BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability Stage 1 induction information
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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: . 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 16 September 2019

13.00 – 14.00 Welcome and Introductory Talk – Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

14.00 – 15.30 Introduction to Stage 1 – Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Dr Alison Stokes - First Year Tutor, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability

Tuesday 17 September 2019

10.00 – 11.30 Why is Environmental Science and Environmental Management and Sustainability so important? – Room 220, Davy Building

Professor Tom Hutchinson, Associate Head of Environmental Science

An overview of the global importance of environmental science and environmental management and sustainability and career options.

11.30 – 12.30 Introduction to Diving Training – Room 220, Davy Building

Keiron Fraser, Academic Diving Specialist, Marine Station

It is ESSENTIAL that you attend this introduction session if you wish to be considered for HSE diver training in the summer vacation of the first year. You cannot take the second year module option OS207 ‘Scientific Diving’ without completing HSE Professional SCUBA training. This introduction session will give full details of the prerequisite requirements and an overview of the HSE SCUBA award. Please note there are significant costs associated with this module and all students will need to pass a stringent medical examination.

14.00 – 15.00 PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) – Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

PALS fosters cross-year support between students on the same course. In Environmental Science and Environmental Science and Sustainability, PALS encourages Stage 1 students to support each other and to learn co-operatively, under the guidance of trained students called PALS Leaders, from stage 2. Students will be split into groups and taken by their PALS leader to the appropriate room:

Group A – Room A102, Portland Square Building

Group B – Rom 115, Rolle Building

Group C – Room 117, Rolle Building

15.15 – 15.45 LABplus Room 707, Davy Building

Jane Thorning, Senior Technician, LABplus

LABplus is a drop-in facility mostly used by students from the disciplines of Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography and Earth Sciences. The lab features learning resources and tasks designed to help you prepare for field and laboratory work.

15.15 – 15.30: Surname A – H
15.30 – 15.45: Surname I – Z

16.00 – 17.30 Employability, skills and the IES – Room 205, Smeaton Building

Claire Guy, Careers Adviser, PU Employability Service

What are soft skills and why do they matter? Which do you have already, and how can you develop them whilst at University?

The most often quoted reason for coming to university is to enhance your future prospects and to create fulfilling career paths. Find out about how the Careers and Employability service can support you with this by; opening your eyes to a wealth of graduate options, helping you to develop skills and gain experience and providing you with all the practical help you need, from stage 0 right the way through to postgraduate study (and for up to 3 years after you finish your programme!)

Wednesday 18 September 2019

10.30 - 10.45 Introduction to Student Wellbeing Services – Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building

Student Services will outline the support available to all students and where you need to go to access this support. The session will include information about:

  • Disability Services
  • Student Wellbeing Services (Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing)
  • Chaplaincy
  • Learning Development incl SUM UP
  • Care Leavers
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PALS)

 10.45 – 11.00 Introduction to the Students’ Union – Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, 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.

12.00 – 13.00 Introduction to the Library – Jill Craigie Lecture Theatre, Roland Levinsky Building

Kate Russell, Information Specialist

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

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.

19.00 – 21.45 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, entertainment and the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher.

Thursday 19 September 2019

10.00 – 11.00 Collection of Field Equipment Pack. – Room 509, Davy Building

Surname A – H: 10.00 – 10.30
Surname I – Z: 10.30 – 11.00

To obtain your fieldwork equipment pack you need to have (i) uploaded your medical information into S3 and (ii) read the School Safety Handbook and downloaded and signed the confirmation receipt which you should bring with you.
11.00 – 12.00 Introduction to Small Group Tutorials
Discover the important role of the Tutorial Programme and how your personal tutor can support you throughout Stage 1. Information on which group you are in and which room to go to will be provided when you complete your record cards.

13.00 – 15.00 Introduction to Computing Services – Room 105-107, Babbage Building

Dr Andrew Turner, Dr Paul Lunt and Dr Angela Milne

Please remember that you must have completed the on-line Computing Services Registration process at least 24 hours before this session. All BSc Environmental Science and BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability students should attend a class which will introduce the Computing Services used in the university. It is important that you attend this class.


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