Information for New Postgraduates 2013/14
Congratulations on gaining a place at Aberystwyth University, we are looking forward to welcoming you for the new academic year. The following pages have been put together to help you settle in and make the most of your experience as a postgraduate at Aberystwyth.
We are currently putting together all the information you need into a handy booklet, which you will receive in the post before you arrive. We will also place a copy of the Welcome Week booklet on this page when it is available.
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When you were an undergraduate you may have known this as Fresher’s Week or Orientation. Postgraduates also have a week at the beginning of the Semester dedicated to Registration and activities designed to introduce you to the University, your Department and the town of Aberystwyth. The schedule of activities that commence on Monday, 23rd September 2013 will be posted here in due course.
Welcome Week for Postgraduates
For those of you who are new to Aberystwyth, each year at the start of term we hold a Welcome Week for new students. In addition to completing Registration and Induction, Welcome week is an opportunity to make new friends, meet new colleagues and to find out what social, sporting and academic support is available to you. We look forward to welcoming you to Aberystwyth University and hope you enjoy your time with us. Information about Welcome Week activities will be posted here in due course.
Before you can be known as a full-time or part-time student of the University you need to complete registration at the start of the academic session. This can only be done in Aberystwyth and should be completed during Welcome Week. You will be required to meet with staff in your own academic department and with staff in any department responsible for modules on which you wish to register. For research students, this means you must also meet with staff in the Graduate School if you are required to, or choose to, take research training modules.
Staff in your academic department(s) will help you choose your modules. Once you have all modules and departmental approvals required, you will be asked to complete registration online. In order to register, you must have completed the admissions process and activated your Aberystwyth University email account.
Registration is accessed via the ‘Student Record’ under ‘Your Sites’ on the web at www.aber.ac.uk/en/student. You can register from any University Computer Room or use your own computer connected to the University network. When you sign on to your record you should click on the ‘Registration’ button under ‘Tasks’. You will then be guided through the process which will ask you to confirm your Personal Details, Addresses, Study Scheme and Modules. After you have completed registration you will receive a confirmation email.
Further information regarding meeting with your academic department will be sent to you and more details will soon be available on the Academic Office website http://www.aber.ac.uk/academicoffice/postgraduate/.
If you have any questions concerning Postgraduate Registration, please contact the Academic Office by email email@example.com. It is important to inform your academic department and the Academic Office if you are unable to register during Welcome Week. Please note that if you do not complete registration your access to University facilities will be suspended.
Your postgraduate study at Aberystwyth begins with Registration and all new full time students are required to attend. The Academic Office oversees Registration and has scheduled dates and times for each Department. Further details can be found on the Postgraduate Registration page. Please note that you must complete the admissions process prior to Registration, if you have not had confirmation that you are ready to register please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office.
Activities by Department
Departmental Welcome Week activities will be updated here when the information is available.
Department Date Time Location Activity Art Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences Computer Science Cymraeg/Welsh Wednesday 25th September 2pm - 4pm To be confirmed Advisory Session Thursday 26th September 7pm To be confirmed Welcome Evening Education and Lifelong Learning English and Creative Writing
Geography and Earth Sciences Tuesday 24th September 2pm
Senior Common Room, Llandinam Building
Welcome and Induction Meetings Wednesday 25th September 9am - 11am
Great Hall, Arts Centre
Part Two and Postgraduate Registration Thursday 26th September 6pm
To be confirmed
Postgraduate Social Evening History and Welsh History
Law and Criminology Management and Business Mathematics and Physics Psychology Sport and Exercise Science Theatre, Film and Televsion Studies
Meet and Greet Service
Aberystwyth University will be providing an airport meeting coach service for International Students on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday, 21 September 2013 from Birmingham International Airport. We will arrive at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, meeting at Terminal 1, departing promptly at 11:30 am and 5:30 pm on all days.
Students who have firmly accepted the offer to study at Aberystwyth University and who will be arriving on these dates, can reserve a place on our coach service. Please complete the application form by Monday, 2 September 2013 latest and e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B. There will be a charge of £25.00 for this service which will be collected on the coach. Please bring the correct amount with you.
Meet and Greet application form can be downloaded from the International Office's website.
The International Student Welcome Ceremony
The International Student Welcome Ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 22nd in the Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Penglais campus.
10.30am - Refreshments and Greeting
11.30am - 'Welcome' by the Vice-Chancellor and key speakers
12.30pm - Light lunch
Tier 4 Document check:
Monday 23 September to Friday 27 September, also
Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October
Students sponsored under Tier 4 must bring their documents for scanning between 10:00 am – 12 Noon and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm during the above dates to Medrus 4, Penbryn. Medrus 4 is located in Penbryn on the Penglais Campus.
You will need to bring your documents before you are able to fully register at Aberystwyth University. Our staff will be here to assist you with any queries you may have. Further information will also be made available during the International Welcome Ceremony at The Great Hall, Penglais Campus from 10:30am on Sunday 22 September.
Please contact Catrin Lewis, Compliance Officer (email: email@example.com) for further information.
International Students Social Programme
Bus trips, walking tours, self-guided events throughout the first week. From castles to steam railways, you’ll have the opportunity to get a taste of what Aberystwyth and Wales has to offer, whilst meeting other new students. Keep an eye on www.aberguild.co.uk for a full list of trips available during Welcome Week.
If you have opted to live in a University maintained residence, information on key collection will be available here in due course.
During term time the Accommodation Office is open during office hours and located at Penbryn Reception. The Office provides help and guidance on all matters relating to student accommodation. If you have not already applied for or arranged your accommodation, you should do so as soon as possible by contacting the Accommodation Office. For more detailed information on our services please access http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/accommodation/.
Please note that the Accommodation Office will be operating extended hours over the Welcome weekend.
Park and unload
During Move In weekend you will be able to park on campus, without a Permit, for the purposes of unloading. If you are travelling to Penglais Campus, members of staff will be on site to help you park. Look out for the detailed instructions that will be sent to you from the Accommodation Office at the beginning of September to ensure your journey to us is as smooth as possible
Aber Card and Email
To make use of the library, computing and media services for Aberystwyth University you need an email account and an Aber Card. You will be able to activate your email and apply for your card prior to arriving at the University. If you have completed the application process you will be emailed instructions on how to do so by Information Services. For more information visit the Aber Card and Email page.
Events are also run by the Students’ Union and we will have comprehensive information about these in due course.
For starters, the Students' Union will be running a Postgraduate Welcome Event on Wednesday 25th September, 4pm-6pm in the Annex of the Students' Union.
Terms and Conditions
All students will be required as a condition of enrolment to abide by and submit to the procedures of the University's Rules, Regulations and Information for Students. These are amended annually and circulated to all students. A copy of the current Rules, Regulations and Information for Students is available on request from the Recruitment and Admissions Office (01970 622021).