Aerospace Engineering Induction Information The following notes are intended to be useful to all new members of the department. They assume that you are totally new to the Aerospace Engineering Department, so if you aren’t you will probably already know a lot of the information in this handout. Whilst we hope these notes will be useful to you, it is impossible to predict all of the questions which may arise, so in the event that you have a question which is not answered here please don’t hesitate to ask. General Structure of the Faculty of Engineering The Faculty Postgraduate Admissions office is room 1.48. Please go to this office to register as a postgraduate student if you missed the registration day at the start of the academic year. The labs are situated below the Aerospace Department and in the BLADE buildings. The laboratories are supported by Faculty technical staff overseen by Brian Butler—Technical Manager for the Faculty. The three lab areas in Queen’s Building each have individual managers; Materials & Structures: Dave Hooper, Earthquake, Dynamics and Wind Tunnels: Alan Bishop Workshop: Ivan Laver Six principle departments: Aerospace Engineering/Avionics—Queens Building Civil Engineering—Queens Building Mechanical Engineering—Queens Building Engineering mathematics—Queens Building Computer Science—Merchant Venturers Building (MVB)—3rd Floor Electrical & Electronic Engineering—MVB 4th floor & Queens Building. There are also a number of sub-departments and research centers. See the website: http://www.fen.bris.ac.uk/ General Structure of Aerospace Department Head of Department—Dr Mark Lowenberg (room 0.50) Secretary to HoD—Rachel Nee (room 0.50A) Department Manager –Julie Coombs (room 0.50B) Executive Officer—Sarah Hugo (room 0.50B) Postgraduate/ERASMUS/General Sec—Helen Randall (room 0.56) Undergrad Admissions/General Sec—Karen Skuse (room 0.56) Computer Officer—John Burns (please use online web report form to contact John https://www.aero.bris.ac.uk/s-aer/computing/fault.htm) Electronics/Avionics Officer-Steve MacQueen (room 1.63) For details of Professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, research fellows, readers and research assistants, please visit our home webpage: http://www.aer.bris.ac.uk/ which has details of all staff members listing contact numbers, location, areas of research etc. The Three Main Research areas are: Aerodynamics/Fluid Dynamics Structures and Materials Aerospace Composites Systems, Dynamics and Control Access to Buildings/Offices Outside normal office hours, if you require access to the building you should use your ID card and PIN Code. You will need to sign the form attached and get the Head of Department’s signature and then go to the Security Lodge in Royal Fort gardens to obtain a PIN number. Library The Engineering library is situated in the Queen’s Building (go through main entrance of the building, walk along the central corridor and down one flight of stairs. Once you have registered you will need to go to the Arts & Social Sciences Library to be issued with a library card, (please take a passport sized photograph with you). The Arts & Social Sciences Library entrance is located at the St Michael’s Hill end of Tyndall Avenue. Photocopiers See your advisor for a charge code for your funding and then see Karen Skuse in the department office who will supply you with printer codes and a mailbox and explain the system we use. If you need a large quantity of a print job or professional binding you need to use Print Services who are located on Old Park Row and can be found using the following link: http://www.bris.ac.uk/printservices/ Purchases Requisitions up to £500 on a research or studentship grant code can be signed off by your supervisor. Purchases over £500 should be given to the Departmental Manager. A completed requisition form should be handed into the Department Office for processing. Please see attached requisitioning/ordering procedures for your assistance. All delivery notes must be handed into the Department Office after you have checked off the contents of the delivery. Stationery Certain Items of stationary are held within department office, such as biro pens, pads, pencils and so on. If you require any larger/more expensive items you need to speak to your supervisor and order from your contract. Mail Postgraduates have a cabinet next to the staff pigeon holes in the main office. They are separated by surname. Post is sorted into trays around 9am. If you need to post outbound please bring to office and leave in the ‘post out’ hole before 3pm. Parcels go up to faculty office with a charge code from your contract. Phone Dial 21 for outside line. International calls from dept office only. Computing John Burns assists with computing enquiries. If you need support with a computing problem please complete this online fault reporting form, https://www.aero.bris.ac.uk/s- aer/computing/fault.htm John Burns will then log the fault and will help as soon as possible Change of Address Should you need to update your contact details at any time please register the changes using the following website link, www.bris.ac.uk/studentinfo Your details will then be updated on the student information system. You will also need to inform the library of your new contact details so that they can update their records. This needs to be done in person, rather than online, at any of the University libraries. Funding Calculator The University of Bristol Funding Calculator should give you an idea of the funding available to you as a student at the University of Bristol. The amount of income you receive will depend on your personal circumstances, and your expenditure will depend on your lifestyle choices: where you decide to live, how often you go out, how often you travel home, etc. The results of the Funding Calculator should be taken as a guideline only. The outcome will depend on you supplying accurate and realistic figures. The information that you supply will remain completely confidential and will not be seen by anyone inside or outside of the University. www.bristol.ac.uk/studentfunding/fundingcalculator Bank Accounts (International Students) To open a bank account, complete an application form (available from the bank) and take it to the bank with any documents the bank needs to see. They will normally ask to see: Your passport A letter from the University, addressed to the bank, stating your degree programme, dates of study, your Bristol address and your home address. You should request this letter at the Student Funding Office (Senate House) if you are opening the account before you have registered with the University, or from your Faculty Office once you have registered N.B. Once you have opened an account, keep your bank statements safely as you may need them for immigration purposes. Thesis Binding There are several companies within Bristol which bind theses to University requirements. These are: Bristol Bound Bookbinding Alfred Harris Bookbinders Ltd 300 North Street 5 Kingsdown Parade Bedminster Bristol Bristol BS6 5UD BS3 1JU Tel: 0117 966 3300 Tel: 0117 929 2375 www.bristolbound.co.uk www.alfredharris.net Mailboxes Etc Avon Bookbinding & Goldblocking 42 Triangle West Unit 4B, Crofts End Industrial Estate Park Street Crofts End Road Bristol Bristol BS8 1ES BS5 7UW Tel: 0800 458 9587 Tel: 0117 952 5225 www.mbe.uk.com/121 Staff Development Courses Website: www.bris.ac.uk/personnel/sdev This contains links to information on all the staff development courses offered by the University. Although you can attend up to six courses free of charge within a six month period, the following three courses are of particular relevance to Postgraduate students: i) Planning And Managing Your PhD: A half-day course available on numerous dates throughout the Autumn/Spring terms. Click on ‘Course Diary’ followed by ‘Research Postgraduates’ for further information. ii) Completing Your PhD: A half-day course available on numerous dates throughout the Autumn/Spring terms. Click on ‘Course Diary’ followed by ‘Research Postgraduates’ for further information. iii) Teaching Course for Postgraduates: A two-day course with dates available throughout the year. For maximum benefit, it is best to attend the course as close as possible to commencing any teaching/assessment responsibilities. Further information can be obtained by clicking on ‘Course Diary,’ then ‘Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme,’ followed by ‘For Postgraduate Students.’ Teaching Opportunities arise throughout the year for small amounts of paid teaching support for undergraduate tutorial and laboratory classes. This is co-ordinated by Ian Farrow (room 2.22) How to Write a Paper This online handbook provides guidance about how to write a paper for your research, whether it is a thesis or research proposal. It can be found at, http://www.aero.bris.ac.uk/study/degrees/pg%20starter%20pack/title.htm Postgraduate Progression Review At the end of each year of study you will have a progression review. This will allow both you and your supervisor to comment on the work that has been completed so far and is an opportunity to address any problems which may have arisen. For more information regarding this please refer to the document within this pack titled “Postgrad Progression”. Food There is the JCR refectory downstairs which offers hot and cold food, in addition to the Hawthorns which offers full meals and a snack deli in the foyer of the sports hall. Sports Centre The opportunity to get reduced gym membership and access to sports facilities is offered to all staff and students so go across to the sports centre on Tyndall’s avenue for more information. Car Parking See: http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Bursar/TransportPlan/carparking.htm Other Information There is a Postgraduate Student Union which offers clubs, services and advice and information for all aspects of your life as a postgrad. Joy El Dieb is the co-coordinator and here is a web-link to their information: http://www.pgu.bris.ac.uk/ or telephone: 0117 954 5796. For all general University of Bristol postgraduate information use the following link online: http://www.bris.ac.uk/postgraduates/ The National Postgraduate Committee: http://www.npc.org.uk/ Graphic Design Should you need any help with design for a poster/conference preparation, we have an in-house Graphic Design Office (Carrie Wattling/Sam Hodder) in Room 0.68.
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