Study Abroad 17 September 2012 Induction - University of Greenwich
The University of GreenwichStudy Abroad and MHMK StudentInduction Week 1, Semester 1Room 280, Queen Anne Building
Welcome to the Semester 1Study Abroad and Exchange Orientation Programme 17th – 21st September 2012
Mon 17th Sep -Today’s agenda2.00 - 4.00: Welcome from - Aisling Conboy (Study Abroad Coordinator) Bettina Hirmer (Business School) Lena Stenger (Greenwich Student from Germany)Short comfort break at 3pm
Tue 18th Sep - Tomorrow’s agenda9:00 -10.00: Moodle Training, surnames A - G10.00 -11.00: Moodle Training, surnames H - M11.00 – 12.00: Moodle Training, surnames N - ZMeet outside IT Room Queen Ann 274 (second floor)PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE!!!!1.00 - 3.00: Queen Ann 165 – All Students to attend
Thu 19th Sep10.00 -12.00: All students meet Aisling in Queen Ann 065(ground floor) for the Freshers Fair!Free for lunch1.00 – 5.00 Treasure Hunt meet in Queen Ann 065PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE!!!!
Fri 21st Sep9 – 9.30 – Meet Students Union Team (Queen Ann 280)9.30 – 11.00 – Administration for Week 2 (Queen Ann 280)11.00 – 3.00 – International Students Induction – pleaseregister hereFree for lunch3.00 – 5.00 Meet other new students (and staff) at TheGipsy Moth pub (near Cutty Sark station
Who am I?• Aisling Conboy• Bettina Hirmer• Lena Stenger
Study Abroad ContactsCentral contactAisling Conboy, Study Abroad and Exchange CoordinatorE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: 0208 331 7843
Study Abroad ContactsContact Aisling relating to:•Study Abroad Programme Co-ordination andAdministration•Registration issues•Provision of Social Programme•Pastoral Support•Issuance of Transcripts•Maintenance of Alumni Relations
Study Abroad ContactsBettina Hirmer, Business SchoolE-mail: email@example.comTel: 020 8331 9038
In an emergencyThe University telephone is manned 24/7:0208 331 8000If it is a non-University related emergency, please call theemergency services on 999
About us• Founded in 1890• Three CampusesAvery Hill, Maritime Greenwich, Medway
About us• Student bodyUK 24,533Undergraduates 75 %Postgraduates 25 %Full time 15096Part time 9437Males 46 %Females 54 %
About usSchoolsArchitecture & ConstructionThe Business SchoolComputing & Mathematical SciencesEducation & TrainingEngineeringHealth & Social CareHumanities & Social SciencesMedway School of PharmacyScienceInstitutesGreenwich Maritime InstituteNatural Resources InstituteUrban Renaissance Institute
Why Greenwich?• Student satisfaction• Academic Excellence• Award winning research• Diversity• Integration and Immersions• Dedicated Study Abroad Staff
Why study abroad?• Make life-long friends• Gain insight to a new culture• Become a truly global citizen• Successfully deal with situations outside your comfortzone• Enhance your decision making capacity• Become a more confident, open minded individual• Use and enhance your English language skills• Gain a competitive edge when applying for jobs
ID Cards • Access to University sites • Library and Photocopying Card • Students’ Union Card • Replacements available from the Student Centre • Replacements cost £10 so try not to lose it! • Your id card also gives you a whole host of discounts in shops and restaurants so have it with you wherever you go!
Computer facilities Logging in to University computers • To log in to a University computer, you will need a username and password • You receive your username and password at registration Banner Web • On-line access to your student record
Computer facilities Logging in to University computers • To log in to a University computer, you will need a username and password • You receive your username and password at registration Banner Web • On-line access to your student record Accessing Wi-Fi at the University • http://wwww.gre.ac.uk/offices/ILS/ict/guides/nw/wireless/faq
Teaching/learning style atGreenwich • Lots of responsibility placed on students • Classes will offer guidance but will not provide all the answers • Class contact time may be less than your home institution • Not always specific reading assigned in classes • Students expected to research topics themselves • Class time must be complemented with private study • Students expected to manage their own workload - particularly in relation to meeting deadlines
Teaching/learning style atGreenwich • Each course will generally have 2-3 hours of class time per week • Courses are usually split into a lecture lasting 1.5 hours and a seminar (or tutorial) lasting 1.5 hours • Exceptions are possible, e.g. - Media, Design, Architecture practical modules - Bioscience laboratory modules - Language modules
Assessment • Each course will be made up of one or more pieces of assessment • The following types of assessment are common: • Individual Coursework • Group Presentation • Individual Presentation • In-class Test • Group Coursework • Exam
Assessment - coursework • You are unlikely to be set work to be submitted on a weekly basis • If your course has a 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 discuss your coursework and give advice, but they will not correct drafts • Always keep a copy of your coursework - paper and electronic
Alternative Assessment • Only for students coming in semester 1 • There is only one exam period at Greenwich • You will complete assessment before departure • May not be an exam • Please introduce yourself to your lecturer when you first start class as a reminder • If you have not been told what your alternative assessment will consist of by end October, please speak to your lecturer again • Full year students/semester 2 students will complete their exams during the standard exam period at the end of the academic year
Books • You will need to utilise journals and books for your studies at Greenwich • Talk to your tutors who will tell you which books they recommend you purchase, you may also choose to share books or purchase second-hand/ new in our on- campus bookshop • Check for copies in the library too • Good sources for second-hand books are www.amazon.co.yk and www.abebooks.com • Information on ebooks at our university library is here
Submission of coursework • Coursework is submitted online using the University’s Moodle learning environment. • If you have difficulties, please contact your tutor
Extenuating circumstancesclaimsIf you are unable to submit an assessment on time or toattend an examination due to an unexpected event orillness, then you need to submit an extenuatingcircumstances form (available online or from the BusinessSchool office) within 14 days of the submission or exam.This must be supported with evidence. In the case of acoursework, you should submit the completed courseworkwithin 14 days of the assessment date.
Assessment offences• Plagiarism - Submission for assessment of material(written, visual or oral) originally produced by anotherperson or persons, without correct acknowledgement, insuch a way that the work could be assumed to be thestudent’s own• Collusion -Submission of work produced in collusion withanother person(s) for an assignment which is based on theassessment of individual work• Cheating in an in-class test/exam
Assessment offences• If you are found to have committed an offence you mayfail your assessment• Please note that most coursework is subject to an onlineplagiarism check via Turnitin• It is your responsibility to check the academic rules andregulations at:http://www.gre.ac.uk/offices/osa/rules-and-regulations andstudent code of behaviourhttp://www.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/70709/code-of
‘Harvard’ Referencing• All students at the university of Greenwich are expectedto use the Harvard referencing system• You can find information on how to do this here - http://www.gre.ac.uk/studyskills/referencing• Harvard referencing is standard across many institutionsworldwide
How marks/grades are awarded•The marking system may be very different to that of yourhome country•The system in 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 examinerto maintain quality control•A subject panel meets to confirm all marks awarded•Remember – no negotiation!
Grade equivalenciesUK Percentage Mark Mexican Grade Comparison ECTS Grade US/Japanese Grade Comparison70+ 10.0 or 100 A A+66 – 69 9.0 - 9.9 B A64 – 65 or A-60 – 63 90 - 99 B+54 – 59 8.0 - 8.9 C B50 – 53 or B- 80 - 8946 – 49 7.0 - 7.9 D C+44 – 45 or C40 – 43 70 - 79 C-38 – 39 E D+36 – 37 FAIL D35 0.0 - 6.9 D- or0 – 34 0 - 69 FX or F F
Results and TranscriptsResults publication dates•Semester 1 - tbc•Semester 2 - tbcTranscripts•We aim to send out transcripts within one month of thepublication of results•If we have an agreement with your home university thetranscript will go there•Otherwise we will send it to your home address so pleasemake sure we have your details correct
Rules and regulations:a summary•Please remember that Greenwich rules and regulationsmay be different to those of your home university•Being a Study Abroad and Exchange student is not anexcuse not to know the rules and regulations/code ofconduct•It is your responsibility to ensure you know them•www.gre.ac.uk/codeofconduct
Support with study• Greenwich is delighted to offer study support to anystudents who feel they need it• This should have been declared on your application form• Please make enquiries as soon as possible about support• Study skills and disability and dyslexia tutors• To make an appointment, please go to room 65 in QueenMaryWe will try our best to accommodate your needs but pleaseremember the support offered here may be different to thesupport offered at your home institution
Counselling and Advice•The Office of Student Affairs offers 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 with them please visit the StudentCentre
Finance• The Office of Student Affairs offers a student financeservice to help you organise your money•To book an appointment with them please visit the StudentCentreIf you need to change currency, Euros to sterling rate todayis 1.27 for Greenwich students (1.29 regular)GMT FX LTD15 Greenwich Church Street, London, Greater LondonSE10 9BJ, United Kingdom+44 20 8293 4600 · gmtforeignexchange.co.uk
Banking and council taxexemption lettersBank letter to open a bank account• Please follow the instructions here:http://www2.gre.ac.uk/current-students/reg/student-letters• You can choose which bank you wish to open an account at• You need to know the full address and postcode of the branch youwish to use before filling in the form. You will be asked to fill in theaddress on the formCouncil tax exemption form• Please go to the Student Centre
National Health Service• NHS provides doctors, hospitals, dentists, opticians, walk-in services and social care.• 24hr medical advice is available from NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk• They can give you the location of the nearest pharmacies, GP surgeries, hospitals etc.• Please note for any consultation with a GP, depending on which country you are from , you may have to be seen as a private patient and so will be charged (although you may be covered by your insurance policy)• If you are prescribed any medication by a GP, you will have to pay for this (currently £7.20 per prescription)• Alternatively, you may be able to visit our own Student Health Service.
Doctors• In the UK, family doctors are referred to as general practitioners or GPs• You should all register with a local GP when you arrive – don’t wait until you are ill. (GPs reserve the right not to register students who are here for less than 6 months).• Students from countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) are normally entitled to full NHS treatment free of charge.
DoctorsInternational (non-EU) Students:• If you are here for more than 6 months then you are entitled to free medical check ups and treatment by the NHS (both GPs and hospitals).• If you are here for less than 6 months then you will only be able to receive “emergency” treatment for free, all other treatment will have to be paid for.• Please make sure you have adequate medical insurance as your insurance company should cover these costs. GP consultations currently cost around £120 per hour.
Doctors• For a list of Doctors you can register with, please follow this link: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/support/medical/centres
Chemists• There are several high street chemists (Boots, Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Superdrug)• Chemists will accept prescriptions or you can often buy medicines over the counter• Remember that chemists can be a great source of information
Essential Health Information• Everyone regardless of nationality or status, can receive both primary or hospital emergency care, i.e. where it is deemed to be essential or immediately necessary by the receiving medical practitioner (a GP or hospital)• You should have acquired adequate insurance to cover medical needs before coming to the UK• The approach to health care may be different to that in your own country (e.g. antibiotics rarely prescribed, may not find same medicines as at home, pharmacies are often used for advice before visiting a doctor, over-the- counter medicine can be cheaper than paying via a prescription)• We advise you to consult the Department of Health website to check if there is any reason why you would not eligible for free health care: www.dh.gov.uk/policyandguidance/international/fs/en then follow the link to overseas students
Buses• Route number and route destination shown on front• Night buses can be recognised by the prefix ‘N’ in front of the route number• Some buses run a 24-hour service (check at bus stops and on timetables)• Unless you have a travel card, each journey will cost you - £2.00 if you buy a ticket at a bus stop - £1.20 if you have a pre-pay Oyster card
The Tube• London is served by 12 tube lines• Each line has its own colour making maps and signs easy to follow• Maps are free and available at most stations• Generally each line runs Monday to Saturday between 5.20am and 12.30am and Sunday 7.30am to 11.30pm (times may vary for each stations)• Unless you have a travel card, each journey will cost you at least - £4.00 if you buy a ticket at a tube station - £1.80 if you have a pre-pay Oyster card, off peak, zones 1 - 2 - £2.30 if you have a pre-pay Oyster card, peak, zones 1 -2
Student Oyster Cards • If you are going to be using the tube and bus network often, it is advisable to use an Oyster card, which makes buying and using tickets easier • As a full-time student you can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard • This enables you to buy student-rate tickets costing 30% less than adult tickets • You should apply online at www.tfl.gov.uk or directly at https://photocard.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gotoApply.do?type=student&from=home • You will need: 1. your University of GreenwichID number 2. your Programme dates (17 Sept 2012 to 11 Jan 2012) 3. a digital photograph 4. a debit or credit card to pay the £10 application fee 5. your London address for mailing • It may take 2-3 weeks for your Photocard to arrive, in the interim we suggest you purchase a regular Oyster card
Taxis• Black 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 than alternative taxis• If you do not use a ‘black cab’, make sure you use a minicab from a reputable company - www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/findaride
Useful London Travel Websites• Transport for London www.tfl.gov.uk• Cycling, walking, bus and tube routes journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk• Good maps of London streets www.mapquest.co.uk www.multimap.co.uk www.streetmap.co.uk
Safety TipsOn Public Transport• You may find it more comfortable to sit near the driver or on a bus or in a carriage with lots of people about• Make sure you plan your route so that you know which bus stop or station or tube line you need without appearing lost and perhaps vulnerable• Check what time tubes, trains and buses run from and to before you set out• Note that the tube closes around midnight• Night buses are increasingly commonIn Taxis• Try to use ‘black cabs’ only• If you use a minicab, make sure it belongs to a firm that has been recommended to you• Avoid getting into an unordered minicab (e.g. outside a bar, nightclub or theatre)
Safety Tips cont.• Maps - Look up your route before you set out. Don’t walk around reading a map, it makes you look vulnerable• Cash-point Machines (ATMs) - Be on your guard when you are withdrawing Cash, as thefts have been known to take place.• Backpacks / Bags / Wallets / Cell/Mobile Phones / etc - Do not leave 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 for pickpockets to steal from you.• Drinks - Do not leave your drink unattended in a public place (e.g. bar, nightclub), as there have been incidents of drinks being spiked.• Walking At Night - Make sure you avoid using poorly-lit routes.• Getting Home - Remember to have enough money for transport home.
Self Defence• You are not permitted to carry offensive weapons, even if they are intended for defence purposes only• Guns, knives, mace, etc. are all illegal• If you have any of the above with you, you should hand them over to the police as soon as possible
Welcome to London!A Student City• 40 Higher Education institutions• Around 390,000 studentsA Cosmopolitan City• www.visitlondon.com/maps/multicultural_london
EntertainmentMuseums and Galleries• Over 300 museums and galleries, most are free and open late on some nightsTheatre• Huge variety from pub theatre to West End musicals• National theatre - www.nationaltheatre.org.ukArts / Music / Dance• Large number of venues• South Bank Centre - www.southbankcentre.co.uk• Royal Opera House - www.royalopera.orgCinema• www.princecharlescinema.com• www.bfi.org.uk
EntertainmentSport• 12 football league clubs, Wimbledon, 2012 OlympicsPubs and Nightclubs• Over 5,000 pubs / bars and 200+ nightclubs• Discounts available at www.circleclubcard.comRestaurants• Over 6,000 with all tastes and budgets catered forParks• www.yourlondon.gov.uk/parksLondon walks• Free podcasts - www.londonwalks.libsyn.com• Written guides - www.london-footprints.co.uk
Students’ Union• Run by students to provide academic, social cultural and recreational assistance• Has 4 full time sabbatical officers – President, Campaigns and Representation, Student Activities, Education and Welfare• Organises social events and trips for the whole University• Supports sports clubs and student societies• Freshers Fair and Freshers Ball!! www.suug.co.uk
Shopping• Over 40,000 shops and 83 major street marketsBooks• Main large national chains are Borders and WaterstonesClothes• Can be expensive, but many places will give student discountsFood Glorious Food• Buy lunch at a supermarket or Boots rather than in a café• Tesco, Sainsbury’s are reasonable• Marks and Spencer, Waitrose are more expensive• Markets are a popular source of fresh food, e.g. Borough Market• If you want to eat out for dinner, you can find special offers on-line - eg www.toptable.com
Useful Things to ReadWebsites• www.facebook.com/studyabroadlondon• www.visitlondon.com• www.lastminute.com• www.timeout.com/londonFree Newspapers/ Magazines• Metro (am)• Evening Standard (pm)• Stylist and ShortlistTime Out Magazine• Out every Wednesday
Have fun!• We wish you a really good time studying at Greenwich• We’re here to help you• If you need help with anything, please come and see us• We may not be able to resolve issues as quickly as youwould like but we will do our best to ensure you have aproductive, academically stimulating and exciting period atGreenwich
Cabwise Information•Text CAB to 60835* and TFL use GPS totext your two nearest minicab numbers andone taxi (black cab) number.•http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/taxisandminicabs/taxis/default.aspx