BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences 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

Any time today. Don’t miss key events led by the Students’ Union (UPSU). They run all day so you can drop in whenever you’re free - SU Marquee

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

09.00 – 09.30 – Welcome - Main Hall, Davy Building
Dr Mairi Knight

10.00 – 11.30 Introduction to your degree course – Room 018, Rolle Building
Dr Richard Billington

This meeting is a very important one. It is your first formal contact with the staff most involved with your degree course, and your fellow students. The session will be led by your Programme Leader, who will introduce you to the school, the structure of degrees at Plymouth, brief details of what topics you might cover during your time here, and so on. You will also be told what we expect of you. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. During this meeting you will be allocated to a personal tutor.

13.30 – 13.45 Introduction to the Students’ Union - Room 018, Rolle 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.

15.00 – 15.30 Introduction to the Library and IT - Main Hall, Davy Building
Ian Rayment, Information Specialist

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

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

12.00 – 12.30 - Introduction to IT services and the Student Portal (Moodle) - Main Hall, Davy Building
Dr John Moody and Dr Miguel Franco

12.30 – 13.00 Introduction to first year ebooks - Main Hall, Davy Building
Dr John Moody

13.00 – 14.00 Quiz - Main Hall, Davy Building
Dr John Moody

This is your chance to show us what you know, during a 50-question multiple choice quiz. Needless to say, there will be a prize for the winner. The quiz also provides an opportunity to get to grips with the ‘Optical Mark Reader’, a device which is often used for assessment in Stage 1, and which needs special care on your part. Bring your registration number to 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 upsu.com 


Thursday 21 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 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 upsu.com

Friday 22 September 2017

10.30 - 17.00 - A Boat Trip to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall - Meet at the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth at 10.25
Dr Miguel Franco

This is a chance to relax before formal classes begin and reflect on the week’s information and activities. The trip will provide an opportunity to meet more of your fellow students and some of the staff who will teach you over the next three years.

A boat will take us to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park just across Plymouth Sound on the Cornish side of the Tamar estuary.

At the pub you can buy food and drink, or you can choose to take you own along. You will make your own way back on the Cremyll ferry (cost £1.50) which will return you to Plymouth close to the west end of Union Street (approx 20 minute walk from the University). Activities will be organised at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park for some courses.

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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