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Welcome to Chemistry

Congratulations on achieving your place at Warwick Chemistry! We look forward to meeting you in September and helping you settle into University life. As a new student, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will support and guide you during the course of your studies, as well as a student mentor who will be able to share their experience and answer any questions you may have about being a student here at Warwick.

Feel free to drop us an e-mail if you have any queries in the meantime chem-undergraduate at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Before you arrive

You don't need to buy anything for your course - we will give you everything you need including access to electronic textbooks, a laboratory coat, safety glasses and a molecular modelling kit. However, if you do want to make a start on some background reading over the summer, we recommend Maths for Chemists by Martin Cockett and Graham Doggett, 2nd edition.


Growing our learning community and giving you the best possible welcome is really important for us. This year we had to adapt and reimagine what we want our community to be like and stand for. This concerned matters of vales, diversity, wellbeing, and staying connected. Our Virtual Common Room hosted in Microsoft Teams has become the main space for us to connect, look after each other and learn in over the last few months. We are excited to welcome you into this space and into our community! The link to join the Virtual Common Room will be shared in the next few weeks. All #WarwickChemFam events, challenges and activities will be hosted there, so do make sure you join as soon as you have created your Warwick IT account and have access to your Warwick email. See you there soon!

Welcome Week schedule

Welcome to Chemistry at Warwick - Tuesday 29 September

A warm welcome and introduction to Year 1 with the Head of Department, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Student Experience. In attending this event, you will become more familiar with what is expected of you and what you can expect from your course at Warwick. There will be friendly faces to help you with any questions you might have.

Chemistry Scavenger Hunt - Tuesday 29 September

The Chemistry department would like to offer you the opportunity to familiarise yourself our online systems and processes in the form of an online scavenger hunt! We will select a number of winners at the end.

Library Induction - Wednesday 30 September

An introduction to the Library with our dedicated Academic Support Librarian, Chris Vernon. This session will be helpful in explaining what support and services are available from Chris and the Library and you will have the chance to ask any questions that you may have.

Meet Our Facul-tea! - Wednesday 30 September

Join this informal virtual tea session and get to know our staff and meet other students. You'll get the chance to make meaningful relationships based on common interests!

Find Your Best-tea with ChemSoc Mentors - Thursday 1 October

You’ll get to meet ChemSoc, our award-winning student society who will be on hand to help you settle in and make the most out of your time at Warwick (they have some amazing events planned for you, just keep scrolling!). Here you’ll meet a mentor who will be able to offer support and answer any questions that you may have. This second virtual tea session will allow you to meet students from your mentor and lab group and do a fun mural activity together.

Evening Social - Thursday 1 October

Come along and meet fellow students and staff from the Chemistry Department at our online Chemistry Welcome social! We have fun activities planned for you, plus you'll get the opportunity to get to know your course mates and meet staff from Chemistry.

Drop in Clinic - Friday 2 October

Aside from the main programme we will be available throughout the week as well as during two dedicated Drop in clinic events to answer any questions, help you find your way around Teams, Moodle, etc, or if you just wanted to say hi and let us know how your first few days at Warwick have gone.

ChemSoc Welcome activities

ChemSoc are our award-winning student society who will be on hand to help you settle in and make the most out of your time at Warwick. Before you arrive at Warwick you will be assigned a friendly student mentor, who will contact you to introduce themselves in September so you will be able to ask them any questions you may have before you arrive. You will have the opportunity to meet your mentor during your first couple of weeks at Warwick.

ChemSoc's flagship event is ChemCafé which takes place every Monday, providing an informal environment in which to meet new people, seek help with chemistry-related issues, and participate in skills workshops. ChemSoc also run regular social events, academic talks, conferences and a popular outreach scheme. Join their Welcome Week sessions (below) and check out their website to find out more about how you can get involved!

In the meantime, head over to their Facebook pages WarwickChemSoc and ChemSocExec to read more!

What? Where? When?
Sciences Postgrad Meet and Greet Virtual - joining instructions to follow Monday 28 September

11.30am - 1.30pm

ChemSoc Meet and Greet Virtual - joining instructions to follow Monday 28 September

2pm - 4pm

Big STEM Social Virtual - joining instructions to follow Wednesday 30 September

7pm onwards

ChemSoc's Virtual Intro to Leamington @warwickchemsoc Instagram Saturday 3 October

Your wellbeing

All those Welcome activities your first few week at Warwick will be very exciting, but possibly a little overwhelming. We want you to feel a part of our supportive departmental and University community. Chemistry's Senior Tutors, personal tutors and Student Experience Team are all here to put your wellbeing first. Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.

Look out for our Wellbeing Wednesdays in Teams and on our social media and check out our departmental wellbeing blog Bubbling Up.

Visit Wellbeing at Warwick to find out more about the activities, events and support available at the beginning of the year and throughout your time at Warwick.

Other useful information

  • Welcome Week 2020 - Welcome Week will take place Monday 28 September - Sunday 4 October and is open to all first year students - whether you are Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Home, EU or International.
  • International Students - please see the helpful checklist with information about what you will need when you arrive in the UK.
  • Accommodation - Warwick Accommodation manages on-campus halls of residence and off-campus properties in Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.
  • Arriving on Campus - Undergraduate Arrivals Weekend takes place on 26-27 September 2020. You will be sent more information about this once you have accepted your offer of accommodation.
  • Complete your enrolment - If you haven't done so already, visit Enrolment hub to register fr your course and your student ID
  • Start getting to know the department - Check out our staff
  • Looking For More Information? - Look through the University Welcome Pages.

Stay Safe at Warwick

Read the University guidance for new and returning students on how we're preparing for the academic year ahead.

We encourage you to review the following guidance on how to stay safe online.

Look through the Welcome to Warwick page for more information and the full schedule of all Welcome activities

Access your Warwick email, visit student information hub My Warwick or download My Warwick app