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: https://s3.plymouth.ac.uk/s3 . 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
For UPIC Earth Sciences Programmes
09.00 – 10.00 University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) Registration - UPIC, 15 Portland Villas
An introduction to University of Plymouth International College.
11.30 – 13.00
Welcome Meeting – Room 018, Rolle Building
Dr Colin Wilkins
During this session you 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, 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.
Tuesday 17 September 2019
13.00 Field Kit Issue – Room 001, Fitzroy Building
You will be provided with some fieldwork equipment. Please come at the following times:
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.
Wednesday 18 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.
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.
10.00 PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) - Room 007 Fitzroy Building
Meriel Fitzpatrick, PALS Coordinator
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
19.00 – 21.45 Wednesday Welcome Party - Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe
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
Thursday 19 September 2019 - Geolocation exercise
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
For this you will be divided into two groups (A & B) – you will attend one practical session.
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.
Friday 20 September 2019 - Library Session and various activities
10.00 - 10.15 Introduction to Student Wellbeing Services – Lecture Theatre, Robbins 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)
- Learning Development incl SUM UP
- Care Leavers
- Peer Assisted Learning (PALS)
10.15 – 10.30 Introduction to the Students’ Union - 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 Careers and Employability - Lecture Theatre, Robbins Building
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!)
14.00 – 15.00 Introduction to the Library and IT – Lecture Theatre 2, Ground Floor, Roland Levinsky Building
Heath, Information Specialist
A short presentation from your subject librarian introducing you to the facilities and services of the University library.
ALL WEEK - 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.