BSc (Hons) Marine Biology final stage direct entry induction information
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PLEASE NOTE: new direct entrants to stage 2 or final year should contact the relevant programme leader as soon as possible, and before Monday 16 September 2019, to discuss requirements for the forthcoming academic year.

Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology – Dr Antony Knights: or 01752 587889.

Marine Biology and Oceanography – Dr Clare Embling: or 01752 586137.

Marine Biology – Dr Manuela Truebano Garcia: or 01752 587885.

Please also note – if you are on BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, and already committed to being in South Africa when these events take place, we will cover much of this material either on the field course, or following our return to Plymouth afterwards.

Module choice for Stage 2 Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology - if you are going to stage 2 Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology you must complete and return the module choice form to us by 2 September 2019.

Medical information – Please read and action urgently

As soon as you have completed online enrolment, please ensure that you complete/update 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). You may have previously completed the questionnaire but must still open and save this even if there are no changes. Opening and saving the questionnaire will be date stamped and we will know that your information is up-to-date. This will be checked by a member of the administrative team and if information is not updated you will be refused entry to laboratories and refused attendance on any fieldwork. 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

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.

12.30 - 12.45 Careers - Room 006, Lower Ground Floor, Babbage Building

Claire Guy

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!)

Tuesday 17 September 2019

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome meetings – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 – 103a

Meet your course mates and the marine biology subject group team. (Note that it takes about 30 minutes to walk from campus (see map).

Marine Station map

10.00 - 11.00 Coffee and cakes - Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 – 103a

11.00 – 12.30 Introduction to your degree course – Coxside Marine Station, Room CMS103 – 103a

Your Programme Leader will introduce you to the School, the structure of your degree at Plymouth, and important practical information about timetables etc. You will probably have many questions about the course and approaches to study.

Wednesday 18 September 2019

13.30 - 13.45 Introduction to Student Wellbeing Services – Jill Craige Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, 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)

13.45 - 14.00 - SU – Introduction to the Students’ Union - Jill Craige Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, 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.

14.00 – 15.00 Introduction to the library – Jill Craige Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

Kim Davis, Information Specialist

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

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.

Friday 20 September 2019

11.30 Introductory field trip - meet at the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth

 A boat will take us to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park just across Plymouth Sound on the Cornish side of the Tamar estuary. Here, you will have a brief introduction to the key features of Plymouth Sound and we will spend time examining some of the marine life on the seashore. Afterwards, you can explore the country park on some of the excellent walking trails or relax with fellow students and staff over lunch. You can choose to take your own snack lunch or buy reasonably priced food and drink at a café or pub. You make your own way back to Plymouth on the Cremyll ferry (cost £1.50) which leaves from the Edgcumbe Arms pub and docks close to the west end of Union Street in Plymouth (about 20-30 minutes’ walk to the University).

Please ensure that you have read the fieldwork section in the Safety Handbook and that you come with Wellington boots or other suitable footwear for working on the beach, plus warm, waterproof clothing.

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