BA (Hons) Geography Stage 1 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

10.00 – 11.00 Introductory Talk and Welcome – Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building
Dr Mark Holton, Stage 1 Tutor for Geography

Welcome and introductory talk from the Geography Stage 1 tutor and the Head of School. 

11.00 – 11.15 Introduction to the Students’ Union – Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky 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. 

11.15 – 11.45 The Plymouth Award – Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building
Karen Turvey 

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.
and the learning and personal growth that students gain from these activities. 

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 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. 

Tuesday 19 September 2017

One hour tutorial between 10.00 – 16.00 Tutorial Session

Dr Mark Holton

Students will need to attend a one hour tutorial session today. Dr Mark Holton will provide further details during the introductory talk on Monday.

This tutorial will introduce you to your tutor and will discuss logistical issues such as the online timetabling system and your allocation to practical groups, and will provide you with details of the times of your first week lectures so that you know exactly where you need to be when your classes start next week.

10.00 – 12.00 Introduction to the Geography Society and student life - Room 701, Davy Building
Student REPs from Geography Society

A 30 minute interactive session for each of the groups run by representatives of the University of Plymouth Geography Society

You will be advised which of the four groups you are in at the introductory talk on the Monday.   

15.30 – 16.30 Introduction to the Library and IT – LectureTheatre 1, Sherwell Church (Lower)
Abigail Heath, Information Specialist

A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library. 

16.30 – 17.30 Geography Welcome Reception – Sherwell Church, Foyer and Mezzanine
The reception is a chance to meet the Geography staff and other new Students on the Geography degree programmes. 

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 

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.

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 and Friday 22 September 2017

For Thursday and Friday, you will be allocated groups and given times of sessions to take part in two activities. These are: 

Studying Geography at Plymouth: Dr Mark Holton, Stage 1 Tutor. A one and a half hour, relaxed and interactive session to get you thinking about studying Geography at University level. This will focus on fundamental issues such as your expectations, aspirations and concerns about studying at University level. These sessions will be held in Room 701 of Davy Building.

Introduction to the University of Plymouth IT facilities: A one-hour class to introduce the University and the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences’ IT facilities. These sessions will be held in Room 310, Fitzroy Building. Everybody should attend, including those already familiar with email, as we also run through general computing issues such as the local and networked storage space, printing and other IT facilities.

The table below shows which groups of students should attend each session. As mentioned before, you will be advised of your group membership at the introductory session on Monday and this will also be listed on the School noticeboard outside Room 504, Portland Square.

Student Group     Introduction to IT Facilities, Room 310, Fitzroy Building      
Group A               Thursday 10.30
Group B               Thursday 13.00                            
Group C               Friday 09.00                                  
Group D               Friday 10.30                                  
Group E               Friday 12.30                                  
Group F               Friday 14.00    

Student Group     Studying Geography, Room 701, Davy Building

Group A               Friday 10.30
Group B               Friday 09.00
Group C               Thursday 14.30
Group D               Thursday 13.00
Group E               Thursday 10.30
Group F               Thursday 09.00       

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

15.00 – 16.00 Introduction to immersive module – GGX1200 – Room 006, Babbage Building

Dr Mark Holton

16.30 – 18.30 Boat Trip – Plym Estuary, The Sound and River Tamar - (Departs from the Mayflower Steps, the Barbican)

A chance to see something of Plymouth’s varied waterfront and the Tamar Valley.

NOTE: The boat departs from the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth at 16.30. Please arrive at the Mayflower Steps by 16.15 at the latest.

Further details to be provided earlier in the week. Departs from the Mayflower Steps, the Barbican.

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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