Day 1: Getting started at university
A warm welcome to the University of Dundee.
This guide will be online for new arrivals from, Saturday, 9 January, 2021.
There will be a new page released every day for 14 days.
(Government guidelines recently changed the isolation period to 10 days since the guide was created but we'll still open the other four pages for you to enjoy!)
In line with current legislation you might have to be in self-isolation for the next 10 days but that doesn't mean you have to be lonely or fed up while isolating.There's no point in just sitting in your room being bored. If you do, this is going to be a long 10 days!
So, what can you do with your time?
Firstly, at all times you should follow the current Government COVID19 guidance
We know it's difficult to come from another country and have to isolate in a place you don't know, so we've put this guide together to give you something to do during your self-isolation. To help make your days a bit more interesting, over the next two weeks we'll be offering things you might like to do to keep yourself busy and to maintain your health and mental wellbeing. You'll also find a bit more about your University, Dundee and Scotland.
We'll also be reminding you about important tasks you need to do and suggesting some ways to make new friends. Some will be 'must do' or 'should do' tasks and others, we hope you will find, are just for fun!
There will be a new themed page released every day for 14 days from 9 January 2021 but if you start the guide after this date and want to view a page a day, you'll just have to be disciplined and work through it at your own rate.
Scroll down for today's suggestions.
Hover over each Day in the left menu to see the theme of the day.
Photo by Jessica Alberto on Unsplash
There's lots of Welcome events taking place during January 2021.
Planned Welcome events - keep checking the web page and add them to your Outlook calendar.
The ResLife Team will support you during your stay in Residences and provide opportunities for you to meet new people (and win free pizza!)
To keep up-to-date with the latest ResLife activities make sure you join the ResLife Facebook Group
There are Facebook Groups set up for each of our Residences so you can get to know each other and ask any questions you have about moving into your new home from home. These are the only official Residences Facebook groups. If you join an unofficial group be careful of sharing any personal information.
Here's a couple of handy guides for you.
This year the University has risen to 19th place in the Top 20 of The Guardian University Guide league table.
This booklet for students is an A-Z guide of services for students:
This handbook provides you with guidance about the role of Advisers of Studies:
Watch this Student Services video to find out more about what we offer.
What can you do with a bunch of towels?
Have a competition in your household to see who can make the best towel animal of course - what else would you do!
Watch the videos to learn how it's done. No towels were harmed in the making of these videos!
Now we get to some of those 'must do' tasks!
Have you completed all the essential and legal things you have been instructed to do, either before you arrived or on arrival?
The checklist below twill start you thinking about the key tasks you have already completed or still need to add to your 'To Do List'. We've not listed everything you need to take care of so you'll need to compare to your own list of things to do.
Make sure you've ticked all the administration type tasks off your list. Not the most exciting job but nevertheless an essential one.This is as good a time as any to get all these out of the way then you can relax knowing you've taken care of them.
University of Dundee Historical Campus Tour
Get yourself comfy and join University Museum Curator Matthew Jarron on a virtual walking tour around the University of Dundee's city campus, visiting some of the older buildings and exploring the history of the University and some of its early professors or find out more about the University's Museum Collections
Develop your research skills
Try this quiz to find out how good you are at finding information on the University's web pages, such as how to make life fun and still be responsible when you're staying in Residences, and other things you need to know as a new student and when you need support.
We will not collect any personal information from your responses but you will need to login using your University username and password.
Watch this short video (Duration 02:56)