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Year one students

Congratulations on securing a place to study at the School of Biosciences.

We look forward to meeting you in September and to support your first steps into the journey of Higher Education that awaits.

Please note that all students must complete online enrolment before arriving in Cardiff in September.

We will contact you approximately three weeks prior to the start of your course to let you know that the online enrolment is open.

If you have any questions about online enrolment, please contact the enrolment team on +44 (0)29 2087 6211.

School induction events

The School Induction Programme begins on Monday 27 September 2021. It is important that you attend all listed sessions which will take place as virtual meetings.

Please note that, for your safety, these events will be conducted as virtual meetings via Zoom. Please install the Zoom client on your device (computer) and mobile phone prior to the first session.

Online lectures start from Monday 4 October 2021.  Face to face teaching in practicals and small groups begins from Monday 11 October 2021.

Any additional information will be sent to you via email, so please ensure you check your personal and Cardiff University email addresses regularly during September.

The induction week timetable below is provisional as of 1 August 2021 and will be confirmed in mid-September 2021. Please check back for updates.

SessionDateTimeVenueNotes
Introductory talk

Monday 27 September 2021

10:00OnlineAt this session, you will meet your year coordinator and will learn more about the School, your course and some important policies and procedures.

Scheme-specific talk

(all degree schemes except Medical Pharmacology)

Monday 27 September 2021

15:00OnlineMeet your degree coordinator and learn more about your degree scheme. Separate session will be provided for each degree scheme - Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Zoology
Question and answer drop in session

Monday 27 September 2021

16:00OnlineA variety of staff members will be available during this meeting to answer any questions you may have.
IT induction Tuesday 28 September 202110:00OnlineThis session will provide an overview of the IT facilities that students can use to access their course materials, complete their day-to-day tasks, and do their assignments.  We will be looking at the different tools available including iPhone and Android apps, OneDrive cloud storage, timetabling, the Student Intranet, Connecting to WiFi, Microsoft 365 and more.  This session will provide students with the necessary information about the IT services that are available. Technical support for these services is via the IT Service Desk.

Meet your student mentor

(not Medical Pharmacology)

Tuesday 28 September 202114:30OnlineYou will be introduced to your student mentor who will provide you with advice and support during your transition to university and will (virtually!) show you key locations within the Sir Martin Evans Building.
Online induction material completionWednesday 29 September 202110:00-13:00OnlineThis is a dedicated slot for students to complete induction activities that are being provided as online training – you will be provided with details of these courses through Learning Central, which you will have received guidance on using in the previous day’s IT session.
Professionalism sessionThursday 30 September 202111:30OnlineThis session will cover the professional skills and behaviours expected of you during your studies, including our expectations on how to get the best out of online learning.
How can Student Futures help me?Friday 1 October 2021

10:00

OnlineWhether you have no idea what you want to do yet or you know where your future lies, we can help you throughout your career journey.  In this short introduction, meet your Careers Adviser Sophie and find out how Student Futures can support you to develop your employability throughout your time at Cardiff University.
Peer Sessions Friday 1 October 2021

10:30

Online - Zoom, then Microsoft Teams
This session will introduce you to your Peer Group – a small group of students who you will get to know well and work closely with throughout Year 1 [Provisional]
Question and answer drop-in sessionFriday 1 October 202114:00OnlineAs per Monday’s session, a variety of staff members will be available during this meeting to answer any questions you may have.

School induction for Dental Surgery BDS is on Monday 27 September 2021. All students must attend the virtual induction.

Please note that, for your safety, these events will be conducted as virtual meetings via Zoom. Please install the Zoom client on your phone or device prior to the meeting date and time.

The start date of lectures and practical sessions will be confirmed

Below is a provisional schedule as of 1 August 2021. It will be finalised in mid-September so please check back for updates.

EventDateTimeVenueNotes
School inductionMonday 27 September 202110:00OnlineA downloadable copy of the first week’s timetable will be available for you at induction, with the remainder being available online nearer the time.
Mentor Scheme TalkMonday 27 September 202115:00OnlineAn opportunity to meet your Student Mentor
IT InductionTuesday 28 September 202110:00OnlineThis session will provide an overview of the IT facilities that students can use to access their course materials, complete their day-to-day tasks, and do their assignments.  We will be looking at the different tools available including iPhone and Android apps, OneDrive cloud storage, timetabling, the Student Intranet, Connecting to WiFi, Microsoft 365 and more.  This session will provide students with the necessary information about the IT services that are available. Technical support for these services is via the IT Service Desk.
Online induction material completionTuesday 28 September 202114:00- 16:00OnlineThis is a dedicated slot for students to complete induction activities that are being provided as online training – you will be provided with details of these courses through Learning Central, which you will have received guidance on using in the earlier IT session
Dental Student’s Union President TalkWednesday 29 September 202113:00OnlineAn introductory talk from the Dental Student’s Union President

Once you have completed online enrolment, you should be able to log in to Learning Central and navigate to the Announcements page to find further information for new students.

Students will be issued with free white lab coats and safety glasses during their first practical session, and details will be provided at induction.