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Welcome to the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, and if you are new to the city, welcome to Plymouth. You are starting on a fascinating intellectual and academic journey with us, as well as an exciting new stage of your life. I hope that you enjoy the journey, and make the most of all the opportunities that the University has to offer.
Your first week here is called Induction Week, during which there will lots of timetabled events. These are aimed at providing you with important information, helping you to become familiar with the University, and giving you the chance to meet some of your fellow students and tutors. There is a full timetable of events listed below. Please read it carefully, and ensure you attend the sessions.
On behalf all the staff in the School of Psychology, I welcome you to the University of Plymouth, and look forward to meeting you.Tim Hollins, Head of School of Psychology.
Before you arrive
Please review the list of projects and research interests offered by staff on our online MSc Project Allocation system. You should have been sent (via email) details of this system, along with a personalised link to access details of these projects, during the summer. https://bit.ly/2Ms6p8h
Before attending the induction days please:
- Review the list of projects
- Identify 3 members of staff with interests which align with your own, and where relevant read references mentioned in the project descriptions. Here is the link for staff research interests.
During the induction sessions we will explore your interests and identify how to approach staff and negotiate the design of your research.
Tuesday 18 September
9.00-9.30 Arrival all MSc and MPsych (Stage 5) students, with refreshments Portland Sq Foyer (outside of Plymouth Lecture Theatre)
9.30-10.00 Welcome from programme leaders venue Portland Sq Building, Plymouth Lecture Theatre
MSc Psychology Dr Alison Bacon
MSc Psychological Research Methods Dr Chris Berry
MPsych Advanced Psychology Professor Chris Harris
10.00-11.00 Introduction to MSc Psychology venue Davy Building room 508 (5th floor)
11.30-13.00 How do we know things? with Professor Chris Harris Venue Scott Building 001
13.00-13.15 Welcome with Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School Venue Scott Building 001
13.15-13.30 Advice re online enrolment (optional) Venue Scott Building 001
14.00-14.30 Introduction to MSc Psychology Venue Smeaton Building room 212 (2nd floor)
14.45-15.15 Campus tour (optional), assemble @ Scott 001
15.15-15.30 Introduction to the psychology technical office with Anthony Mee, Technical Manager Venue Scott Building 001
15.30-16.00 Meet the psychology student advocate, Dr Patric Bach
Venue Scott Building 001
Wednesday 19 September
9.00-9.30 Arrival with refreshments venue Scott Building 101
9.45-10.00 Overview of the day's activities venue Scott Building 101
10.00-11.00 Assessment at masters level venue Scott Building 101
11.30-13.00 Research and statistics in psychology 1 venue Smeaton Building room 100 (1st floor)
14.00-15.00 Your MSc project Venue Babbage Building room 406 (4th floor)
In preparation for this session it would be extremely helpful if you could refresh your memory for the last piece of research you did (eg re-read your dissertation), or if you are new to psychology think about the range of research topics that interest you: what type of project would you like to develop this year?
This session will include:
- Supervisor/student relationship, expected contribution
- Project Allocation System (PAS)/ finding a supervisor
- Login to PAS
- Project brainstorming
15.00-16.00 University support services venue Babbage Building room 406
- Academic writing with Jo Allison
- Wellbeing Centre
- Careers service with Claire Guy
- Robot club
- Psysoc with Molly Timlett Chair Psysoc
Thursday 20 September
Friday 21 September
Arrival with refreshments and University card collection. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University card, also remember to bring valid passport and/or driving licence.
Cards are only issued to new students, so if you are a returning student please bring your existing student card with you. Venue Smeaton Building room 100
10.00-12.00 Nuts and bolts Venue Smeaton 100
- Using the DLE.
- Checking your timetable.
- Office 365.
- Accessing other University systems.
Postgraduate lunch, a networking lunch for all PG students and academic staff, meet postgraduate students undertaking other Psychology programmes Venue Link Building room 301 (3rd floor)
13.30-16.30 Research and statistics 2 Venue: Babbage Building, Room 109 (1st floor)
It is important that you enrol online and upload a photo prior to attending Induction, because this will enable us to create your computing account and student card in good time.
Please use the links below to enrol and upload your photo. If you have any problems enrolling please contact email@example.com.
A Postgrad welcome party will be arranged at the beginning of Semester 1, for psychology postgraduate and research students and teaching staff. You will be informed when and where it is to be held via email.
Please note the week beginning 24 September is University week nine.
Essential information for new international students
Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland SquareThis session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver.
There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.
Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union
Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof
Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof
Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union
Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof
Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee
More information can be found here.
Meet the Programme Manager - Dr Alison Bacon
Alison is the Programme Manager for MSc Psychology. She is a member of the School of Psychology and the Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.Find out more about the Programme Manager
Plymouth is one of the top Psychology departments in the UK. The programme will run in conjunction with the School’s existing taught programmes, including its BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods programmes.
These programmes are delivered by over 30 members of staff with a range of expertise in various areas of psychology.
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