Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the August edition of Gradschool e-news, and welcome to the 2019-20 academic year!

As a registered grad student, you’ll continue to receive Gradschool e-news each month to keep you informed of key dates and deadlines, awards opportunities, and grad-focused events and initiatives across U of T’s three campuses. We welcome your contributions: tell us about student-run projects that will have an impact on the larger graduate community, and send us your student event listings. Nominate your graduate administrator or coordinator for recognition in Gradschool e-news, or share advice with fellow students about how to transition smoothly to life in Toronto and to graduate studies at U of T.

Dean Joshua Barker, SGS
Dean Joshua Barker at the School of Graduate Studies, St. George campus

At SGS, we have a hard-working team ready to support you throughout your studies. Don’t hesitate to bring your questions to us at Room 101, 63 St. George Street (M, W, Th, Fri 9:30 am – 4 pm until September 1; and Tuesdays until 7 pm beginning August 20). Our services run the gamut from graduate wellness counselling, financial aid and advising, and accessibility advising to international student services and professional development workshops. Please keep in mind that there is a comfortable lounge just for grad students on the first floor of 63 St. George—and if you’re looking for meeting space, consider booking a room through SGS. The SGS website and Essential Guide for Grad Students can provide additional information and direction, whether you’re a new graduate student or are in the final stages of your program.

I welcome your feedback about your own graduate experience, and would like to hear how SGS can better support you from admission to graduation. Ask your graduate unit about signing up for a Dean’s Coffee event, where you can meet peers from all divisions, share your thoughts, and ask questions.

On behalf of SGS, I wish you a very successful year.

Joshua Barker
Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education

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