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 into 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
9.00–10.00 University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) Registration - UPIC, 15 Portland Villas
An introduction to the University of Plymouth International College.
11.30–13.00 Welcome Meeting – Room 018, Rolle Building
Dr Colin Wilkins
During this session you will be welcomed by the Head of School, will meet Earth Science academic and support staff and be given a guide to the week’s activities.
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
14.30 onwards Meet your Tutors – Room 007, Fitzroy Building
You will be taken to small meeting rooms to be introduced to your Stage 1 Academic Tutor and members of your Tutor group. This is a chance to discuss what you will be doing during your degree, meet fellow students and find out where the staff offices are located.
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. Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe
Tuesday 18 September 2018
10.00–13.00 Field Kit Issue – Room 001, Fitzroy Building
You will be provided with some fieldwork equipment. Please come at the following times:
10.00–11.00: BSc Applied Geology; MGeol; Geology with Ocean Science
11.00–12.00: BSc Geology
12.00–13.00: BSc Physical Geography and Geology.
The Stage One Tutor will also be available if any students have queries about their programme of study or enrolment.
15.00–17.00 Seeing is believing? – Room 006, Babbage Building
Dr Colin Wilkins
An entertaining and informative session involving some novel exercises designed to make you question the way we observe the natural world as Earth Scientists. Presented by a special, external guest.
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Any time between 9.00–16.00 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.
9.30–10.00 PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) - Room 007 Fitzroy Building
Meriel Fitzpatrick, PALS Coordinator
Meet with the PALS leaders
PALS sessions are led by Stage 2 students who know what you are studying now because they were studying it themselves last year!
Pals@plymouth will help you during your first year to:
• adjust to and get the most out of university life
• collaborate with other students from your programme
• use discussion for learning.
Thursday 20 September 2018 - Geolocation exercise
On Thursday we will be running a practical exercise to help you learn how to use your field-kit and to familiarize yourself with the local environment. (Dr Colin Wilkins).
For this you will be divided into two groups (A & B) – you will attend one practical session.
Meet at the base of Smeaton’s Tower, the red & white disused lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe (you can’t miss it!) at one of the following times, according to your degree pathway. Your Group (A or B) will be confirmed on Monday:
Group A: Thursday 10.00–13.00
Group B: Thursday 14.00–17.00
Bring: waterproofs, hat if sunny/cold, warm clothing, your fieldwork kit (as distributed on Tuesday morning; hard hats are NOT required). No shorts or flip-flops.
Friday 21 September 2018 - Library Session and various activities
10.00–10.30 Introduction to the Students’ Union - Robbins Lecture Theatre, Robbins 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.
10.30–10.45 The Plymouth Award - Robbins Lecture Theatre, Robbins Building
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.
14.00–15.00 Introduction to the Library and IT – Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building
Abigail Heath, Information Specialist
A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.
ALL WEEK - N.B. Earth Sciences staff will be available to answer questions all week. Please go to Room 101 Fitzroy (Earth Sciences Office) and make an appointment, or – if possible – see a member of staff right away.