Plymouth University International College - BSc (Hons) Applied Geology Stage 1 Integrated - 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

9.00 – 10.00 Plymouth University International College (PUIC) Registration – MANDATORY SESSION - 15 Portland Villas
Kristin Hodges PUIC 

11.30 – 13.00 Welcome Meeting – Room 018, Rolle Building
Dr Colin Wilkins

During this session you will be welcomed by the Head of School, will meet Earth Science academic and support staff and be given a guide to the week’s activities.

14.30 onwards Meet your Tutors – Room 007/009, Fitzroy Building

You will be taken to small meeting rooms to be introduced to your Stage 1 Academic Tutor and members of your Tutor group. This is a chance to discuss what you will be doing during your degree, meet fellow students and find out where the staff offices are located.

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. Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe

Tuesday 19 September 2017

10.00 – 13.00 Field Kit Issue - Room 001, Fitzroy Building
Ian King

You will be provided with some fieldwork equipment. Please come at the following times:

10.00 – 11.00: BSc Applied Geology; MGeol; Geology with Ocean Science.
11.00 – 12.00: BSc Geology
12.00 – 13.00: BSc Physical Geography and Geology

The Stage One Tutor will also be available if any students have queries about their programme of study or enrolment.
15.00 – 17.00 Seeing is believing? – Room 006, Babbage Building
Dr Colin Wilkins

An entertaining and informative session involving some novel exercises designed to make you question the way we observe the natural world as Earth Scientists. Presented by a special, external guest.

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

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.

09.30 – 10.00 PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) - Room 007/009 Fitzroy Building
Meriel Fitzpatrick, PALS Coordinator

Meet with the PALS leaders
PALS sessions are led by Stage 2 students who know what you are studying now because they were studying it themselves last year!
Pals@plymouth will help you during your first year to:
• adjust to and get the most out of university life
• collaborate with other students from your programme
• use discussion for learning

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 - Geolocation exercise

On Thursday we will be running a practical exercise to help you learn how to use your field-kit and to familiarize yourself with the local environment. (Dr Colin Wilkins).

For this you will be divided into two groups (A & B) – you will attend one practical session.

Plymouth Hoe

Meet at the base of Smeaton’s Tower, the red & white disused lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe (you can’t miss it!) at one of the following times, according to your degree pathway. Your Group (A or B) will be confirmed on Monday:

Group A: Thursday 10.00 – 13.00

Group B: Thursday 14.00 – 17.00

Bring: waterproofs, hat if sunny/cold, warm clothing, your fieldwork kit (as distributed on Tuesday morning; hard hats are NOT required). No shorts or flip-flops.

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 - Library Session and various activities

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.

14.00 – 15.00 Introduction to the Library and IT – Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building
Abigail Heath, Information Specialist

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

N.B. Earth Sciences staff will be available to answer questions all week. Please go to Room 101 Fitzroy (Earth Sciences Office) and make an appointment, or – if possible – see a member of staff right away.

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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