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Orientation is not just about academics and administrative tasks. It is also about getting to know current Richmond students as well as other new students. We have provided opportunities to do this in a number of ways:

  • Peer Mentor Groups
  • Student Government Sessions
  • Virtual Social Activities
  • And more!

Have any questions?
Visit our FAQs section for more details about Fall 2020 Virtual Orientation.

MEET YOUR STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The Student Government is comprised of elected members of the student body. Its purpose is to serve and represent the interests of Richmond students in the areas of academic, social and student life. The Student Government also arranges social and educational activities for the entire student body. Parties, excursions, musical performances, competitions, charity events and more are all organised by students, for students.

Nicholas Guillermo Ceja
Student Government President

BA International Relations –
minor in Development Studies

United States of America

Chiara Di Venosa
Executive Vice President for Academics

BA Political Science

Italy

Bryan Cortright
Vice President, Richmond

BA International Business –
minors in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

United States

Maddison Jones
Vice President, Kensington

BA International Relations –
minor in Environmental Studies and Political Science

United Kingdom

Amal Tabache
Events Coordinator, Richmond

BA Business Management: Entrepreneurship

Morocco

Sabrina Fielden
Communications and PR Director

BA International Relations –
minor in Environmental Studies

United States of America

Iva-Elaine Tan
Treasurer

BA Finance & Accounting

United States of America

MEET YOUR PEER MENTORS

During orientation undergraduates and visiting students will be connected with a Peer Mentor. This is a current Richmond student, who has been selected to help guide you through Orientation and beyond. In the first part of term, they will set up video calls with you as well as a small group of other new students. (After on campus orientation in late October, they will set up in-person meetings.) The Peer Mentor will highlight some initial important academic skills and resources you will need to succeed during your time at Richmond. But the groups are also supposed to be a fun and informal way to meet other new students!

Alexis Mazzatta
Peer Mentor Coordinator

BA Marketing –
minor in Psychology

United States of America

Samantha Ferreira
Peer Mentor Coordinator

BA Economics

United States of America

Sabrina Fielden
Peer Mentor

BA International Relations –
minor in Environmental Studies

United States of America

Valeria Fioravanti
Peer Mentor

BA International Business –
minor in Finance and Accounting

Italy

Serena Khan
Peer Mentor

BA Psychology –
minors in Mathematics and Marketing

United States of America

Asba-Tammia Majeed
Peer Mentor

BA International Business

United Kingdom

Mya Chopra-Mcfarlane
Peer Mentor

BA Psychology

United Kingdom

Alisha Saeed
Peer Mentor

BA Psychology

United Kingdom

Elizabeth Sims
Peer Mentor

BA International Relations –
minor in Environmental Science

United Kingdom

Rabia Zulfiqar
Peer Mentor

BA Economics

United Kingdom

Help & Support

Our staff and student leaders are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for Virtual Orientation. If you have any questions before, during or after Orientation, below are a helpful list of contacts.

Prior to reaching submitting your enquiry, review the FAQs, as your question may already be answered there.

Admissions
admissions@richmond.ac.uk

Finance
finance@richmond.ac.uk

Academics
registryservices@richmond.ac.uk

IT
itsupport@richmond.ac.uk

Orientation, Student Life & Residence Life (Housing)
studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk

Not sure who to contact? That’s ok!
If you email studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk we can make sure your query reaches the right department.

FAQs

Our list frequently asked questions is intended to help students understand the Orientation process clearly. Having a virtual schedule this year is bound to complicate matters too. Just get in contact if we can’t answer your question below.

“Visiting students” are students attending Richmond as part of a short-term exchange or study abroad opportunity for a semester or year. For example, students here as part of a University of Southern California, Tulane University, Institut Supérieur de Gestion or Paris School of Business exchange would fall under this category. Their Virtual Orientation is taking place Wednesday, 2 September – Friday, 4 September 2020.

“Undergraduate Degree students” are students who have enrolled with Richmond directly and intend to complete their full bachelor’s degree here. They are starting the semester later than Visiting Students. Their New Student Virtual Orientation is taking place Monday, 21 September – Friday, 25 September 2020.

“Postgraduate Degree students” are students who have enrolled with Richmond directly and intend to complete their full postgraduate degree here. They are starting the semester later than Visiting Students. Their New Postgraduate Virtual Orientation is taking place Thursday, 24 September – Friday, 25 September 2020.

If you are an incoming undergraduate student, you will not receive access to your university email or Blackboard account until late August. You will be sent an email explaining how to log into your university email. Once you have done so, you will be asked to complete a Pre-Orientation Checklist. This is a brief online form that confirms your place at Richmond. If the steps within the Pre-Orientation Checklist have been completed and we do not need any additional information from you, then in the week leading up to Orientation you will receive an email invitation to the university portal, Blackboard. This is where the majority of orientation will take place.

Keep an eye on your inbox!

If you submit the Pre-Orientation Checklist, but it is incomplete or a staff member contacts you for additional information based on your responses, those tasks need to be completed prior to receiving an invitation to Blackboard.

Follow these tips from our IT Department to have the best Blackboard experience.

If you are having any trouble with this please email studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk

See the Orientation Step-by-Step Guide.

The ultimate aim of orientation is to provide an academic and social introduction to the university and help you transition to campus life. Richmond has put a comprehensive and dynamic programme into place so that you are still able to do this – even virtually!

We will host a series of online sessions and live chats during orientation week. These will be led by staff and current university students. We have also set up a number of learning modules, on the university portal, Blackboard.

Orientation week will also feature virtual social events. During this induction period, we will also be connecting you with current Richmond students and other new students in Peer Mentor groups.

Once students are able to join us on campus (currently planned for late October), Richmond will run an in-person Campus Orientation to highlight any remaining areas that need to be covered, host social events and support students as they acclimate to London.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding virtual orientation week, please let us know. Email studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk

As an incoming undergraduate student:

  • KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR INBOX! Over the summer, our admissions team will be sending you reminders to the personal email address you provided in your application, asking you to complete a number of administrative steps.
  • In late August, we will send you an email explaining how to log into your university email. Once you have done so, you will be asked to complete a Pre-Orientation Checklist.
  • Complete the Pre-Orientation Checklist so that you can be sure you have finished all the necessary administrative steps needed to take part in Orientation.
  • If you submit the Pre-Orientation Checklist, but it is incomplete or a staff member contacts you for additional information based on your responses, those tasks need to be completed prior to receiving an invitation to Blackboard.

See the Orientation Step-by-Step Guide.

  • Review the Virtual Orientation Schedule to get a sense of what is on offer. (Note, it is in draft form and timings/sessions may change. A final version will be posted the week before Orientation.)
  • Check your email frequently, including your new Richmond email account (once you have access). Your Richmond email will become the main way faculty and staff will get in touch with you going forward. They will not be using your personal email account.
  • Come up with a plan of where you be when you tune into Virtual Orientation. Do you have good access to wifi and a quiet corner at home? Do you need to go to a local library? Start to make a plan.
  • Have any questions or concerns, check the rest of the FAQs or reach out to a member of staff. We are here to help you! studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk

Yes. Our aim is to make the Virtual Orientation as interactive as possible. We will host live talks during the week, as well as Q&A sessions in order to give you the opportunity to speak directly with students and staff. There are also virtual orientation social events scheduled. Additionally, we will be connecting all new undergraduate and visiting students with a Peer Mentor. A Peer Mentor is a current Richmond student, who will help guide you through your first year. For now, get to know Richmond’s student leaders a bit more. Meet Your Student Leaders.

Yes. There are sessions that are mandatory for you to complete within Virtual Orientation. Most of these sessions are not live, but rather learning modules found on Blackboard (the university portal we are using for Orientation). The learning modules should not take you more than a couple hours to complete over the course of the week. We will be monitoring your engagement with them. If we have any live mandatory sessions and you cannot make the time it is offered, then we will record them and you can watch it later. We expect all mandatory sessions to be completed before 9am on Monday, 28 September 2020. Other sessions offered during the week are strongly encouraged and will set you up to be successful during your time at Richmond, but are not mandatory. You can find out if a session is mandatory or not by clicking on the event description within the Virtual Orientation Schedule. We will also list out all mandatory sessions within your Blackboard Task List.

IMPORTANT NOTES ON MANDATORY SESSIONS:

  1. For any mandatory live events, if you are not able to attend at the time we are hosting it, watching a recording of the event afterwards is acceptable. Recordings will be available within a day of filming on Blackboard, the university portal.
  2. There are two mandatory immigration sessions. However, only students attending Richmond on those visas will be expected to attend. These are the Tier 4 and Short-term Visitors sessions. If neither of these sessions apply to you, then you do NOT need to attend.

Yes, both are mandatory. Our staff are working hard behind the scenes to produce some fantastic virtual and in-person orientations. We will be sharing more information about Campus Orientation (starting the week of 26 October) in the coming weeks. Similar to Virtual Orientation, some sessions will be mandatory and others optional.

For the latest updates on the university’s preparations in relation to COVID-19, please visit the university’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice & Guidance portal.

Please email Student Affairs studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk. We are here to support you.

Further information about Richmond including Finance, Housing, Student Life and more can be found on the Richmond website FAQs section.