Welcome to UCL and the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction! Here you’ll find information about the department to help you prepare to start your degree with us.
We know there is lots to think about when you are starting a postgraduate degree programme.
UCL has a detailed website for new students with plenty of information about joining the University and the answers to some frequently asked questions. This is the best place to look for guidance and support about the university and essential tasks you need to complete before you start your programme. You will also receive regular Countdown to UCL emails from UCL with everything you need to know before you arrive.
The information on this page contains additional information about the department and the answers to some questions you might have about being an IRDR student.
Before you arrive
- How do I find out what I need to do?
UCL will send you emails throughout the summer. These contain useful information about life at UCL but also tell you want you need to do at the right time. Keep checking your inbox.
You can also find helpful checklists on the UCL New Students website.
- What is Portico?
Portico is the UCL student record system. You’ll be using Portico to enrol and choose your modules later in the summer.
- When does term start?
Term starts on Monday 26 September 2022. The first week will be your induction, with teaching beginning on Monday 3 October. Induction is part of your programme and attendance is compulsory.
- Your timetable
You will be sent an email when your timetable is ready to view.
- How your course will be taught
Though there is still some uncertainty about how the coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect us all, we are planning an exciting academic year for students.
Remember, these are subject to change, depending on Government advice and guidance. Any updates to our plans will be sent to you by email and posted on our website.
Keep up to date on the latest coronavirus guidance from UCL on the UCL Coronavirus Hub.
- How to enrol
You will be sent an email invitation to enrol online when it’s time. For more information about enrolment, visit the UCL New Students page.
- Choosing your modules
You will get an email from UCL telling you when module selection is open, usually in early September. We will be running a session in Induction week to help you choose modules but in the meantime, take a look at the UCL Module Catalogue for more information about modules. We strongly recommend you don't select modules until you have attended the session in induction week.
You can also read the BSc Programme Diet, which summarises the modules and the combinations available for each pathway, and will be available here shortly.
- International students
The UCL International team are here to support all International students settle in to University. Visit their website to find out more about events dedicated to students from overseas.
The International team also have some great ways for you to make friends when you arrive, like the online International common rooms, where you can meet other students from your region.
- Reading list
If you’re looking for some summer reading, check out our recommended reading/listening list. This isn’t a mandatory reading list, just a way to explore the subject more. You can also see our full list of useful resources.
You will be given required reading lists as part of your modules after you start your programme.
- Contact us
If you’ve got any questions, need help, or want to tell us about any additional support you require, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Admissions queries, contact the UCL Admissions team direct.
- Download the Welcome to UCL app
To help you navigate around your first few weeks as a UCL student, download the Welcome to UCL app from your app store. This is where you book your UCL induction sessions and there’s loads of really useful information on there. Content is currently being updated with this year's induction activities.
- How to get here
Our address is: South Wing, Room 27, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
The Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction student office is on the 2nd floor in Room 27. To find us, enter the main campus from the Gower Street entrance and use the door in the right-hand top corner of the Quad (South Cloisters). Then go up to the second floor and enter the corridor on the left.
We will be giving you a tour of the department and campus as part of your induction programme.
We will email you during the summer with details of where to go on your first day.
When you arrive
- What is induction?
Induction takes place mainly in the first week of term and is designed to help you settle in to University life. You’ll have a timetable of events that will cover UCL services (such as the library, health and wellbeing, the UCL Students’ Union), as well as an introduction to your department and programme. We’ll give you a tour of the department and campus, show you how to access key information and services, and give you plenty of opportunities to get to know us and other students.
- Induction week schedule
The core UCL and IRDR Induction weeks begin on Monday 26 September 2022. As well as the huge range of UCL events happening across campus, we will also hold departmental induction sessions during this week. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory. We’ll send you your IRDR induction timetable before the start of term.
As well as these in-person events, there are also a number of online induction modules that you must complete before or during induction week. Find them, along with lots of other useful information on the UCL New Students website.
UCL Students' Union Welcome Fair - Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October, 10am–5pm
Your chance to meet more than 300 sports clubs, societies, and student-led networks. Live entertainment, society demonstrations, performances, music and food in the Quad and Wilkins Terrace.
The Students' Union has a full calendar of activities on their website and the Welcome to UCL app.
Find out more about all the UCL induction activities at UCL on the New Students website.
- International students
As well as the main induction for all students, International students also have access to a dedicated online orientation course that you can complete before you arrive.
- Getting an ID card
You will need an ID card to access buildings and services. You’ll receive an email telling you how to make an appointment to get your card. We can also provide a letter confirming you are a student if you aren’t able to obtain an ID card before the start of teaching.
- Where to eat
There are lots of options for buying food both on campus and in the surrounding area. There are two places to eat within our building: the Lower Refectory, a large restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks, and the Print Room café, which serves sandwiches and drinks.
There is also a takeaway pizza shop on campus in Malet Place and you can head to nearby Tottenham Court Road for shops, cafes and takeaways. On Thursdays, a large farmers' market sells food in Torrington Square.
- How to find information and support
Make sure you check out the UCL Students website. It lists all the main student support services and key information for current students.
- Who to contact in the department
We are a friendly department and want to help you settle in to our community. Here are a few key contacts who can help with any questions you have.
Our Education Administrators deal with the administration of the BSc programme and can help you with module selections and amendments, timetables, Moodle/Portico difficulties and absences.
Dr Lisa Guppy, Department tutor
Lisa supports students throughout the programme on all things academic and can help you access learning support.
You can also get support with modules from the module leaders and you will be allocated a personal tutor when you arrive.
The department office on the second floor of South Wing is open during term time at set hours (2022 hours to be confirmed).
- How we’ll contact you/how to find information
Most information about your programme and modules can be found on our learning platform, Moodle. Once you have pre-enrolled and got your UCL credentials you’ll be able to log in, but don’t worry there’s nothing you need to do before term starts. We’ll show you how Moodle works as part of you induction and there are useful help guides available on the platform.
Once term starts, we’ll also send you regular emails to your UCL email account, so please make sure you check it.
- Settling into London
London is a fantastic city to live and study in. Watch UCL’s Make the Most of London video for some tips about making the city your home.
- Making the most of UCL
UCL will continue to send you information about opportunities that are available to you throughout the first few weeks of term. You can also take a look at the Make the Most of UCL website.
- Student reps
In the first few weeks we will ask for volunteers to be both academic and social reps. Student Academic Reps are the voice of their fellow students, attend dedicated meetings and have the power to influence decisions at UCL.
Social reps help to build the student community by organising social events and bringing students together.
- Meeting other students
As well as people you'll meet on the programme, the UCL Students’ Union is a great place to meet new friends and discover new interests. Here are some clubs and societies related to humanitarianism that you might be interested in joining:
- Students for Global Health
- Student Action for Refugees
- Wash Society
- International Relations Society
- Public Affairs and Social Service Society
- In Aid of UNICEF Society
- Friends of Médecins sans Frontières Society
We also have a dedicated IRDR society for our department – Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarianism Society. We'll introduce the reps when you arrive, but you can also find them on the UCL Students' Union website.