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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 16 September
Venue (all day) Sherwell Lower, Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Conference Centre
10.00–10.15 Welcome with Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School
10.15–11.30 Introduction to your programme with Dr Peter M Jones, Programme Leader
11.30–12.00 Employability with Dr Ed Symes and Paul Gillard
12.00–13.00 Break, then return to Sherwell Lower
13.00–14.00 Meet the Senior Tutor Dr Marina Wimmer
14.00–14.15 Psysoc with Emily Gwatkin, Chair of Psysoc
14.15-14.30 Welcome with Prof Bridie Kent, Executive Dean of Faculty
14.30–14.45 Break, then return to Sherwell Lower
14.45-15.15 Introducing PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) with Dr Ed Symes and PALS Leaders
15.15-15.45 MPsych Advanced Psychology and Clinical Psychology with Programme Leaders Dr Chris Berry and Dr Alyson Norman
15.45–16.00 Student Funding Unit - An introduction to the support and advice the Student Funding Unit can provide about all aspects of student funding.
16.00–16.15 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.
Tuesday 17 September
Venue (morning) Roland Levinsky Building, Lecture Theatre 1
15.00–16.00 Campus tour, students with last names L-Z Meeting Point Sherwell Foyer (ground Floor)
Wednesday 18 September
All students: Today you will meet your tutorial group and go on a treasure hunt together. The day ends with an opportunity to meet other members of the School. Please look at these instructions carefully, so that you know where to go.
This morning before your first induction session find out who your personal tutor is and which tutorial and workshop groups you are in. You can find this by accessing the BSc Psychology 0191X programme site on the DLE (Digital Learning Environment), and opening the 'Tutorial and Workshops groups' file at the top of the page.
Find my Tutor link - see 0191X Programme site
10.00–10.30 Workshop group 1 meet in Link 301. Meet other students in your tutorial group and get instructions for School of Psychology treasure hunt.
10.30–11.00 Workshop group 2 meet in Link 301. Meet other students in your tutorial group and get instructions for School of Psychology treasure hunt.
11.00–11:30 Workshop group 3 meet in Link 301. Meet other students in your tutorial group and get instructions for School of Psychology treasure hunt.
10.30–12.00 Workshop group 1 treasure hunt
11.00–12.30 Workshop group 2 treasure hunt
11:30–13.00 Workshop group 3 treasure hunt
12:30–14:30 Meet your
personal tutor in their office. You should have found out who they are from the
‘Tutorial and Workshop Groups’ list. If you can’t meet your tutor for any
reason, please contact them to let them know. There is a contact directory in
the Stage 1 handbook, also on the programme DLE page.
14.30–15.30 Everything you ever wanted to know about being a Stage 1 psychology student. Meet Stage 2 psychology students and members of academic staff with refreshments Venue, Link Building room 301
Thursday 19 September
Venue (morning) Sherwell Lower, Lecture Theatre
10.00–11.00 Introduction to the University library with Kerri Daymond, 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.
11.00–11.30 Technical facilities and services with Lynne James, Psychology Senior Technician. An overview of the facilities and services Psychology Technicians can provide during your degree.
12.00–14.00 Drop-in session (optional) Venue, Link Building room 301. This drop-in session will allow you to learn more about the Student Portal and to practice using it. Simply go to this venue and a member of staff will help you to get started. Please bring your own laptop to this drop in or there will be laptops available to borrow in Link 301(for use only in Link 301)
13.00–14.30 Students with last names A-K Film Screening of Rupture, a matter of life or death. Venue Roland Levinsky Building, Jill Craigie Cinema
14.30–16.00 Students with last names L-Z Film Screening of Rupture, a matter of life or death. Venue Roland Levinsky Building, Jill Craigie Cinema
Friday 20 September
No session to attend today.
Please note week commencing 23 September is University week nine.
To give you a great start, if you are studying psychology as your only or major subject, we'll give you a free set of eBooks when you start your first year.
The complete set of eBooks is worth over £1500 – your main recommended reading for your core psychology lectures covered at no cost to you!Free eBooks from the School of Psychology
If you're thinking about studying Stage 2 abroad, an exchange information meeting will be arranged in semester 1 by Plymouth Global, where you can learn more about studying stage 2 as an exchange student. An email will be sent to advertise this so keep checking your University email for this notice.
In the mean time read about previous exchange student experiences below.
Study abroad year in the USA
I can proudly say that it has been one of the best and wisest choices I could have ever made!
Simge Engelkiran spent a year in NebraskaA challenge year in the USA
Psychology exchange opportunities
Broaden your horizons by studying abroad for your second year.
All psychology students can opt to spend their second year studying at a University overseasFind out more about about psychology exchange opportunities
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