Arrival & induction

Welcome Week, registration, matriculation and other useful information.

Welcome Week 2017

Welcome Week runs from Monday 11th - Friday 15th September 2017.

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

The ‘September Welcome 2017’ guide is now available to download within the ‘University of Edinburgh Events’ App.  The guide provides information on Welcome Week events, Campus Maps, Social Media and much more.  You can download the free App by following these instructions:

September Welcome 2017 Guide

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 during the following times:

Saturday 9th September 2017: 12:00-16:45

Sunday 10th September 2017: 10:00-15:45

Monday 11th - Friday 15th September 2017: 09.15-16:45

Monday 18th - Friday 22nd September 2016: 09.15-16.45

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

University Welcome Events

Monday 11th September 2017

Time

Venue

Event

 

14:15-15:30 (doors open 13:30)

 

McEwan Hall

Principal's Welcome Ceremony

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, 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.

If you missed the Principal's Welcome Ceremony, you can watch the recording via the above link.

 

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Time

Venue

Event

 

13:00-15:00

 

McEwan Hall

Postgraduate Research Students Welcome (PGR)

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

If you missed the PGR students welcome, you can watch the recording via the above link.

All new postgraduate Research and CDT students. Registratrion is required.

 

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.

All new postgraduate Research and CDT students. Registratrion is required.

 

School of Informatics PGR Welcome Events

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Time

Venue

Event

 

09.30-10.30

 

Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 5

Welcome to Informatics - Taught Masters Students

Johanna Moore, Head of School and Stuart Anderson, Director of Teaching

All new postgraduate Taught and CDT students.

 

10.30-11.00

 

Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A

Welcome to Informatics - Research Students

Johanna Moore, Head of School, Nigel Topham, Director of Graduate School, Alex Lascarides, Deputy Director of Graduate School, and Stuart Anderson, Research Personal Tutor.

All new postgraduate Research and CDT students should attend.

 

11:00-11:30

 

Informatics Forum, Atrium Cafe

Coffee Break

Join us for refreshments

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students welcome.

 

11.30-12.00

 

Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 5

Introduction to DICE Computing

Roger Burroughes, Informatics Computer Officer

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students welcome.

 

12:00-12:15

 

Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 5

Library Information Session

Angela Nicholson, Informatics Library Representative

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students welcome.

 

12:15-12:45

 

Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 5

Careers Information Session and Opportunity for Q&A

Rebecca Valentine, University Careers Service

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students welcome.

 

12:45-13:00

 

Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 5

Introduction to LAUNCH.ed, support for student entrepreneurs

Liza Sutherland, Enterprise Executive Postgraduate

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students welcome.

 

13:00-14:00

 

Lunch Break

 

14:00-14:30

 

Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A

Transferable Skills Training at the Institute for Academic Development

Louise McKay, Institute for Academic Development

All new postgraduate Research and CDT students welcome.

 

Thursday 14th September 2017

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 CDT students welcome

 

14.00-16.00

 

Informatics Forum

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Welcome Meetings

Parallel sessions as follows:

     CDT in Data Science

     Informatics Forum, Room 1.16

     CDT in Pervasive Parallelism

     Informatics Forum, Room 3.02

     CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems

     Informatics Forum, Room 1.15

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 1

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

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

New CDT students & Affiliated Current Students - By Invitation

 

15.30-16.00

 

Informatics Forum 4.31/33

ILCC Welcome Meeting

All new ILCC students required to attend.

 

16.00 - 18.00

 

Informatics Forum

Mini Forum 2

Welcome to Language at Edinburgh Reception

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 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.

All new students welcome

 

Wednesday 13th September & Thursday 14th September

 

11.00-16.00

 

Sport & Exercise Pleasance, Sports Hall

Sports Fair

Sign up to one of over 60 Sports Clubs on offer at the University as well as visit the state-of-the-art sport & fitness facilities at the Pleasance. Enjoy Club demonstrations & fitness challenges, giveaways, promotions and much more.

All new students welcome

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 15th September; the session will include a short presentation and an opportunity for Q&As.

 

Date Time Venue Event

 

Friday 15th 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 UG3, UG4, UG5, postgraduate Taught and postgraduate Research students.

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