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Induction activities for undergraduate students

September 2022


Lecturer talking to group of students at social event

We would like to welcome you to the Department of Computer Science, and we hope you will enjoy your time with us.

You should already have received an email from us with more information about getting ready for university and preparing to study at York. If you haven't yet done so, please take a few minutes to read this information.

It's important to us that you settle in to life at York as quickly as possible. As part of this, the University and the Department provides a timetable of induction activities and events which take place during your first week. You can view this schedule on your timetable.

Registering your arrival

Your registration tells us that you have arrived in York. Please come to the Reception area in Computer Science to register during the period indicated below:

  • 10.00 - 10.30am Students with surnames A-M
  • 10.30 - 11.00am Students with surnames N-Z

When you come to register, please ensure that you bring your University Card with you. You can collect your card from your college reception from Saturday 24 September.

Missed your registration slot? Please don't panic! Attend the other session if you can, or come and see us at the Reception desk in Computer Science.

Your first week

A group of students smiling and looking at a PC monitor

During your first week, you will be joining us for a full schedule of events that is designed to introduce you to the Department and the facilities that you will use during your degree. It is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow students and key members of staff.

Information on University-wide induction events and those run by the Department will all be available to view on your timetable. You can view the schedule of events in Computer Science online (UoY login required). If you prefer a paper copy but are unable to print, then don't worry: we will have printed copies of this schedule available when you register.

Please ensure that you double-check your timetable for any last-minute amendments to rooms. Such changes may not be shown on the printed copy.

Drop down the following boxes to find out more about each event.

UPDATE 3/10/22: If you were unable to attend some of the sessions last week, the slides are now available to view under the relevant heading, below.

Wed 28 September 11:00 - 11:30: Welcome talk for undergraduate first years

Members of staff will welcome you to the Department and will host a Q&A session. This is your chance to ask any burning questions you might have, to meet key members of the Department team, and to meet your fellow students.

This talk will also include an overview of Health & Safety in Computer Science.

Room: PZA/103 in the Piazza Building

Wed 28 September 11:30 - 12:30: Welcome Fair & Refreshments

Immediately after the Welcome Talk, join us in Computer Science for a drink and a pastry, and find out more about us!

Several members of our academic team will be available if you have any questions. Our Industrial Placements team will be on hand if you have any questions about your year in industry.

You'll also be able to meet our Student Support team and our Wellbeing Officer: these are key members of staff that you will see regularly during your time at York.

Finally, several Computer Science students will be joining us to promote their societies - a fantastic chance to find out more about extra-curricular activities that are often popular with our students.

Room: Pod and CSE/082&083 in Computer Science

  • There were no presentation slides at this event.

Thurs 29 September 12:00 midday: Induction talk for new students on MMath/Bsc combined courses with Mathematics

This talk is specifically for students who are enrolled on one of our combined courses with the Department of Mathematics (MMath or BSc). It will provide more information about the Maths-related part of the course, and is hosted by the Department of Maths on Campus West.

Room: SLB/118 - Spring Lane Building, Campus West

  •  If you'd like a copy of the slides from this presentation, please contact the Department of Mathematics:

Fri 30 September 10:30 - 11:30: Welcome for International Students

This talk is specifically for international students who are starting the first year of our undergraduate courses, or are on one of our MSc courses.

Dr Claudio Guarnera, International Officer in Computer Science, will welcome you to our Department. You will also meet members of our Student Support team who are on hand to answer any questions you may have while you are studying with us.

Room: RCH/248X in the Ron Cooke Hub

Fri 30 September 12:00 - 12:30: Introduction to Computer Science labs

At this session, you'll find out more about the dedicated software and hardware labs located in Computer Science.

We'll also tell you about the operating systems we use, our Filestore and servers, plus information about networking, printing and remote access.

Room: PZA/103 in the Piazza Building.

Fri 30 September 13:30 - 14:30: Introduction to UoY Library and Global Programmes

At this session, you'll find out more about the University's library and how you can make the most of the services it offers to all students.

We will also be joined by colleagues from the Centre for Global Programmes, who will tell you more about opportunities to study abroad.

Room: PZA/103 in the Piazza Building.

Fri 30 September 14:30 - 15:30: Year in Industry Placements - Poster Fair

Find out more about what our students get up to during their Year in Industry!

Visit our Poster Fair in the Reception area of Computer Science and read more about where our students go, what they do and how they get on during their placement. Some of our students will be attending the Fair, and will be available to answer any questions you might have.

Room: Reception area in Computer Science

  • There were no presentation slides at this event.

Fri 30 September 15:30 - 17:30: Computer Science Social

To finish off Freshers' Week, join us in the Pod for a team-based treasure hunt around the Department. You'll be solving problems, hunting out solutions and getting thoroughly lost - but don't worry, we'll find you!

We'll provide the pizza, beer and soft drinks.

Room: Pod and CSE/082&083 in Computer Science

  • There were no presentation slides at this event.

Support for students with a disability or long-term health condition

Student sitting at laptop in bedroom

Do you have a disability or long-term health condition that has a significant impact on your ability to study?

If the answer is 'yes', then the University's Disability Services team can arrange academic support and adjustments. You can discuss your needs with a Disability Adviser and explore what support options may be available to you.

Please note that arrangements made with your previous school or college are not passed on to us automatically. We strongly recommend that you speak to the Disability Support Team if you think you will need extra support.

If you have any questions, email the Disability Support team at or call +44 (0)1904 324785.

Your supervisor

Every student has a supervisor who is a member of staff in the Department. Your supervisor is there to help and advise you on all aspects of life at university, including your course, the Department and the University of York.

When you start, check your e:Vision account to find out the name of your supervisor. We ask that you find out the location of your supervisor's office as soon as you can: Wednesday afternoon would be an ideal time for this, as you will be attending the Welcome Fair in the Department.

It is important that you arrange to meet with your supervisor in your first few days of arrival. Supervisors have different ways of telling you when they are free. Some may post a list on their office door where you can choose your appointment time. Others may email you directly with suggested dates and times.

If you haven't heard from your supervisor within the first 2 - 3 days, you can email them directly to arrange a meeting.

The teaching timetable

Teaching starts on Monday 3 October. If you have not already done so, please take a look at your timetable. You can check the location of teaching rooms by looking them up on the University's Campus Map.

An essential part of your development is academic integrity - this is how we make sure that our work is ethical and trustworthy. During your first term with us, it is important that you complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial module on Yorkshare, the University's VLE (virtual learning environment).

Keeping up to date

The word Info in white lettering on black chalkboard

The Student Handbook is your go-to guide for useful information about studying on your course. You will see a link to your Student Handbook on the Student Intranet: we strongly recommend that you bookmark the page, so that you can access it easily whenever you need it.

The University publishes a Student Homepage on its website,which is a useful resource for finding rooms, booking study space and check availability for library seating.

It also gives support and guidance on a range of issues, making sure you can find the right contacts when you need them.

Finally, our own student intranet pages provide you with lots of information about your course, modules and assessments. We publish regular newsletters, and we also keep you up to date through our social media accounts.

Find out more:

Keep in touch

Our primary means of contacting you is through your University of York email account, which you should check at least once a day.

It is also important that you keep your personal details up to date on E:Vision (UoY login required). Please take time to review your details, ensuring that your local term time address and telephone number are both correct and up to date. In the future, if you change your contact details, you should update your record on E:Vision as soon as you can.

Questions? Contact us!

If you have any questions, or you need further assistance of any kind, please contact us.

  • Visit: Computer Science Reception is open 08:30 - 16:30 Monday to Thursday, and 08:30 - 16:00 on Friday.
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01904 325500

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