5  Onboarding

Welcome to the Farré Lab at University of Kent!

Here are some resources to help you get settled into the Lab.

Our group is excited that you have decided to join our team! We hope that these onboarding resources, guidelines, and tips will make your transition seamless and enjoyable. Most importantly, welcome!

If you are already a student, post-doc, or researcher we hope these resources prove useful as well.

5.0.1 Moodle processes & Kent Vision

Register for the Moodle page DP236525: NATS PGR Handbook This Moodle page contains all the information and paperwork needed during your PhD, please familirise yourself with the content.

As per University policy, all PhD students are expected to complete monthly meetings reports with a short summary of our discussions and progress for the month. You will also have to complte the Progression Reviews (Induction, Probation, End of Year 2 and Submission Reviews). These are milestone meetings where the PI (Marta), your Supervisory chair and second supervisor will attend to discuss progress. Details on what to complete are on the Moodle page.

5.0.2 Office space

Our physical lab space is in the Stacey building. The wet lab is room S227 and the dry lab is in SG10A. Marta’s office is in SG17.

Everyone in the lab is provided with desk space. Lab members sit either in the dry or wet lab, but are strongly encourage to sit in the dry lab.

Lab meetings are held in Ingram 316.

5.0.3 Key card building & room access

Access to the Stacey building, and to individual lab spaces within the building is through your UoK Pass keycard. Typically, you will have access to the the building and both lab spaces.
The necessary building access forms can be found at XXXXX. Building access can be requested from NATS Tech - natstech@kent.ac.uk

5.0.4 Ordering consumables and inventory

Ordering at Stores is through the NATS PowerApp

There are extensive user guides of the system in the NATS Science Supplies Sharedrive - Please read them to understand how to order internal and external stock and how to ship parcels.

Grant codes can be obtained from Marta and/or in the OneDrive Farre_lab_shared folder

5.0.5 Wet lab space

Our current wet lab is shared with other groups and can be found in S227. We also have access to facilities in S222.

There are dedicated bench spaces both for pre- and post-PCR work. Lab space should be kept clean and tidy. Technical Services (Stacey):

Clean glassware/measuring cylinders/etc. can be collected here. Dirty glassware (washed and labels removed) should be brought down in the green boxes. Biohazard waste also disposed here.

MilliQ water is available from the Technical Services office.

The team are very friendly and will be happy to help and advice if needed! Waste:

Biohazard waste should be disposed of when half full or at the end of every week. This can be taken down to Techinal Servies and placed into the metal bins.

Biohazard waste containing small quantities of hazardous chemical waste (e.g. tips and Eppendorf tubes with phenol:chloroform) should be placed into a small biohazard waste bag or empty plastiware in the fume hood, sealed, and then placed inside a larger biohazard bag for disposal. It is best practice to inform Technical Services of this waste when disposing. Lab coats:

Clean lab coats can be found in S226. Dirty lab coats can be placed in SGXX for washing, and then collected from the lockers. Other spaces

The tissue culture room is found in S119, -80 freezers in IGXX, PromethION in I2XX, gel doc in S2XX, and liquid nitrogen in I4XX. Sample storage and database

Samples should be stored in the appropriate fridge/freezer space, and the location detailed in the database. Training is required to access samples stored in the liquid nitrogen tanks.

The database of samples can be found on the shared OneDrive.