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Essential preparation for your first session

 1. Be absolutely sure that you have booked a place

If you haven't yet booked, read our booking instructions and make your bookings, here. Once your booking has been made you will receive an automated email confirming this. If you make Basic Statistics Stream module booking at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term please don't worry if the confirmation isn't immediate; our administrator has to process each booking individually, so it takes a little time.

2. Make sure you have your login details, and access to appropriate software (if required)

Most SSRMP courses are taught in person. If you are physically attending a module in a Managed Cluster Service (MCS) room with workstations, you'll need your Cambridge University username and a password. This will be your Raven password (for students who first enrolled before February 2014) or your combined UIS password (for students who enrolled in or after February 2014). If you don't have a password please speak with your College or contact the Computing Service Helpdesk. You can find more information about IT services for students, here.

For face-to-face practical teaching you will be required to bring your own fully charged laptop with the required software loaded onto it. Charging points are not always available in the training rooms. 

The SSRMP are not able to provide technical or computing support to students for online teaching. Most problems can be solved by contacting either your departmental IT office, or the Computing Service Helpdesk, although this is likely to be limited to University of Cambridge resources, and not personal personal laptops/licences, etc. 


3. Enrol on your course Moodle page

After receiving booking confirmation, students should follow the instructions on the confirmation email and enrol on the Moodle page for the appropriate module. 

The Moodle page for each module contains learning materials, and is the conduit by which all students can communicate with their lecturers and their lecturers with them.

More information

External Participants will be enrolled onto the appropriate Moodle module page, as guests, by the SSRMP. If you have not received a welcome email by the day before your module takes place, please contact


4. Download and install the software required for your module

If you are undertaking a module which requires software to be installed onto your computer, it is also vital that you arrange this well in advance of the module stating. Information on how to access suitable software licences will be provided on the Moodle course page, and any software enquiries should be directed to the lecturer or your departmental IT officer. For more inforamtion about software packages, please click here.


5. Do the reading, and prepare for your module

Consult the Moodle page for your module, and do any reading, and watch any preparatory online videos that are required before the first session. For example, some modules may require students to watch theory videos prior to undertaking a practical live training session. As with any academic endeavour, the more you put in, the more you will get out. 



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