Welcome Week 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.
This year, Welcome Week starts on Monday 17 September 2018. You may find that you’re not scheduled to attend your first activity until later on in the week – check your joining instructions for your specific arrival date.
Welcome Week 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.
The welcome induction for international students starts on Thursday 13 September 2018. See our induction for international students section for more information.
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:
Before you arrive: pre-register online
Towards the end of August, 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 before coming to Solent in September. If you don’t have access to a PC, we have a pre-registration area available in the enrolment rooms, but bear in mind that this will delay your enrolment when you get here.
Your user name and password also means you can log on to Solent Online Learning - this is where you'll find your individual 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.
When you get here
The day and time of your enrolment will be shown on your Welcome Week timetable. This is the more formal part; but you do get to meet the lovely members of our admissions and enrolment team.
The admissions and enrolment team will verify your ID and visa documentation (if applicable) and notify the Student Loans Company that you've officially enrolled.
To help your enrolment go as quickly as possible, please ensure you:
- have completed online pre-registration before Welcome Week and uploaded an acceptable photograph to be used on your campus card,
- attend your scheduled enrolment session as detailed on your Welcome Week timetable,
- bring photographic ID (passport, driver’s licence. ID card can be used for EU students),
- bring your visa and any associated paperwork (if applicable),
- bring any student finance or sponsorship forms,
- bring all original qualifications that have not been verified via UCAS.
You’ll need to have your picture taken for your campus card if you didn't get the chance to upload a photo during pre-registration. 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 are engaging with your course. Your attendance is monitored, so don't forget to swipe!
Student and course handbooks
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 also gives advice and information on what to do in certain circumstances, such as being unable to attend classes or submit an assessment. If you want to view all the academic policies in full before you get here, see our academic handbook. 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 Welcome Week
Course-specific activities help to familiarise you with your course before teaching begins. These could be on- or off-site, practical- or theory-based. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet your fellow students and have some fun!
School welcome talk
Introduction by the Director of School and teaching team alongside colleagues. You'll also meet our Student Hub and Wellbeing teams and find out about the services and support available to Solent students.
You’ll have the opportunity to register with a local GP if you’re new to Southampton. To register on the day, you’ll need to bring some photographic ID (passport or driving licence). If you’re a UK student, it’ll also be useful to be able to provide the name of your previous GP when you register.
Once you're registered with a local GP, 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.
Book your place on one of our IT workshops during Welcome Week to discover how to access the Solent network, where to find your course notes, and how to use your student email account. Or, if you prefer, you can do the online learning technologies induction (student log in details required).
Book your place on one of our library tours during Welcome Week, or pop in at any time to have a look around and meet the team. The library also has a great online guide for new students - be sure to take a look!
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.
- Read the content in the red tabs for part one of the induction and complete the assessment in the final red coloured tab.
- When you arrive at Solent, return to the induction and complete part two, contained in the yellow tabs.
Start the induction
If you need a bit of guidance before you start, here's a short video to help you out:
If you have any issues using the online resource, we have a number of workshop sessions running through Welcome Week where you'll be helped through the induction in a classroom setting. Do sign up to one of these sessions if you don't feel confident doing the online induction.
Book a workshop
International welcome talk
This talk takes place on 20 September and is a must for EU or overseas students who aren’t able to attend any of the international inductions on 13 and 14 September. The talk gives you an introduction to Solent and life in the UK, and you’ll explore UK culture in an entertaining way! Overseas students will also be able to get advice on immigration, visas, police registration and work restrictions.
Student Life Fayre
The Student Life Fayre is one of the most exciting fixtures of Welcome Week, and Solent's has even been labelled one of the best in the country.
You’ll find lots of Students' Union societies and University sports clubs, as well as businesses, in and around Southampton Guildhall for you to meet. This is the best time to sign up for any society that grabs your interest or any sports club you wish to join.
There will also be loads of different shops, restaurants, clubs, pubs and other local services who will be handing out freebies and giving access to special offers exclusive to Solent students.
You’ll be allocated a time slot to visit the Student Life Fayre on your welcome week timetable – don't miss out!
Need some more tips about being a fresher? Hear what some of our current students wish they'd known when they first started at Solent.
Got any questions?
If you have any questions about Welcome Week, or your Welcome Week timetable, please contact the admissions and enrolment team on 023 8201 5066.
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