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6 tips for your first week at uni

Monday 14-09-2020 - 15:30

It’s your first week at Uni and there’s a lot of info to take in, lots of new faces and for some, a completely new city or country. To help your week go a little bit smoother, here’s a few tips:


ID Card Collections

Make sure you can access all the Uni buildings and services (and start making the most of student discount) by collecting your ID card. Complete your online enrolment by verifying your identity. You’ll then need to check your timetable for a scheduled collection slot.


Induction Talks

  • Do online sessions require “live” attendance?
  • How does new block teaching and blended teaching work?
  • Are there differences in how much we’re learning?
  • What happens if there’s a COVID case or further lockdown?

We could go on with these questions, the point is that they’ll be answered during the induction talks. So if you want the latest info, attend one of these talks and you’ll become a fountain of first term knowledge.


First day of teaching — online or on campus?

The answer is... it could be either. Depending on your course, your first day might be online via Microsoft Teams or on campus in one of the socially-distanced rooms. Check your timetable for info on your first day and if you’ve got any issues, get in touch with your Programme Team (these are the people who work behind the scenes to make sure everything course-admin related is ok). You can contact your Programme Team via the Student Hubs or on Moodle.


Personal Tutors

It's a good idea to get to know your Personal Tutor. They’ll be your go-to for any problems or questions about your course, assessments or your personal situation. They'll get in touch with you to introduce themselves so you don’t need to do anything.


Uni buildings and your teaching rooms

Once you’ve got your timetable, familiarise yourself with the rooms you’ll be in for your seminars and lectures. Maps for campus and every building are available here and it’s worth knowing the room numbers are usually broken down like this:

Example room: BS4.15

This means: it’s the Business School (BS), on the fourth floor (4) and it’s room 15 (.15).


Attending your lectures and seminars

By thinking ahead, your first lectures and seminars are guaranteed to go smoothly. If you’ve got a lecture at 09:00 and worried about rush hour buses and trains, consider an early start (coffee will help with this) and have a wander around campus to get to know the area before uni.

Online lectures and seminars will be held on Microsoft Teams. Download Teams and test it out ahead of time so you’re a pro on your first day. For support with IT problems, contact the IT team who will be able to help. If you’re struggling with equipment (i.e. you haven’t got a webcam), let your personal tutor know — it’s not the end of the world btw.


Your first year might not look exactly how you expected, but we promise to make sure you have the best uni experience possible. If you have any questions or concerns, drop us a message and we’ll do our best to help.


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