Welcome to the School of Chemical Engineering 2015!

Chemical Engineering students

To help you to get off to a flying start with your studies, and in order to provide you with an early opportunity to make friends with others students, the University has organised a series of events which can be found here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/welcome/index.aspx. Build your welcome timetable using the same link, you can also find welcome and induction events relevant to the School of Chemical Engineering and/or the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences.

Please make sure you attend these events but the Induction in your School takes priority over any other induction activities. The link also provides useful information both before you arrive in Birmingham and once you are here.

VC Welcome Address for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Tuesday 22nd September 2015 from 12-1 pm in the Great Hall, Aston Webb, Building R6

  • This is an opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor to welcome and greet you in the historic Great Hall, and for you to get to know some of the distinguished academic staff who will be working with you to deliver an outstanding learning experience.
  • This Address is for students who are in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences only and will have to register in order to attend; you can book your place by visiting:   http://bit.ly/1J8hCC9.
  • Make sure you book on to the right Address for your College. If in doubt, please check what College you’re in by visiting:   www.birmingham.ac.uk/welcome/before/whatcollege.



The Induction Day for the All New Chemical Engineering Undergraduate students (Foundation Year, Year 1, Direct Entry to Year 2 and Year 3, Exchange including ERASMUS and Science Without Borders (SWB) from Brazil) will take place on Wednesday 23rd of September in the Main Lecture Theatre LT-124 in Chemical Engineering (Y11, Edgbaston campus map). It will start at 9:55 am, so please aim to arrive at 9:30am when you will be welcomed by the student members of the Chemical Engineering Society. It is very important to attend the Induction. The timetable for the academic year will also be available. The Programme of Events for that day is below.

We look forward to meeting you!

Programme for Wednesday 23rd September 2015 in Chemical Engineering (LT-124), Building Y11

9:55 am

Assemble in the Main Lecture Theatre LT-124 in Chemical Engineering.

10:00 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Chemical Engineering programme - Dr Gary Leeke, Dr Andy Ingram and Dr Fotis Spyropoulos (1st Year Chair).

10:45 am

Introduction to Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) - Dr Andy Ingram.

11:00 am

Introduction to Extenuating circumstances and Welfare - Dr Helen Onyeaka

11:15 am

Introduction to the Birmingham University Chemical Engineering Society (BUCES) - Guy Hart (Chairperson) and BUCES’ Committee Members.

11:30 am

Introduction to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

12:15 pm

Introduction to the Chemical Engineering Alumni Community

12:20 pm

Talk on the Coniston Weekend Teambuilding Course - Dr Daniele Vigolo.

12:30 pm

Only Foundation Year & BFA students and Direct Entry to 2nd and 3rd year students will meet with their Year Chairs for a brief introduction - Lecture Theatre 124 in Chemical Engineering.

12:45 pm

Lunch with members of staff and Chem Eng students from BUCES.

1:30 pm

Guided tour of the Chemical Engineering building and other lecture theatres around the campus where teaching will take place. The tour will be given by the Chemical Engineering Society members.

 2:30 pm  - 4:00 pm

Only First Year students* will return to Lecture Theatre 124 in Chemical Engineering to meet with their personal tutors and receive their Student Information Pack.  The students will fill in and sign the Information for the records form, Avoiding Plagiarism - Learning Agreement, Extenuating Circumstances Guidance, etc.


All first year students must complete the Mechanics test during the first week of term. The test takes about 1 hour at most and is completed online. Further instructions can be found on the Assignments page of the Support in Mechanics course at: https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/courses/15145


 Chemical Engineering Foundation year & BFA students, Direct Entry to 2nd and 3rd year students

These students will be briefly welcomed by their Year Chairpersons at 12:30pm in Chem Eng Main lecture theatre LT‑124 on Wednesday 23rd September.



Tuesday 22nd September 9:00am – 11:00am in Lecture Theatre 2 Gisbert Kapp building (G8 on the university campus map).

Welcome and introduction to key staff running Foundation Year programmes across the University – included clarification of Welcome Week timetables across all FY routes. Students will meet the Heads of FY in Colleges and some key staff involved in the courses. Welcome week timetables will be clarified and there will be information about Library & IT services and sport on campus. This event is compulsory.


Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 1:45 - 2:45pm in Lecture Theatre 117, first floor, Physics West Building (R8 on the University campus map).

Important essential course information will be disseminated in this session. Students will meet the Head of FY in EPS and some key staff involved in the course. Welcome packs, Handbooks and module Study guides will be given out together with timetable and support information. This event is compulsory.



Thursday 24th September 2015 at 10.30am-3.30pm in the Great Hall and Beale Room, Aston Webb Building, R6.

Today’s employers are increasingly seeking to recruit graduates with a broad portfolio of transferable skills in addition to their academic qualifications.  Modules Outside the Main Discipline (MOMD) allow students to study a module not normally taught as part of their main programme of study, and in so doing broaden their skills set and breadth of knowledge.

The MOMD Fair gives students the opportunity to choose from over 130 MOMD across a wide range of academic disciplines. The Fair itself will be one of the students’ first experiences of a University-level event, and provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase the University, and its range of academic endeavours, so it is important to make a good first impression.

Please choose a provisional list of Level C MOMDs, except for those students who are registered for the all the Chemical Engineering with Business Management and Chemical and Energy Engineering Degree Programmes.

For more information and to download the MOMD handbook visit: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/registry/momd/index.aspx


Welcome Party – This will take place during the 1st or 2nd week of term in October 2015 (date and venue to be announced).

All Freshers (New Undergraduate and New Postgraduate students) in the School of Chemical Engineering are invited to attend this social event.

Other important websites are listed below where you can find out more about the skills you need to study at university, please read!

Skills4study campus
Skills4study campus is an interactive e-learning resource, focusing on four of the core study skills you’ll need for success on your course, which have been adapted from The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell. It offers you a stimulating mix of activities, practice and reflection to help you learn, develop and accelerate your study skills! You will need to have registered in order to be able to log on the Skills4study Campus (https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/libraryservices/library/skills/studyskills.aspx) and GEL (Guide to Effective Learning, http://diglibdr.bham.ac.uk/library/GEL.html) websites.

Library Services Support (https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/libraryservices/library/index.aspx)
Our helpful Subject Advisors.  We are not just about books!  In addition to our extensive collections we offer library inductions, tours and one to one or skype appointments which will help you to get the most from your time in the library and identify, use and reference the most appropriate resources for your discipline.
Find out more: 
Subject Advisors: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/libraryservices/library/subject/index.aspx.   

Our supportive Learning/Writing Skills Advisors.  The Academic Skills Centre in the Library is the place where you can develop your academic writing, mathematical and general academic skills, and sharpen up the way you approach your studies. We can support you through workshops, drop-in sessions, 1-1 appointments, email, telephone or Skype.
Find out more:
Academic Skills Centre: http://www.intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/asc

Please view the documents (pdf) below for  more welcome information