BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology Stage 1 Induction Information 2017

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Welcome to your first year in the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, and if you are new to the city, welcome to Plymouth. You are starting on a fascinating intellectual and academic journey with us, as well as an exciting new stage of your life. I hope that you enjoy the journey, and make the most of all the opportunities that the University has to offer.

Your first week here is called Induction Week, during which there will lots of timetabled events. These are aimed at providing you with important information, helping you to become familiar with the University, and giving you the chance to meet some of your fellow students and tutors. There is a full timetable of events listed below. Please read it carefully, and ensure you attend the sessions.

On behalf all the staff in the School of Psychology, I welcome you to the University of Plymouth, and look forward to meeting you.

Tim Hollins, Head of School of Psychology.

Monday 18 September

Venue (all day): Sherwell Lower, Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Conference Centre

10.00-10.30 Welcome with Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School

10.30-11.30 Introduction to Psychology with Dr Matt Roser, Programme Leader

11.30-12.00 Employability with Dr Ed Symes and Employability Service


13.00-14.00 Introduction to Stage 1 with Dr Patric Bach, Student Advocate and Dr Ed Symes, Senior Tutor

14.00-14.15 Introduction to Student's Union - A representative from the Student's 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 also provide your student support and representation.

14.15-14.45 Plymouth Award 2017 - Employability Service: The Plymouth Award is designed to recognise and celebrate student achievements outside the curriculum.  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.

14.45-15.00 Student Funding Unit - An introduction to the support and advice the Student Funding Unit can provide about all aspects of student funding.  

Tuesday 19 September

All Students: This morning before your first Induction session find out who your Personal Tutor by accessing the BSc Psychology 0191X Programme site on the DLE (Digital Learning Environment) via the link below, open the tutorials folder and follow the instructions.

Go and find your tutor's office on the 2nd floor Portland Sq Building and sign up for an initial meeting with them on Wednesday morning, fitting it around your Induction timetable.

Check this link to access the list of Personal Tutors

Please access this link to find the location of your tutor’s office.

NOTE: Some tutors may need to make alternative arrangements, so keep checking your University email account for any messages. If you are unable to meet your tutor for any reason, please email or phone them (contact details are in the Stage 1 Handbook) to arrange an alternative time.

10.00-11.00 Introduction to Sociology Minor Venue: Fitzroy Building, room 307

All Students, Venue (Tuesday morning): Roland Levinsky Building, Lecture Theatre 1

11.00-11.30 Welcome with Dr Bridie Kent, Executive Dean of Faculty

11.30-12.30 Introduction to the Stage 1 Timetable with Dr Peter M Jones, Timetable Co-ordinator. How the timetable works and which sessions you are required to attend for your modules.

12.30-13.00 Introduction to PSYC101 your first taught module with Dr William Simpson, PSYC101 Module Leader.  PLEASE NOTE:  attendance at this session is strongly advised.

13.00-13.30 ebooks with Dr Phil Gee, Associate Head, Teaching and Learning



Card Collection, Venue: Rolle Building, room 206

14.00-15.00 University Card Collection, Students with last names A-K. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University Card, also remember to bring Photo ID with you. Cards are only issued to new students.  Campus Tour is after Card collection, see below.

15.00-16.00 University Card Collection, Students with last names L-Z. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University Card, also remember to bring Photo ID with you. Cards are only issued to new students.  Campus Tour is prior to Card collection, see below.

Campus Tour Meeting Point, Venue: Rolle Building, room 018

14.00-15.00 Campus Tour Students with last names L-Z

15.00-16.00 Campus Tour Students with last names A-K

Wednesday 20 September

9.00-12.00 Meet your Personal Tutor: meet with your Personal Tutor in their office during these times, you will have signed up to meet them yesterday. 

13.00-15.00 Staff Research Interests Venue: Roland Levinsky Building, Lecture Theatre 1

This afternoon consists of talks by a few of our academic staff on things that fascinate them in psychology.  Some of the stuff we have to do in induction week can be a little dull, so we thought it worth reminding you of the real reason for being here ….

  • Dr Sylvia Terbeck: Social Psychologist
  • Professor Michael Hyland: Health Psychologist
  • Dr Jeremy Goslin: Cognitive Neuroscientist
  • Professor Andy Wills: Cognitive Psychologist

Thursday 21 September

Venue (Thursday morning): Sherwell Lower, Lecture Theatre

10.00-10.30 Introduction to the University Library with Joanna Triplett, Information Specialist. A short presentation on the University Library from the Psychology Information Specialist to inform you of the Library's layout, opening times and services, together with an introduction on how to search for books, journals and other materials using the 'Primo' system and the IT Tutorials for help with using Moodle.

10.30-11.00 Technical Facilities and Services with Lynne James, Psychology Senior Technician. An overview of the facilities and services Psychology Technicians can provide during your degree.

11.00-11.15 Welcome Party Promo, Events Team


Venue (Thursday afternoon): Roland Levinsky Building, Jill Craigie Cinema

13.00-14.30 Students with last names A-K Film Screening of Rupture, a matter of life or death

14.30-16.00 Students with last names L-Z Film Screening of Rupture, a matter of life or death

19.15-21.45 Faculty of Health and Human Sciences Welcome Party at the Graduation Marquee Plymouth Hoe

Friday 22 September

Venue: Link Building room 106-107

10.00-12.00 Drop-in Session

The drop-in session allow you to learn more about the Student Portal and to practice using it.  Simply go to this venue and a member of staff with help you to get started.

You are also advised to check the PSYC101 DLE site for group allocations for workshops and Tutor groups etc.  Please make a note of the weeks in which your groups start.

Please note week commencing 25th September is University week 9.

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The complete set of eBooks is worth over £1500 – your main recommended reading for your core psychology lectures covered at no cost to you!

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