Information for new students
We extend a warm welcome to all our new students, undergraduate and postgraduate. For general information, the University Welcome pages are a good place to start.
What to expect
When you arrive
Our School holds induction events in addition to the University-wide events to help you settle in and get to know the School as well as the University.
Teaching and study hours
Students can expect to have around four hours of contact time per module per week, broken up into around two hours of lectures and two hours
of lab time. For electronics students this can increase to around five hours. Students are expected to work for at least 35-40 hours per week
and the formal timetable comprises a relatively small amount of this. You are responsible for organising your time in an effective way.
The Listen Again audio recordings of lectures can be a helpful revision tool, but
are not a substitute for attending lectures.
Recommended reading lists
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Frequently asked questions
Where is the School Office?
We are located in Square 2, Room 4.514. Use entrance 2NW. We are open from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. You can drop in at any time during these hours.
How will I receive information from the School?
You must check your University email regularly. This is how we will keep in contact with you. We recommend that you connect your email
to your smartphone if you have one. A copy of the Student Handbook can be found on the student intranet.
What is the Peer Mentoring Programme?
The Peer Mentoring Programme is voluntary. If you are an Undergraduate student you can
opt to have a Year 2 or Year 3 student assigned to you and they will help you to settle in
and answer any questions you might have about university life. They can listen to and discuss any issues or problems you have. They are there to help you.
If you are interested in having a mentor assigned to you, please contact the School Office by emailing
What is FASER?
FASER is our online system for you to submit your assignments. There is a naming convention for your files that we
recommend you use: “FamilyName_RegistrationNumber_Module_AssignmentNumber.” eg: Smith_1201234_CE101_Assignment1.xxx. You will also receive feedback on your coursework submission through FASER.
How and when do I submit my assignments?
Most of your assignments will be submitted via FASER, but you may be asked to submit your assignments in other ways,
for example in person at the School Office, or during your lab sessions. Check the assignment schedule for hand-in details and deadlines.
Please note that a deadline time given as 11:59:59 means noon and not midnight on the date the assignment is due.
Am I allowed extensions on submissions?
There are no extensions and you will receive 0% for a late submission. However, if you have a genuine reason
(that can be supported by evidence) for not submitting your assignment on time, you can fill-in in a late submission
form which will be considered by the Late Submissions Committee. Further information on late submission can be found here.
How do I find information about my modules?
Information about your modules can be found in the
Online Resource Bank. This is a secure
website for current students and you will be given access to the Online Resource Bank when you arrive.
What is MyEssex?
MyEssex is your own personal portal and has several options for you to personalise
a range of links to online services. It will also provide information and links based on what it knows about you, for example your course and
campus. You will be given access to MyEssex when you arrive.
What is the Student Staff Liaison Committee?
The Student Staff Liaison Committee provides a
forum at which students are invited to air concerns or issues affecting all aspects of Departmental life.
To find out more or to find out how to become a Course Rep, the Students Union have more information.
Will I be given a tutor?
During the first week of term you will be allocated a personal tutor. A group meeting with your tutor will be scheduled on the Friday of Welcome Week (7th October 2016). You are encouraged to attend this session to make initial contact with your tutor, as they will be there to support you during your studies.