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Welcome Week 2023/24

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new and continuing undergraduate, postgraduate and research students to the 2023/24 academic year. There are a number of important events throughout Welcome Week, ranging from introduction sessions for your programme through to orientation for students new to London and the UK, all geared toward getting you ready for the academic year ahead.

Welcome Week will help get your bearings for the Autumn Term and beyond, providing guidance on both academic and non-academic support.

This page also outlines theEnrolment and Fee Payment processes, and providesfurther guidance on your first steps as a international student.

Please contact us at the relevant email address below if you have any questions:

Իܲٱ:ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

ʴDzٲܲٱ:pgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

Students’ Union: students.union@courtauld.ac.uk

Our fantastic Students’ Union organise a simultaneous Fresher’s Week, and put on a series of events that cater for student life, societies and off-site activities. Whilst some of these events have been included in the Welcome Week Schedule below,

Some of the Students’ Union events are ticketed. You can find the tickets and more information about these events . Accessibility statements for Students’ Union events are available to download.

ID Cards

Student ID Cards are available to collect fromSeminar Room 8Vernon Square campus

Monday 18th September
10:00 – 12:30
14:00 – 16:00

Tuesday 19th September
10:00 – 12:30
14:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 20th September
10:00 – 12:30
14:00 – 16:00

Thursday 21st September
10:00 – 12:30
14:00 – 16:00

Welcome Week Programme

All sessions are held in person at Vernon Square unless otherwise specified.

Please note this programme is subject to change.

As the MA History of Art programme has a large number of students, we have split sessions into two groups: Group 1: Family/Last Names A-K, Group 2: Family/Last Names L-Z.

Monday 18th September 2023

09:30 - 13:00. CAMPUS TOURS - All students - Vernon Square Foyer

Tour of Vernon Square campus led by current students

On the hour and every half hour

Meet at foyer of Vernon Square reception

10:00 - 10:45. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - BA Year 1 and Graduate Diploma - Lecture Theatre 2

Welcome to the 鶹Ƶ

Professor Alixe Bovey, Dean and Deputy Director
Professor Mark Hallett, Marit Rausing Director
Olivia Cheney, Students’ Union President

11:00 – 11:45. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - MA History of Art (Group 1) - Lecture Theatre 2

Welcome to the 鶹Ƶ

MA History of Art Group 2 (Family/Last Name A – K)

Professor Alixe Bovey, Dean and Deputy Director
Professor Mark Hallett, Marit Rausing Director
Olivia Cheney, Students’ Union President

11:00 - 11:45. WHAT DOES YOUR ACADEMIC YEAR LOOK LIKE? - BA Year 1 - Lecture Theatre 1

An overview of the academic year for incoming BA1 students

Dr. Caroline Levitt, Head of History of Art
Dr. Tom Young, Head of BA1

12:00 – 12:45. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - MA History of Art (Group 2) - Lecture Theatre 2

Welcome to the 鶹Ƶ

MA History of Art Group 1 (Family/Last Name L-Z)

Professor Alixe Bovey, Dean and Deputy Director
Professor Mark Hallett, Marit Rausing Director
Olivia Cheney, Students’ Union President

13:00 – 13:45. WELCOME TO THE COURTAULD - New Conservation, Curating and PhD students

Welcome to the 鶹Ƶ

Professor Alixe Bovey, Dean and Deputy Director
Professor Mark Hallett, Marit Rausing Director
Olivia Cheney, Students’ Union President
Dr. Lucy Bradnock, Vice-Dean for Research
Professor Guido Rebecchini, Head of Research Degree

 

14:00 - 14:45. LIVING AND STUDYING IN LONDON - All incoming international students - Lecture Theatre 2

Panel discussion with staff and students about living and studying in London for the first time

Alex Hawkins, Admissions and Enrolment Manager
Student panel to be confirmed

15:00 - 16:30. SU: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MIXER - International students - Vernon Square

Hosted by Students’ Union. This event will be held either in the courtyard at Vernon Square or the Research Forum Seminar Room, weather dependent.

Tickets available from 30th August.

19:00 - 23:00. SU: BATTERSEA BARGE BOAT PARTY - BA1 - Battersea Barge

Hosted by Students’ Union

More information and tickets available . Tickets available from 30th August.

Tuesday 19th September 2023

09:30 - 13:00. CAMPUS TOURS - All students - Vernon Square Foyer

Tour of Vernon Square campus led by current students

On the hour and every half hour

Meet at foyer of Vernon Square reception

10:00 - 11:00. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT CAN THE LIBRARIES DO FOR YOU? - MA History of Art Group 2 - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

MA History of Art Group 2 (Family/Last Name L-Z)

10:00 - 10:45. INTRODUCTION TO MA CURATING THE ART MUSEUM - MA Curating the Art Museum - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to MA Curating the Art Museum

Professor Martin Caiger-Smith, Head of MA Curating the Art Museum

11:00 - 11:45. INTRODUCTION TO MA HISTORY OF ART - MA History of Art (Group 1) - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to MA History of Art

MA History of Art Group 1 (Family/Last Name A-K)

Dr. Tom Nickson,Head of MA History of Art

11:15 - 12:15. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT CAN THE LIBRARIES DO FOR YOU? - Conservation students - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

12:00 - 12:45. INTRODUCTION TO MA HISTORY OF ART - MA History of Art (Group 2) - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to MA History of Art

MA History of Art Group 2 (Family/Last Name L-Z)

Dr. Tom Nickson,Head of MA History of Art

12:30 - 13:30. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT CAN THE LIBRARIES DO FOR YOU? - MA History of Art Group 1 - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

MA History of Art Group 1 (Family/Last Name A-K)

13:30 - 14:00. INTRODUCTION TO THE CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT - All Conservation students - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to the Conservation department

Clare Richardson FIIC, Head of MA/PGdip Easel Painting Conservation and Deputy Head of Department, Conservation

14:00 - 16:00. INTRODUCTION TO ZOTERO AND REFERENCING - All Conservation students - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to Zotero software and referencing, as well as a library tour

14:00 - 16:00. INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE DIPLOMA I - Graduate Diploma - Lecture Theatre 1

The first introductory session to the Graduate Diploma, followed by a welcome tea

Dr Teresa Lane, Head of the 鶹Ƶ Diploma in the History of Art

14:00 - 16:00. SU: FRESHERS' FAYRE - All students - Research Forum and Common Room

Find out about joining societies, being part of the Students’ Union Parliament, relevant university departments, jobs opportunities, and local businesses.

Hosted by Students’ Union

18:00 - 21:00. CHEESE & WINE SOCIAL - Postgraduate students - Research Forum

Hosted by the Research Forum

Wednesday 20th September 2023

08:30 - 10:00. BRING AND SHARE BREAKFAST - All students - Research Forum

Bring and share breakfast with the Research Forum

10:00 - 10:45. CAREERS SERVICES AT THE COURTAULD - MA History of Art (Group 2) - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to the Careers department at the 鶹Ƶ

MA History of Art Group 2 (Family/Last Name L-Z)

Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant

10:00 - 11:00. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT CAN THE LIBRARIES DO FOR YOU? - BA Year 1 & Graduate Diploma - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

11:00 - 15:00. GOWER STREET PRACTICE GP REGISTRATION - All incoming students - Seminar Room 4

11:00 - 11:45. CAREERS SERVICES AT THE COURTAULD - Curating, Conservation and PhD - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to the Careers department at the 鶹Ƶ

Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant

11:00 - 12:00. PEER TO PEER BRUNCH - BA1 students and peer mentors - Outside/Common Room

This event will be run over two sessions. You will be contacted prior to the event to let you know which session to attend.

Enjoy doughnuts and coffee with your fellow classmates and peer mentors

Weather permitting, this event will be held in the courtyard at Vernon Square. If not, it will be hosted in the Common Room.

Hosted by the Students’ Union. Information and tickets can be found . Tickets will be available from 30th August.

12:30 - 13:30. PEER TO PEER BRUNCH - BA1 students and peer mentors - Outside/Common Room

This event will be run over two sessions. You will be contacted prior to the event to let you know which session to attend.

Enjoy doughnuts and coffee with your fellow classmates and peer mentors

Weather permitting, this event will be held in the courtyard at Vernon Square. If not, it will be hosted in the Common Room.

Hosted by the Students’ Union. Information and tickets can be found .

12:30 - 13:30. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT CAN THE LIBRARIES DO FOR YOU? - BA Years 2 & 3 - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

13:00 - 13:45. CAREERS SERVICES AT THE COURTAULD - MA History of Art (Group 1) - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to the Careers department at the 鶹Ƶ

MA History of Art Group 1 (Family/Last Name A-K)

Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant

14:00 - 14:45. ALUMNI PANEL (repeated Thursday @ 14:00) - All students - Lecture Theatre 2

Q&A session with alumni

Stella Scobie (MA 2021)

This session will be repeated on Thursday 21st September @ 14:00 with a different alumni – there is no need to attend both

15:00 - 16:00. SKILLS, SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT CAN THE LIBRARIES DO FOR YOU? - MA Curating the Art Museum & PhD - Lecture Theatre 1

Discussion of the Resources and Academic Support Services that the Library offers

18:00 - 21:00. GALLERY RECEPTION - All incoming students - Somerset House

Hosted by the Students’ Union. Tickets and information available . Tickets will be available from 30th August.

Thursday 21st September 2023

08:30 - 09:30. YOGA - All students - Research Forum

Join the Research Forum team for an hour of yoga

Hosted by the Research Forum. Information and tickets available . Tickets will be available from 30th August.

10:00 - 10:45. CAREERS SERVICES AT THE COURTAULD - BA Year 1 & Graduate Diploma - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to the Careers department at the 鶹Ƶ

Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant

10:00 - 10:45. WHAT DOES YOUR ACADEMIC YEAR LOOK LIKE? - BA Year 2 - Lecture Theatre 1

An overview of the academic year for BA Year 2 students

Dr Caroline Levitt, Head of History of Art
Dr Maria Mileeva, Head of BA2

11:00 - 11:45. CAREERS SERVICES AT THE COURTAULD - BA Years 2 & 3 - Lecture Theatre 2

An introduction to the Careers department at the 鶹Ƶ

Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant

11:00 - 12:00. FINANCIAL WELLBEING & MONEY MINDSET - BA Year 1 - Lecture Theatre 1

Advice on managing your finances at university

Cleo Matlou, Money Mindset Coach and founder of Women About Finance

12:00 - 12:45. WHAT DOES YOUR ACADEMIC YEAR LOOK LIKE? - BA Year 3 - Lecture Theatre 1

An overview of the academic year for BA Year 3 students

Dr. Caroline Levitt, Head of History of Art
Dr. Klara Kemp-Welch, Head of BA3

12:00 - 13:00. INTRODUCTION TO MA CONSERVATION OF EASEL PAINTINGS - MA Conservation of Easel Paintings - Somerset House

An introduction to MA Conservation of Easel Paintings

Clare Richardson, Head of MA/PGdip Easel Painting Conservation and Deputy Head of Department, Conservation

13:00. DROP IN GARDENING CLUB - All students - Research Forum

Hosted by the Research Forum

CANCELLED 13:00 - 15:00. FRESHER'S FAYRE - BA students - King's College London

Please note this event has been cancelled.

14:00 - 15:00. ALUMNI PANEL (session repeated from Wednesday) - All students - Lecture Theatre 2

Q&A panel with alumni

Karen Deadfield, Careers Consultant
Tessa Carr (BA 2020)

This session is repeated from Wednesday 20th September with a different alumni

14:00 - 16:00. INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE DIPLOMA II - Graduate Diploma students - The 鶹Ƶ Gallery, Somerset House

The second introductory session for the Graduate Diploma

Dr Teresa Lane, Head of the Graduate Diploma Programme

14:00 - 16:00. WHAT I DID OVER THE SUMMER - MA Conservation of Easel Paintings - Somerset House

Students discuss projects they have been working on over the summer break

17:30 - 20:00. QUIZ NIGHT - All students - Common Room

Hosted by the Students’ Union. Tickets and information can be found . Tickets will be available from 30th August

Friday 22nd September

11:00 - 13:00. FRESHER'S FAYRE - ALL Students - King's College London

Register your place .

Location: Old Billingsgate

Meet Olivia Cheney, 鶹Ƶ SU president and explore the King’s College London fresher’s fayre.

Please note:you will need to have collected your KCL student ID card to attend this event.

18:00. VS1 X EAST WING COLLECTION OPENING - All students - Vernon Square

Opening of the VS1 x East Wing Collection, showcasing Embodiment, on September 22, 2023, from 6:00 pm.

Information and tickets can be found .

The 鶹Ƶ Gallery Pop Up Shop

The 鶹Ƶ Gallery will be running a pop up shop in seminar room 2 at the Vernon Square campus at the following times:

Monday 18th September: 11am – 4pm
Tuesday 19th September: 11am – 4pm
Wednesday 20th September: 11am – 4pm

Drop in sessions

Wellbeing Team

Wellbeing Drop-In

If you have a physical health, mental health or neurodiverse condition, or you are struggling with personal issues such as acute stress, bereavement, relationship & family difficulties, financial hardship, bullying or being the victim of a crime, you are welcome to come and speak to our Wellbeing Adviser Laura Martin, who will be offering 20-minute individual wellbeing sessions explaining the support available at the 鶹Ƶ. Our administrator Joanne Samuels will be there to greet you and invite you to book the next available appointment.

Monday 18th September: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday 20th September: 10am – 1pm
Meeting Room 3 and 4 (in the lobby on the second floor of Vernon Square)

IT Team

The IT Team will be offering support for all new and returning students during Welcome Week. If you are having any issues with IT, or you have any queries, please pop in to the Advice Desk (next to Student and Academic Services, second floor at Vernon Square).

Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September
10am – 2pm

Student and Academic Services

The Advice Desk will be open for all students during Welcome Week for students to meet with Student and Academic Services.

Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September
10am – 2pm

 

Pre-Welcome Week activity

We will be running activities over the weekend before Welcome Week. If you are arriving at your accommodation before 18th September, join us for events at Vernon Square, Somerset House and beyond!

Saturday 16th September

13:00. SOCIAL IN THE PARK - Postgraduate students/Duchy House residents - Lincoln Fields

Meet your fellow students and housemates

Meet at Lincoln Fields at 1pm

14:00. SOCIAL IN THE PARK - BA students/Atlas residents - Vauxhall Park

Meet your fellow students and housemates

Meet at Vauxhall Park at 2pm

Sunday 17th September

11:00 - 12:00. VERNON SQUARE DROP IN - All students - Vernon Square campus

Take a tour of the Vernon Square campus, and meet with staff and students

12:00 - 13:00. WALKING TOUR - All students - Vernon Square to Somerset House

Walking tour from Vernon Square campus to Somerset House. This will last approximately 45 minutes.

If you have accessibility issues with this event, please contact ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

13:00 - 15:00. SOMERSET HOUSE DROP IN - All students - Learning Centre

Drop in at the Learning Centre at Somerset House. Meet with staff and students.

Enrolment Information

We will email an invitation to complete online enrolment ahead of Welcome Week.

The first stage of enrolment outlines your tuition fees owed and allows you to make a tuition fee payment via the Flywire online payment service. Please ensure that you are ready to pay your tuition fees, as it is required to fully complete enrolment. If you have a prior arrangement for paying fees – via the Student Loans Company, an internally awarded scholarship or alumni discount, for example – this should already be reflected at this stage, and will either show as a reduced amount or a confirmation of fees paid.

The second stage of enrolment involves confirmation of personal details and, where required, evidence of immigration status. Please do ensure that you have the following items available to hand, as we may require further verification in person at some stage in the future:

  • Passport (other official forms of identification may be accepted but should be cleared with the admissions team in advance)
  • Payment for fees/proof of payment for fees (including SLC confirmation letter for those in receipt of SLC funding)
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – if applicable
  • For EU students using the UKVI App to verify their ID, BRPs will not be issued by UKVI. Please use this link to prove your immigration status, and upload the screenshot of your immigration status. For the BRP number section, please enter ‘N/A’:

New students (those starting a new programme) should also have:

  • Original copies of your relevant qualifications and English Language Test if required.Undergraduate students do not need to provide hard copy qualifications unless otherwise requested – typically if you hold non-UK qualifications, or if it has been over two years since you completed your qualifications. Previous 鶹Ƶ graduates also do not need to provide evidence of their qualifications.

We may need to have access to these documents even after initial online enrolment takes place.

Students taking modules with KCL

If you are studying at module as part of our collaboration with King’s College London, you can find relevant information below, including collection of ID cards and fresher’s fayre details.

King's College London information

Enrolling with KCL/KCL IDs

You will receive an email from King’s College London regarding their enrolment process. You will need to complete an online enrolment, after which you will receive a booking link to pick up your student ID card from KCL.

Please note you must have completed the KCL enrolment process to pick up your student ID card.

If you are experiencing issues with KCL enrolment, please contact ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk

 

Fresher's Fayre

Students are welcome to attend the Fresher’s Fayre at King’s College London. Olivia Cheney, Students’ Union President, will be attending at the following times to assist 鶹Ƶ students:

Thursday 21st September: 13:00 – 15:00
Friday 22nd September: 11:00 – 13:00

Please note:you will need to have collected your KCL student ID card to attend this event.

Claudette Johnson: Presence - Student & Staff Preview

The Directors Office and the Students Union are excited to announce a Student & Staff Private View of the Claudette Johnson: Presenceexhibition!

Join us at The 鶹Ƶ Gallery on Friday 29th September for a special private view of the Claudette Johnson: Presence exhibition on the opening night, just for 鶹Ƶ and KCL students, and 鶹Ƶ staff.

From 6:30 to 9:30pm the gallery will be open after hours with live DJs, bars, a soft taco station in the Vaults Bar by the terrace, and snacks in the Art Cafe and second floor. Join your friends and experience this exciting major exhibition of work by British artist Claudette Johnson (born 1959) without the crowds. This is the first time we have offered this to students and hope to continue over the coming year.

The exhibition presents a carefully selected group of major works from across Claudette Johnson’s career, from key early drawings to recent and new works, offering a compelling overview of Johnson’s pioneering career and artistic development.

Free ticket needed, please book through the link below. You will need to book with your 鶹Ƶ or KCL email address. No plus ones, this is a strictly 鶹Ƶ event. Bring your 鶹Ƶ or KCL student ID on the night for entrance.

Bars and food stations are card only, no cash. The shop will also be open (students get 20% off shop purchases).

Book now:

Frequently asked questions

When will I get my teaching timetable?

Upon completing Online Enrolment and gaining IT access you will be able to view a personalised timetable on the VLE.

What if I will be late enrolling?

We expect all students to complete their enrolment ahead of the start of teaching,25 September 2023, though understand that there may be exceptional circumstances that cause delay.

All students must be enrolled by 31 October 2023 – any student not enrolled by this time will bewithdrawn from the programme.

I have yet to find accommodation - what can I do?

There may still be limited spaces available through the University. Please contact us duchy.helpdesk@courtauld.ac.ukfor more information, as rooms do sometimes become available at the last minute, or we may be contacted regarding other opportunities.

There are a number of alternative avenues you may wish to consider:

Our Students’ Union manage the 鶹Ƶ Housing Group on Facebook, an active group for those who are not successful in gaining a place from our initial allocations. To join, simply request to join the group. You can use the group to find vacancies in shared houses with current students, see ads from private landlords, or make arrangements with others to find accommodation together.

  1. (for postgraduate students only)

Postgraduate students may be able to apply for single, couples’ and family accommodation at Goodenough College. The application procedure and allocation is entirely managed by Goodenough College.

University of London may have rooms available at this point in the year outside of our specific allocation.

In order to apply for this accommodation, you need to apply directly via University of London. UoL will provide details on their website on how to apply between early-to-mid September.(for private sector housing)

University of London Housing Services provide extremely helpful advice about renting accommodation in the private sector. Please refer to them for general advice and guidance in to renting in London.

I need to get in touch regarding a welfare issue in advance of Welcome Week

I'm an international student and haven't picked up my BRP yet - can I still enrol?

We will not be able to fully enrol you until we have a scan of your Bio-metric Residence Permit (BRP). Please plan around being in the UK as early as possible to allow yourself enough time to pick up your BRP.

I am having problems with my visa entry vignette, or cannot pick up my BRP prior to enrolment.

Contact us immediately via ugadmissions@courtauld.ac.ukorpgadmissions@courtauld.ac.uk if you are having any problems in regards to arriving into the UK before enrolment, delays in picking up your BRP prior to 18th September, or any other visa issues. It is vital that you report any errors with dates, status or sponsor on your vignette or BRP as soon as possible, as there are particularly limited windows for errors to be corrected.

Request Student Status Letters

Contact: sas@courtauld.ac.uk

You will be able to request student status letters after you have completed enrolment. Letters you may require include: a bank letter (enabling you to set up a student bank account), or Council Tax exemption letter, which you will need if you are living in a rented flat rather than the halls of residence. You will not be able to request these letters until you have completed enrolment.

When requesting a bank letter, you are advised to provide the name and address of the branch at which you intend to open your account. As banks will not accept a generic letter we will need the branch details in order to create a letter for the bank you have chosen.

Please note that there is a high demand for letters at the start of the academic year.

How do I apply for a Student Oyster Card?

You will be eligible for a Student Oyster Card once you have completed enrolment. You must apply directly via TFL at www.tfl.gov.uk, providing your Student ID number found on your Student ID card. It may take a few weeks to be processed and sent to you by TFL.

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