BSc (Hons) Psychology Stage 1 Induction Information 2018

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Welcome to your first year in 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.

If you are a Psychology Major or MPsych Advanced Psychology student please see your individual subject Induction programme.

Monday 17 September

Venue (all day) Sherwell Lower, Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Conference Centre

10.00-10.15   Welcome with Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School

10.15-11.30  Introduction to your programme with Dr Peter M Jones, Programme Leader

11.30-12.00  Employability with Dr Ed Symes and Claire Guy

12.00-13.00 BREAK then return to Sherwell Lower

13.00-14.00 The School of Psychology with Dr Michaela Gummerum Associate Head for Student Experience, Dr Patric Bach Student Advocate, and Dr Sylvia Terbeck Senior Tutor

14.00-14.30  Psysoc with Molly Timlett Chair of Psysoc

14.30.14.45 Break then return to Sherwell Lower

14.45-15.00 Student Funding Unit - An introduction to the support and advice the Student Funding Unit can provide about all aspects of student funding.

15.00-15.15  Introduction to Student's Union - A representative from the Student's 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 also provide your student support and representation.

15.15-15.30  Introducing PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) with Dr Ed Symes and the PALS Leaders

15.30-16.00 MPsych Advanced Psychology 

Tuesday 18 September

Venue (morning) Roland Levinsky Building, Lecture Theatre 1

11.00-11.30 Welcome with Dr Bridie Kent, Executive Dean of Faculty

11.30-12.00 Introduction to the Stage 1 timetable with Professor Jon May, Timetable Co-ordinator.  How the timetable works and which sessions you are required to attend for your modules.

12.00-12.30 ebooks with Dr Phil Gee, Associate Head for Teaching and Learning

BREAK

TUESDAY AFTERNOON UNIVERSITY CARD COLLECTION in Rolle Building room 114, please wait outside

13.00-14.00 University card collection, students with last names A-K. University student card collection. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University card, also remember to bring photo ID with you. Cards are only issued to new students.

14.00-15.00 University card collection, students with last names L-Z. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University card, also remember to bring photo ID with you. Cards are only issued to new students.

14.00-15.00 Campus tour, students with last names A-K Meeting Point Sherwell Foyer (ground Floor)

15.00-16.00  Campus tour, students with last names L-Z Meeting Point Sherwell Foyer (ground Floor)

Wednesday 19 September

 All students: Today you will meet your tutorial group and go on a treasure hunt together. The day ends with an opportunity to meet other members of the School. Please look at these instructions carefully, so that you know where to go.

This morning before your first induction session find out who your personal tutor is and which tutorial and workshop groups you are in. You can find this by accessing the BSc Psychology 0191X programme site on the DLE (Digital Learning Environment), and opening the 'Tutorial and Workshops groups' file at the top of the page. https://dle.plymouth.ac.uk/pluginfile.php/1100734/mod_resource/content/2/Find%20my%20tutor%202018.pdf

10.00-10.30 Workshop group 1 meet in Link 301. Meet other students in your tutorial group and get instructions for School of Psychology treasure hunt.

10.30-11.00 Workshop group 2 meet in Link 301. Meet other students in your tutorial group and get instructions for School of Psychology treasure hunt.

11.00-11:30 Workshop group 3 meet in Link 301. Meet other students in your tutorial group and get instructions for School of Psychology treasure hunt.

10.30-12.00 Workshop group 1 treasure hunt

11.00-12.30 Workshop group 2 treasure hunt

11:30-13.00 Workshop group 3 treasure hunt

12:30-14:30 Meet your personal tutor in their office. You should have found out who they are from the ‘Tutorial and Workshop Groups’ list. If you can’t meet your tutor for any reason, please contact them to let them know. There is a contact directory in the Stage 1 handbook, also on the programme DLE page.

14.30-15.30 Everything you ever wanted to know about being a Stage 1 psychology student. Meet Stage 2 psychology students and members of academic staff with refreshments Venue Link 301

Thursday 20 September

Venue (morning) Sherwell Lower, Lecture Theatre

10.00-11.00 Introduction to the University library with Kerri Daymond, Information Specialist. A short presentation on the University library from the Psychology Information Specialist to inform you of the library's layout, opening times and services, together with an introduction on how to search for books, journals and other materials using the 'Primo' system and the IT Tutorials for help with using Moodle.

11.00-11.30 Technical facilities and services with Lynne James, Psychology Senior Technician. An overview of the facilities and services Psychology Technicians can provide during your degree.

11.30-11.45 Welcome party promo, Events Team

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Venue (afternoon) Roland Levinsky Building, Jill Craigie Cinema

13.00-14.30 Students with last names A-K Film Screening of Rupture, a matter of life or death

14.30-16.00 Students with last names L-Z Film Screening of Rupture, a matter of life or death

19.15-21.45 Faculty of Health and Human Sciences welcome party at the Graduation Marquee Plymouth Hoe

Friday 21 September

Venue Link Building room 106-107

12.00-14.00 Drop-in session

The drop-in session allow you to learn more about the Student Portal and to practice using it. Simply go to this venue and a member of staff with help you to get started.

You are also advised to check the 0191X DLE programme site for group allocations for workshops and tutor groups etc. Please make a note of the weeks in which your groups start.

Please note week commencing 24 September is University week nine.

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Free e-Books

To give you a great start, if you are studying psychology as your only or major subject, we'll give you a free set of eBooks when you start your first year.

The complete set of eBooks is worth over £1500 – your main recommended reading for your core psychology lectures covered at no cost to you!

Free eBooks from the School of Psychology

If you're thinking about studying Stage 2 abroad, an Exchange Information meeting will be arranged in semester 1 by Plymouth Global, where you can learn more about studying stage 2 as an Exchange Student. An email will be sent to advertise this so keep checking your University email for this notice.

In the mean time read about previous exchange student experiences below.

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Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square
This 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. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

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.

The Faculty of Health and Human Sciences invite you to attend a very special welcome party in the Graduation Marquee on Plymouth Hoe:


Thursday 20 September
20.15–21.45*


Faculty of Health and Human Sciences: induction information

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