We're here to support you to become the best independent learner you can be. Here are some of the areas you can start to explore to help you feel confident to start your new academic life. 

Course essentials and induction

Your Course Essentials includes useful information to help you prepare for your studies, including information about your course and any recommended reading. They also include contact details for your Course Team.

Your course induction is an important part of your first few weeks of university. Here you will be able to meet other students on your course, as well as your lecturers. Your Course Team will be in contact with detailed induction information; however, you can also check your welcome schedule for an overview of your orientation activities (these will be available a couple of weeks before you arrive).


Our Virtual Learning Environment, or VLE, is known as Blackboard. Blackboard is your online learning hub and you will be given access when you arrive. Your Course Team will post your course information and resources on Blackboard. This is where you can access recorded lectures and take part in online learning activities. Blackboard will also be where you’ll submit assignments or essays via Turnitin.

Academic support

There is a range of support available to help you reach your academic potential while at university.

Meet your Personal Academic Tutor

Every student is allocated a key named member of academic staff, from their course of study, called a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT). Your PAT provides you with academic support, so together you can identify any skills you need to develop.

Connect with a Student Peer Mentor

Our Student Peer Mentors are first, second, third year and postgraduate students, trained to provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk freely and ask questions. They can provide reassurance and guidance to help you succeed in your studies, build support networks and feel connected to the wider University community. And you can connect with a peer mentor even before you arrive via email. 

Meet your Learning Skills Team

The Learning Skills Team work with students to develop their study skills. The team offer guidance on researching information, referencing and writing assignments. Each Faculty is assigned a specialist Learning Developer and Learning & Research Librarian to offer you personalised support.

Discover your Learning Skills Hub

Whether you need some extra help to understand how to write an academic essay, or want to up your grades, you can find a range of resources and online modules on your Learning Skills Hub. To get started, why not try some of the following modules:

And if you’re a Postgraduate student, you could look at:

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