"Dear First Year Student,
A very warm welcome to you, from me and all the teaching and support staff in the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies! We are delighted to see you embarking on your degree studies at Birmingham, and wish you every success in your time here.
By way of clarification: the various departments you will think of as ‘home’ (English, Drama, American and Canadian Studies) make up the School; so as a member of one of those departments, you are also a member of the School.
The next three or four years will be tremendously important to you. Every week you will be learning new things, developing as a person and in your studies, and with luck you will make life-long friendships here. It is our privilege to share these critical years with you.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can at one or another of the events and social functions organized by different departments during the first semester. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your first weeks in the university."
Professor Michael Toolan, Head of the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies
Your schedule for Welcome Week has been sent to you directly by letter or email. It can also be found online by selecting your programme from the welcome events timetable on the University's Welcome 2012 website here.
If, for any reason, you have missed any of your meetings or activities then please contact your departmental office:
American and Canadian Studies (ACS): Mags Conway
firstname.lastname@example.org; 0121 414 5740; in the ACS Office, room 415, 4th floor, Arts Building
Drama and Theatre Arts: Jayne Smith
email@example.com; 0121 414 5998 ; Selly Oak Visual Arts Centre (SOVAC) reception, Selly Oak Campus.
English: Deborah Clements or Cindy Phull
firstname.lastname@example.org, 0121 414 3046 or email@example.com, 0121 414 3364; in the General Office, G3 on ground floor, Arts Building
Skills for university
You will certainly find differences in the way that you study at university compared with your previous learning experiences. These resources may be helpful as part of your preparation for university.
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