PLEASE NOTE: new direct entrants to stage 2 or final year should contact the relevant programme leader as soon as possible, and before Monday 17 September 2018, to discuss requirements for the forthcoming academic year.
Please also note – if you are on BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, and already committed to being in South Africa when these events take place, we will cover much of this material either on the field course, or following our return to Plymouth afterwards.
Module choice for Stage 2 marine biology and coastal ecology - If you are going to stage 2 marine biology and coastal ecology you must complete and return the module choice form to us by 3 September 2018.
Essential information for new international students
Monday 17 – Friday 21 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.
As soon as you have completed online enrolment, please ensure that you complete/update 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). You may have previously completed the questionnaire but must still open and save this even if there are no changes. Opening and saving the questionnaire will be date stamped and we will know that your information is up-to-date. This will be checked by a member of the administrative team and if information is not updated you will be refused entry to laboratories and refused attendance on any fieldwork. 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
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.
13.00 – 14.00 - Welcome party wristband collection – Room 605, Rolle BuildingYou will need to collect your wristband in order to attend your welcome party
19.00 - 21.30 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
10.00 – 10.30 Welcome meetings – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS104
Meet your course mates and the marine biology subject group team. (Note that it takes about 20 minutes to walk from campus See map
10.00 - 11.00 Coffee and cakes
11.00 – 12.30 Introduction to your degree course – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS104
Your programme leader will introduce you to the School, the structure of your degree at Plymouth, and important practical information about timetables etc. You will probably have many questions about the course and approaches to study. You will be provided with a student handbook that you should study carefully and bring to all further sessions.
Wednesday 19 September 2018
11.30 – 11.45 Introduction to the Students’ Union – Room 018, Rolle 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.
14.00 – 15.00 Introduction to the library – Room 018, Rolle Building
A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.
Friday 21 September 2018
11.30 Introductory field trip - meet at the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth
A boat will take
us to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park just across Plymouth Sound on the Cornish
side of the Tamar estuary. Here, you will have a brief introduction to the key
features of Plymouth Sound and we will spend time examining some of the marine
life on the seashore. Afterwards, you can explore the country park on some of
the excellent walking trails or relax with fellow students and staff over
lunch. You can choose to take your own snack lunch or buy reasonably priced
food and drink at a café or pub. You make your own way back to Plymouth on the
Cremyll ferry (cost £1.50) which leaves from the Edgcumbe Arms pub and docks
close to the west end of Union Street in Plymouth (about 20-30 minutes’ walk to
Please ensure that you have read the fieldwork section in the Safety Handbook and that you come with Wellington boots or other suitable footwear for working on the beach, plus warm, waterproof clothing.