Student Welfare ServiceInternational Students’ Welcome ProgrammeTuesday 27th September – Friday 30th September 2011www.le.ac.uk/welfare
2 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER · STUDENT WELFARE SERVICE Dear Student, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the University of Leicester and to our International Students’ Welfare Programme, which has been designed especially for you. The University of Leicester is a leading international university which is involved in the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and research and holds strong positions in league tables nationally and worldwide. A degree from this University will therefore be a major achievement which will certainly help to promote your future career. Our Welcome Programme aims to provide an introduction to both studying and living in Leicester. You will be shown around the University campus and given a guided tour of the City of Leicester. The International Students’ Services Fair will provide information about the excellent student support services that are available to you during your studies with us. There will be many opportunities for you to ask questions plus a programme of social activities and free time when we hope you will meet new friends. The beginning of term is an extremely hectic time. We hope this gentle introduction before the start of the academic year will provide time for you to acclimatise, to get used to the British way of life, to answer those pressing questions and generally to settle in. I wish you every success with your studies in the University. Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-ChancellorINFORMATION DURING THE Who are Student Assistants and howISWP can they help? Our Student Assistants are the friendly and helpful people wearing blue t-shirts with a University of Leicester logo. They areWhere can I ask questions about the experienced and knowledgeable students who want to help youISWP? to settle in and answer your questions.During ISWP, there will be an Information Desk in theentrance hall of the Percy Gee Building (Students’ Union) Where can I access the Internet duringfrom Monday 26th September to Friday 30th September ISWP?between 09.00 and 16.00. Use this information desk tocollect your Discover Leicester Bus Tour ticket, ask questions If you are in University Accommodation, then you will be able toand book a police registration appointment if necessary. access the internet in your room. You can also access the internet from the Library’s ground floor IT Room 1 from 12:00-16:00 from Monday-Friday during ISWP. It is always a good idea to contactWhich sessions can I attend and your family and inform them of your safe arrival.should I reserve a place?Some of the sessions are marked Important as they SAFETYcontain essential information. These are held in large lecture Am I safe in Leicester?theatres. Other events are optional and you can come to asmany or few sessions or events as you like. There are a Leicester is a safe place to live, but as in all cities you need to bevariety of workshops and events which run at the same time, aware of your own safety and security. There is an importantand have a limited number of spaces due to the room sizes. safety talk during the ISWP facilitated by the campus policeIn order to minimise disappointment we advise you to get to officer and there will be more safety information available at thethe room early. You can use the table on page 4 of this Services Fair on Wednesday afternoon. In your Welcome Packs,schedule to plan your optional sessions. We do not ask you you will find an interesting and thorough booklet calledto pre-book for any of the events. However, you will need to ‘Creating Confidence’ aimed at international students which hassign up at the Information Desk for the Discover Leicester bus helpful information about keeping yourself safe while you aretours and walking tours. studying in the UK.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ WELCOME PROGRAMME 3HEALTH you can find out more information and sports cards can be purchased from the Charles Wilson Sports Hall office.How do I register with a doctor? There will be an opportunity for you to try some of the sportsInformation will be provided at the talk on Wednesday 28th on offer at the University at the Sports Afternoon held onSeptember about health care in this country. Thursday of ISWP between 13:00 - 16:00. University sports teams will also be present at the Societies Fair held on Friday ofIt is important to register with a doctor and you can do this on ISWP between 13:00 -16:00 to give you more information andThursday 29th September from 10.45am-4.00pm in the Ken a chance to sign up.Edwards building, rooms 323, 324 and 325. Registration isfree and you will also be offered a free health check. TRANSPORTFOOD AND DRINK How do I travel around Leicester?There are a number of catering outlets on campus – see the Buses during the ISWPcatering leaflet in your Welcome Pack for details. The 80a bus will run from the bus stops at Oadby Student Village to main campus at the following times: For students in catered accommodation (in Oadby) dinner will be served on Monday at 18.30 at Digby Hall and at 17.30 at Departing each morning from Oadby (Manor Road) at: Stamford dining hall every other night during the ISWP except 07:45 08:15 08:45 09:15 09:45 for Friday when it will be served at the earlier time of Departing each afternoon from main campus 17.00 so that you will have time to prepare for the Mayor’s (University Road) at: Welcome to Leicester. 16:15 16:45 17:15 17:45 18:15Where can I shop for groceries and other From Monday – Saturday during term-time the number 80 bus takes students from Oadby Student Village to main campus andessentials? the city centre. This is the cheapest method of public transportThe University main campus is located near Morrisons for students. A single ticket costs £2.10; a day ticket is £3.60supermarket. It is about 10 minutes to walk from both the Nixon and the driver will give you change if you do not have the exactCourt and Freemen’s Common accommodation sites, and cash. A weekly pass costs £15.00. You can buy an Arriva Cityapproximately 15 minutes from Opal Court and Regent/Salisbury Plus Student Ticket from the Students’ Union for £320 for theaccommodation sites. academic year. This gives you unlimited travel within Leicester on any Arriva bus.For students living at The Grange there are two Tesco expressstores located in the city centre as well as Sainsbury’s. The number 31 or 31A bus can take students from Oadby Student Village to main campus and the city centre. At Oadby,Oadby Student Village Halls are located close to Asda you need to get onto the bus from the bus stop near the racesupermarket. For students who live in City Living course on London Road (a short walk from youraccommodations sites, there is a free Asda Bus service which runs accommodation). To get to the main campus, you need to getduring term time. Keep a look out for the Asda Bus posters in off the bus at the junction of London Road and University Roadyour accommodation giving information about the day of the and walk down University Road.week on which this service operates. (The University is not responsible for the bus timetable above asDuring the first two days of ISWP (see Monday schedule and the company can sometimes change the operational times withpages 5 & 6), Student Assistants will help guide you to Morrisons, little warning.)Asda and the Chinese Supermarket so that you can buy essentialitems. Leicester also has one of the biggest open-air markets inthe UK located within the city centre. You will find an open-airfruit and vegetable market and a closed market selling meat, fishand cheese.SPORTWhat sports facilities does Leicester offer?The university has a wide range of sports teams and clubs as wellas excellent facilities. To take part in sporting activities after ISWP The Safety Bus will be able to take you back to youryou will need to purchase a Sports Card. Sports Cards cost £75 accommodation throughout the ISWP from Tuesday – Fridayfor the whole academic year and give you full access to all sports between 21.00 - 00.00 for £2.facilities. There will be a sports stand at the services fair where
4 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER · STUDENT WELFARE SERVICEThe Safety Bus will be available for safe travel home at night if the city centre. Each tour will last approximately two hours andyou need to leave outside of the advertised bus times. You will bear in mind you will be walking the whole time. For morefind the Safety Bus parked on the marked bay at the side of the information about the walking tours pick up a flyer from theCharles Wilson Building and the bus will leave when full and Information Desk.return back to campus. Please note that you can only book for one walking tourYou may wish to buy a Safety Bus card from ‘The Point’ in the during the ISWP.Student’s Union as the Safety Bus service also operates duringterm time. Prices are £39 for a term and £79 for a year. RELIGIOUS PROVISIONTaxis: Local taxi firms include Victoria Cabs: 0116 270 6655 ABCTaxis: 0116 2555 111 and Queens Cabs: 0116 2701 700. Don’t Where can I practice my religion during ISWP?forget to use a taxi or the Students’ Union run Safety Bus duringthe evenings if you need to get home by yourself. The Chaplaincy (Gatehouse) will be open daily from 10am-4pm, for free tea, coffee, and the chance to meet the University’sCycling: You can also cycle in Leicester, but remember that you Chaplains and have a chat. There is a wide range of informationcycle on the left side of the road in the UK. available for each major faith at the Gatehouse and the Chapel willInformation about cycling in the UK can be found at the be open daily.following website: Catholic Mass will be held on Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 pmhttp://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Cycling/i in the Gatehouse.ndex.htm In the Charles Wilson Building on the mezzanine floor, there is aIf you do decide to have a bike in Leicester you can take it to prayer room for female Muslim students which is open andthe Security Lodge on campus to be registered. From there you available daily. The male prayer room will be in room 802 in thecan also buy a secure D-lock for your bike at the discounted Charles Wilson Building until 30th September, after which it willprice of £10. move back to the mezzanine floor. Leicester Council of Faiths will be at the Services Fair onLEICESTER Wednesday with further information about where to practice your faith in the city for each major religion.How can I find out more about the city ofLeicester?Maps of the city are available from the Information Desk. For IMMIGRATIONmore information about the city and the surrounding area, come My visa sticker says that I need to register withto the ‘Find out more about Leicestershire’ talk on Wednesday, the Police – what do I do?go on a ‘Discover Leicester Bus Tour’ or visit the TouristInformation Office located at Town Hall Square in the city centre. The University has organised police registration on campus for those who need to do this. You will need to sign up at theCity and campus maps are also available online – Information Desk where you will be given a time and place towww.le.ac.uk/portals/maps/maps.html attend. To book an appointment for changing your details with theWalking Tours: Leicester Civic Society will be running walking police or registering for the first time, please visit the Informationtours throughout ISWP, to show you some of Leicester’s best Desk where a Student Assistant will help you. Police Registrationknown and interesting historical sites. Spaces are limited to 30 will take place on campus in October. The police have made specialper tour so please make sure you sign up at the Information arrangements with the University for this and understand that thisDesk. You must be at the meeting point for the start of the may be more than 7 days since your arrival so please do not visitwalking tours at 13:30 or the bus will leave without you and the police station yourself or you may be sent away. You can findplease be aware that transport will only be provided to the start out more about the Police Registration and the documents you willof each tour, meaning you must make your own way back from need at the Student’s Guide to Immigration session on Wednesday.Use this table as a helpful memory aide of your choice of workshops and tours you would like to attend. Title of Workshops/Tours Date and Time Comments To Do
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ WELCOME PROGRAMME 5Tuesday 27th SeptemberTime Programme10.00 onwards Arrive at your accommodation and collect your room keys Register for the ISWP in Queen’s Hall in the Percy Gee (Students’ Union) Building, collect the ISWP schedule and a Welcome Pack.Tours leave Discover Leicester Bus Tourevery hour from Venue: Meet at University Bus Stop (side of Charles Wilson Building). You will need your ticket13.00, 14.00 and to get on the bus. Repeated on Friday15.00 Take a panoramic bus tour of Leicester. A guide onboard the bus will tell you about the city’s history and places of interest, such as the Golden Mile, National Space Centre and Abbey Park. There are 95 places per tour so please ensure that you board the correct bus at the time stated on your ticket. Tickets are available at the Information Desk in the Queen’s Hall Building Entrance Hall.13:30 - 16:30 Walking Tour: Explore Ancient Leicester (Repeated on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) Meet a Student Assistant at the ISWP Information Desk who will accompany you to a minibus, which will take you to the start of the tour. You must be at the meeting point promptly at 13:30 or the bus will leave without you. See page 4 for details. Limited to 30 per tour. Booking is essential – sign up at the ISWP Information Desk.Tours leave Campus Tours (Repeated on Wednesday)every hour Venue: Meet a Student Assistant at ‘The Point,’ in the Percy Gee Students Unionfrom 14.00,15.00 and 16.00 Student Assistants will show you important facilities and services on campus like the David Wilson Library, support services, food outlets and academic departments.14.00 - 15.30 Welcome Event for Erasmus Students Venue: The Scholar (Bar), Students’ Union Building This is an introductory session to meet and make friends with other Erasmus students who are at the University of Leicester. Refreshments will be available. You can also meet the University’s Erasmus Coordinator and the Erasmus Team.14.00 Shopping Trip to a Supermarket – Morrisons (near main campus – ten minute walk)From Campus Venue: Meet outside the Students’ Union Building entrance (Percy Gee Steps) Would you like to know where to buy food and other essentials? Student Assistants will accompany you to Morrisons, a local supermarket, assisting you with your first food shopping trip. Morrisons is located near Nixon Court and Freemen’s Common.15.00 - 17.00 ‘Relax and Pamper Yourself’ Session Games Afternoon Venue: Gatehouse, University Road Venue: Concourse, Students’ Union Building Take a moment out from the hectic schedule to (Percy Gee) relax, be pampered and make friends in this Join us in the games room to play darts, cards and welcoming environment. dominoes and make new friends.
6 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER · STUDENT WELFARE SERVICETuesday 27th September (continued) 15.00 Shopping Trip to a Chinese Supermarket (located on Jarrom Street – 20 minute walk from main campus) Venue: Meet outside the Students’ Union Building entrance (Percy Gee Steps) Would you like to know where the Chinese supermarket is in Leicester? A Student Assistant will accompany you there. 16.00 Shopping Trip to Supermarket – Asda (near Oadby Student Village – ten minute walk) From Gilbert Venue: Meet at Gilbert Murray Stamford Reception Murray Reception Would you like to know where to buy food and other essentials in Oadby Student Village? A Student Assistant will accompany you to Asda, a local supermarket, assisting you with your first food shopping trip.16.00 Shopping Trip to Supermarket – Morrisons (near campus – ten minute walk)From Nixon Court Venue: Nixon Court Reception Would you like to know where to buy food and other essentials near Nixon Court/Freemen’s Common? A Student Assistant will accompany you to Morrisons, a local supermarket, assisting you with your first food shopping trip.17.15 Free bus service for students in Mary Gee Houses to Main Campus Accommodation talk and evening meal. Venue: Mary Gee Bus Stop17.30 Welcome to your Accommodation Talk Venue: Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1 Residential Services Managers give an introduction for students living in self-catered University accommodation and private accommodation. There will also be a chance to meet your Residential Advisors. There will also be advice for those living in the community. Following this talk, for students in City Living and private accommodation: 18.00-19:30 Welcome Evening Meal For students at Oadby Student Village: Welcome to your Accommodation Talk Venue: O2 Academy 1, Students’ Union (Percy Gee Building) Venue: John Foster Hall A free meal is provided at this event and a bar will be An introduction for students living at Oadby open selling a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic Student Village to living in University drinks. Accommodation. There will also be a chance to meet your residential advisors. Meal served at 18.30 Oadby Student Village: Evening Meal Venue: Stamford Hall at 17.3019.30 - 22.00 Welcome to Leicester: An Evening of Fun and Games Venue: 02 Academy 1, Students’ Union Building Venue: John Foster Hall Have lots of fun while you meet new people at this very popular and enjoyable icebreaker session. A pub quiz has been organized with prizes to be won! The event takes place on two sites – main campus and Oadby Student Village due to its popularity. Live Music will be provided on campus by the Band and Gig Society.22.15 Free bus service for students needing to return to Mary Gee Houses Venue: Bus leaves from the campus bus stop (side of Charles Wilson Building)
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ WELCOME PROGRAMME 7Wednesday 28th September09.45 ARRIVAL AND INTRODUCTION Postgraduate Students Undergraduate and Erasmus Students Study International Study Abroad/Exchange (Students on full time (European students on a Centre Students Students courses) short course of up to (Students on full time one year) (One semester or one Venue: Peter Williams courses) year only students) Lecture Theatre Venue: Rattray Lecture (Library) Venue: Ken Edwards Theatre Venue: Rattray Lecture Theatre 1 Lecture Theatre10.00 Health Issues Banking in the UK Vice-Chancellor’s Vice-Chancellor’s Welcome Welcome Information about the Find out how to open a National Health Service, bank account in the Professor Sir Robert Professor Sir Robert how to register with the UK, what documents Burgess, our Vice- Burgess, our Vice- doctor and what to do if you need and how to Chancellor personally Chancellor personally you become ill. get them. Important welcomes you to the welcomes you to the University. University. Important Presenter: Katrina Abatis (International Presenter: Gill Miles Student Adviser) (Student Healthy Living Manager)10.20 Banking in the UK Vice-Chancellor’s Health Issues Health Issues Welcome Find out how to open a Information about the Information about the bank account in the Professor Sir Robert National Health Service, National Health Service, UK, what documents Burgess, our Vice- how to register with the how to register with the you need and how to Chancellor personally doctor and what to do if doctor and what to do if get them. welcomes you to the you become ill. you become ill. University. Important Important Important Presenter: Katrina Presenter: Gill Miles Presenter: Gill Miles Abatis (International (Student Healthy Living (Student Healthy Living Student Adviser) Manager) Manager)10:40 Vice-Chancellor’s Student’s Guide to Banking in the UK BREAK Welcome Immigration (not Find out how to open a relevant if you are Professor Sir Robert bank account in the from the EU) Burgess, our Vice- UK, what documents Chancellor personally Session for anyone in the you need and how to welcomes you to the UK on a student visa. get them. University. Includes advice over Important working regulations, responsibilities and police Presenter: Katrina registration. Abatis (International Student Adviser) Important Presenter: Julia Coats (International Student Adviser)
8 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER · STUDENT WELFARE SERVICEWednesday 28th September (continued) Postgraduate Students Undergraduate and Erasmus Students Study Abroad / International Study Exchange Students Venue: Peter Williams Venue: Rattray Lecture Centre Students Lecture Theatre Theatre Venue: Bennett (Library) Venue: Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2 Lecture Theatre 1 11.00 Student’s Guide to Health Issues Erasmus Registration Study Abroad Immigration (not Procedures Information Session Information about the relevant if you are and Registration National Health Service, Venue: Rattray Lecture from the EU) Procedures how to register with the Theatre Session for anyone on a doctor and what to do if Venue: Bennett All the information student visa. Includes you become ill. Lecture Theatre 2 required to enable you advice over working Important to register as an Erasmus Find out more about regulations, student in Leicester. the programme and responsibilities and Presenter: Gill Miles registration procedures. police registration. (Student Healthy Living Important Manager) Important Important Presenter: Cleo Bowen (Erasmus Programme Presenter: Paul Beavitt Presenter: Julia Coats Manager) (Study Abroad Co- (International Student ordinator) Adviser) 12.00 - 14.30 LUNCH will be available in all University catering outlets. 12.00 - 16.30 Face to Face Registration for fee-paying International Students only (Wednesday – Friday) Venue: Sports Hall, ground floor of the Charles Wilson Building Non – EU International students must complete their registration at the University. You will have received an appointment time when you registered for the ISWP at the Information Desk. You must already have successfully completed online registration. You must attend your appointment – it is compulsory. If you are unable to attend, you must attend Monday to Wednesday of the first week of term. Please bring your passport and visa/biometric ID card, or if you don’t have these documents because your visa application is currently being processed, a photocopy of these documents. Please also bring a passport sized photo with you. Study Abroad/Exchange and Erasmus students have their own arrangements to complete their student registration. This information will have been given to you at the Wednesday morning session on Registration Procedures. 13.00 - 16.00 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES FAIR Venue: O2 Academy 1, Students’ Union This is a chance to find out more about the range of student support services available at the University and in the city of Leicester. • Discover where places of worship are located • Take the opportunity to talk to local banks and organisations • Find out more about University and Students’ Union services • Get a NUS Extra (student) card for discounts on shops, travel and eating out in Leicester
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ WELCOME PROGRAMME 9Wednesday 28th September (continued)Tours leave at Campus Tours13.00, 14.00, Venue: Meet a Student Assistant at ‘The15.00 and 16.00 Point,’ in the Percy Gee (Students’ Union) Student Assistants will show you important facilities and services on campus like the David Wilson Library, support services, food outlets and academic departments.13.30 - 16.00 Walking Tour: Explore Ancient Leicester (Repeated on Thursday and Friday) Meet a Student Assistant at the ISWP Information Desk who will accompany you to a minibus, which will take you to the start of the tour. You must be at the meeting point promptly at 13:30 or the bus will leave without you. See page 4 for details. Places are limited to 30 per tour. Booking is essential – sign up at the ISWP Information Desk.13.00 - 16.30 Workshop Programme Each session is at 13.00 then repeated at 15.0013.00 and 15.00 Find out more about English Language Support Living on a Budget Leicestershire Venue: Rattray Lecture Venue: Peter Williams Lecture Venue: Bennett Lecture Theatre Theatre (Library) Theatre 2 A member of staff from the Find out how you can maximise Would you like to know about English Language Teaching Unit your income, minimise your living the city and the surrounding will explain the English language expenses and get the most out of a area of Leicester? A support available during your limited budget, without feeling that professional guide will tell you course, how to enrol and some you’re missing out. Includes advice more. practical tips on how to improve about cheaper things to do and buy your English whilst you are here. in Leicester and how to budget. Presenter: Robert Gregory (Professional Guide) Presenter: Stella Smyth (Study Presenter: James Pooley (Financial Skills Director) Adviser)19.30 - 22.30 Social Event: Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-li) Venue: O2 Academy 1, Students’ Union Building A Ceilidh involves traditional Irish and Scottish dancing and music. There is dancing, laughter and an opportunity to make more friends. It is great fun and students always enjoy the evening. Don’t worry that you don’t know the steps because the ‘caller’ will tell you what to do, just join in and have fun.Bus to Oadby Free bus service for students needing to return to Oadby Student Village and Mary GeeStudent Village Houses.departs 22.30 Venue: Buses leave from the campus bus stop (side of the Charles Wilson Building)and 23.00
10 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER · STUDENT WELFARE SERVICEThursday 29th September Undergraduate/Postgraduate/International Erasmus/Study Abroad Students Study Centre Students Venue: Rattray Lecture Theatre Venue: Peter Williams Lecture Theatre (Library) 09.00 ARRIVAL AND INTRODUCTION 9.15 - 10.15 Your Students’ Union Studying at the University of Leicester An introduction to the University of Leicester’s We want you to succeed in your studies while Students’ Union, clubs, societies, sports, politics, you are at the University of Leicester. This entertainment, student support – and how you session is an introduction to the British style of can get involved. learning and teaching. It designed so that you can find out how you can enhance and improve Presenter: Suzi Burtenshaw (SU Welfare and your learning at the University, access support to International Officer) improve your studying techniques and explains the range of services on offer from Student Development. Important Presenter: Marta Ulanicka (Careers Service) 10.15 BREAK 10.30 - 11.30 Studying Successfully at a British University Your Students’ Union We want you to succeed in your studies while An introduction to the University of Leicester’s you are at the University of Leicester. This Students’ Union, clubs, societies, sports, politics, session is an introduction to the British style of entertainment, student support – and how you learning and teaching. It designed so that you can get involved. can find out how you can enhance and improve Presenter: Suzi Burtenshaw (SU Welfare and your learning at the University, access support to International Officer)) improve your studying techniques and explains the range of services on offer from Student Development. Important Presenter: Marta Ulanicka (Careers Service) 11.00 - 16.30 Face to face registration for non EU International Students only (Wednesday – Friday) (See page 8 for details) Venue: Sports Hall, ground floor of the Charles Wilson Building 12.00 - 14.30 LUNCH will be available in all University catering outlets. 13.00 - 16.00 Sports Activities Venue: Victoria Park Playing sports together is always a good way to make new friends. We have organised an afternoon of different sports for you to try. Some university teams will be on hand to run taster activities.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ WELCOME PROGRAMME 11Thursday 29th September (continued)13.00 - 16.30 Workshop Programme Each session is at 13.00 and 15.0013.00 and 15.00 Introduction to British Culture UK Higher Education Experience Looking for Work Venue: Library Seminar Rooms Venue: Peter Williams Lecture Venue: Rattray Lecture 1,2,3, Basement of the David Theatre (Library) Theatre Wilson Library An academic member of staff gives How can I find a part-time job What is British culture? Explore an overview about the UK academic while I am studying? Can I get these questions (and a few ideas!) system at Leicester and how it may help on writing my CV? Find with an International Student be different from your home out how the University can help Adviser. country. They will talk about the you get a job and a career. expectations of lecturers and what Presenter: Valerie Matthews- Presenter: Katrina Abatis you can expect from the University. (International Student Adviser) Lane (Careers Adviser) Presenter: Dr. Chris Comber (Director of Research in the School of Education)13.30 - 16.30 Walking Tour: Explore Ancient Leicester (Repeated on Friday) Meet a Student Assistant at the ISWP Information Desk who will accompany you to a minibus, which will take you to the start of the tour. You must be at the meeting point promptly at 13:30 or the bus will leave without you. See page 4 for details. Places are limited to 30 per tour. Booking is essential – sign up at the ISWP Information Desk.19.00 Free bus service for students in Oadby and Mary Gee to main campus. Venue: Manor Road (outside Gilbert Murray Hall)19.30 Postgraduate Cheese, Wine & Soft Drinks Night Venue: Senior Common Room, 5th Floor, Charles Wilson Building This event is designed exclusively for postgraduate students, especially mature students. Relax and chat to other postgraduate students over a selection of wines, cheeses and soft drinks. There will also be a chance to meet members of staff from different academic departments.19.30 - 00.00 Karaoke Night Venue: Students’ Union Building: The Scholar How is karaoke different in England from Asia, Europe or America? Or is it all the same? Find out as you show your new friends your singing skills.Bus to Oadby Free bus service for students needing to return to Oadby Student Village and Mary Gee Houses.Student Village Venue: Buses leave from the campus bus stop (side of the Charles Wilson Building)departs from23.30 and 00.00
12 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER · STUDENT WELFARE SERVICEFriday 30th September Undergraduate/Postgraduate/International Erasmus/Study Abroad Students Study Centre Students Venue: Peter Williams Lecture Theatre (Library) Venue: Rattray Lecture Theatre 09.30 ARRIVAL AND INTRODUCTION 09.40 Stay Safe HOST and FOSSIL Advice from the Campus Police Officers on Would you like to meet a British family during safety whilst studying in Leicester. your stay in the UK? HOST UK works with international students to give them a day or a Presenters: PC Harvey Watson and PCSO Amarjit weekend visit anywhere in the UK. FOSSIL is a Singh Sanghera Leicester based organization that arranges visits Important so you get the chance to meet local families. Presenter: Dr Chris Willmott (FOSSIL Co-ordinator) 10.00 Stay Safe Student Support Stay Safe session The University provides a fully integrated Advice from the Campus Police Officers on development and support service for students. safety whilst studying in Leicester. 10.10 Student Find out more about the wide range of central Support session Presenters: PC Harvey Watson and PCSO Amarjit support services and how to access them. Singh Sanghera Presenter: Clare Taylor (Head of Student Welfare) Important 10.30 HOST and FOSSIL Student Support Presenter: Dr Chris Willmott (FOSSIL Co-ordinator) Presenter: Clare Taylor (Head of Student Welfare) 11.00 and “Living in Leicester – what is it really like?” repeated at 15.00 Venue: Peter Williams Lecture Theatre (Library) Discussion Groups with current students and Student Assistants who can probably give you all the unofficial information you need! Presenter: Suzi Burtenshaw (SU Welfare and International Officer) 11.00 - 16.30 Face to face registration for non EU International Students only (on Wednesday – Friday) (See page 8 for details) Venue: Sports Hall, ground floor of the Charles Wilson Building 13.00 - 16.00 SOCIETIES FAIR Venue: 02 Academy 2 & The Square This is a chance to join student societies and associations, which is a great way of meeting like- minded people at University. National societies, creative societies, and religious societies – the Fair will have it all so come to sign up! 13.00 - 16.00 Softball Taster Session Venue: Victoria Park Come and try softball with professional coaches, learn the basic skills of the game and play against your new friends.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ WELCOME PROGRAMME 13Friday 30th September (continued)Tours leave every Discover Leicester Tourhour from 13.00, Venue: Meet at University Bus Stop (side of Charles Wilson Building)14.00, 15.00,16.00 You will need your ticket to get on the bus. Take a panoramic tour of Leicester. A guide onboard the bus will tell you about the city’s history and places of interest, such as the Golden Mile, National Space Centre and Abbey Park. There are 95 places per tour so please ensure that you board the correct bus at the time stated on your ticket. Tickets are available at the Information Desk in the Queen’s Hall Building Entrance Hall.13.30 - 16.30 Walking Tour: Explore Ancient Leicester Meet a Student Assistant at the ISWP Information Desk who will accompany you to a minibus, which will take you to the start of the tour. You must be at the meeting point promptly at 13:30 or the bus will leave without you. See page 4 for details. Places are limited to 30 per tour. Booking is essential – sign up at the ISWP Information Desk.14.00 - 16.30 English Tea Party (Sponsored by Morrisons) Venue: Gatehouse, University Road Drop into the Chaplaincy for an English style tea. Find out what a cream tea is, have an informal chat to University staff and make friends. A representative from HOST will be on hand to answer questions and give more information. If you have brought your family to Leicester, why not you bring them along with you.17.30 - 18.30 Meet Student Assistants to guide you to the New Walk Museum for the ‘Welcome to Leicester City’ event (for students in City Living or Private accommodation) Venue: Steps of the Charles Wilson Building18.00 Free bus service for students in Oadby and Mary Gee to main campus. Venue: Manor Road (outside Gilbert Murray Hall) to New Walk. The Student Assistants will meet you at the bus drop off point on New Walk to guide you to the event.18.00 - 20.00 ‘Welcome to Leicester City’ – by the Lord Mayor of Leicester Venue: New Walk Museum For this special evening, we invite you to dress in your national costume and attend a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leicester. This is an exclusive event for students on the ISWP to have an official welcome to the city of Leicester.20.00 - 00.00 Cultural Night Venue: O2 Academy 2, Student’s Union Building A highlight of the ISWP week, we invite you to join new friends for an evening of entertainment. There will be musical and dramatic performances by fellow students. You are welcome to show off your country and your culture with a dance, a poetry reading, a song or a dramatic performance – if you are interested please let Student Assistants know on the night. Following this, ‘The Big Shabang’ will take place in O2 Academy 1, with those attending the Cultural Night gaining free entry.Bus to Oadby Free bus service for students needing to return to Oadby Student Village and Mary Gee Houses.Student Villagedeparts at 23.30 Venue: Buses leave from the campus bus stop (side of the Charles Wilson Building)and 00.00
14 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER · STUDENT WELFARE SERVICE Saturday 1st October 2011 You will need to vacate your room by 10am at the latest. Trip to Nottingham Castle The International Students’ Association have arranged an afternoon trip to Nottingham Castle. Buses will Depart from: • Mayors Walk (Side of the Charles Wilson Building) at 10:00am • Mary Gee: 10:10am • John Foster Hall: 10:15am For more information or to buy a ticket please go to ‘The Point’ in the Percy Gee Building. 19:00 – 22:00 – Chaplaincy Social Evening Venue: The Gatehouse Join us at our ‘Under the Sea’ themed social evening. There will be music, refreshments and some laughter! Sunday 2nd October 2011 Trip to Warwick Castle Tickets will be sold from Wednesday 28th September to Friday 30th September 9am-4pm at ‘The Point’ (Students Union Box Office) Numbers are limited to 300 places. www.warwick-castle.co.uk Cost £20 per person (transport and castle admission included) Warwick Castle is less than a one hour drive from the University, and there is a lot to see and do within the historic grounds. The castle dates back to William the Conqueror’s reign, built in 1068 the building has had many varied uses during its long history. Today the castle is owned by a waxwork group called Tussard’s who are famous for producing interactive exhibitions. Whilst at the castle you can explore the Haunted Towers, Castle Dungeons and Maiden’s Tower. There are many food outlets, where you can buy food, or you can bring a picnic lunch to eat in the grounds. Coaches will leave: • Outside Beaumont Hall, Stoughton Drive South at 08:45 (for students staying at Oadby Student Village) • Main University campus bus stop (opposite Charles Wilson Building) at 09:15 (for students staying at City Living sites) We will leave Warwick Castle at 17:00, arriving back on campus at approximately 18:00. Any person who misses the coach departures will be responsible for making THEIR OWN way there and/or back.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ WELCOME PROGRAMME 15Checklist – when you arrive in Leicester Tell your family you have arrived Register with the Freeman’s Common Health Centre Arrange payment of tuition fees Insure your belongings Complete online registration with the University Buy a Television Licence (if you buy a TV for your room) Complete face to face registration Register with the Police (if applicable) Open a bank account Arrange payment of accommodation fees