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Contents		Welcome...........................................................3	 Why Study in the UK?..........................
WelcomeDear Student,We are delighted you have chosen the University of Greenwich. Thisguide will give you everything you n...
Why study in the United Kingdom?The United Kingdom (UK) is a country with a wealth of history, a host of industrial links,...
Why Study Abroad at Greenwich?The University is proud of its diverse student body. People from more than 140countries choo...
About the University of GreenwichThe university’s origins date back to 1890.There are three campuses - Avery Hill, Maritim...
University Buildings and MapsGreenwich Campus plan1   East Gate Entrance                7   West Gate Entrance            ...
Living in the UKMoving to the UK to study at the University of Greenwich will be an exciting experience.But you will have ...
Location, Location, LocationThe county of Kent, home of the Medway campus, boasts scenic countryside, coastalresorts and m...
AccommodationWeekly UpdatesFor up to date information on what to do in London, check out Time Out London forweekly listing...
AccommodationChoosing where to liveWhen choosing somewhere to live for the academic session, there are a number ofthings y...
Accommodationrelease information to a third party about a students accommodation fee accountwithout the students written a...
Transport in Londonaccount. If you use this method of payment for a pressing matter such as paying yourdeposit, you are st...
Transport in LondonOyster cardsTransport for London operate Oyster, a London-wide smart travel card that gives yoularge sa...
Health & medical servicesThe Tube (Underground)London is served by 12 tube lines. Each line has its own colour making maps...
Health & medical servicesNHS TreatmentAll international students studying at the University of Greenwich for six months or...
Health & medical servicesGreenwich CampusBurney Street Practice48 Burney Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 8EX | Telephone: ...
The Students’ UnionThe Students’ Union is a democratic organisation run by students for students torepresent student views...
The Students’ UnionBars & EntertainmentsThe Students’ Union operates two main bars, each with their own distinct personali...
Student Supportrun film evenings, socials, trips, liturgies, and other events; are on-call outside workinghours, at weeken...
Key ContactsIn an emergency The University telephone is manned 24/7: 0208 331 8000If it is a non-University related emerge...
Classes at GreenwichCourse ConfirmationDuring registration, you may not see the courses you originally chose on yourapplic...
Classes at Greenwichpossible, e.g. Media, Design, Architecture practical modules; Bioscience laboratorymodules and Languag...
Classes at GreenwichAssessment OffencesPlagiarism - Submission for assessment of material (written, visual or oral) origin...
Grade EquivalenciesUK Percentage            ECTS Grade        US GradeMark                                       Compariso...
Study skillsWhen you join the University of Greenwich, you will eligible for ongoing help andtraining on everything from m...
Student ID, Library & ComputerAccessInformation and Library ServicesFor lost passwords or if you are experiencing log-in d...
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  1. 1. StudyAbroadHandbook2012/2013 1
  2. 2. Contents Welcome...........................................................3 Why Study in the UK?.......................................4 Why Study Abroad at Greenwich?....................5 About the University of Greenwich....................6 University Buildings and Maps..........................7 Living in the UK.................................................8 Location, Location, Location..............................8 Accommodation...............................................10 Transport in London........................................13 Health and medical services...........................15 Safety Tips.......................................................17 The Students’ Union........................................18 Student Support..............................................19 Key Contacts...................................................20 Term Dates 2012/13........................................21 Classes at Greenwich.....................................22 Class Catalogue 2012/13................................24 Grade Equivalencies.......................................25 Study Skills......................................................26 Student ID, Library & Computer Access..........27 2
  3. 3. WelcomeDear Student,We are delighted you have chosen the University of Greenwich. Thisguide will give you everything you need to know about life at theUniversity of Greenwich and give you tips on exploring the UK andLondon.London is one of the most exciting cities to live and study in; notonly will you learn from your classroom experience but you have theopportunity to access the galleries, museums and endless culturalopportunities right on your doorstep.The University of Greenwich is proud of our diverse student body, andwe value the contribution our international students make to life oncampus.We hope you enjoy your studies with us and we would love to see youreturn to us for postgraduate studies after your study abroad period.Please do keep in touch!Aisling ConboyStudy Abroad CoordinatorUniversity of Greenwich 3
  4. 4. Why study in the United Kingdom?The United Kingdom (UK) is a country with a wealth of history, a host of industrial links,a thriving arts scene, a multicultural community and an array of opportunities for youto make the most of. The UK is easy to travel to, with daily flights arriving from acrossthe world. Two major international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, are within an hourstravel of our Greenwich and Avery Hill Campuses. Medway Campus is only an houraway from Gatwick.One of the main advantages of studying in the United Kingdom is that you will beexposed to different cultures and experiences and benefit from different academic andcultural viewpoints. The sights, sounds and tastes of the UK are varied. Whether youenjoy exploring London or prefer to get out into the countryside, the UK has somethingto offer you. The UKs cafés and restaurants serve cuisines from around the world aswell as traditional British food such as fish and chips and Sunday roasts. Our climate isequally variable: you can bask in average summer temperatures of between 18ºC and25ºC and wrap up warm in winter with average temperatures of 5ºC. So be preparedfor all weathers.The UK embraces visitors from all over the world and has a wide and vibrantmulticultural society. This is reflected in the UKs diverse religious beliefs, music, eventsand even fashion.Studying in the UK also has many academic and employment benefits.• The qualifications offered by UK institutions are internationally recognised, so wherever you work your knowledge and experience will be valued.• You can obtain international experience relevant to your specific needs, enabling you to go on to further study in your field or progress in your career.• As an international study abroad student, you may be able to work as well as study (depending on your student visa type).Diversity 4
  5. 5. Why Study Abroad at Greenwich?The University is proud of its diverse student body. People from more than 140countries choose to study at Greenwich, and over 1 in 5 of our students come fromoutside the United Kingdom. We offer excellent services for students with disabilities orwho have dyslexia.The chance to be inspiredNot only are classes intellectually stimulating, they are also taught on campuses steepedin history; Greenwich Campus, for example, is part of the Old Royal Naval College,established by Royal Charter in 1694, and is at the centre of the Maritime GreenwichWorld Heritage Site. The Greenwich Campus is located at a UNESCO heritage site, witharchitecture by Sir Christopher Wren who also designed London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.Integration and immersionYou will gain an in-depth understanding of British society and culture by living andstudying alongside British students, and you will be able to experience London, one ofthe world’s great capital cities.Dedicated Study Abroad staffOur Study Abroad staff are here to help make this the experience of a lifetime. We willsupport you from your very first contact with the university through to ensuring that youracademic transcript arrives with your home campus in a timely fashion. We are yourfirst port of call for any problems that might arise. ‘You get to study in one of the most exciting and culturally diverse cities in the world, with easy travel access to the rest of Europe; there’s nothing like it! My time at the University of Greenwich was an amazing experience. From the academics to the social activities there was never a slow moment. I can’t wait to come back! From the picturesque buildings of the Greenwich campus designed by Sir Christopher Wren to the top notch academics I found the University of Greenwich to be the perfect blend of history and innovation.’ Maggie Hurst, studied abroad at the University of Greenwich, Fall 2012, from Arizona State University, USA 5
  6. 6. About the University of GreenwichThe university’s origins date back to 1890.There are three campuses - Avery Hill, Maritime Greenwich, Medway. Student body Schools Institutes UK 27,723 Architecture, Design & Greenwich Maritime Construction (Avery Hill) Institute Undergraduates 79% The Business School Natural Resources (Greenwich) Institute Postgraduates 21% Computing & Mathematical Urban Renaissance Sciences (Greenwich) Institute Full time 19,287 Education & Training (Avery Hill) Part time 8,436 Engineering (Medway) Males 48 % Health & Social Care (Avery Hill) Females 52% Humanities & Social Sciences (Greenwich) 140 countries represented, Medway School of over 5,000 international Pharmacy (Medway) students Science (Medway) Greenwich Campus The University’s largest Campus is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century. Avery Hill Campus Situated in Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this Campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities. Medway Campus A recently modernised, splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad Campus based at Chatham Maritime, Kent. 6
  7. 7. University Buildings and MapsGreenwich Campus plan1 East Gate Entrance 7 West Gate Entrance 10 Devonport House B Bus Stops P Public Parking Security and Information Conference Centre – Initial Style 177 Thamesmead Central 8 Dreadnought Library Conferences 180 Belvedere Industrial DLR Docklands Light Railway2 Queen Anne Court Coffee Shop Postgraduate and Mature Area Coffee Shop Information & Library Services Students’ Accommodation 188 North Greenwich and Events Office Language Laboratories Central London Greenwich Maritime Institute Study Skills Centre 11 Cooper Building 386 Woolwich Open Computing Facilities Bar Latitude 286 Avery Hill Stephen Lawrence Gallery 9 Stephen Lawrence Building Students’ Union3 University Café4 Queen Mary Court Architecture & Construction Studio Accommodation Office Business School Disability & Dyslexia Team Enquiry Unit and International 1 Office 4 Greenwich Research & 3 Enterprise 2 Guidance & Employability Area 5 Law and Sociology Office Office of Information & Library 11 Services Open Computing Facilities 10 Professional Learning & Development 8 School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences 9 Student Centre5 King William Court 6 Computing Short Courses 7 Multimedia Television Studio School of Humanities & Social Sciences6 University Bookshop Below is a legend for the buildings on each of our campuses. For example if you have a lecture in QA063 this means it is located on the ground floor of the Queen Ann Building, Greenwich Campus. The first number always relates to the floor e.g. 0 is ground floor (or first floor in US terminology). Greenwich Avery Hill Medway QA = Queen Anne D = David Fussey P = Pembroke QM = Queen Mary F = Fry B = Blake KW = King William G = Grey J = Jellicoe SL = Stephen Lawrence S = Mary Seacole N = Nelson D = Dreadnought H = Honeycombe DA = Drill Hall M = Mansion PK = Pilkington T = Tower R = Tower SF = Sparrows Farm 7
  8. 8. Living in the UKMoving to the UK to study at the University of Greenwich will be an exciting experience.But you will have so much to do and think about when you arrive that it may at firstseem overwhelming.Our team of international advisers will give you all the help you need to adapt to lifein England, and will be able to advise you on everything from personal and welfarematters to immigration issues.The staff in our Student Centres at the University of Greenwich will also be able to giveyou information and advice on a wide range of issues, from opening a bank accountand registering with a doctor to adjusting to local customs and finding your way around.The Student Centre at Greenwich Campus is located on the ground floor of the QueenMary Building and is open Monday to Friday.Location, Location, LocationThe South EastOne of the many reasons that students decide to study at the University of Greenwichis its location, which mixes big city London with the countryside attractions of thecounty of Kent.London, the home of the 2012 Olympics, is the capital of England and is situated in thesouth-east of the country. Our Greenwich and Avery Hill Campuses are located here.London is a thriving city with something for everyone. If you visit as a tourist, dont missthe London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben; if you enjoy music, you will loveNotting Hill Carnival, our international concert venues such as the O2 (which is locatedjust across the other side of the river from the Greenwich campus) and the Royal AlbertHall, and our parkland festivals.The capital is also famous for its shops and restaurants, and many are perfect forthe budget-conscious student. With your student card you will be able to avail ofmany discounts. In addition, websites such as Groupon, and Time Out London giveinformation on special offers.London is a great place for socialising with friends, but it is also excellent for thoseother parts of being a student: learning and expanding your mind. Whether it isscience, history, art and design or fashion that interests you, there are a wide range ofwonderful museums and galleries to explore - and, best of all, many are free! 8
  9. 9. Location, Location, LocationThe county of Kent, home of the Medway campus, boasts scenic countryside, coastalresorts and many tourist attractions, including Rochester Cathedral and Castle, LeedsCastle and Canterbury Cathedral. Furthermore, Dickens World is next to the MedwayCampus as well as the Historic Dockyard in Chatham. There are many towns toexplore with shopping areas, entertainment venues, leisure centres, restaurants andlocal attractions to keep you occupied when you are taking a break from your studies.Medway has excellent links to the rest of the county, and the campus is close to thehistoric town of Rochester.Museums and galleries Live musicLondon has nearly 750 art galleries and Live bands play every night in London, andmuseums, ranging from large galleries often our Students Union have live musiclike the National Gallery, the Tate Modern events. You will be able to catch everythingand the Science Museum that show major from international superstars playing incollections, to small, specialist studios and large stadiums and venues to local bandsexhibitions like the Photographers Gallery playing in bars, pubs and clubs.near Leicester Square and the TheatreMuseum in Covent Garden. Sports Living in London offers an unparalleledTheatre and cinema opportunity to watch sport. International matches for most major sports take placeLondon has a thriving and diverse theatre in the capital throughout the year and thelife with major musicals and plays running in Charlton Athletic football ground is alsothe West End and independent productions close to our Greenwich and Avery Hillplaying in local theatres across the capital. campuses. Medway Park in GillinghamYou will also find cinemas throughout is Medway’s largest multi-sport centre.London that show everything from the latest The centre has undergone an £11mHollywood blockbusters to independent and transformation into an internationalarthouse pictures. There are three cinemas standard multi-sport facility.in Greenwich, including Greenwich PictureHouse and a multiplex at The O2.There is an ShopsOdeon cinema very near to Medway campus From chain stores on Oxford Street to upmarket shops in Covent Garden to open-Classical music, opera & ballet air stalls and street markets, youll findNational and international classical, opera shops that cater to every taste and budget.and ballet stars perform throughout theyear at major concert halls like the Royal You may also want to visit the BluewaterFestival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Opera Shopping Centre, which is only a train rideHouse and the Albert Hall. Students can away from Greenwich Eltham High Streetoften avail of reasonably priced standby is very near the Avery Hill campus withtickets, check theatre websites for details. many high street shops. The Pentagon Shopping Centre at Medway has nearly 100 shops to choose from. 9
  10. 10. AccommodationWeekly UpdatesFor up to date information on what to do in London, check out Time Out London forweekly listings www.timeout.com/londonOther useful London websites www.visitlondon.com and www.lastminute.comHalls of residenceThe university provides approximately 2,300 places in halls of residence on or near tothe main university campuses. Most rooms are single study bedrooms in self-cateringflats with either shared or en-suite bathroom facilities.Information on what is provided and what you need to bring is available athttp://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/accommodation/halls/campusIf you are studying at the University of Greenwich for one semester or more, you areeligible to apply for accommodation. Every year a number of single semester studentsare offered a place in university-owned Halls of Residences however the universityis unable to guarantee a place to all single semester students due to the limitedavailability of these places.Students coming for the entire academic year are likely to be covered by a guaranteeof a place in university accommodation so long as they:• Are coming to the university for the first time• Are studying full time from September – June• Are studying on one of the main campuses in Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway.• Have completed the application form and received the acknowledgement before the Guarantee Deadline of mid August annually• Full details of the guarantee can be found here: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/accommodation/halls/guaranteeThe first thing you need to do is apply at www.gre.ac.uk/accommodation(you must note the dates you are attending on the application form). To give yourself the bestchance you should be flexible in the type of accommodation you apply for. The broader youroptions the better chance there is for you to find a place in university accommodation.Although the university tries to honour the preferences of students when allocatingrooms, we are not always able to house students in their preferred type of room.We consider the needs of all students including those who request single-sexenvironments, mixed flats or those with special medical requirements. Our priority inallocating rooms is to ensure a good student community. 10
  11. 11. AccommodationChoosing where to liveWhen choosing somewhere to live for the academic session, there are a number ofthings you may wish to consider, including:Campus and study siteSome students consider being close to their study site a number one priority.Others may be happy enough striking a balance between travel time and the type ofaccommodation on offer.Type of accommodationThe type of accommodation available varies, from en-suite shower/toilet facilitiesto rooms with shared bathroom facilities. You will want to weigh up the type ofaccommodation and its location with respect to your main site of study before making adecision. To find out more visit campus accommodation.CostRooms in halls vary in cost, according to the quality and size of the accommodationas well as the facilities on offer. If you accept a place, you will be expected to sign abinding contract. Accommodation staff can always give advice about payment methodsand how best to make the necessary arrangements. To find out more visit hall fees forthis academic year.Applying after session starts: The majority of rooms in halls are made available to newstudents - first year and direct entry students - arriving in September for the entire academicsession. Applications are welcome at any time in advance of the session but offers ofaccommodation will be dependent upon student status. As a full-time enrolled student of theuniversity, you can apply for accommodation in halls at any time during your course.Vacancies do occur, so it is always worth putting your name down on the waiting list.Online application for housing - http://accommodationgateway.gre.ac.uk/apply/Deposits and contractsThe DepositWhen you receive an offer of a room in a University hall of residence, you will berequired to pay a deposit of £400 in order to secure the room in hall. Before paying thedeposit, you will need to have already accepted the offer of a place in hall.Methods of Paying Accommodation Fees, Deposits or Other ItemsCredit/Debit CardYou can pay by credit or debit card at any Accommodation Office either in person orover the telephone. When making a payment, you will need to provide your Student IDnumber as well as the credit/debit card details. Please note that the university cannot 11
  12. 12. Accommodationrelease information to a third party about a students accommodation fee accountwithout the students written authorisation. Anyone paying on behalf of a student musttherefore know the amount of the payment they wish to make.The University does not take American Express cards and Electron cards can only beused in person. The University cannot accept payment in cash.Direct PaymentPayment can be made directly into the Universitys bank account. Although the Universityis not able to take payment of accommodation fees by Direct Debit at this time, it ishappy for students to make arrangements with their banks or building societies to makepayments directly into the Universitys bank account. In order to make a direct paymentor to set up a Standing Order to make regular payments into the Universitys bankaccount, you will need to contact your bank and provide them with your details and theUniversitys bank details. The University cannot do this for you.When you make a direct payment or set up a standing order, you must includethe following references in order to ensure that the payments are coded to youraccommodation fee account:1 Your University of Greenwich student ID number. (9 digits beginning with 000)2 Your last name (if the payment is made by someone with a different name, please ensure that your last name is used)3 State reference as "Accommodation" if possible in order to ensure that they payment is coded correctlyUniversity of Greenwich bank detailsThese are the details that you will require when setting up a standing order:Name of account: University of Greenwich Account Number 1Name of bank: Barclays Bank WoolwichSort code: 20 98 57Account number: 0090 4244University IBAN number: GB03BARC20985700904244(may be necessary for payments made from overseas)University Swift Code: BARCGB22(may be necessary for payments made from overseas)Note: Payments of this type may take over a week to reach the universitys bank 12
  13. 13. Transport in Londonaccount. If you use this method of payment for a pressing matter such as paying yourdeposit, you are strongly advised to contact the Accommodation Service via email toinform them that you have done so. Failure to do so may result in your room offer beingrescinded if the payment is not received before the offer deadline date.Students seeking private accommodationIf you want to live in a local house, flat or lodgings while you study at the University ofGreenwich, Accommodation Office staff are available to point you in the right direction.To help students find private accommodation, we have partnered with Studentpad,an online student accommodation service. You will find a wide variety of propertiesadvertised on the site, from bedsits to shared houses.Greenwich Student Pad - http://www.greenwichstudentpad.co.uk/Transport in LondonThe University operates an inter-site bus service between Avery Hill and Greenwichand Avery Hill and Medway, which helps students travelling to different campuses bypublic transport. Most students in London and the South East use public transport andmay not have access to cars. Not all students will need to travel between campuses,though some will if taking classes across certain schools.The distances between campuses are:Avery Hill to Greenwich 6 miles/9.5kmGreenwich to Medway 30½ miles/49kmMedway to Avery Hill 23½ miles/38kmTo find out more visit our Travel and transport web pages.Using public transportYou can travel in and around London, by tube, train, bus and Docklands Light Railway(DLR). The tube, DLR and rail journey map of London is divided into zones. CentralLondon and destinations such as Leicester Square and Oxford Circus are in zone 1.Train stations close to the Greenwich Campus are in zones 2 and 3, and train stationsclose to the Avery Hill Campus are in zone 4. The price you pay for each journey willdepend on the zone you are travelling to and from. 13
  14. 14. Transport in LondonOyster cardsTransport for London operate Oyster, a London-wide smart travel card that gives yoularge savings on bus, tube, DLR, ferry and train fares. If you intend to regularly usepublic transport while you are at university, an Oyster card will be essential.Oyster operates on a pay-as-you-go and season ticket basis. With pay-as-you-go, youpurchase a set amount of credit, which is deducted each time you make a journey. Ifyou don’t intend to travel much this will be the best option. Alternatively, you can buy aStudent Oyster card and pay a lump sum for a weekly, monthly or annual season ticketthat enables you to make as many journeys as you like within your card’s zone limit.You can purchase an Oyster card from the Student Shop at the Avery Hill Campus,Southwood Site, https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.doFor your Oyster application, you will need:1. Your University of Greenwich ID number2. Your Programme dates3. A digital photograph4. A debit or credit card to pay the £10 application fee5. Your London address for mailingIt may take 2-3 weeks for your Photocard to arriveMedway Travel cardsArriva provide various travel discounts for students please visit their dedicated websiteMedway Mainline for more info. The bus is the most common method, and you mayalso avail of the trains too – please check prices as usually bus transport is cheaperthan train travel in the UK.Rail travelSoutheastern trains sell a range of season tickets and provide information on rail cards.Journey fare information is available from National Rail Enquiries. Full-time studentsare eligible for a 16–25 Railcard. This gives you a discount of a third on most trainjourneys, including London to Medway. You must pay a minimum fare on weekdaysbefore 10am; in most cases this is £8. To be eligible you must be aged under 26, or bea student studying full-time. Apply online for the railcard.BusesCheck the route number and route destination shown on the front of the bus. Nightbuses can be recognised by the prefix ‘N’ in front of the route number. Some buses inLondon run a 24-hour service (check at bus stops and on timetables) 14
  15. 15. Health & medical servicesThe Tube (Underground)London is served by 12 tube lines. Each line has its own colour making maps and signseasy to follow. Maps are free and available at most stations. Generally each line runsMonday to Saturday between 5.20am and 12.30am and Sunday 7.30am to 11.30pm(times may vary for each stations)TaxisBlack cabs’ can be hailed in the street when the yellow ‘FOR HIRE’ sign is illuminated.All drivers have to pass a test called ‘The Knowledge’. Try to only use ‘black cabs’.They can be expensive but are much safer in terms of being licensed and insured thanalternative taxis. If you do not use a ‘black cab’, make sure you use a minicab from areputable company - www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/findarideUseful London Travel WebsitesTransport for Londonwww.tfl.gov.ukCycling, walking, bus and tube routeswww.journeyplanner.tfl.gov.ukGood maps of London streetswww.mapquest.co.uk; www.multimap.co.uk; www.streetmap.co.ukHealth & medical servicesStaying in good health and leading an active, balanced lifestyle will help you makethe most of your time at the University of Greenwich. But when you register with us,you will also want the reassurance of knowing that if you do fall ill, you will receiveimmediate help and support. Through our health and medical services you will get allthe information and advice you need on how to live healthily at university and will haveaccess to medical treatment in the event of sickness or emergency.Registering at a medical centreWe strongly advise students to register with a doctor as soon as they enrol at theUniversity of Greenwich, so that they can obtain immediate medical advice andassistance if they fall ill or have an accident.Students who live on, or near to, the Avery Hill Campus can join the Avery Hill MedicalCentre, while students on the Greenwich and Medway campuses can register with alocal General Practitioner (GP) with whom we have close working relationships. If youdo fall ill while on campus or living in university accommodation, there will always bestaff on duty that will help you contact your local GP or emergency services. 15
  16. 16. Health & medical servicesNHS TreatmentAll international students studying at the University of Greenwich for six months orlonger are entitled to receive free National Health Service (NHS) treatment. EuropeanEconomic Area (EEA) Nationals studying for less than six months are also eligible forfree NHS treatment provided you completed form E128 in your home country.All other international students studying for less than six months will have to pay forany treatment other than emergency treatment. Therefore, we highly-recommend youtake out medical insurance prior to leaving your home country. If you are a resident of acountry that has a reciprocal health care agreement with the UK, you will be eligible forsome NHS treatment and not need to pay.Free services available through the NHS• Consultations with a GP or nurse• Contraception and pregnancy advice• Sexual health advice (men and women)• Well-woman clinics• Baby clinics• Asthma clinics• Diabetes clinics• Chiropodists• Counselling• Free hospital treatment• Emergency medical helpYou will have to pay for:• Medicines prescribed by the GP (each prescription item is currently £X)• Vaccinations for travel and sickness certificates• Dental treatment• Eye tests and glassesMedical Centres Students can register with:Medway CampusSt Marys Island PracticeIsland Way West, St Marys Island, Chatham, Kent, ME4 3EP | Telephone: 01634 890712Dr Wahab124 Luton Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 5AD | Telephone: 01634 819195Drs Rahman and Soni12 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4PG | Telephone: 01634 854933Dr B.N.Singh28a Garden Street, Brompton, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5AS | Telephone: 01634 845 898 16
  17. 17. Health & medical servicesGreenwich CampusBurney Street Practice48 Burney Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 8EX | Telephone: 020 8858 0631Greenwich Reach Health CentreClarence Road, Deptford, London, SE3 3BX | Telephone: 020 8469 3300South Street Medical Centre71a Greenwich South Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 8NT | Telephone: 020 8293 3330Avery Hill CampusAvery Hill Medical PracticeFlat 25 Aragon Court, Southwood Site, Avery Hill Campus, Avery Hill Road,London, SE9 2UG | Telephone: 020 8331 9680Safety tipsOn Public Transport You may find it more comfortable to sit near the driver or on a bus or ina carriage with lots of people about. Make sure you plan your route so that you know which busstop or station or tube line you need without appearing lost and perhaps vulnerable. Check whattime tubes, trains and buses run from and to before you set out. Note that the tube closes aroundmidnight. Night buses are increasingly common.In Taxis Try to use ‘black cabs’ only (the traditional London black taxi, different to a regular car).If you use a minicab, make sure it belongs to a firm that has been recommended to you. Avoidgetting into an unordered minicab (e.g. outside a bar, nightclub or theatre).Maps Look up your route before you set out. Don’t walk around reading a map, it makes you lookvulnerable.Cash-point Machines (ATMs) Be on your guard when you are withdrawing cash, as theftshave been known to take place. Backpacks / Bags / Wallets / Cell/Mobile Phones / etc - Do notleave these unattended. Keep them where you can see or feel them. Try not to carry backpacks/bags on your back, or wallets in your back pockets, in crowded places, as it makes it easier forpickpockets to steal from you.Drinks Do not leave your drink unattended in a public place (e.g. bar, nightclub), as there havebeen incidents of drinks being spiked.Walking At Night Make sure you avoid using poorly-lit routes. Getting Home - Remember tohave enough money for transport home.Self Defence You are not permitted to carry offensive weapons, even if they are intended fordefence purposes only. Guns, knives, mace, etc are all illegal. If you have any of the above withyou, you should hand them over to the police as soon as possible. 17
  18. 18. The Students’ UnionThe Students’ Union is a democratic organisation run by students for students torepresent student views to the University at all levels and to provide support servicesfor its members. The Student Union of the University of Greenwich (SUUG) providesa means for students to voice their own views, and assists students to organising theactivities and services that they want. All members can vote for and stand in the annualelections for Students’ Union officers. There is an Annual General Meeting (AGM) atthe start of each academic year, which allows all members the opportunity to voice theiropinions, approve the Union’s finances and scrutinise their officers’ achievements.SUUG is led by a team of elected Sabbatical Officers (one President, three VicePresidents) and Executive Officers. This year’s sabbatical team are: All students canget involved with the Students’ Union, even if you are only with the university for asemester. It is a good way to get involved on campus, make new friends and studentscan even create new cubs and societies.Activities- Student Activities involves almost everything that you could think of!The Sports clubs will get your heart racing. Whether you join to keep fit, make newfriends or to compete against other universities across London and the South East, ourclubs will welcome you with open arms!There are 11 active sports clubs including - American Football; Cheerleading; Cricket;Hockey; Hockey (Mixed); Men’s Basketball; Mens Football Men’s Rugby Union;Netball; Snowsports and Women’s Basketball. If sweating it out isn’t really your thing, or you would also like to do something not quite asactive, we have a wide variety of Societies that you could join. The societies generally fallinto the following categories: course based, culture based, faith based or general interest.So, theres something for everyone!There are 38 active societies including: Afro Caribbean Society (ACS); AmnestyInternational; Bangladeshi Believers; Love World; Bhangra; Chinese; Christian Union;Climbing; Conservative; Criminology; Dance; Debating; Drama; Economics andBusiness; Edification; Ministry; Filipino Martial Arts; Glee; Hindu; Islamic; Karate; Labour;Latitude; Lookout; Law; Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans; Maths; MBA; Model United Nations;Nigerian; Palestinian Solidarity; Persian; Philosophy; Poker; Radio; Rock; StudentComputer Society and Tourism.Theres also our ‘Give it a Go’ Programme (GIAG). This is a series of one-off sessionswhich give you the chance to try things that you may never otherwise try. From kayakingto debates, trips and meditation - it’s all included! 18
  19. 19. The Students’ UnionBars & EntertainmentsThe Students’ Union operates two main bars, each with their own distinct personality. Thebars are both a stone’s throw away from all the student halls of residence, and during theday are great places to relax and have a bite to eat. Then at night, they come alive withall sorts of events and parties. They can even be hired for Sports and Society events.Bar Latitude Opening hours (term-time only): 11am Mon - Fri; closing times vary.This bar in Greenwich is on King William Walk in the SU Cooper Building, minutesaway from the University campus, and is the perfect place to relax between lectures.Get in touch with Bar Latitude email barlatitude@gre.ac.ukPLEASE NOTE: due to our licensing rules, the Students’ Union are unable toadmit Guests to the building on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We apologise forany inconvenience.Sparrows Farm Opening hours (term-time only) 3pm Mon,Thurs, Fri 12pm Tues, 9amWeds and 12pm on weekends; closing times vary.Sparrows Farm is located within the university campus next door to Charlton Athletics’training ground and just a short walk across the sports fields behind the student villageat Avery Hill. It has recently been refurbished with new decor, lighting and soundsystems! It also holds more people now, giving lots more students the opportunity toenjoy our themed nights and special offers. Should you wish to contact the SparrowsFarm e-mail sparrowsbar@gre.ac.ukContact the Student Union: Students Union University of Greenwich Cooper Building,King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9JH Telephone: 020 8331 7629 www.suug.co.uk/Student SupportThe University offers all students support, we encourage you to request help if youneed it and do not wait until a problem has escalated. The Office of Student Affairsoffers a counselling service. You may wish to use this service for many reasons e.g.:missing home, a difficult family situation, exam stress. To book an appointment withthem please visit the Student Centre. The Office of Student Affairs offers a studentfinance service to help you organise your money. To book an appointment with themplease visit the Student Centre.The Chaplaincy is a team of people called Chaplains, appointed by faith groups to carefor all students and staff of all religions or none. The Chaplaincy is part of the Welfareand Student Support section of the Office of Student Affairs. The Chaplaincy: helpsnew students and staff to settle in; look after the University’s Prayer Rooms (QM160); 19
  20. 20. Student Supportrun film evenings, socials, trips, liturgies, and other events; are on-call outside workinghours, at weekends and in holidays; provide details of local places of worship and faithgroups; offer confidential pastoral support to students and staff; give spiritual directionto students and staff of all faiths or none; offer informal study skills and Englishlanguage support; encourage all to discuss religion and belief, sensibly and calmly; visitstudents in need at home, in hospital or prison if asked; help find students who mayhave stopped attending the university, to make sure that they are alright.Email: mia@gre.ac.uk for more information.Banking and Council Tax Exemption Letters (University letter to open a bank account)If you require a letter for a bank or local council stating you are a student please followthe instructions here. You can choose which bank you wish to open an account at. Youwill need to know the full address and postcode of the branch you wish to use beforefilling in the form. You will be asked to fill in the address on the formCouncil tax exemption form - Please visit your nearest Student Centre.Visa Advice – Please speak to the Study Abroad Coordinator.Key ContactsAisling ConboyStudy Abroad and Exchange CoordinatorQueen Mary Building 063 | Email: a.conboy@gre.ac.uk | Tel: 0208 331 7843Facebook: Connect with our Study Abroad students at Greenwichwww.facebook.com/studyabroadlondonOffice Hours | Monday 9.00am-11.00am | Friday: 3.00pm - 4.00pmPlease e-mail to make an appointment outside of these timesContact Aisling relating to:• Study Abroad Programme Co-ordination and Administration• Registration issues• Provision of Social Programme• Pastoral Support• Issuance of Transcripts• Help in extending your studies• Maintenance of Alumni Relations 20
  21. 21. Key ContactsIn an emergency The University telephone is manned 24/7: 0208 331 8000If it is a non-University related emergency, please call the emergency services on 999 (police,ambulance, fire brigade etc). This is a ‘freephone’ number and you will not be charged tomake an emergency call. For on campus security issues please call 020 8331 7616.School contacts For advice choosing classes and academic information from schools: School of Business Bettina Hirmer b.hirmer@gre.ac.uk School of Humanities Simon Dye s.r.dye@gre.ac.uk and Social Sciences School of Health and Anneyce Knight a.knight@gre.ac.uk Social Care School of Science Bettina Karsten b.karsten@gre.ac.uk School of Computing Yvonne Fryer y.d.fryer@gre.ac.uk and Mathematical SciencesTerm Dates 2012/2013 New Arrivals – First Week 17th – 21st September 2012 Start of the Teaching Year Monday, 24th September 2012 Teaching Ceases Friday, 21st December 2012 Christmas Vacation 24th December 2012 - 11th January 2013 Continuation of the Teaching Year Monday, 14th January 2013 Teaching Ceases Friday, 22nd March 2013 Easter Vacation (Students) 25th March - 12th April 2013 -Good Friday 29th March -Easter Sunday 31st March Continuation of the Teaching Year Mon 15th April 2013 Teaching Ceases Friday, 10th May 2013 Assessment period 13th May - 31st May 2013 Bank Holiday 6th May 2013 Spring Bank Holiday 27th May 2013 End of Academic Session (students) Friday, 21st June 2013 21
  22. 22. Classes at GreenwichCourse ConfirmationDuring registration, you may not see the courses you originally chose on yourapplication form: DO NOT WORRY! You can choose the courses you need as long asthere are no timetable clashes/there is room in the class. Some courses will requirepre-requisite study, which you can confirm with the Study Abroad Office at Greenwich.Please just look at what courses you currently have and what courses you actuallywant to do and the timetables. Course changes will be made via the course changeform. Please remember it is your responsibility to receive confirmation from your homeuniversity that you will receive academic credit upon successful completion of theGreenwich course. You will eventually be able to print off a personalised timetable.Course ChoicesPlease consider the following when choosing our classes• Do you really want to take four Level 6 courses (third or final year level in the UK)?• Do you have any experience in the academic fields you have chosen?• Do you have any necessary pre-requisites and/or co-requisites?Please note - English Literature modules usually require 1 text or novel to be read perweek. Practical media, CMS, Engineering and Science courses require a minimumGPA of 3.0 or above (or equivalent). Practical media courses require student portfolioapproval at the time of application to the programme. If you wish to complete alanguage course your current level will have to be assessed to ensure you take theright classYou have two weeks to try out your courses. If you feel a course is not appropriate,please come and see the Study Abroad Office staff, you will then complete a manualcourse change form and if the relevant school approves the new choice, your recordwill be updated accordingly. NO COURSE CHANGES CAN BE MADE AFTER THEFIRST 2 WEEKS OF TERMTeaching and Learning Style at GreenwichIn the UK and at Greenwich lots of responsibility placed on students. Classes will offerguidance but will not provide all the answers, so you need to make sure to keep up withyour study outside of class times. In the UK a lot of self-study is expected of students,and this may be different from the style at your home university. In addition, classcontact time may be less than your home institution. Tutors may not always specifyreading assigned in classes. Students are expected to research topics themselves,thus class time must be complemented with private study. Students are expected tomanage their own workload - particularly in relation to meeting deadlines. Each coursewill generally have 2-3 hours of class time per week. Courses are usually split into alecture lasting 1.5 hours and a seminar (or tutorial) lasting 1.5 hours, Exceptions are 22
  23. 23. Classes at Greenwichpossible, e.g. Media, Design, Architecture practical modules; Bioscience laboratorymodules and Language modules. Each course will be made up of one or more piecesof assessmentAssessmentThe following types of assessment are common: Individual Coursework (an essay orpaper); Individual Presentation; Group Coursework; Group Presentation; In-class Test;ExamAssessment - CourseworkYou are unlikely to be set work to be submitted on a weekly basis. If your course hasa coursework element, it will usually consist of one or two major pieces per course,depending on the size of the weighting. Your lecturer / tutor may be happy to discussyour coursework and give advice, but they will not correct drafts. Always keep a copy ofyour coursework - paper and electronicAlternative AssessmentOnly for students coming in semester 1 as the exam period at Greenwich is usually inMay/ June each year. There is only one exam period at Greenwich, You will completeassessment before departure and this may not be an exam. Please introduce yourselfto your lecturer when you first start class as a reminder. If you have not been toldwhat your alternative assessment will consist of by end October, please speak to yourlecturer again. Full year students/semester 2 students will complete their exams duringthe standard exam period at the end of the academic yearCourse Leader LettersYou should have 4 course leader letters. These should be used to introduce yourself toyour course leaders/lecturers so they know you are a semester/year only Study Abroadand Exchange student.Submission of CourseworkCoursework is submitted online using the University’s Moodle learning environment. Ifyou have difficulties, please contact the school.Extenuating Circumstances ClaimsIf you are unable to submit an assessment on time or to attend an examinationdue to an unexpected event or illness, then you need to submit an extenuatingcircumstances form (available online or from the Business School office) within 14days of the submission or exam. This must be supported with evidence. In the caseof a coursework, you should submit the completed coursework within 14 days of theassessment date. 23
  24. 24. Classes at GreenwichAssessment OffencesPlagiarism - Submission for assessment of material (written, visual or oral) originallyproduced by another person or persons, without correct acknowledgement, in such away that the work could be assumed to be the student’s own. Collusion - Submission ofwork produced in collusion with another person(s) for an assignment which is based onthe assessment of individual work.How marks/ grades are awardedThe marking system may be very different to that of your home country. The systemin the UK is very strict. Negotiating with your tutor or course/programme leader isnot an option. A sample of all work is assessed by an external examiner to maintainquality control. A subject panel meets to confirm all marks awarded. Remember – nonegotiation!Results publication datesResults are published on the Student Portal/ Moodle following the exam boards – theStudy Abroad Office will be in touch with you when results are published.TranscriptsWe aim to send out transcripts within one month of the publication of results. If we havean agreement with your home university the transcript will go there. Otherwise we willsend it to your home address so please make sure we have your details correctRules and Regulations: A SummaryPlease remember that Greenwich rules and regulations may be different to those ofyour home university. Being a Study Abroad and Exchange student is not an excusenot to know the rules and regulations/code of conduct. It is your responsibility to ensureyou know them - www.gre.ac.uk/codeofconduct.Class Catalogue 2012-13You can find the current class catalogue here -www.gre.ac.uk/studyabroad 24
  25. 25. Grade EquivalenciesUK Percentage ECTS Grade US GradeMark Comparison(Exceptional)70+ A A+(Grades in the 60s are considered very good)66 – 69 B A A- B+64 – 6560 – 6354 – 59 C B50 – 53 B-46 – 49 D C+44 – 45 C40 – 43 C-38 – 39 E D+46 – 37 D35 D-0 – 34 FXor F F 25
  26. 26. Study skillsWhen you join the University of Greenwich, you will eligible for ongoing help andtraining on everything from making notes and writing essays to undertaking researchand preparing for exams. Please make sure you ask for the help you need fromuniversity staff. With the support and guidance of experienced lecturers, youwill be able to improve your reading, writing and presentation skills and acquirecommunication, self-development and self-management tools that will be valuablethroughout your career. The style of study in the UK may be different from what you areused to so please make sure you keep in touch with your lecturers so you know whatis expected. Through our Study Skills Centres, you will also be able to learn invaluabletechniques for preparing for exams and managing stress and anxiety.English as a second languageIf English is your second language and you want to brush up on your English languageskills, we can direct you to helpful resources that will improve your English and helpyou make the most of academic life. You may be able to take additional languageclasses, please contact the Study Abroad Office for details.Student ID, Library & Computer AccessID CardsStudent ID cards are issued to you on registering when you arrive on campus andhave paid your fees in full. The card gives you- access to University sites, serves asa Library and Photocopying Card and Students’ Union Card. Replacement ID cardsare available from the Student Centre –they cost £10 so try not to lose it! Your ID cardalso gives you a whole host of discounts in shops and restaurants so have it with youwherever you go! Logging in to University computersComputer FacilitiesTo log in to a University computer, you will need a username and password. Youwill receive your username and password at registration. You can view your classinformation and class notes posted from tutors etc.Computer LoginTo log in to a University computer, you will need a username and password. Youreceive your username and password at registration. WebCT/ Moodle is our on-linelearning system used by staff to communicate to you as a group. ‘Banner Web’ givesyou online access to your student record. To access WiFi at the university you needthese loin details too. More information is available here. 26
  27. 27. Student ID, Library & ComputerAccessInformation and Library ServicesFor lost passwords or if you are experiencing log-in difficulties please contact theEnquiry Unit directly and we will email the necessary information to your registeredemail address. If you would like help or advice regarding using the Portal or haveany questions about the University or student life you can contact us in a number ofdifferent ways: Telephone: 020 8331 9000. Students can access libraries at Greenwichand Medway. Please bring your student ID to gain access, and to borrow books. Theuniversity provides library and computer laboratory facilities at each campus.An extensive databaseOur computer facilities have work spaces (with and without PCs), which provide accessto traditional printed materials and, via the university’s portal, electronic journals,e-books and databases. Most of these electronic resources can be accessed fromhome, and the complete holdings of all the libraries are available from the librarycatalogue via the Internet.InternetNetworked PCs, printers and scanners are available in computer laboratories(conveniently situated in the same building as the libraries), with additional resources inother buildings on each campus. There is Internet access, e-mail and a wide range ofgeneral and specialist software.LibrariesThe Drill Hall Library on the Medway Campus is run in partnership with the Universityof Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. It serves users from all institutions onthe site, known collectively as the Universities at Medway. Each library and computerlaboratory is open for 100 hours per week during term-time, including late openinguntil midnight seven days a week. There are photocopying facilities and self-servicemachines for users to beat queues by processing their own loans. Kiosk-style terminalsare available for checking e-mail. Each of the university’s nine Schools is allocatedan academic services librarian to give specialised advice via web pages, e-mails andmeetings. Library and computing staff provide inductions and information/ computingskills workshops and help is available at any time at the library and computing helpdesks. Computer laboratory support staff are available to help during opening hours. 27
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