Welcome to Edinburgh!

Welcome week information for MSc taught students.

Welcome week

Welcome week runs from Monday 12th - Friday 16th September 2016.

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 taught (PGT) 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 2016’ 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 2016 Guide

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

Campus maps

Welcome pack

Matriculation and student card collection

Before you arrive, you should have completed the online registration form which is 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:

Monday 12th September 2016: 09.15-12.30

Wednesday 14th September 2016: 12.30-16.30

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd September 2016: 09.15-16.30

 

Meeting your Personal Tutor, confirming attendance and making course choices

During Welcome Week you should arrange a one-to-one meeting with your Personal Tutor; please contact the Teaching Organisation if you have yet to have a Personal Tutor allocated.  Information on how to prepare for your one-to-one meeting and how to contact your Personal Tutor is included in the School's Personal Tutoring Statement

At the meeting, your Personal Tutor will confirm your attendance and discuss your course choices.  If you are planning to take the Introduction to Java Programming course, please sign up for a lab session - you don't have to wait until the course appears on your student record as the labs start in week 1!  After meeting with your Personal Tutor you can register your course choices online.

Please note: You will not be fully matriculated as a student until you have confirmed your attendance.  You must have arrived and had your attendance confirmed by 17.00 on Friday 30th September 2016.  After this date you will be referred to the College Office and you may not be permitted to commence your studies.

University matriculation information

MSc (Taught) welcome events

The following programme of events is relevant to incoming Informatics postgraduate taught students.

During Welcome week please ensure that you complete your registration with the University and the School of Informatics and spend some time familiarising yourself with Edinburgh and the University campus.  The University has its own calendar of induction events, including campus tours and a series of events intended for international students.

The University of Edinburgh's Student Association (EUSA) also hold events for postgraduate students during Welcome Week.

There are likely to be a couple of separate events for Design Informatics and Advanced Design Informatics students only.  Information on these events will be published soon.

If English is not your first language, we recommend that you attend one of the “Test of English at Matriculation (TEAM) for Non-UK PG Students” sessions during Welcome Week.  The test assesses your listening comprehension and your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary; no preparation is required.  Please attend the session and make use of any additional support that may be offered.  As a large part of the MSc involves written reports, especially the project-based courses, English language skills are critically important for your success.  Additional information is available at the following link:

TEAM Test

Monday 12 September 2016

Time Venue Event
10.30-13.00

Design Informatics

T-Room, 1st Floor, Evolution House

Introduction to MA/MFA/MSC Design Informatics Programmes

Design Informatics MSc/Advanced Design Informatics MSc Taught students.
16.00-17.00 Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1

Test of English at Matriculation (TEAM) Test

TEAM is used to assess whether international students might benefit from free, non-credit English language course and materials.  Note: Sessions run each day in Welcome Week, you only have to attend one!

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Time Venue Event
10.00-12.30 T-Room, 1st Floor, Evolution House

Introduction to Design Informatics Induction Week Project     

Design Informatics MSc/Advanced Design Informatics MSc Taught students.
13.00-15.30 Festival Theatre

Postgraduate Student Welcome in September

University event to welcome all postgraduate taught and research students, followed by University Services Fair

16.00-17.00 Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1

Test of English at Matriculation (TEAM) Test

TEAM is used to assess whether international students might benefit from free, non-credit English language course and materials.

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Time Venue Event
09.30-10.30 Appleton Tower, lecture Theatre 5

Welcome to Informatics - Taught Masters Students

Johanna Moore, Head of School and Bjoern Franke, Director of Teaching

Welcome to Informatics (slides) (7 MB)

Introduction to Taught Masters

Paul Jackson, MSc Year Organiser and Kyriakos Kalorkoti, School Academic Misconduct Officer (SAMO)

All new postgraduate Taught and CDT students.

10.30-10.45 Appleton Tower, lecture Theatre 5

Introduction from the Senior Personal Tutor

Julian Bradfield, Senior Personal Tutor

All new postgraduate Taught students.

14.00-14.30 Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A

Introduction to DICE Computing

Alison Downie, Informatics Computing Officer

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students.

14.30-14.45 Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A

Library Information Session

Angela Nicholson, Informatics Library Representative

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students.

14.45-15.30 Informatics Forum, Atrium Refreshments
15.30-16.00 Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A

How to get support with your career

Rebecca Valentine, University Careers Service

All new postgraduate Taught, Research and CDT students.

16.00-17.00 Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1

Test of English at Matriculation (TEAM) Test

TEAM is used to assess whether international students might benefit from free, non-credit English language course and materials.

Thursday 15 September 2016

Time Venue Event
16.00-17.00 Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1

Test of English at Matriculation (TEAM) Test

TEAM is used to assess whether international students might benefit from free, non-credit English language course and materials.

Friday 16 September 2016

Time Venue Event
11.00-12.00 Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 5

Meet the Informatics Director of Teaching

A question and answer session with Bjoern Franke, Director of Teaching, open to all taught students within the School - your chance to ask any questions about your Informatics studies and facilities.

14.00-16.00

Design Informatics T-Room, 1st Floor, Evolution House

Presentation of Induction Week Project followed by welcome drinks

Design Informatics MSc/Advanced Design Informatics MSc Taught students.
16.00-17.00 Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1

Test of English at Matriculation (TEAM) Test

TEAM is used to assess whether international students might benefit from free, non-credit English language course and materials.

 

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're holding a Teaching Support Staff Recruitment event on Wednesday 23rd September (Week 1); the session will include a short presentation, an opportunity for Q&A and lunch. 

Wednesday 21 September 2016

 

13.00-14.30

 

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.

All UG3, UG4, UG5, postgraduate Taught and postgraduate Research students.