Student Welcome activities for all students start on the following dates, depending on your course entry start:
- September 2021 intake: Monday 20 September 2021
- January 2022 intake: Monday 17 January 2022
- May 2022 intake: to be confirmed
Student Welcome is packed with activities to help you get to know your course, your peers and your University. Listed below are just some of the main things that will start you on your way to becoming a fully-fledged student at Solent University.
You will have access to your Welcome Week timetable prior to arrival.
Student Welcome allows you to meet other students on your course, as well as some of your tutors,and maybe even some current second- and third-year students.
There are also a number of social events and activities to help you find your way around Solent and Southampton, as well as meet new friends and try out new things! Some of these activities could include roller discos, laser tag, and specific course-led activities, such as facilities tours, studio sessions and guest lectures.
Please take a look at our Get Ready for Solent pages, where you can find out more about Solent University. You'll find lots of interactive activities to help you prepare for university life and your studies with us.
- IT induction - this is really important for campus cards, passwords and accessing all the software you need.
- Take a tour of the library and find out how to access all our e-resources.
- Find out about the Students' Union and the events they have planned.
- Join in with a range of fun study skills workshops (you may be a little rusty after a break from college!).
- Focus on your wellbeing and how to take care of yourself.
- Get to know other students through video chat sessions.
- Ask questions and join in discussions.
- Advice and tips on being a student.
- Money-saving ideas and how to get student discounts.
Get Ready for Solent will be updated regularly, so make sure you check back for the latest events and activities.
Log in to Get Ready for Solent
(you will need your University login details which will be provided when you pre-register closer to the start of term)
The welcome induction for international and EU students for January and May 2021 intakes will be embedded in your first couple of weeks of starting at Solent.
We're busy working on our international student welcome and induction activities - check back soon to see what we've got planned!
Enrolment and campus cards
Before you can start at Solent, the first thing you need to do is enrol for your course. To do this, there are two steps you need to complete:
Towards the start of term, you’ll be emailed your username and password with instructions on how to access the pre-registration area of our University Portal. It’s important you complete pre-registration so we can enrol you.
Your user name and password also means you can log on to Get Ready for Solent and Solent Online Learning where you can access your Welcome Week timetable.
While you're online...
Join our new starters Facebook group! Chat to other new students and ask our Student Hub any questions you might have about being a student at Solent.
UK students will be required to enrol virtually. You will have a face-to-face meeting with one of our admissions and enrolment team, who will complete your enrolment. You will need to ensure you have some proof of ID to show the team (either a passport or driving licence).
EU and overseas students will be required to enrol in person, on campus.
Once you are enrolled, we will also notify the Student Loans Company of your official enrolment (if applicable).
To help your enrolment go as quickly as possible, please ensure you:
- have completed online pre-registration as soon as you receive an email from us, including uploading an acceptable passport-sized photo,
- have your passport or driver's licence to hand. International and EU students requiring a visa will need to present their ID and visa documentation during their on-campus enrolment,
- send in copies of your qualifications, if requested.
Provided you have uploaded an acceptable passport-sized photo during your pre-registration, we will have a printed campus card for you to collect during your first week on site. Your campus card registers your attendance at University. Attending lectures and seminars is key to your learning - it’s important you swipe your campus card before each session so we know you're engaging with your course. Your attendance is monitored, so don't forget to swipe!
The student handbook is a really useful guide with information on the various support you'll have access to while studying at Solent. It introduces relevant University policies you may need to refer to, eg, assessments, and gives advice and information on what to do in certain circumstances, such as being unable to attend classes or submit an assessment. The student handbook will be available to view online from September.
Your course handbook will be available to view online on your course's Solent Online Learning site. It contains information specific to your course and will help you prepare for the coming year. It introduces you to your teaching team and provides details of the course structure and the units you’ll be studying, including any optional units you can choose from. You’ll also be able to see the assessment schedule for the year.
What else happens during Student Welcome
Course-specific activities help to familiarise you with your course before teaching begins. These may be on- or off-site, practical- or theory-based and provide an opportunity to learn more about the environment in which you’ll be studying.
You’ll have the opportunity to register with a local GP if you’re new to Southampton. This can be completed online, however will have an NHS representative on site during Welcome Week if you need assistance. A video detailing how to register online can be found on the Get Ready for Solent site once you have your log in details.
Once you're registered with a local GP, and are in Southampton permanently, we recommend booking an appointment for the MenACWY vaccination. This will protect you against meningitis and septicaemia, which can be spread easily among students. Ask your GP for further information, or visit Meningitis Now.
Learning technologies induction
This is an online resource that will introduce you to the learning resources and technology you'll be using at Solent. The induction is split into two parts - you should aim to complete the first part before you arrive to help familiarise yourself with the basics of the systems we use, and to enable your accounts to be created in advance.
Just follow these steps to get started:
- Login to learn.solent.ac.uk/induction using the user name and password emailed to you for pre-registration.
- Complete Part 1 - Preparing for Solent by carrying out the activities in each section.
- When you start at Solent, return to the induction and complete Part 2 - Studying at Solent.
Start the induction
If you have any issues using the online resource, we have a number of online interactive sessions running through Welcome. Do drop in to one of these sessions if you don't feel confident doing the online induction. Details will be available here.
Solent freshers events
The Freshers Fayre is one of the most exciting fixtures of Welcome at Solent, and ours has even been labelled one of the best in the country in the past!
You’ll find lots of Students' Union societies and activities to get involved in, as well as opportunities to get to know the city of Southampton and to meet fellow students. This is the best time to sign up for any society that grabs your interest!.
They'll also be hosting a pop-up Union on campus for those on site.
Follow us on social media for the latest news and events @solentsu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and check out our website.
The SU team can't wait to meet you!
Got any questions?
If you have any questions about Student Welcome, please contact the admissions and enrolment team on 023 8201 5066.
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