School of Life Sciences - departmental induction events

An essential start to your academic life at the University of Essex

  • Tue 5 - Fri 8 Oct 21


  • Colchester Campus

    Zoom and Colchester campus

  • Event type


  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Louise Beard

Induction into your new department is an essential part of Welcome week.

Your department induction is a compulsory part of Welcome Week. Come and find out more about your course, meet key members of staff like your personal tutor, and meet the people you’re going to be studying with.

Studying more than one subject? If you're studying a joint degree, you should access key support through your home department. If you're not sure which is your home department, you can find out on MyEssex.

Welcome to Life Sciences

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our School of Life Sciences in the coming weeks.

We have organised a schedule of talks and activities throughout Welcome Week, that will let you meet your lecturers, personal tutors, our professional services colleagues, and fellow students.

First year undergraduates

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Time  Event  Location 
9.15am - 10.15am Registration and right to study checks (international students only) Sports Arena

Thursday 7th October 2021

Time Event Location
10.00am - 11.00am

Welcome talk from staff:

  • Professor Leo Shalkwyk (Head of School)
  • Dr Leanne Hepburn (Director of Education)
  • Dr Louise Beard (Senior Tutor)
  • Dr Paul Dobbin (Year 1 organiser)
11.00am - 12.00pm Course specific introduction and mixer:
  • Biomedical Science - Dr Selwa Alsam
  • Biochemistry - Dr Brandon Reeder
  • Genetics - Dr Vladimir Teif
  • Biological Sciences and Human Biology - Dr Greg Brooke
  • Marine Biology - Dr Michelle Taylor
  • Biomedical Science - Zoom
  • Biochemistry - Zoom
  • Genetics - Zoom
  • Biological Sciences and Human Biology - Zoom
  • Marine Biology - Zoom
 12.00pm - 1.00pm Break N/A
1.00pm - 2.00pm Icebreaker activities online with tutor groups Zoom links to be sent out by Personal Tutors.

Friday 8th October 2021

Held on Colchester campus, this all-day event is a chance for you to meet your personal tutor and peer mentor in person.

After meeting your tutor and mentor you will be taken to the STEM lab to collect your lab coats and any other equipment (dependent on course). You can then choose to go on a tour of campus (maximum group size of 6).

Students have been given specific times based on their tutor group. Please only come at your allotted time to ensure that your personal tutor is present.

Marine biology and environmental biological sciences students can also meet staff outside the STEM Centre on Square 1 at 2.00pm for an outside walk of campus.

Time Event Location
9.00am - 10.00am Tutor groups 1 - 5 (Biomed) The Hex, Square 4
 10.00am - 11.00am Tutor groups 6 - 10 (Biomed) The Hex, Square 4 
11.00am - 12.00pm Tutor groups 11 - 14 (Biomed) The Hex, Square 4
12.00pm - 1.00pm Tutor groups 15 - 17 (Biomed) The Hex, Square 4
2.00pm - 3.00pm Tutor groups 18 - 22 (Biochem & Genetics) The Hex, Square 4
3.00pm - 4.00pm Tutor groups 23 - 28 (Human Bio & Bio Sci) The Hex, Square 4
4.00pm - 5.00pm Tutor groups 29 - 34 (Marine Bio, all Year 2 direct entrants, & MSc Biomed) The Hex, Square 4

Returning students

If you are a returning student please visit the Moodle Welcome page for more information about your new academic year induction schedule.