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Once you've moved in and spent the first day or two getting used to your surroundings and meeting your new flatmates, it's time to get down to business for Induction Week. We run two induction weeks, which one you're on and exact dates will be confirmed in August.

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Induction details

Induction usually starts with a lecture at 9am on the first day. It's a chance to get everyone together, introduce ourselves and explain how the week is going to work. Afterwards, you'll be split into smaller groups to tackle the various tasks we need to accomplish.

The main goal of Induction Week is to make sure that you're set up for your studies and that you're starting to feel at home at the university and in Tooting. Make sure you've read and considered the activities and tasks in our induction checklist below.

Induction checklist

To help make sure you make the most of your Induction Week and are ready and well-prepared to begin student life we've put together a short list of things to think about. Don't worry if you don't complete all of the below during your Induction Week, but you should consider them during your first few weeks.

  • I've read my welcome pack: this includes a timetable of events, lectures and tasks to complete during Induction Week, some of which are compulsory.

  • I've got my course handbook.

  • I've completed enrolment: we'll ask you to confirm your personal details and provide some additional ones, like your new term-time address. We'll also ask you to agree to the terms and conditions of your enrolment, covering things like health and criminal records checks.

  • I've been to the Freshers' Fayre: held in the Students' Union boardrooms and bar. The Freshers' Fayre is an opportunity to find out more about our clubs and societies, meet some of our external partners and pick up some freebies!

  • I've attended some support sessions which may include: English language support; finance support; accommodation concerns; work and careers advice; and sessions for disabled students covering reasonable adjustments to study, dyslexia testing, exams and DSA grants.

  • I've had an Anatomy Induction if required: a team from the Anatomy Department will take you through a Dissecting Room induction. Many students find this an exciting learning opportunity, but if you have mixed feelings, rest assured that this is entirely normal. Chat to the staff and let them know how you're doing.

  • I've had a Library Induction. Find out more information about the library.

  • I've got access to the online services I need.

  • I've attended some social events and activities: these give you a chance to meet students from different courses, try out some new skills or sports, or check out a band or DJ. We are aware that not everyone drinks alcohol or wants to take part in events where alcohol is served, so some induction events are alcohol free.

  • I've registered with a local GP: enter your postcode on the NHS Choices website to find the nearest one (if they need a letter proving your address in Halls we can provide these in the Student Centre) or register with a local surgery at the Freshers' Fayre.

If you're not from the UK, have a look at our pages for international students to find out about some of the support we can offer you.

If at any point you are struggling, feel homesick or just feel overwhelmed, please read our wellbeing section for advice and information on the support we can offer you at St George's.

Online services

The St George's network gives you access to the internet and to some important online services.

The VLE

Every student is given access to a VLE, or Virtual Learning Environment, usually either Moodle or Canvas (depending on your course). They store the information that you'll need for your studies, including course or module handbooks, lecture and tutorial notes and audio or video clips of clinical scenarios.

Our website

Everyone also has access to the main St George's website. Our website holds all the information that isn't specific to any one course, such as contact details, access to the Library system and online advice on a range of topics. You can also use our website to do practical tasks like keep your address and contact numbers up to date, request a transcript or ask us a question.

Email

A university email account will be set up for you when you arrive. If you'd prefer to use your own existing account we can arrange to forward all your emails there but keep in mind that we can only do this if your email is accessible through a web browser. Email is the main method of contact between staff and students, although we may occasionally use text messages in case of a major incident

Communications from staff

The Registry holds your local and home address and telephone numbers and may either pass on a message to you from a member of staff or release the appropriate details to a member of academic staff if there is a good reason. Details of this are in our Data Protection Statement; students are given a copy of the statement on enrolment each year, but you can view the statement at any time on the Portal or ask for a copy at the Student Centre.

 

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