Distance Learning Students
We are delighted that you will soon be studying as a Distance Learning student with the University of Northampton. We want to make the transition and enrolment as smooth as possible. Please read our new students webpages as these provide a lot of useful information for you as a student (e.g. timetables, student support, IT information).
How do I enrol as a Distance Learning Student?
As a distance learning student, we will manage your enrolment online prior to commencing your programme. We will send you an email (around 2 weeks before the programme commences) inviting you to pre-enrol which will detail the pre-enrolment process and what you need to do (e.g. uploading ID documents). Once you have received your pre-enrolment invite you can login below:
How does Distance Learning work?
Our Distance Learning programmes are flexible and designed so that you can balance study with other commitments such as work and home. The course structure and learning material enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule whilst also offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.
Setting up your University Account
Please set up your University Account so that you can access your learning resources and systems once you have enrolled.
How do I access the learning resources?
The Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is our dedicated university learning platform for students. It is through NILE that you will study your programme and submit your work for assessment. NILE has a range of tools, including virtual classrooms, that will enable you to interact with your tutors and other students and give you access to teaching materials, reading and resources as well as academic support. It is also where announcements are made and where you will be able to see your grades and feedback.
What is the Student Hub?
Once you have enrolled on your programme you will be able to access the Student Hub which provides extensive information on a range of areas including:
- MyNorthampton App
- Our mobile or web app which provides a one-stop-shop for everything about your studies and student life
- Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE)
- Your Timetable
- Your Programme
- Student Support
- Changemaker Hub
- Our Changemaker Hub creates the space for students to explore social innovation, gain valuable work experience, meet employers, introduces the changing world of work and prepares students for life after University
Support from your Personal Tutor
Throughout the duration of your studies, you will have access to a dedicated Personal Tutor (PT). Your PT is allocated at the start of your studies and they are there to help from the very start as you settle into your programme and right up to the point you graduate.
Your PT will be in touch regularly through the academic year to see how you are getting on but you don’t have to wait for them to contact you. If you want to talk about how to achieve your ambitions, your academic success or have something to confidential which you wish to discuss then please contact your PT. Your PT is also able to signpost you to some of the more specialist services (see below) or help you understand how policies and processes work.
You will be allocated a PT during the first few weeks of your programme and you can access this information via your programme NILE site or by contacting the programme team. Prior to the allocation of your PT your academic contact will be the programme leader.
What other academic support is available?
Alongside your PT you will also have module leaders who can help you with specific queries about the modules on which you are enrolled. This is the person to talk to if you have specific study difficulties with the module, for instance, if you don’t fully understand the assessment requirements of a module, or have difficulties obtaining reading material.
Your programme leader is also available to provide support and guidance throughout the duration of your studies at the University.
What other support is available at the University?
The University of Northampton offers you extensive support throughout your studies. We have a range of support and services available to help ensure that your time studying with us is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. Our services offer support in many areas including academic, mental and physical health, disabilities, and general student support.
Our Supporting You pages and Student Hub (accessible once you have enrolled) provide a wide range of information on the support which is available. If you are unsure which support might be right for you or you are not sure what is available then please contact the Student Information Desk.