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1 Welcome Coming to university is an exciting and busy time which presents you with lots of Welcome new experiences and opportunities. To ensure that your transition is as simple as possible, we have compiled this handy guide to help you get started in January 2015. You will find a checklist to help you prepare for your arrival at The University, guides on how to become a registered student and choose your courses (where applicable), and information on Induction and Welcome Events, University Support Services, campus maps and much more. While we are confident that you will adapt to university life very quickly, if you find that you need a little help along the way please remember to ask for it! The University has lots of services available to support you with any academic and non- academic issues you may experience. Our Useful Contacts section (pg 19) provides details of support services and how you can get in touch with them. The New Students’ Website, available at www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents, contains lots of information to help you get started in January 2015 and you can feel free to email us with any queries, on email@example.com. Contents Welcome 1 Arriving in Aberdeen 2 How to Register 3 Undergraduate 3-4 Taught Postgraduate 5 Research Postgraduate 6 International & European Students’ Events 7 Welcome Week Events 8 Kings College Campus Map 9 - 10 Foresterhill Campus Map 11 Support for Students 12 - 16 Student Life 17 Checklist 18 Useful Contacts 19
2 Arriving in Aberdeen www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/arrival Meet and Greet Services If you will be arriving during the Welcome Weekend (10 and 11 January), there will be a meet and greet service Arriving in Aberdeen at Aberdeen Airport at peak arrival times, weather permitting. You will be met by a Student Ambassador who will answer any queries you have and direct you towards transport to your place of residence. Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of your own transport. If you arrive out with these dates, you can complete an online request to be met by a Student Ambassador. For more information on the meet and greet service, please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/arrival. Arrival By Air Aberdeen Airport is just 7 miles from the City Centre and is very easy to navigate, with just one terminal building. A taxi rank is situated outside the front door, and a fare to University accommodation will cost around £25-30. Alternatively, you can take the Jet Bus (number 727) to Aberdeen Bus Station (travel time 35 mins). A single ticket costs £2.70 and the timetable is available at www.stagecoachbus.com. Arrival By Train/Bus Aberdeen Bus and Train Stations are located at the same site in the City Centre, next to Union Square Shopping Centre. The taxi rank is inside the Train Station and fares to King’s College Campus cost approximately £15, with trips to Hillhead Halls costing around £25. You can also take a Stagecoach bus from the Bus Station to your accommodation. Timetables are available at www.stagecoachbus.com and there is an information desk at the Bus Station. Alternatively, you can walk to nearby Union Street to catch a First Aberdeen bus to your accommodation. Timetables and route information are available at www.firstgroup.com. Arrival By Car The University’s online route planner can help you plan your journey – www.abdn.ac.uk/environment/transport/route. Accommodation If you are staying in University accommodation, you can collect your keys from the date your contract begins from the following places (you may wish to consult the map on pages 10 and 11). > Crombie Hall, Johnston Hall, Kings Hall and Elphinstone Road: keys should be collected from the reception at Crombie Hall, open 24 hours (t: 01224 273444). > Hillhead Halls: keys should be collected from the reception at New Carnegie Court, open 24 hours (t: 01224 274002). University accommodation contracts begin on Saturday 10 January 2015. You will not be able to move into your room before this date. As such, if you are arriving before 10 January, please ensure you have made alternative accommodation arrangements. If you have any queries regarding your accommodation or contract, please contact the Student Accommodation Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, you can also visit the website at www.abdn.ac.uk/accommodation. Private Accommodation If you wish to go into private accommodation, it is strongly recommended that you organise this in advance of your arrival in Aberdeen. The Students’ Association holds contact details for a number of private landlords, solicitors and estate agents. Please visit www.ausa.org.uk/supportingyou/accommodation for more information. For helpful advice when considering private accommodation, please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/documents/Private-Rented-Accommodation-Handbook.pdf.
3 How to Register as an Undergraduate Student www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/registration How to Register These are the key steps to follow: 4. Sign up for Tutorials / Labs and access your Personal Timetable 1. Complete eRegistration Once you have chosen your courses and 2. Photo Upload allocation of places to relevant courses has 3. Choose your courses been completed, you will be able to choose 4. Sign up for tutorials/labs and get your your tutorial/lab groups online using personal timetable MyCourses. Thereafter, you will be able to 5. ID Card; Fees and Visa access a personal timetable through Checks for International Students MyTimetable. 6. Get induction and course information 5. ID Card; Fees and Visa 1. eRegistration www.abdn.ac.uk/ereg Checks for International Students eRegistration involves confirming your For information on collection of your ID card, personal, financial and academic details please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/ which enables you to set up your University newstudents/registration. If for fees computer and email account. eRegistration purposes you are a sponsored student, please can be completed at any computer with provide a copy of sponsorship to internet access. You must complete this step email@example.com prior to arrival. If in order to choose your courses. You must you are unable to do this, there will be a ensure that you take a note of the computer venue allocated for such queries, details of username and password you receive during which will be posted on the above website. eRegistration, as you will need this to access If you are an international student the your student IT account. For more University is legally required to check and information please visit take copies of your visa documents before www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/registration. you can be allowed to complete registration. As part of eRegistration, you will confirm if Please ensure you bring your passport and a you are paying your tuition fees yourself or if photocopy of all of its non-blank pages, you are sponsored (if your family are paying including the page which was stamped your fees you are considered a self-payer). If during your entry into the UK. This is to you are a self-payer you will need to pay a confirm your status to study in the UK. minimum of 50% of your tuition fees. For Please also bring original documents more information please visit showing your (1) educational qualifications www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/ereg/faq. and (2) English language certificate (if appropriate). Venue details will be posted at 2. Photo Upload www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/registration. For your student ID card to be ready for your If you hold a Tier 4 visa, on further occasions arrival, please upload a photo as soon as throughout the year you will be emailed and possible. This can be done at asked to report to a venue with your www.abdn.ac.uk/photoupload. documents for a visa check. 3. Choose your Courses 6. Get Course Information After completing eRegistration, please visit Course informational will be available www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/registration through MyAberdeen, the University Virtual for information about how to choose your Learning Environment, and from School courses. Offices.
4 Choosing Courses www.abdn.ac.uk/mycurriculum Choosing Courses As a new undergraduate student, you will normally be required to study 8 courses (worth 15 credit points each) during your first year. You will therefore be required to study 4 courses in your first half session (January to May) and a further 4 in your second half session (September to December). Dependent on your degree programme, some of these courses will be prescribed and some may be optional. The courses you are able to choose from will be dependent on your entry qualifications and the constraints of the timetable. Step 1: Prescribed Courses Refer to the University’s Calendar, available at www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/calendar, for details of the courses you must study as part of your degree programme. The Calendar example below displays courses a Single Honours student in Year 1 of the MA Management Studies programme must study. PROGRAMME YEAR 1 – 120 Credit points First Half-Session Second Half-Session Course Course Credit Course Course Credit Code Title Points Code Title Points EC 1006 The Economics of 15 AC 1514 Accounting & 15 Business & Society Entrepreneurship MS 1008 Managing 15 MS 1508 The Context 15 Organisations of Business Enhanced Study 15 Enhanced Study 15 Other 15 Other 15 Step 2: Optional Courses If you are a Single Honours student, you will normally be required to take 15 credits (or one course) of Enhanced Study Options each half session, for your first two years of study. Enhanced Study Options are designed to allow you to have choice, wider opportunities and greater flexibility in your learning. There are three types of Enhanced Study Options, please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/study/about/enhanced-study-347 for further details. 1. Sixth Century Courses invite you to consider different approaches to knowledge and enquiry as you look at issues affecting the world in which we live today. 2. Sustained Study is designed to provide you with continual exposure, throughout your first two years, to an area of study that is separate to your core subject. Should you be interested in taking Sustained Study, this will cover your entire Enhanced Study requirements for both years one and two. 3. Discipline Breadth Courses allow you to extend the scope of your study by taking a single course that interests you. Please note that if you are studying Medicine or Dentistry you will not be required to take any Enhanced Study Options as the majority of your courses are prescribed. If you are a Joint honours student, or on a Major-Minor programme, you will not be required to undertake Enhanced Study Options, as the joint nature of your degree provides the necessary breadth. Where there is an element of choice, it is your responsibility to consider the options available so that you can make an informed choice. More information on courses can be found in the University’s Catalogue of Courses available at www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/courses.
5 How to Register as Postgraduate Taught Student www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/registration The key steps to the registration process for Postgraduate Taught students (PgT) are: How to Register 1. eRegistration www.abdn.ac.uk/ereg eRegistration involves confirming your personal, financial and academic details and enables you to set up your University computer and email account (make sure you keep a note of this when it is given during the eRegistration process). It is strongly recommended that you complete this before arriving in Aberdeen. You must complete this step in order to choose your courses. As part of eRegistration, you will confirm if you are paying your tuition fees yourself or if you are sponsored (if your family are paying your fees you are considered a self-payer). If you are a self-payer you will need to pay a minimum of 50% of your tuition fees. For more information please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/ereg/faq. 2. Photo Upload For your student ID card to be ready for your arrival, please upload a photo as soon as possible at www.abdn.ac.uk/photoupload. 3. School Induction The School or Discipline in which you will be studying will have sent you details of the induction meeting for new postgraduate students which you are required to attend. At this meeting you will be registered for the individual courses that you will be studying as part of your course. If you have not received this information, you can also find details at www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/postgraduate. 4. Upon Arrival: ID Card; Fees and Visa Checks (for International Students Only) You must complete steps 1-3 before your ID card can be issued. Completion of registration and ID card issue will be held in Room S84, Edward Wright Building on 19-21 January, 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2 – 4.30pm. If you arrive after these dates, please visit the Infohub to complete registration. Please ensure that you bring your Certificate of Acceptance with you and any confirmation you may have of payments towards your tuition fees. If for fees purposes you are a sponsored student, please provide a copy of sponsorship to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to arrival. If you are an international student the University is legally required to check and take copies of your visa documents before you can be allowed to complete registration. Visa checks will be carried out at the same time as the above completion of registration and ID card issue. Please ensure you bring your passport and a photocopy of all of its non-blank pages, including the page which was stamped during your entry into the UK. This is to confirm your status to study in the UK. Please also bring original documents showing your (1) educational qualifications and (2) English language certificate (if appropriate). If you hold a Tier 4 visa, on further occasions throughout the year you will be emailed and asked to report to a venue with your documents for a visa check. .
6 How to Register as a Postgraduate Research Student www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/registration If you are a Postgraduate Research student (PgR), you must arrive by the start date stated in How to Register your offer letter. The key steps to the registration process are: 1. eRegistration www.abdn.ac.uk/ereg eRegistration involves confirming your personal, financial and academic details and enables you to set up your University computer and email account (make sure you keep a note of this when it is given during the eRegistration process). It is strongly recommended that you complete this before arriving in Aberdeen. As part of eRegistration, you will confirm if you are paying your tuition fees yourself or if you are sponsored (if your family are paying your fees you are considered a self-payer). If you are a self-payer you will need to pay a minimum of 50% of your tuition fees. For more information please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/ereg/faq. 2. Photo Upload For your student ID card to be ready for your arrival, please upload a photo as soon as possible at www.abdn.ac.uk/photoupload. 3. Upon Arrival: Completion of Registration; Collection of ID Card; Visa checks (for International Students only) After arriving in Aberdeen, you will be required to visit a venue to complete your registration. It is important that you do this, otherwise you will not be fully registered. Completion of registration and ID card issue will be held in Room S84, Edward Wright Building on 19-21 January, 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2 – 4.30pm. If you arrive after these dates, please visit the Infohub to complete registration. Please ensure that you bring your Certificate of Acceptance with you and any confirmation you may have of payments towards your tuition fees. If for fees purposes you are a sponsored student, please provide a copy of sponsorship to email@example.com prior to arrival. If you are an international student the University is legally required to check and take copies of your visa documents before you can be allowed to complete registration. Visa checks will be carried out at the same time as the above completion of registration and ID card issue. Please ensure you bring your passport and a photocopy of all of its non-blank pages, including the page which was stamped during your entry into the UK. This is to confirm your status to study in the UK. Please also bring original documents showing your (1) educational qualifications and (2) English language certificate (if appropriate). If you hold a Tier 4 visa, on further occasions throughout the year you will be emailed and asked to report to a venue with your documents for a visa check. 4. Meeting with Your Supervisor Where possible, you should try to make contact with your supervisor in advance of your arrival in Aberdeen, to ensure that you meet shortly after arriving at the University. Details of your School/College induction event should be sent to you before your arrival in Aberdeen by your School. You should try to attend this event as it will provide you with an opportunity to meet staff and students in your area of study. If you do not receive details of your School induction event, please contact your School directly.
7 International and European Students www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/international Coming to study in a different country can be a challenging time, particularly if you are studying in a International and European Students’ Events second language and getting used to a new culture. Support is available from the International Student Advisers, who can provide information on many aspects of international student life at Aberdeen and in the UK, with specialist advice on UK visa and immigration matters. A selection of events are featured below for new international students to help you settle in. Information Sessions HOST UK for International Students Welcome and Information Session The University subscribes to the HOST Scheme. for International Students HOST is an organisation that links international The International Student Advisers will provide students with approved hosts around the UK you with practical advice and information on who offer an invitation to their home for a day, a living in Scotland. weekend or at Christmas. Further information can be found at: www.hostuk.org. Erasmus and International Study Abroad and Exchange Orientation International Centre A joint welcome and orientation event Please come along and visit our new specifically for Erasmus and International Study International Centre on the ground floor of the Abroad and Exchange students (North America, Hub. Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan) will be held on Monday 12 January. Details of the event will The Students’ Association and be sent to you prior to your arrival and can be International Students found at www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/international. The Students’ Association has lots of ways for international students to make Scotland their Social Events new home. There will be various trips around Scotland and Aberdeen during the semester. A A number of fun, social events will be held great way to meet new people is through the during Welcome Week with you in mind. wide range of societies we have, including Previous social events have included tours of International Society specifically set up for the city and trips to local places of interest. international students! Information about all of A full programme of the events planned for you, this is available via www.ausa.org.uk. including the dates and times for all events featured on this page, is available at www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/international.
8 Welcome Week Events www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents Here are just some of the events taking place during Induction and Welcome Week which are all Freshers’ Week Events designed to help you get to know your subject, staff, meet new people and become involved in university life. A full programme of events, including dates and times will be updated daily at www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents or www.ausa.org.uk. Where You From? – Find out just how diverse the University population is! Traditional Scottish Burns Supper Sports and Societies Fayre – Meet the clubs and societies and get involved! Societies Give-it-a-go sessions Local Area Tours Campus Tours Library Tours Cookery Demonstrations Film Festival
9 P CAMPUS King’s College Campus Map ENUE MAP ONE AV SCHOOL OFFICES & DISCIPLINES 1 R Business School 15 German 20 TILLYD Accountancy & Finance 15 Hispanic Studies 20 Economics 15 Language Centre 23 Acco ccom Management Studies 15 Celtic & Anglo Saxon Studies 20 Real Estate 15 English 20 Stu Graduate Business School 28 Film 20 S French 20 Duty uty School of Biological Sciences 1 Gaelic 20 Agriculture 2 German 20 Foresterhill Forestry 2 Hispanic 20 Plant and Soil Science 2 Campus Linguistics 20 Student Rec Zoology 1 Literature in a World Context (LWC) 20 & Admission sion S Sustained Studies in Arabic, School of Divinity, 331 Mandarin, Swedish History & Philosophy Divinity & Religious Studies 29 School of Law 20 Block C History 33 History of Art 31 School of Medical Sciences 1 Philosophy 21 College Teaching Facility 1 Scandinavian Studies 31 School of Medicine & Dentistry School of Education 17 All orientation events to be Education 17 held at Foresterhill – map on page 11 Music 17 School of Natural & 10 School of Engineering 7 Computing Sciences 9 Chemistry 10 School of Geosciences 10 Computing Science 10 Archaeology 6 Mathematics 7 OA D Geography 6 Physics 10 Geology & Petroleum Geology 10 OR D R School of Psychology 18 School of Language 20 Block A & Literature School of Social Science 15 BEDF Celtic 20 Anthropology 15 English & Film Studies Sociology 15 French 20 Politics & International Relations 15 P BUILDINGS 1 Zoology Building 22 New King’s 2 Cruickshank Building 23 Regent Building 3 23 St Machar Drive 24 University Office 4 King’s Museum (Old Aberdeen Townhouse) 25 Elphinstone Hall 5 The Hub 26 Linklater Rooms 41 6 St Mary’s 27 King’s College Chapel 7 Fraser Noble Building 28 King’s College Centre 8 Elphinstone Road Halls 29 King’s College 9 The Sir Duncan Rice Library 30 King’s Pavilion 10 Meston Building 31 50-52 College Bounds 11 Chaplaincy Centre 32 Butchart Centre (Students’ Association) 12 Confucius Institute 33 Crombie Annexe 13 Security Office/Mailroom 34 Crombie Halls 14 C Counselling Service 35 Rocking Horse Nursery 15 Edward Wright Building 36 King’s Hall 16 Edward Wright Annexe 37 Powis Gate/Muslim Prayer Room 17 M MacRobert Building 38 Johnston Hall 18 William Guild Building 39 Humanity Annexe 19 Arts Lecture Theatre 40 Humanity Manse 20 Taylor Building 41 Bedford Road Workshops 21 Old Brewery P Regulated Parking
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1 Liberty Safe Work Research Centre 2 Foresterhill Health Centre 3 Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital FORESTERHILL CAMPUS MAP 4 Lilian Sutton Building 5 John Mallard Scottish PET Centre 6 Royal Aberdeen Maternity Hospital/ EST ROAD W Dugald Baird Centre ROVE ASHG 7 Dental School 9 8 Life Science Innovation P 9 Bio Medical Physics 10 Polwarth Building 15 11 12 11 Institute of Medical Science 12 Health Sciences Building 13 Suttie Centre for Teaching and 10 Learning in Healthcare 14 Muslim Prayer Room P 15 Site of New Rowett Building 1 13 P Regulated Parking CORNHILL ROAD AD RO ILL 8 RH 6 E ST RE 5 7 FO ARI 4 14 P P DR IV E 3 WE ST BU RN 2 WESTBURN ROAD 11 Foresterhill Map
12 Support for Students The University has a range of services available to help students during their studies. This section provides a brief explanation of the work of just some of the University’s services. Further details on how to get in contact with each section can be found in Useful Contacts on Pg 19. Support for Students Infohub These meetings will focus on topics such as The Infohub is your first point of call for all employability, the Graduate Attribute student services, information and enquiries. scheme, and provide an opportunity for you to discuss, for example, the feedback you You can contact them anytime via email - have received in your studies. Your Personal firstname.lastname@example.org - or drop in Monday Tutor will be a facilitator; providing a point to Thursday 9am - 5pm or Friday 10am - of contact should you wish to speak to 5pm. The Infohub is staffed by a team of someone, signposting personal support friendly and experienced individuals who services and academic skills support across will make every effort to answer your the University, as necessary. queries. As well as providing information on most student related issues, the Infohub staff Details of your Personal Tutor and can check your registration status, prepare arrangements for your first meeting with student letters, including bank and council them will be provided to you over the tax letters, provide directions, issue ID cards, summer. Please email personaltutor@ and set up payment plans for tuition and abdn.ac.uk with any queries. accommodation as well as taking payment. Details of your Personal Tutor and You can also get information on IT support, arrangements for your first meeting with accommodation, personal tutoring and peer them will be provided to you before you mentoring as well as access to Registry arrive. If you don’t receive details or have Officers, Student Support and the Careers any concerns, please email Department. email@example.com. Once you are on campus, you can visit the Infohub or All of these services are located in The Hub email firstname.lastname@example.org with any so why not visit the Infohub on the ground queries. floor of The Hub during your first week. Check out the Infohub website at www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub. Personal Tutors Undergraduate students will be assigned a Personal Tutor when they register, (students in Medicine and Dentistry will have a Regent). Your Personal Tutor will provide you with support and signpost you to the correct service for issues they can’t help with. Your Personal Tutor will probably be an academic member of staff from the School to which your degree intention is linked. Your Personal Tutor will provide pastoral support and will also meet with you during your studies to encourage you to reflect on your progress. Your Personal Tutor will welcome you to the University community and you will meet with them at key points in the year, either one-to-one or as part of a group, to discuss your experiences as a student.
13 Student Support Services provide specialist advice on UK visa and Student Support Services consists of the immigration matters. British immigration Student Advice & Support Office, the legislation is complex and our immigration Counselling Service and the Community Support for Students advice and services are regulated by the Liaison Officer and team of Student Resident Office of the Immigration Services Assistants (SRAs) in Halls. Their aim is to Commissioner. Email: make sure that you have access to any email@example.com. support you may need during your studies - academic, personal, medical, financial – from > Student Support Advisers offer people who are easy to contact and who can confidential, independent and non- give you friendly and expert guidance. judgemental advice on matters ranging from personal problems and academic The Student Advice & Support Office, issues to University procedures and which is located on the ground floor of the financial matters such as student funding. Hub, provides advice and information on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. three broad areas - disabilities, international student matters and general advice and The University Counselling Service is a support. free, confidential and professional service for students and staff who have personal, social, > Disability Advisers offer support and emotional or educational concerns. guidance and are a first point of contact Email: email@example.com. for disabled students. You are welcome to contact the Disability Advisers via email or The Community Liaison Officer and telephone, in advance of your arrival at the SRAs are responsible for the creation of a University, to discuss any possible needs positive community in University managed you may have. You may also choose to Halls of Residence. During term-time, SRAs visit the University, to meet academic and are on duty throughout the night and at support staff and to view the facilities and weekends at the Halls, to assist you with support structures which are available. any queries, issues or concerns that you Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. might have. > International Student Advisers can For more information on Student Support provide information on many aspects of Services please visit international student life at Aberdeen and www.abdn.ac.uk/student-support. in the UK, and are professionally trained to
14 Photograph by Ian Cowe, Estates .Library, Special Collections and Museums The University has 4 libraries: The Sir Support for Students Duncan Rice Library - our multi-million pound Library (arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences) which also houses our Special Collections Centre; Taylor Library (law and official publications); Medical Library (medicine and medical sciences); Reid Library (health & nutrition). We also have 2 museums on campus – King’s Museum and The Zoology Museum. Key services and resources include: > Over a million books, more than 450,000 e-books and over 21,000 e-journals – so you have access to resources on and off campus at a time to suit you. Computing (IT) Services IT Services provides computing facilities for > Open daily, we have hundreds of study University staff and students. As well as places in silent, quiet and group study numerous computing classrooms, we areas. Why don’t you try out the CoLabs in manage the largest wireless network of any The Sir Duncan Rice Library? UK Higher Education institution. Key > Primo – an information discovery tool that services for students include: searches across our catalogues, > wireless campus: free wireless access in collections, electronic databases and past all buildings, including University run exam papers. Halls of Residence, providing high speed access to the internet. > Free optional lunchtime workshops in addition to in-course teaching. Find out > service desk: your first point of contact for how to use Primo, electronic databases, IT support at the University; find us in the referencing and citing, and even how to Edward Wright Building, the Sir Duncan Google better! Book online at Rice Library, and the Hub (Old Aberdeen), www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking or the Polwarth Building (Foresterhill). > Desktop PCs available for research and > email: a university email account, study, access to e-resources and email. including 50GB mail storage, online address book and calendaring. > Wireless network for laptop owners working in our libraries. > pcs: over 1600 high spec computers in classrooms, study areas and lecture > Print Shop (located in The Sir Duncan Rice theatres across campus Library) offering binding, printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. During Freshers’ Week, we will be providing wireless assistance from the Service Desks > An excellent support network of staff and in the Edward Wright Building, Infohub, Sir resources including subject help, Duncan Rice Library and Polwarth Building instructional talks, printed and electronic (Foresterhill). Visit information guides, vodcast demos on www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents using databases, QR barcodes, Facebook for further details. group, Twitter and instant messaging! For details of all IT services see For more information see the LSC&M www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student. website at www.abdn.ac.uk/library.
15 Careers Service University of Aberdeen Graduate The Careers Service offers a wide range of Attributes services and support to students at all The University of Aberdeen’s Graduate stages of their degree programme. This Attributes are a wide-ranging set of qualities Support for Students includes: which you will develop during your time as a student, in preparation for future employment, > help with individual career planning further study and citizenship. There are four > advice on creating successful CVs and main areas of the Graduate Attributes: application forms > academic excellence > paid work placement opportunities > critical thinking and effective > advice on preparing for interviews, communication psychometric tests and assessment centres > learning and personal development > employer presentations and recruitment > active citizenship events You will have many opportunities to develop > the co-curricular STAR Award & BP and achieve these attributes. These will Student Tutoring Scheme include learning experiences on taught > a comprehensive website with extensive courses and co-curricular activities such as career planning resources work placements, study abroad and volunteering. The ACHIEVE website offers > credit-bearing careers education courses resources that will enable you to assess and > a career mentoring programme reflect upon your present skills and development needs. You will also find > enterprise & entrepreneurship events resources to help you to improve your skills and links to a range of university services. The Careers Service is easy to find on the 2nd Floor of the Hub, please call in or use the To find out more about Graduate Attributes online virtual adviser services available at and the ACHIEVE website, visit www.abdn.ac.uk/careers. www.abdn.ac.uk/graduateattributes.
16 Student Learning Service (SLS) Our S4S Mentors are all fully trained, and are The SLS can help you to develop your current undergraduate students who will be academic skills throughout your time at studying in the same School as you and, if University. SLS offers workshops, which run possible, on the same degree programme. Support for Students during term-time, and individual study You will be contacted by your S4S Mentor advice sessions, which are available all year. during Welcome Week, but for more Individual academic skills advice is also information visit the S4S website at available for students with dyslexia and www.abdn.ac.uk/s4s or contact other learning differences. Places for email@example.com. workshops and study advice sessions can be booked online. Students’ Association Aberdeen University Students’ Association Workshop topics will include: studying in (AUSA) represents student interests. The the UK, note-taking, critical thinking, seven Sabbatical Officers are your elected academic writing, presentation skills and student representatives to the University time management. In addition, online and wider community. Here at AUSA we learning resources are available in want all students to feel part of the student ACHIEVE (for undergraduates) and community in Aberdeen and shape their ACHIEVE+ (for taught postgraduates) on time at university whether through sports, MyAberdeen. Full details of workshop volunteering or by representing your schedules and all SLS services can be found classmates. at www.abdn.ac.uk/sls. > AUSA Student Advice Centre can help you Students 4 Students manage your money; has a comprehensive resource of private accommodation and Students 4 Students (S4S) is here to help you advice on living on your own for the first settle into University life with advice and time; services to help you find part time support from your fellow students who have work; and represent you in academic been there and got the t-shirt. appeals. Transition to life at university is a very > AUSA Volunteering, to help you find exciting one, but it can also be challenging volunteering opportunities to enhance and demanding at times. Whatever your skills and meet new people. background you arrive from, we want you to make the most of your first year at the > Book Ends, a second hand bookshop University of Aberdeen. where you can buy and sell textbooks, fiction, DVDs and more - and also help As a new student you will be assigned a S4S raise money for charity. Mentor, who is there to: > Niteline, a comprehensive overnight > Answer your questions about student life support service which is a confidential or direct you to the most appropriate listening and information service run by source of advice trained volunteers. > Help you get to know the campus and Visit www.ausa.org.uk to find out more University of Aberdeen processes and about everything you can get involved in at procedures AUSA. > Encourage you to make the most of opportunities to meet fellow students, Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen become involved in campus life and Are you a Gaelic-speaker or interested in develop your own support networks learning more about the language and > Maintain contact with you during the first culture? There are many exciting Gaelic year of your studies initiatives underway to enhance the student experience at the University, including a number of Gaelic activities and events. To learn more, visit www.abdn.ac.uk/gaelicplan.
17 Student Life Clubs and Societies International students who have a visa need With over 150 clubs and societies, the to make sure that they fully understand the Student Life University of Aberdeen has a vibrant work conditions attached to that visa. community spirit. Whether you are looking to Faith learn to salsa or paintball or just appreciate a fine Whisky we will have the Society just for The University Chaplaincy team is available you.You are encouraged to attend the Sports to the whole University community, for people and Societies Fayres, which take place during of all faiths and none. There are also a number Freshers’ Week. Joining a club or society is a of honorary denominational chaplains great way to meet new people and have new available for students wishing to contact experiences. To view all of the clubs and someone specifically of their own tradition or societies available, visit faith. The Chaplaincy Centre also has rooms www.ausa.org.uk/getinvolved/societies. available for students to use for meetings, prayer and meditation. For more information Sport & Physical Activity at the about the work of the Chaplaincy please visit University www.abdn.ac.uk/chaplaincy or call 01224 272137. Here at the University of Aberdeen there are many different ways you can stay active and Healthcare get involved in sport. You will find a host of dedicated staff and full-time volunteers Students who are studying on full-time creating opportunities for you to stay on top courses of any duration in Scotland (and their of your game. The University of Aberdeen dependants) are eligible for medical boasts one of the largest Sports Unions in any treatment under the National Health Service Scottish University, and with approximately (NHS) from their first day of arrival in 60 different sports clubs you will find a club to Scotland. You should register with a local suit you. See the Sports Unions Website for NHS doctor as soon as possible. The doctor’s full details: www.ausa.org.uk/getinvvoled/ surgery you register with will depend on sport. We also have state-of-the-art facilities where you live in Aberdeen. An advice sheet where students can enjoy a vast range of on which doctor's surgery you should register sporting amenities including; the NEW with will be available from the Student Aquatics Centre with 50m Swimming Pool Advice and Support Office, the Infohub and and Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) which the New Students' Helpdesks in Welcome houses a full-size indoor football pitch, indoor Week. The nearest GPs to the University Old athletics area, large fitness suite and much Aberdeen / King's College Campus are Old more. So even if you are not a member of a Aberdeen Medical Practice and Old Machar sports club you will find plenty options to Medical Practice. For more information please keep you active. For more information please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/faqs visit www.aberdeensportsvillage.com. If you are already registered with a doctor As well as the Sports Union the University’s based in Aberdeen, then there is no need to Sport and Exercise Team is on hand to help, register with another GP. whether you are looking for information on For information about registering with a local Sports Bursaries or free student activities NHS dentist, please contact the Dental promoting health & wellbeing see our Advice Line (0845 45 65 99). website for details: www.abdn.ac.uk/sport andexercise/. Social Networking Connect with us: Part-time Work for Students Want to find out the latest news from campus Many students take on part-time work to help or what’s going on in Aberdeen? Have a fund their studies. AUSA’s Student Advice question or got something to share? Centre provides information and advice on Whatever it is, find us on part-time work, temporary opportunities and Facebook - universityofaberdeen full-time vacation jobs to all students. For Twitter - @aberdeenuni more information please visit YouTube - /uniofaberdeen www.ausa.org.uk/supportingyou/jobs Pinterest - www.pinterest.com/aberdeenuni
18 Use this Checklist as a guide to what you should do before and after your arrival in Aberdeen. Use this Checklist Before Arrival: Visit www.ukcisa.org.uk for general Arrange accommodation. If you are information on studying in the UK entering University accommodation, you Make a copy of your passport (blank pages must: not required) to submit at registration Ensure you complete your online After Arrival induction at www.abdn.ac.uk/ movein Pay tuition fees via eRegistration (if you have not already done so) Review the Accommodation A-Z section at www.abdn.ac.uk/ Choose your courses (if not already done accommodation so) Take out travel/ personal insurance (if Collect your Student ID card necessary) Attend your School’s induction and Arrange travel welcome events Complete eRegistration (Pg 3, 5 or 6) Attend the first meeting with your Personal Tutor Choose your courses (online if applicable) (Pg 4) Familiarise yourself with the University campus Upload a passport-size photograph for your student ID card Choose your tutorial/lab groups online (if www.abdn.ac.uk/photoupload not already done so) Continue to check your Aberdeen email Access your Personal Timetable account for e-zines and other important Register with a medical and dental information. practice Check out the Students’ Association’s Come and meet your student programme of events for Welcome Week representative from the Students’ at www.ausa.org.uk Association – www.ausa.org.uk Ensure that you bring Configure your laptop/smartphone to the University’s wireless network using the Confirmation of who will be paying your guides available at tuition fees, if you are not paying them www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/wireless yourself Certificate of Acceptance from the If you are an international student University of Aberdeen Make a copy of the passport page that Passport photo for ID card (if not already was stamped by an immigration officer uploaded or sent in advance) when you arrived at your port of entry in Relevant medical records and details of the UK any existing medical conditions Register with the police (if applicable) Accommodation contract and/or details Open a bank account and ask that of where you will be staying monthly statements be posted to you If you are an international student Attend the International Students’ ensure that you Welcome / exchange welcome sessions (where applicable) (Pg 7) Check visa requirements as applicable to you and make necessary arrangements Bring a valid passport or travel document, with visa if applicable And finally, have fun! www.abdn.ac.uk/newstudents/checklists
19 Useful Contacts Useful Contacts Accommodation Office Aberdeen University Tel: +44 (0)1224 273502 Students’ Association (AUSA) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)1224 272965 Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/accommodation Email: email@example.com Web: www.ausa.org.uk Student Advice and Support Office General Advice AUSA Student Advice Centre Tel: +44 (0)1224 273935 Tel: +44 (0)1224 272828 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/student-support Web: www.ausa.org.uk/supportingyou Disability Advisers Student Recruitment and Tel: +44 (0)1224 273935 Admissions Service Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/disabilities Email: email@example.com Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/sras International Student Advisers and Immigration/Visas Erasmus Tel: +44 (0)1224 273935 Tel: +44 (0)1224 273664 Email: student.international@ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org abdn.ac.uk Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/erasmus Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/students/ international International Exchange Programmes Tel: +44 (0)1224 272026 Counselling Service Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)1224 272139 Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/international/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org exchanges Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/counselling IT Services Student Learning Service Tel: +44 (0)1224 273636 Tel: +44 (0)1224 273030 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/sls Personal Tutor English Language Centre Tel: +44 (0)1224 273040 Tel: +44 (0)1224 272538 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/languagecentre Infohub Careers Service Tel: +44 (0)1224 273040 Tel: +44 (0)1224 273601 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/careers Graduate School Websites Library, Special Collections and College of Arts and Social Science Museums www.abdn.ac.uk/cass/graduate Tel: +44(0) 1224 273330 Email: email@example.com College of Life Sciences and Medicine Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/library www.abdn.ac.uk/clsm/graduateschool College of Physical Sciences www.abdn.ac.uk/cops/graduate
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