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Monday 22nd September 2014. 12.30-1.45, Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre.
I&apos;m relatively new to UCL, having started work in July of this year. I’d like to think that I feel a bit like you feel now: a bit excited but also a bit nervous (even overawed). I&apos;ve been really excited by the idea of working in a fantastic university in the middle of a fantastic city. I&apos;ve also been impressed by the professionalism and commitment of the colleagues I’ve met. I wish I could go on and on about the exciting things you&apos;ll learn, and the interesting people you will meet and the new places you&apos;ll see but I can’t. My job today is to introduce you to the role of Undergraduate Tutor.
It’s quite normal to feel lost sometimes. SELCS and its staff are here to help. All information about your studies is available from Moodle and the SELCS website. If you are unsure about something, check first with your departmental coordinators. There is also your personal tutor. You have been allocated to one member of staff who gets to know you, who keeps an eye on your overall academic progress and who is concerned for your general welfare. All tutors are academics from SELCS and all of them will be able to give you advice. In particular, they will be able to explain how your Department’s degree works they will know the precise roles of other School and departmental staff who share responsibility for students’ academic progress and general welfare and they will be able to refer you to the appropriate welfare services provided by UCL if needed.
So if you are unsure, or experience a problem, whatever it is, please do contact your personal tutor in the first place.
When you’re in a panic of finishing a coursework essay, it can be quite tempting to miss a few classes. Please note that here again UCL is very strict. UCL has a responsibility to ensure that all students are attending regularly and progressing with their studies. This takes the form of an Attendance monitoring process, through which we are tracking your attendance. If you miss a certain amount of classes, you will need to provide documentation. It is just not enough to say to your teacher, that you had a headache but did not bother to go to your GP. That won’t do. UCL’s minimum requirement for engagement is 70%. We start enquiring after two or more classes missed. If your attendance falls below 70%, in a particular course, you will automatically be barred from the exams of this particular course. You will receive a very official barring letter, and you will be asked to meet me urgently. Now the barring can be lifted under certain conditions. You will need to provide some explanation regarding your non attendance, and you will have to sign a learning agreement specifying the conditions under which the bar would be lifted. If you receive a barring letter, by all means, keep attending everything, as the bar may still be lifted; and book an urgent appointment with me.
Progression rules: take-home messages You must: Attend 70%+ classes be &apos;complete&apos; in all modules Pass core modules (i.e. language) pass a minimum of
Induction talk year 4 2014
Year 4 (2014)
Undergraduate and Examinations Tutor
School of European Languages, Cultures & Society
Sources of information and support
• SELCS Undergraduate Handbook (Moodle VLE)
• SELCS website
• Attendance Monitoring System (AMS)
• Portico (student record system)
• UCL Common Timetable
• Maps (Campus Route Finder)
Sources of information and support
• Departmental Coordinators
• Personal Tutor
• SELCS Undergraduate Officer (Karin Charles)
• SELCS Examinations Officer (Novella Mercuri)
• SELCS Undergraduate & Examinations Tutor
My role as SELCS Undergraduate Tutor
• student support and guidance (with Karin Charles)
referring to specialist support services (e.g. SSW)
variations to ‘module diet’
changes of status
(e.g. transfers, interruptions of study & withdrawals)
Attendance monitoring at UCL
• UCL’s minimum requirement for engagement is
• you are required to sign an attendance form for
each class with tutors updating online record
• if attendance falls below 70% you will
automatically be barred from assessment
• the bar may be lifted if a Learning Agreement is
My role as SELCS Examinations Tutor
• student assessment (with Novella Mercuri)
extenuating circumstances applications/documentation
penalties for late submission of assessed work or for
exceeding/falling short of word limit
plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct
Key take-home messages
•attend 70%+ classes
•pass core modules (e.g. language)
•be ‘complete’ in:
16.0 course units
have passed a minimum of 14.5 course units
(including at least three at advanced level)