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Orientation Week 2017

Week: Monday 11th - Friday 15th September 2017

Focus this Week: Registration, Orientation, Familiarisation with academic programme, staff, campus and other students

  1. Attend all orientation sessions
  2. Collect your student card
  3. Print out your timetable for Week 1 lectures late in the week, as classroom numbers may change throughout the week

There are no formal lectures during Orientation Week. This is a week whereby you will complete all the relevant paperwork to register for University, get your student card, go to the different talks that are scheduled throughout the week and go to the many student events arranged by the Students' Union. It is a preparatory week and a week which allows you get used to your environment before the lectures begin. It is also a key week to meet new people and get to know your class group as these are the people with whom you will be doing projects, taking part in group work and socialising for the next three or four years. Relax and take it all in as this year is going to fly by!

Overview of Orientation Week

Session 1 - President's Address

This session takes place in the Helix, where you will meet the President of the University, Professor Brian MacCraith. You will also be provided with important tips on how to stay safe during your time at the University and will be provided with an overview of Orientation activities for the week. Here you will meet your peers for the first time.

Session 2 - Expectations of University Life / Student Union /  Clubs & Societies

This session will focus on the transition from second to third level education. Information will be provided about the academic, personal and professional support services in the University, the Students' Union and Clubs & Societies.  You will receive your DCU Student Diary & Planner, which outline all of the important dates in the academic year.

Session 3 & 4 - Academic Address

At this session you will meet academic staff (lecturers and tutors) and the Chairperson of your programme.  You will be provided with details about the structure of your programme and other programme-specific information.

Session 6 - Academic Skills Support & Digitial Learning

Outside the physical classroom environment, you will spend a portion of your time on DCU’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Loop. This online resource is where you will find lecture notes, take part in discussion forums and exchange ideas. Alongside the VLE, you will learn about the DCU ePortfolio, a tool which allows students monitor and document their development at third level. Our Learning Support colleagues will also introduce you to the online Academic Skills module and tell you how to make best use of the Writing Centres and Academic Skills Workshops.

Orientation will take place over 2 campuses for some students. Make sure to read the Schedule carefully and turn up at the correct venue on time! There will be student helpers around the campuses to help you find your way!

DCU Glasnevin Campus:

The rooms for Orientation are listed on the Schedule with their codes – for example, XG19 means: X (Science Building), G (Ground Floor), 19 (Room Number). If in doubt, ask one of the Student Helpers!

Q – Business School

C – Henry Grattan Building (card collection takes place here)

H – School of Nursing

L – McNulty Building

N – School of Physical Sciences

T – Terence Larkin Theatre (large round building opposite The Helix)

X – Science Building

DCU St Patrick’s Campus:

Students studying primarily on the St. Patrick’s Campus or the All Hallows Campus will receive orientation on all three campuses.

A – Auditorium

D – D-Block

E – E-Block


  1. Opening Address and Welcome
  2. Expectations of University Life / Clubs and Societies
  3. Meeting with Academic Staff
  4. Meeting with Personal Tutors / Year Heads / Subject Talks
  5. Student Card Collection (in The Street, Henry Grattan Building)
  6. Academic Skills Support & Digital Learning
  7. Maths Learning Centre
  8. Studying Law
  9. BEST Programme
  10. DCU St Patrick’s Campus / All Hallows Campus tour
  11. Programme-Specific Induction
Please note that some students may have talks on the DCU St. Patrick's Campus or All Hallows Campus.  See campus maps link above for more details.

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