Plymouth University International College - BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Oceanography Stage 1 Integrated - Induction Information
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Essential Information for International Students

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September daily between 16.30 – 17.00 – Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Delivered by the International Student Advice team, this session is aimed at new international students who did not attend the International Student Orientation programme. The team will advise you of the support services they provide and answer any questions you may have related to your tier 4 visa responsibilities.

Monday 18 September 2017

11.30 – 12.30 Diving Options - Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building

Charles Sandercock

Attend this meeting if you want to know more about the excellent opportunities for diving during your course. We will discuss the practicalities of completing the HSE Professional SCUBA as part of the course and the optional Diving Science module.

12.30 – 13.00 Plymouth University International College (PUIC) Registration - PUIC, 15 Portland Villas
Kristin Hodges

An introduction to Plymouth University International College.

Between 10.00 - 16.00 today. Don’t miss key events led by the Students’ Union (UPSU) - On top of the SU

UPSU Market Day

With a big selection of mouth-watering dishes and the finest products from the South West, there will be so many flavours to try at the UPSU Market Day.

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 19 September 2017

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome Meetings – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 - 103a

Meet your course mates and the marine biology subject group team. (Note that it takes about 20 minutes to walk from campus See map 

Marine Station Map

10.00 - 11.00 Coffee and Cakes

11.00 – 12.30 Introduction to your Degree Course – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 - 103a

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.

14.00 – 16.00 Team Activity – Room 209, Davy Building

Get to know your course mates while working in a team to solve a classification problem.

Between 12.00 - 16.00 today- Don’t miss key events led by the Students’ Union (UPSU) - Rolle Marquee

UPSU Student Volunteering Fair

Discover what volunteering opportunities you can engage with in the local community, in order to explore the surrounding area, make new friends, try something new and boost your C.V.  With over 50 different community partners and organisations, there will be something for everyone.

Wednesday 20 September 2017

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

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.

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.

Between 11.00 - 16.00 today - Don’t miss key events led by the Students’ Union (UPSU) - On Campus

UPSU Sports Fair

UPSU brings you the biggest Sports Fair in the South West for Plymouth University students. We have over 50 sports clubs to choose from, so if you are a Plymouth University student, come and find out more and discover how to get involved. Sign up online anytime at 

Thursday 21 September 2017

10.00 – 12.00 Introduction to Marine Biology and the Plymouth Plus Modules. – Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

This will be followed by a QI style quiz - your chance to find out how much you know about marine biology before you start the course, with, Prizes!

12.00 - 13.00 Lecture on Field Work - Room 410, Babbage Building

Clare Embling and Kerry Howell

14.00 – 17.00 Laboratory Skills Workshop - Room 702 and Labplus, Davy Building

This session provides you with an opportunity to test your command of some basic practical and laboratory skills, such as observation, handling, measurement, and analysis. Prizes!

Between 11.00 - 16.00 today - Don’t miss key events led by the Students’ Union (UPSU) - On Campus

UPSU Societies and Activities Fair

It’s the biggest Societies and Activities Fair in the South West for Plymouth University students. We have over 120 different societies and activities to choose from, come and find out more and discover how to get involved. Sign up online anytime at

Friday 22 September 2017

11.30 Introductory Field Trip - Meet at the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth

We will leave at 11.30 prompt – don’t be late! 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 the University).

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.

Don’t miss key events led by the Students’ Union (UPSU) - On Campus

Between 10.00 - 16.00 - UPSU Freshers Fair

This bustling marketplace is full of stalls and services with amazing student offers and loads of freebies to enjoy from local and national companies. Come and grab a bargain and take advantage of loads of student offers.

Between 12.00 - 20.00 - Cider and Pasty Festival

The famous festival is back on campus.  Great South West ciders and the best pasties you will ever try.

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