Welcome Week 2021/22

Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new and continuing undergraduate, postgraduate and research students to the 2021/22 academic year. There are a number of important events throughout Welcome Week, ranging from introduction sessions for your programme through to orientation for students new to London and the UK, all geared toward getting you ready for the academic year ahead.

Welcome Week will help get your bearings for the Autumn Term and beyond, providing guidance on both academic and non-academic support.

The current Welcome Week Schedule can be viewed below. Please check back periodically for updates to the schedule and as more details of the sessions are made available.

You can also find reminders on how to pay tuition fees and some further guidance on your first steps as a international student.

Please contact us at the relevant email address below if you have any questions:

Undergraduate: ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Postgraduate: pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Our fantastic Students’ Union organise a simultaneous Fresher’s Week, and put on a series of events that cater for student life, societies and off-site activities. Whilst some of these events have been included in the Welcome Week Schedule below, more information is available on the Students’ Union instagram.

ID Cards

Student ID Cards are available to collect from Seminar Room 2 from:

Monday 27 September:        11.00 – 12.30 / 2.00 – 4.00

Tuesday 28 September:        10.00 – 12.30 / 2.00 – 4.00

Wednesday 29 September: 10.00 – 12.30 / 2.00 – 4.00

Welcome Week Schedule

Please check back periodically for any changes or updates to the schedule. All sessions are held in person at Vernon Square unless otherwise specified.

As the MA History of Art programme has a large number of students, we have split sessions into two groups: Group 1: Family/Last Names A-K, Group 2: Family/Last Names L-Z.

Monday 27 September 2021

1) 11:00 - 11:30. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - BA Years 2 and 3 - Lecture Theatre 1

Welcome back to The Courtauld

Presented by:

Prof Alixe Bovey, Dean and Deputy Director

2) 11:45 - 12:15. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - New Conservation, Curating and PhD Years 1 and 2 - Lecture Theatre 1

Welcome to The Courtauld

Presented by:

Alixe Bovey

3) 12:15 - 12:45. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - All Conservation Students - Seminar Room 1

Welcome to The Courtauld

Presented by:

Austin Nevin and Pippa Balch

4) 14:00 - 14:30. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - BA Year 1 and Graduate Diploma - Lecture Theatre 1

Welcome to The Courtauld

Presented by:

Alixe Bovey

5) 14:45 - 15:15. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - MA History of Art Group 1 - Lecture Theatre 1

Welcome to The Courtauld

Presented by:

Alixe Bovey

Group 1: Family/Last Names A-K

6) 15:30 - 16:00. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - MA History of Art Group 2 - Lecture Theatre 1

Welcome to The Courtauld

Presented by:

Alixe Bovey

Group 2: Family/Last Names L-Z.

7) 15:30 - 16:00. SU WELCOME - BA 1 and Graduate Diploma - Lecture Theatre 2

Welcome to The Courtauld from the President of the Students’ Union

Presented by:

SU President, Ruby Bansal

8) 16:15 - 16:45. MOVING TO & STUDYING IN LONDON - New International Students - Lecture Theatre 1

A Panel Discussion covering aspects of international students living in London.

Panel:

Caroline Levitt (Chair)

Alex Hawkins

Elizabeth Harris

9) 19:00 - 21:30. SU : BA 1 MIXER - BA 1 - Common Room

Students’ Union Event

Tuesday 28 September 2021

10) 10:00 - 10:30. SU WELCOME - New Conservation, Curating and PhD Students Years 1 and 2 - Lecture Theatre 2

Presented by:

Deborah Swallow

SU Ruby Bansal

11) 10:00 - 11:00. WELCOME TO UNIVERSITY - BA 1 students - Lecture Theatre 1

A panel discussing the transition to Higher Education and available academic support.

Panel:

Caroline Levitt (Chair)

Elizabeth Harris

Grant Fisher

Anjali Thakariya

Janet Harper

12) 10:45 – 11:15. SU WELCOME - MAHA Group 1 - Lecture Theatre 2

Presented by:

Deborah Swallow

SU Ruby Bansal

Group 1: Family/Last Names A-K

13) 11:15 - 12:00. WHAT YOUR ACADEMIC YEAR LOOKS LIKE? - BA 1 students - Lecture Theatre 1

On what to expect in terms of assessments, type of courses and learning outcomes

Presented by:

Caroline Levitt

14) 11:30 – 12:00. SU WELCOME - MAHA Group 2 - Lecture Theatre 2

Presented by:

Deborah Swallow

SU Ruby Bansal

Group 2: Family/Last Names L-Z.

15) 12:30 – 13:30. SU : PEER TO PEER PICNIC - All BA students - Common Room or Outside

Hosted by:

SU Ruby Bansal

16) 14:00 - 16:00 . GRADUATE DIPLOMA – INTRODUCTION I - Lecture Theatre 2

Presented by:

Deborah Swallow

Sussan Babaie

17) 19:00 - 21:30 . SU : TAMESIS DOCK BOAT PARTY - External

All Freshers + 40-50 ‘open tickets’ offered to BA2s/all students

Hosted by:

SU Ruby Bansal

Wednesday 29 September 2021

18) 10:00 - 10:45. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT THE LIBRARIES CAN DO FOR YOU? - BA 1 and Graduate Diploma - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

19) 11:00 – 11:45.SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT THE LIBRARIES CAN DO FOR YOU? - BA 2 - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

20) 12:00 – 12:45.SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT THE LIBRARIES CAN DO FOR YOU? - BA 3 - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

21) 14:00 – 14:45. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT THE LIBRARIES CAN DO FOR YOU? - MA History of Art Group 1 - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

Group 1: Family/Last Names A-K

22) 15:00 – 15:45. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT THE LIBRARIES CAN DO FOR YOU? - MA History of Art Group 2 - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

Group 2: Family/Last Names L-Z.

23) 16:00 – 17:00. WELFARE AT THE COURTAULD - All Students - Online Q&A

Discussion of Personal Tutors and Pastoral Support available at The Courtauld

Panel:

Caroline Levitt

Elizabeth Harris

SU Ruby Bansal

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://courtauld-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/84298901063?pwd=NmtocnJKbVI4TFM0Mm84ZGUrT1ZZUT09

Passcode: g8Muf8$m

24) 19:00 -20.30. SU : UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE QUIZ NIGHT - All Students and Staff - Common Room / Online

Hosted by:

SU Ruby Bansal

Thursday 30 September 2021

25) 10:00 – 12:00. GRADUATE DIPLOMA – INTRODUCTION II - Lecture Theatre 2

Presented by:

Sussan Babaie

26) 10:00 - 10:45. MA HISTORY OF ART - MA History of Art Group 1 - Lecture Theatre 1

An introduction to the MA History of Art programme

Panel:

Tom Nickson

Pippa Balch to introduce Conservation and Painting Pairs

Group 1: Family/Last Names A-K

27) 11:00 – 11:45. MA HISTORY OF ART - MA History of Art Group 2 - Lecture Theatre 1

An introduction to the MA History of Art programme

Panel:

Tom Nickson

Pippa Balch to introduce Conservation and Painting Pairs

Group 2: Family/Last Names L-Z.

28) 11:00 – 11:45. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT THE LIBRARIES CAN DO FOR YOU? - Conservation Students - Seminar Room 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

29) 11:00 – 11:45. MA CURATING THE ART MUSEUM - Curating Students - Seminar Room 7

Presented by:

Martin Caiger-Smith

30) 14:00 - 14:45. THE CAREERS PROGRAMME & OPPORTUNITIES - All Students - Online

Online session with Q&A

Presented by:

Karen Deadfield

Zoom Meeting Details

https://courtauld-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/89414224258?pwd=aHZvVEplam00aUtwRjVBeUNFaFRQZz09

Passcode: m2?0#xMt

31) 15:00 - 15:45. ALUMNI TALK - All Students - Online

Online session

Presented by:

Karen Deadfield

Zoom Meeting Details

https://courtauld-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/89414224258?pwd=aHZvVEplam00aUtwRjVBeUNFaFRQZz09

Passcode: m2?0#xMt

32) 19.00 - 21.00. SU : MA MIXER - All Postgraduate Students - Common Room

Hosted by:

SU Ruby Bansal

Friday 1 October 2021

33) 11:00 – 13:00. SU : FRESHERS’ FAYRE - All Students - Online

Hosted by:

SU Ruby Bansal

Online meeting details to be available in due course – please check back periodically for updates

34) 15:00 – 15:30. BA HISTORY OF ART: FOUNDATION - BA 1 - Lecture Theatre 1

Introduction to the Foundation course

Presented by:

Susie Nash

35) 19:00 - 21:00. SU : UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S CLUB DRINKS & PARTY - All New Students - University Women’s Club

All Freshers students + some Open Tickets

Hosted by:

SU Ruby Bansal

Saturday 2 October 2021

36) Early Afternoon. SU : TATE SCAVENGER EVENT - All New Students - External

Hosted by:

SU Ruby Bansal

Enrolment 2021/22

You will receive an email with a link to complete online enrolment ahead of Welcome Week.

Please ensure that you have paid or made arrangements to pay tuition, as it is required to fully complete enrolment.

Whilst enrolment is online, please do ensure that you have the following available to hand, as we may require further verification in person at some stage in the future:

  • Passport (other official forms of identification may be accepted but should be cleared with the admissions team in advance)
  • Payment for fees/proof of payment for fees (including SLC confirmation letter for those in receipt of SLC funding)
  • Biometric Residence Permit (if applicable)

New students (those starting a new programme) should also have:

  • Original copies of your relevant qualifications and English Language Test if required. Undergraduate students do not need to provide hard copy qualifications unless otherwise requested – typically if you hold non-UK qualifications, or if it has been over two years since you completed your qualifications. Previous Courtauld graduates also do not need to provide evidence of their qualifications.

We may need to have access to these documents even after initial online enrolment takes place.

FAQs

When will I get my teaching timetable?

Upon completing Stage One Online Enrolment and gaining IT access you will be able to view a personalised timetable on the VLE.

What if I will be late enrolling?

We expect all students to complete their enrolment ahead of the start of teaching, 4 October 2020, though understand that there may be exceptional circumstances that cause delay.

All students must be enrolled by 31 October 2021 – any student not enrolled by this time will be withdrawn from the programme.

I have yet to find accommodation - what can I do?

There may still be limited spaces available through the University. Please contact us at ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk / pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk for more information, as rooms do sometimes become available at the last minute, or we may be contacted regarding other opportunities.

There are a number of alternative avenues you may wish to consider:

  1. Courtauld Housing Group on Facebook

Our Students’ Union manage the Courtauld Housing Group on Facebook, an active group for those who are not successful in gaining a place from our initial allocations. To join, simply request to join the group. You can use the group to find vacancies in shared houses with current students, see ads from private landlords, or make arrangements with others to find accommodation together.

  1. Goodenough College (for postgraduate students only)

Postgraduate students may be able to apply for single, couples’ and family accommodation at Goodenough College. The application procedure and allocation is entirely managed by Goodenough College.

  1. UoL Intercollegiate Halls Waiting List

University of London have in the past run a waiting list for students who have not yet managed to secure accommodation.

In order to apply for accommodation on the waiting list, you need to apply directly via University of London. UoL will provide details on their website on how to apply between early-to-mid September.

Applications to the waiting list will be considered for whichever rooms are available and will be prioritised according to need.

  1. University of London Housing Services (for private sector housing)

University of London Housing Services provide extremely helpful advice about renting accommodation in the private sector. Please refer to them for general advice and guidance in to renting in London.

I wish to get in touch regarding a welfare issue in advance of Welcome Week

I'm an international student and haven't picked up my BRP yet - can I still enrol?

We will not be able to fully enrol you until we have a scan of your Bio-metric Residence Permit (BRP). Please plan around being in the UK ahead of the international student enrolment day to allow yourself enough time to pick up your BRP.

I am having problems with my visa entry vignette, or cannot pick up my BRP prior to enrolment.

Contact us immediately via ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk or pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk if you are having any problems in regards to arriving into the UK before enrolment, delays in picking up your BRP prior to 27 September, or any other visa issues. It is vital that you report any errors with dates, status or sponsor on your vignette or BRP as soon as possible, as there are particularly limited windows for errors to be corrected.

Request Student Status Letters

You will be sent a link to request any additional letters after you have completed enrolment. Letters you may require include: a bank letter (enabling you to set up a student bank account), or Council Tax exemption letter, which you will need if you are living in a rented flat rather than the halls of residence. You will not be able to request these letters until you have completed Stage Two enrolment.

When requesting a bank letter, you are advised to provide the name and address of the branch at which you intend to open your account. As banks will not accept a generic letter we will need the branch details in order to create a letter for the bank you have chosen.

Please note that there is a high demand for letters at the start of the academic year.

How do I apply for a Student Oyster Card?

You will be eligible for a Student Oyster Card once you have completed enrolment. You must apply directly via TFL at www.tfl.gov.uk, providing your Student ID number found on your Student ID card. It may take a few weeks to be processed and sent to you by TFL.

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