*Q When is Freshers' Week?
*A The official dates for Freshers’ Week this year are Monday 21st – Sunday 27th September
*A We plan to enable students to access their communities through digital and physical platforms. With this in mind, we'll be extending beyond the traditional ‘Freshers Week’ so that all students have access to a diverse range of safe, social and fun activities and spaces longer into the term. We want you to have more time to meet new people.
*Q What events are on during Freshers' Week?
*A Please watch this space, we are currently scheduling our Welcome events and activities for September 2020 onwards which will be coming to you very soon and will include...
*A - Virtual welcome events
*A - Weekly online interactive quizzes and competitions
*A - Online 'welcome to the city' treasure hunts/virtual tours
*A - Live streamed bands, gigs, comedy nights, student performances and DJ sets
*A - Socially distanced events in secure environments
*A - Outdoor stage/cinema
*A - Chill out spaces
*A - Guest speakers.
*A For an up to date list of confirmed events, check out our Events page here.
*Q What date can I move in?
*A If you're moving into University managed Halls the move in period has been extended in order to reduce the number of people on campus at one time. You'll be sent your move in date, which will be between the 15th - 21st September, by the end of August.
*A If you're moving into privately owned Halls or other accommodation you'll need to contact your accommodation provider directly.
*A For more information about University-managed Halls and the answers to frequently asked questions about accommodation click here.
*Q When will my course start?
*A Staff across the University are currently working hard to design blended learning programmes and produce a timetable of activities for all students.
*A Your timetable will be published on Friday 28 August, and further information about your programme will be available before you start your studies in September.
*A For more information, keep an eye on the University of Plymouth's FAQ page here.
*Q How can I meet new people?
*A One of the biggest concerns for students starting University is how they're going to meet new people, find new friends and settle in. If you're worried about this it's important to know that you are not alone.
*A With social distancing and restrictions in place to protect our safety it may feel like this is going to be more of a challenge than usual. But we are committed to providing you with more platforms and opportunities to meet new people and find friends with similar interests whether this is virtually through our online groups or in person at COVID-secure events in line with government guidance.
*A Connect with likeminded students and talk to both new and current University of Plymouth students through our 'Starting Plymouth Uni 2020' Facebook group here.
*Q How is this year going to be different?
*A We know that the 'Freshers' or 'Welcome' period is very important to you and we recognise that this year it will be a bit different from the traditional Freshers experience. Our priorities are to make sure that you feel connected and supported by the SU, the University and each other.
*A For more information on what you can expect from your student experience in September, click here.
*Q Can I still join clubs and societies?
*A You will still be able to join our 140+ student groups based on your own personal interests, ranging from American Football to Anime, knitting to Nerf guns.
*A We are working to make sure that student groups have opportunities to deliver sessions and provide information in accordance with government guidelines so that students can meet like-minded people, find their Uni families and experience something new
*A Student groups will be offering both digital and physical activities/events closely adhering to the latest government guidelines
*A Browse a full list of our clubs and societies here.
*Q Where can I go if I need support?
*A Our SU Advice Centre run by friendly, experienced and professional staff will still be offering general and specialist support and guidance to students on a range of issues including; money, Student Finance, wellbeing, accommodation and academic queries.
*A The Advice Service will be offered remotely and students will be able to access advice via Zoom, Skype, email, telephone and face to face where essential
*A We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll point you in the right direction.
*A Find out more about your very own free, confidential and completely independent Advice Centre here.
*Q How do I get involved with volunteering?
*A You'll be able to engage with community volunteering projects with our community partners where roles are available and compliant with the latest government guidelines, opportunities are available to browse here.
*Q What safety measures are in place to keep us safe?
*A Your safety is one of our top priorities, the following measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors:
*A - phased arrivals into University halls
*A - one-way systems to reduce risks in high-traffic areas
*A - regular deep cleans with antiviral disinfectant in high-traffic common areas
*A - increased hand sanitiser points and antiviral sprays
*A - course-specific health and safety instructions
*A - encouragement to wear face coverings where social distancing cannot be achieved
*A - personalised support for those with medical conditions
*A - following the latest Government guidelines at all times.
*A Full guidance and further details will be made available before you arrive. Watch an overview of the safety measures that will be in place across campus here.
*Q Is there going to be a Freshers' Fair or Sports and Societies Fair this year?
*A Due to the current government guidance and the importance of social distancing this year we have been unable to plan the physical Freshers' and Sports, Societies and Volunteering Fairs that we would usually run.
*A However, we are committed to providing you with the platforms to explore the huge range of communities, groups, services and opportunities that are available to you as a student at the University of Plymouth.
*A We will be offering an alternative virtual experience whereby you can attend a series of virtual events, showcases and activities to meet new people, build connections and find your Uni family.