and the basic information you'll need to function within the University. In addition, you'll have some safety training for the laser labs and fabrication facilities, and a party at the end of the week with the rest of the ORC to welcome you here.
We will introduce you to the the University of Southampton Optics and Photonics Society (OPSoc), which is the hub of a wide variety of social and professional activity among the students. OPSoc also incorporates the Southampton Optical Society student chapter, which is the largest in the world outside the United States. Membership is highly recommended.
Although the vast majority of your time here will be spent working on research projects, during your first nine months we will also give you a basic grounding in photonics to get you started. Depending on your background and what you're working on, there may be other courses your supervisor will recommend in addition.
If you have any questions at any point, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. To find the right person for your query, please visit the contact pages.