BSc (Hons) Chemistry Stage 1 Induction Information
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Essential Information for International Students

Monday 18 – Friday 22 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 Introduction and Welcome - Room 008 – 010, Babbage Building

Welcome by the Head of School, Dr Mark Anderson 

10.15 Guide to the week’s activities

Dr Anthony Lewis

10.30 Induction talk

Dr Anthony Lewis

The stage 1 programme will be described in some detail. Please bring 2 passport-sized photographs with your name and course clearly printed on the reverse.

11.00 Team-building game
Dr Anthony Lewis and PALS mentors

Introduction to ChemSoc
ChemSoc President 

11.45 – 12.30 Lunch provided

15.30 – 16.40 Chemistry Demonstration Lecture - Room 220, Davy Building
Dr Roy Lowry

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

9.30 – 12.00 An Introduction to the Laboratory - Room 509, Davy Building
Dr Hywel Evans

This session will cover health and safety and good laboratory practice. 

14.30 Pub Treasure Hunt

Dr Hywel Evans and PALS mentors

Meet outside the Main Entrance of Block A, Portland Square Building

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

09.30 – 11.30 Introduction to Royal Society of Chemistry (+ freebies!!) – Room 005, Babbage Building
Dr Mike Foulkes

Your opportunity to join the membership and to chat to the RSC representative and to get your FREE laboratory requirements. 

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 September 2017

10.00 – 12.00 Introduction to Computing Services - Room 106-107, Babbage Building
Dr Anthony Lewis

Please remember that you must have completed your on-line enrolment at least 24 hours before this session.

All students should attend this session, which will introduce the Computing Services used in the university. It is important that you attend this class. 

13.45 – 15.45 ChemSoc Boat Trip (All stages)
Plymouth Sound and River Tamar

NOTE: The boat departs from Mayflower Steps at 13.45. Please arrive at the Mayflower Steps by 13.30 at the latest. Food is not provided so please bring sandwiches if you wish. 

Departs from Mayflower Steps (Barbican)

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

09.00 – 10.00 Introduction to the Library and IT - Robbins Lecture Theatre, Robbins Building
Abigail Heath, Information Specialist

A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.
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
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.  
13.00 – 16.00 Meet your Personal Tutor

Further details and location to be announced.

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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