School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Induction 2019

Induction 2019

Welcome and Induction Week starts on Monday 23 September 2019

Students chat at the Students Forum at the centre of Newcastle University campus.

Induction Timetables

On your first day we'd like to invite you to the welcome event for the subject area you are going to study with us. You will get the chance to meet some of your lecturers and get your registration under way.

Undergraduate Welcome events

Returning Undergraduate Students

All returning students need to register via the The Student Self Service Portal (S3P), please click on the below link to find out how to complete your registration:

Postgraduate Welcome events

Dr Martin Cooke will welcome our new postgraduate students to our School:

  • Date: Monday 23 September 2019
  • Time: 10:00
  • Location: Daysh Doctoral Training Centre, 5th Floor, Daysh Building

Postgraduate Research Students

Postgraduate Research Students

For students starting PhDs/MPhils in 2019/20:

Useful Information

Here you will find links that will help make starting your study at Newcastle as simple as possible.

Visit these links before you start


Information to aid your learning

Most of your course work will be submitted electronically through Blackboard

For some course work a hardcopy submission is needed, for this you need to attach the Ness Header Sheet (PDF: 518KB). This is available on our internal drives, after you start with us.

Who is my Mentor/Tutor?:

  • Your Personal Tutor will appear on the S3P system, where you registered, during September (under the 'Programme' tab).  Make a note of who your tutor is and you will meet them during Induction week.
  • You will receive an e-mail with details of your Peer Mentor around mid-September, so you can ask them any questions before you arrive. Peer Mentors are Undergraduate students from within the School who provide support and guidance to new students as they navigate their first year at Newcastle University.  They can answer queries about Newcastle (the city and campus), the School and tell you where to go for specialist advice.
  • Alternatively you can contact your school reception in either Agriculture, Bedson or Ridley 2 to find out who your Tutor or Mentor are.

Who to contact in the school for any health and safety matters?:


It is essential that you complete a number of activities by the end of induction week. You should make sure you complete each of these actions:

Complete your online registration 

You must complete your online registration via the Student Self Service Portal (S3P). This is where you can request a Council Tax Certificate or a bank letter.

Collect your Smartcard

Your smartcard gives you access to the library, sports centre, other University facilities.

You can collect your Smartcard from the King’s Road Centre during the main induction period or from the Robinson Library at other times.

King's Road Centre is building number 4 on the campus map. It is located in the centre of the main campus.

Find out more about how to collect your Smartcard.

Access your University email and Blackboard

You should check your University email daily for updates relating to your studies.

It is also important to review the module and programme information provided on Blackboard. Find out how to get started with the University's IT services.

Check your programme timetable for teaching w/c 30.09.2019

Your timetable is available online.

Changes to the timetable may be necessary throughout the year. You should check the timetable web pages as they may vary on a weekly basis.

Visit the Philip Robinson Library

You should familiarise yourself with the Philip Robinson Library and its resources as you will need to make use of these throughout your studies. The Philip Robinson Library is number 35 on the campus map.

Attend your School induction activities

Refer to your induction timetables.

Register with a Doctor Event

Newcastle University is committed to encouraging all students to register with a Doctor upon arrival. The School requires you to have a tetanus jab for lab work or field trips.

If, like most students, you spend more weeks of the year at your university address than your family's address, you are advised to register with a doctor near university as soon as possible.

The Register with a Doctor event during University registration/Freshers week will have University and NHS staff on hand to help with this process. 

Non-native English speakers only: Complete the University English Language Assessment (non-native English speakers only)

You must complete the University English Language Assessment (UELA) or have exemption approved.

This is an important part of the registration process for non-native English speakers. It ensures that we can provide you with the appropriate level of English language support.


Here you will find deadlines for module selection deadlines and term times.

Module selection

Friday 27 September 2019

Start of teaching

Monday 30 September 2019

Change module choice

Friday 11 October 2019

Term dates

Find terms and semester dates

Exam dates

Find exam dates


Here you will find contact numbers and links to professional services within the School and University.

Agriculture reception

Bedson reception

Ridley 2 reception

IT Service Desk

Central services

Student Guide

Here you will find general and specific elements from the latest Newcastle University Student Guide.

Student Guide 2019-20