CSM Student and staff handbook

1. Introduction

1.1 Introducing CSM at the University of Exeter

1.2 Your first week - Welcome Week

1.3 CSM staff members

1.4 Academic week numbers and key dates for the forthcoming academic year


1. Introduction

Welcome to the Camborne School of Mines (CSM). We hope you have a happy and rewarding time whilst studying towards your degree with us. The geology and mining engineering degrees at CSM will provide you with the academic background and key transferable skills to develop a career in one or more of the many areas of geoscience and mining and beyond.

This student and staff handbook is given to all first year mining engineering and geology students and staff in CSM. It provides an overview of the structure, regulations and assessment of our undergraduate degree programmes. It also provides a guide to effective study practices and a summary of the expectations that CSM has of its staff, and those that CSM staff have of its students.

Please read this handbook carefully and refer to it throughout your degree. Use it to make sure you understand which modules you are required to take for your degree programme (Section 9.4) and how you will be assessed. Year 1 of your degree is a qualifying year that you need to pass to proceed to Year 2 and beyond. Assessment in the second, and subsequent years, will contribute towards your final degree classification (see Section 3).

To complete your degree, you must undertake and pass a series of modules each academic year. The titles of the module in your degree are provided in Section 9.4 and full descriptions of their content can be accessed via links in this appendix, but are also provided on the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE, see also Section 2.4.2) – the University’s online learning resource. Background information on what to expect in the theory exams associated with these modules is given in Sections 2.5.1 and 3.11. Descriptions of all summatively-assessed assignments (i.e. tasks or problems set that contribute to the final mark you receive for a module) conform to a standard template (Section 9.5) and are posted on the relevant module ELE pages.

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1.1 Introducing CSM at the University of Exeter

CSM is part of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) and is based at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall. The University of Exeter shares the Penryn Campus with Falmouth University and, between us, run a 50:50 joint venture called Falmouth Exeter Plus (FXPlus) who manage the campus's buildings, facilities and services.

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1.2 Your first week – Welcome Week

The first few days at university can be bewildering. The purpose of Welcome Week is to give you an opportunity to get to know your way around before your programme commences. There is much that is new and perhaps a little confusion is inevitable, so do not hesitate to ask if you are unsure about anything.

Registration: First, you need to register formally as a student. This is done on-line via Exeter’s Student Record System. Please register as soon as possible. Fees are due on the first day of term and after mid-October a late payment fee may apply. If you have any queries about registration or fee payment, please visit Info at Penryn, based in the Peter Lanyon Building (click here and here for more information).

Meet your Personal Tutor: You will be allocated a personal tutor, who you will meet in Welcome Week. Your Personal Tutor is a member of CSM academic staff. Their role is to monitor your progress, from examination performance and module choices to offering help with non-academic problems such as advising you as necessary on the availability of appropriate specialist and professional assistance. It is very important that you attend all timetabled meetings with your tutor.

Campus Services: Welcome week is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the services available to you on the Penryn Campus such as the library, Students’ Union, and The Career Zone. These services are described in this handbook (Sections 6 and 8). You will, however, be allocated times to be formally introduced to some of these services by University staff.

Orientate Yourself: Locate the Info at Penryn, based in the Peter Lanyon building. This is the place where you will find information about modules and exams and it is where you will submit assignments. If there is ever a reason why you cannot complete an assignment or attend an exam you should inform Info Point staff as soon as possible. The majorityof CSM staff are found in the western end of the Du Maurier building. At the eastern-end of this building you will find the CSM Geology Teaching laboratory and Engineering laboratory. Other lecture and seminar spaces are found on Level 3 in the Du Maurier building above the Stannary, on Levels 1 and 2 in The Exchange, and on Levels 0 and 1 in the Peter Lanyon building.

Safety Briefing: will be held in Welcome Week. At this meeting you will be asked to fill in two important documents. Please make sure that you complete and return these forms. If for any reason you miss the safety briefing, please see Dr. Jens Andersen (Geology) or Dr. Andy Wetherelt (Mining).

Online Compliance Form:

Email: The best way to make contact with the CSM staff is via email. You should check your University email account daily. You can forward email to another external email account (click here for instructions), but the University accepts no responsibility for the loss of messages forwarded to such accounts and guidelines require that university business is only conducted using the University’s email accounts.

'In Case of Emergency' forms (ICE)

During your time at CSM, you may have the opportunity to attend Day or Residential Fieldclass away from the University. It is therefore very important that we hold up to date details about your emergency contact and any medical conditions you may have, so we can greatly assist the Emergency Services and allow your nominated emergency contact to be quickly informed. This may mitigate the consequences of your injuries and alleviate unnecessary concern.

The information you provide will be kept safe for the current academic year and will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you are due to attend a fieldclass, and you have not completed an ICE form, you will not be permitted to attend the fieldclass.

The ICE form can be found here.

If you know you will be attending a Residential Fieldclass, and know the name of the fieldclass, please select its name from the 'Please select the field trip you are going on' menu.

If you are unsure about which fieldclass you are due to attend, please select 'don't know : unknown' from this menu

Seminar Series:

The CSM Association: (CSMA, an organization of Camborne School of Mines alimni) was formed for all former students and is an independent, self-governing and entirely self-financing organisation. It encourages current students to join and benefit from its services. The Association is run by Claire Yelland, who is based in the CSM Museum in the Du Maurier Building. As well as organising social events around the world, she also produces three newsletters and the CSMA Journal every year, promotes vacancies within the industry and sells the CSM merchandise. Please visit the CSM Association website for more information (click here) or contact Claire (via phone: 01326 371845, or Email: Secretary@csmassociation.com).

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1.3 CSM staff members

CSM lecturing staff maintain an open-door policy for student enquiries. They also have one set time each week during term time when they will be in their office (which will be advertised on their office door). All CSM staff and their contact details are provided in 9.1. Key staff and their contact details are provided in Table 1. Staff whereabouts should always be indicated by a message on their door.


                                            Table 1. Key undergraduate education-facing CSM staff


Prof. Kip Jeffrey

Head of CSM


01326 259442

Prof. Pat Foster

CSM Director of Eduation


01326 371828

Dr. Ian Bailey

CSM Duputy Director of Eduation


01326 259410

Dr. Andrew Wetherelt

Programme Lead for undergraduate Mining Engineering


01326 255693

Dr. Ian Bailey

Programme Lead for undergraduate Geology


01326 259322

Dr. Kathryn Moore

Undergraduate Senior Tutor


01326 255693

Dr. Robin Shail

Undergraduate Admissions Officer


01326 371826

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1.4 Academic week numbers and key dates for the forthcoming academic year

The academic year has 32 weeks divided into three terms of varying lengths. The dates of terms are published in the University Calendar. The University refers to specific weeks in the academic year using an alphanumeric week label scheme (Tab. 2). The current academic year, including important dates, is shown in Table 3. University regulations require that you are not permitted to be away from the University during Revision Week or during the Exam periods.


Table 2. University of Exeter alphanumeric week label scheme

SA01, ...., SA08 Summer Vacation
T1:00 Freshers' Week
T1:01, T1:02, ...., T1:12 Autumn Term - Teaching
X001, X002, .... Christmas Vacation
T1:00 Spring Term - Assessment Week
T2:01, ...., T2:11 Spring Term - Teaching
E001, E002, .... Easter Vacation
T3:01 Summer Term - Revision Week
T3:02, ...., T3:07 Summer Term - Teaching/Assessment
SP01, SP02, .... Summer Vacation (post teaching)


                                                              Table 3. Timetable for 2017-18

Week CommencingTermWeek Label*Timetable weekImportant Events
September 17th 2018 - T1:00 8 Welcome Week
September 24th 2018 1 T1:01 9 Week one of teaching
October 1st 2018 1 T1:02 10  
October 8th 2018 1 T1:03 11  
October 15th 2018 1 T1:04 12  
October 22nd 2018 1 T1:05 13 ACTIVITIES WEEK (2nd, 3rd and 4th years)
October 29th 2018 1 T1:06 14 OPPORTUNITIES WEEK (1st years)
November 5th 2018 1 T1:07 15  
November 12th 2018 1 T1:08 16  
November 19th 2018 1 T1:09 17  
November 26th 2018 1 T1:10 18  
December 3rd 2018 1 T1:11 19  
December 10th 2018 1 T1:12 20  
CHRISTMAS VACATION - X001-X003 21-23 Out of term period = 17th December-4th January
January 7th 2019 - T2:00 24 Exam Period
January 14th 2019 2 T2:01 25  Week one of teaching
January 21st 2019 2 T2:02 26  
January 28th 2019 2 T2:03 27  
February 4th 2019 2 T2:04 28  
February 11th 2019 2 T2:05 29  
February 18th 2019 2 T2:06 30  
February 25th 2019 2 T2:07 31  
March 4th 2019 2 T2:08 32  
March 11th 2019 2 T2:09 33  
March 18th 2019 2 T2:10 34  
March 25th 2019 2 T2:11 35 Term finishes March 29th
EASTER VACATION - E001-E004 36-39 1st April-26th April
April 29th 2019 3 T3:01 40 Revision week
May 6th 2019 3 T3:02 41 Exam Period
May 13th 2019 3 T3:03 42 Exam Period
May 20th 2019 3 T3:04 43 Exam Period
May 27th 2019 3 T3:05 44 Exam Period
June 3rd 2019 3 T3:06 45 Exam Boards
June 10th 2019 3 T3:07 46 Exam Boards
June 17th 2019 - SP01 47 Exam Boards 
June 24th 2019 - SP02 48 Exam Boards
July 1st 2019 - SP03 49 Exam Boards
July 8th 2019 - SP04 50  
July 15th 2019 - SP05 51  
July 22nd 2019 - SP06 52  
July 29th 2019 - SP07 53  
August 5th 2019 - SP08 54  
August 12th 2019 - SP09 55 Ref/Def Exams and Coursework
August 19th 2019 - SP10 56  
August 26th 2019 - SP11 57  
September 2nd 2019 - SP12 58  
September 9th 2019 - SP13 59  
September 16th 2019 - SP14 60  

*see Tab. 1 for code explanations


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