Arrival & induction

Welcome Week, registration, matriculation and other useful information.

Welcome Week 2018/19

Please note that some event details are still being finalised. Please check this page regularly for any updates.

Welcome Week runs from Monday 10th - Friday 14th September 2018. 

The School of Informatics Welcome events are detailed in the tables below; please attend the sessions as they contain important information to get you started on your postgraduate research (PGR) degree programme.  The University also has its own calendar of Welcome events, including campus tours and a series of events intended for International students. The following link provides further information for new students:

New Students

Maps to help you find your way around the area can also be found online:

Campus Maps

Matriculation and student card collection

Before you arrive, you should have completed the online registration form which will be available via the MyEd portal in the Student Personal Details channel around 4 weeks before your programme start date.  Full information is available on the Student Support website:

How to Register

If you have not already received your student card, you can collect it from the University card collection event at the Main Library, George Square.

Confirming your attendance

After registering with the University and collecting your student card you must register with the School of Informatics to allow us to confirm your attendance and provide you with an introduction to your new place of work.  Please visit the Graduate School office to register with the School.  You should note it is not possible to register with the School before the attendance date shown in your offer of admission. Once your formal registration has been completed, the Graduate School will direct you to your Institute admin office team, as well as providing you with:

  • a DICE computer username and password if you do not already have one;
  • a key for the room you will be studying in;
  • details about your first scholarship instalment [if payment is arranged via the School - you should ensure you bring your bank details to this visit].

Contact details for Informatics Registration and Induction

Information on the DICE computing environment

2018 Events

University Welcome Events

Monday 10th September 2018

Time

Venue

Event

Doors open: 13:30

Event begins: 14:15

 

McEwan Hall

Principal's Welcome Ceremony

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson, officially welcomes new students to the University.  Attendees also hear from a number of student Office Bearers, including the Students' Association and Sports Union Presidents, and Senior members of University staff.

Welcome Ceremony information

All new students welcome to attend. Registration for tickets is essential as this is a high demand event. Tickets will open on EVENTBRITE from the link above in August 2018.

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Time

Venue

Event

 

13:00-14:00

 

McEwan Hall

Postgraduate Research Students Welcome Talk and Services Fair

The University invites all new PhD and Masters by Research Postgraduate students to the official welcome event for new PGR Students.

PGR Welcome Talk and Services Fair information

All new postgraduate Research including CDT students welcome to attend. Registratrion is required.

School of Informatics PGR Welcome Events

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Time

Venue

Event

 

09:30-10:30

 

Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 5

Welcome to Informatics - Taught Masters Students

Head of School and Director of Teaching – Welcome to Informatics talk, MSc Year Organiser talk, School Academic Misconduct Officer talk

All new postgraduate Taught and CDT students required to attend

 

10:30-11:00

 

Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

Welcome to Informatics - Research Students

Welcome talk from Nigel Topham - Director of Graduate School, Alex Lascarides - Deputy Director of Graduate School, and Paolo Gugliardo - PGR Personal Tutor

All new postgraduate Research including CDT students required to attend

 

11:00-11:30

 

 

 

Break

 

 

11:30-11:45

 

Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 3

Library Information Session - Research Students

Library Information Information Session from Angela Nicholson, Informatics Library Representative

All new postgraduate Research including CDT students required to attend

 

11:45-12:00

 

Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 3

Introduction to LAUNCH.ed, support for student entrepreneurs - Research Students

Introduction talk from Liza Sutherland, Enterprise Executive Postgraduate

All new postgraduate Research including CDT students required to attend

 

12:00-12:30

 

 

Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

Introduction to DICE Computing - Research Students

Informatics Computing Officer will explain the Distributed Informatics Computing Envirsonment used within the School.

All new postgraduate Research including CDT students required to attend

 

12:30-14:00

 

 

 

Break

 

 

14:00-14:30

 

Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 3

Transferable Skills Training at the Institute for Academic Development - Research Students

Information session from Louise McKay, Institute for Academic Development

All new postgraduate Research including CDT students required to attend

 

14:30-15:00

 

 

Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

Careers Information Session and Opportunity for Q&A - Research Students

Information session given by Steve Norman, University Careers Service

All current and new postgraduate Research including CDT students required to attend

 

17.00-19.00

 

Playfair Library, Old College

Postgraduate Networking and Social Evening

The University invites all Postgraduate students (PGT and PGR) to experience another side of the University of Edinburgh, the informal, cultural and fun side.  Meet and network with fellow new PG students from near and far, while you enjoy a taste of Scottish culture. Refreshments will be provided.

Postgraduate Networking and Social Evening information

All new postgraduate Research including CDT students encouraged to attend. Registratrion is required

Thursday 13th September 2018

Time

Venue

Event

 

13.00-14.00

 

Informatics Forum,

Mini Forum 2

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) Welcome Lunch

Welcome Lunch for all new CDT students and staff

All new CDT students required to attend

 

14.00-16.00

 

Informatics Forum

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Welcome Meetings

Parallel sessions as follows:

     CDT in Data Science

     Informatics Forum, Room 4.31/4.33

     CDT in Pervasive Parallelism

     Informatics Forum, Room 1.15

     CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems

     Informatics Forum, Room G.07 (Please note venue change as of 19 Jul 2018)

The meetings will likely end earlier than 16:00, in which case students may take an optional tour of the Informatics Forum and surrounding area.

All new Centre for Doctoral Training students required to attend

 

16:00-17:00

 

Informatics Forum

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Welcome Receptions

Parallel Sessions as follows:

    CDT in Data Science Welcome Reception Informatics Forum, Mini Forum 2

    CDT in Pervasive Parallelism Welcome Reception Informatics Forum, Atrium & Café

    CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems Welcome Reception Informatics Forum, G.07

All new CDT students & affiliated current students required to attend - by invitation

Friday 14th September 2018

Time

Venue

Event

 

15.00-16.00

 

4.31/33, Informatics Forum

ILCC Welcome Meeting

All new ILCC students required to attend

 

16.00-18.00

 

G.07, Informatics Forum

Welcome to Language social                                                                                                                                                              

All new ILCC students required to attend

Activities and Sports Fairs

The University of Edinburgh has a wide variety of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with. These are an excellent place to meet new people and try something fun. The Activities Fair and Sports Fair both run during Welcome Week and will give you a taster of what’s on offer.

Date

Time

Venue

Event

 

Wednesday 13th September & Thursday 14th September

 

11.00-16.00

 

The Pleasance

Activities and Sports Fair

The University of Edinburgh has over 280 amazing and incredible societies and hundreds of volunteering opportunities! The Activities Fair is your chance to meet lots of people running societies and volunteering groups hear what they have planned for the year ahead.

Activities Fair information

All new students welcome to attend

Teaching support vacancies

The School of Informatics is able to offer a wide range of part-time tutoring, demonstrating, marking and related jobs to students who are currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.  Previous employees have reported that this type of work provides a valuable insight for those considering a career in academia and a useful transferable skill for those of you whose future lies elsewhere.  Work on a particular course might also improve your knowledge of a subject area, or open up new research opportunities.  We hope that you will benefit from this exposure to the teaching environment. More information and a list of current vacancies can be found on our Teaching Support webpages:

Teaching Support

We will be holding a Teaching Support Staff Recruitment event on Friday 14th September; the session will include a short presentation and an opportunity for Q&As.

 

Date Time Venue Event

 

Friday 14th September

 

12:00-14:00

 

Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A and Atrium

Teaching Support Staff Recruitment Event

Information on the wide range of part-time tutoring, demonstrating, marking and teaching assistant posts available to postgraduate students in the School of Informatics. Lunch will be served at 12:00 followed by the presentation at 13:00.

All UG2UG3, UG4, UG5, postgraduate Taught and postgraduate Research students encouraged to attend

Further assistance

General advice

This University guidance page is intended to help new students through the early stages of life in Edinburgh, including useful advice on money, health, events etc.  

New Students Homepage

Accommodation

The University's Accommodation, Catering and Events team provides housing and catering services to over 6,500 students in University owned accommodation, and may be able to help with finding and renting privately-owned accommodation.

Accommodation, Catering and Events

International students

Edinburgh Global provides help and guidance for all new and continuing students who come to Edinburgh from outside the UK. A pre-arrival guide is available on-line which contains lots of useful information, advice, and guidance on a range of topics, including assistance with opening a UK bank account.

Edinburgh Global