BSc (Hons) Geography Stage 1 Induction Information
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Essential Information for New International Students

Monday 17th – Friday 21st September daily between 16.30 – 17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square

This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

Medical information Please read and action urgently

As soon as you have completed online enrolment, please ensure that you complete the online medical questionnaire.  You will find the questionnaire at: https://s3.plymouth.ac.uk/s3 . Alternatively, you can scroll down on the induction web page where you will see a link for the Medical Questionnaire (You must complete online enrolment first). The information is required solely to enable organisers of field courses, lab work and other activities you may undertake to be alerted to any special requirements or precautions which may be necessary.

Monday 17 September 2018

10.00 – 11.00 Introductory Talk and Welcome – Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Dr Matthew Rech, Stage 1 Tutor for Geography

Welcome and introductory talk from the Geography Stage 1 tutor and the Head of School.

11.00 – 11.15 Introduction to the Students’ Union – Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

A representative of the Students’ Union will outline all the extra-curricular activities you can enjoy, including; sports clubs and societies, volunteering, and how the Union is the hub of social life whilst studying. They provide your student support and representation.

11.15 – 11.45 The Plymouth Award – Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Karen Turvey

The Plymouth Award is designed to recognise and celebrate student achievements outside the curriculum. Many University of Plymouth students already make significant contributions to the life of the University and the communities in which they live and work. The Plymouth Award is one way of recognising the value that we place on these contributions and the learning and personal growth that students gain from these activities.
and the learning and personal growth that students gain from these activities.

11.45 – 12.05 Introduction to the Geography Society and student life - Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Student REPs from Geography Society

A 20 minute interactive session for run by representatives of the University of Plymouth Geography Society

14.00 – 15.00 - Welcome Party Wristband Collection – Room 605, Rolle Building

You will need to collect your wristband in order to attend your Welcome Party.

19.00 – 21.30 Monday Welcome Party - Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe

The Welcome Party is your opportunity to meet informally with other students new to The Faculty of Science and Engineering as well as some current students and your academic staff.

Additionally the evening includes a welcome drink and nibbles, entertainment and a raffle for all attendees with an iPad to be won on the night.

Tuesday 18 September 2018

One hour tutorial between 10.00 – 16.00 Tutorial Session

Dr Matthew Rech

Students will need to attend a one hour tutorial session today. Dr Matthew Rech will provide further details during the introductory talk on Monday.

This tutorial will introduce you to your tutor and will discuss logistical issues such as the online timetabling system and your allocation to practical groups, and will provide you with details of the times of your first week lectures so that you know exactly where you need to be when your classes start next week.

15.30 – 16.30 Introduction to the Library and IT – Lecture Theatre 1, Sherwell Church (Lower)

Abigail Heath, Information Specialist

A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Any time between 09.00 – 16.00 University Card Collection - Room 015, Ground Floor, Smeaton Building

You can collect your University card from Room 015, Ground Floor, Smeaton Building during the times given above. Your card is used for entry to the Library, some room entry, handing in coursework etc.

You must complete online enrolment and upload a photo prior to attending this session. You will need to bring identification with you to this session. The preferred form of identification is a valid current passport. Please refer to our University Card Collection web page for further details.
NB: If you already have a card i.e. because you were previously a student on another course or at a Partner College, you do not need to attend this session.

Thursday 20 and Friday 21 September 2018

For Thursday and Friday, you will be allocated groups and given times of sessions to take part in two activities. These are:

Studying Geography at Plymouth: Dr Matthew Rech, Stage 1 Tutor. A one and a half hour, relaxed and interactive session to get you thinking about studying Geography at University level. This will focus on fundamental issues such as your expectations, aspirations and concerns about studying at University level. These sessions will be held in Room 701 of Davy Building.

Introduction to the University of Plymouth IT facilities: A one-hour class to introduce the University and the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences’ IT facilities. These sessions will be held in Room 310, Fitzroy Building. Everybody should attend, including those already familiar with email, as we also run through general computing issues such as the local and networked storage space, printing and other IT facilities.

The table below shows which groups of students should attend each session. As mentioned before, you will be advised of your group membership at the introductory session on Monday and this will also be listed on the School noticeboard outside Room 504, Portland Square.

Student Group     Introduction to IT Facilities, Room 310, Fitzroy Building      
Group A               Thursday 10.30
Group B               Thursday 13.00                            
Group C               Friday 09.00                                  
Group D               Friday 10.30                                  
Group E               Friday 12.30                                  
Group F               Friday 14.00    

Student Group     Studying Geography, Room 701, Davy Building

Group A               Friday 10.30
Group B               Friday 09.00
Group C               Thursday 14.30
Group D               Thursday 13.00
Group E               Thursday 10.30
Group F               Thursday 09.00      

Friday 21 September 2018

15.00 – 16.00 Introduction to immersive module – GGX1200 – Room 006, Babbage Building

Dr Matthew Rech




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