2023 Welcome Packs.
Our welcome packs provide important information about your programme and starting your studies so that you can settle into University life during your first few weeks. Check the Welcome packs accordion for your specific welcome pack.
- A welcome from your programme team
- Information about welcome and induction week
- Your academic contact (programme leader). You will also be issued a Personal Tutor once you commence your studies
They may also include reading lists and resources.
If you cannot currently see your welcome pack, please check back regularly for updates.
The purpose of these pages is to help you prepare for coming to study with us. We want to make sure that you are inspired, anchored, prepared, and enabled to succeed.
Learning and teaching at the University of Northampton is designed to help you take control of your own learning, using small group teaching, team-working and one-to-one tutorials that allow learning to take place in face-to-face environments and using carefully crafted digital experiences. To help you prepare for this personalised approach to learning, our welcome and induction activities are designed to introduce you to our learning technologies so that you are ready to go for the start of term. Through engaging in some preparatory work before our live sessions, you can think about some of the questions you might have and have opportunities to explore the many ways in which you are supported. You can also meet the other students on your programme.
Understanding your Qualification
You can view your Award Map online and will help you find out more about each module which comprises your qualification, the module co-ordinator and how you will be assessed.
The University’s Skills Hub provides you with the tools you need to succeed including access to the University’s library, reading lists, referencing, the development of academic skills, tips how to study and research and information about the one-to-one support we provide to students.
Once you have enrolled and your modules have been confirmed, you’ll be able to access your timetables, this can be done online (username and password required). Please be aware, timetables are subject to change, so we would encourage you to subscribe to your module timetables, so you are kept informed of any changes.
Technology is a key part of all learning and teaching for students at Northampton. Some of you may have more experience than others in this area. The University provides a range of support whatever your skill level. Some of the technology will become available when you are fully enrolled whilst others may be accessible at an earlier stage.
As part of our welcome and induction, we would like you to engage with us using our online tool, Blackboard Collaborate. It is broadly similar to using Skype or Zoom, which you may have come across before. You will be able to join your Welcome and Induction sessions as a guest, meaning that you do not need to create an account in order to participate.
Test Collaborate by visiting our test ‘classroom’ to address any technological challenges. This classroom will be available 24/7 from now until the end of September. You can join the classroom now and follow the instructions to test your audio and video functions.
If you are still experiencing difficulties, please call our on-site team for further help: +44 (0)1604 893333.
All key University systems will become available to you once you are fully enrolled
1) NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment)
NILE is the University’s digital campus. It is a collection of online tools provided by the University to support your learning and assessment. NILE is an essential part of your studies, and you will find yourself using it frequently during your time with us at Northampton.
Each of your modules has its own NILE course, and you will also have a NILE course for your programme too. The NILE courses for your modules will contain all the key information about the modules you are taking, including information about your assignments. In your NILE courses you will find module guides, resources which have been uploaded by your lecturers, and online activities for you to take part in. You will also find other important information in your NILE courses, including reading lists, and, importantly, your assignment submission points. The NILE courses for your modules will contain information about each specific module, whereas the NILE course for your programme will contain wider information about the programme of studies you have enrolled on.
When you first login to NILE you will see Organisations on the left side of the page. There will be an introduction to NILE in there which gives you all the information you need to get started.
2) Rate your digital fitness / digital capability using the Discovery Tool
Whilst we are getting familiar with different technologies, we don’t always step back and have a look at the big picture of our digital capability profile. Doing this allows us to pick out areas where we may need to spend a bit more time for self improvement – working smarter and not harder. The University Discovery Tool will provide guidance on areas you may wish to focus on in addition to useful links to resources which will help you.
3) LinkedIn Learning and the University Skills Hub
Once you become a student at the University of Northampton, you will have access to a wealth of online expert videos through LinkedIn Learning so you can improve your key study skills, digital skills, business skills, and lots more – any time, any place. You also have full access to the University Skills Hub which provides a range of tailored academic support.
4) Useful free Apps and tools to download
There are a number of free apps which are available for Apple and Android devices : Blackboard, LinkedIn Learning, MyNorthampton, and Safezone
Also look at our student software page for all the software that is free to University students including Microsoft Office and software to help with some subject areas. (Username and password required)
If you do not have a laptop then you may wish to take the student offer of a device where possible (course depending).
5) Open sessions and support on site
These will be advertised on the screens around campus and will be available for any student. In addition, staff will be available at a range of service desks who can provide help and support depending on your needs.
In addition to the University’s Academic Skills Hub, the University’s Changemaker Hub will help you develop other skills and attitudes employers value and become a Changemaker of the future.
Changemaker aims to help students:
- Develop personal awareness, community understanding, and ability to collaborate with others;
- Develop abilities for catalysing social change such as civic engagement, social innovation, social justice, and philanthropy;
- Practice changemaking by taking action and activating others around a societal challenge.
In addition, the University of Northampton Students’ Union has clubs and societies, sports and other social activities which you can join, as well as provide support, information and guidance.
If your course has any extra activities students can do, please provide any information, including links, below. Please specify whether an activity is compulsory or not.
Supporting your career aspiration
We are committed to developing graduates who are not only qualified to get their first graduate job but who have also developed the skills and attributes they need to progress their chosen career.
Employability and Changemaker are embedded into the curriculum and this is further supported by the extensive range of extra and co-curricular initiatives to enhance students’ employability and social entrepreneurship skills.
The Changemaker Hub works with students before, during and after their studies to develop and enhance employability through our extensive network of relationships with business and community organisations. Finishing university with a good degree is great; graduating with a well-rounded and complete set of employability skills is even better.
Undergraduate Welcome Packs
- Accounting & Finance BSc
- Acting BA
- Acting for Contemporary & Devised Performance BA
- Advertising and Digital Marketing BA
- Architectural Technology BSc
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Science BSc
- Biochemistry BSc
- Biological Sciences BSc
- Biomedical Science BSc
- Business Computing BSc
- Business Management BA
- Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)
- Commerce & International Business (Top-up) BA
- Computer Networks Engineering BSc
- Computer Science BSc
- Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production BA
- Criminal and Corporate Investigation BA
- Criminology BA
- Criminology with Psychology BA
- Dental Nursing FdSc
- Early Childhood Studies BA
- Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up) BA
- Economics BSc
- Education Studies BA
- Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng
- Engineering (all pathways)
- English BA
- Enhancing Healthcare Practice BSc (Top-Up)
- Environmental Sciences BSc
- esports BSc
- Events Management BA
- Fashion, Textiles, Footwear and Accessories Design BA
- Fashion Marketing and Promotion BA
- Film and Screen Studies BA
- Finance BSc
- Fine Art BA
- Fine Art Painting and Drawing BA
- Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching (FDLT)
- Games Art BA, Games Design BA and Games Programming BSc
- Geography BSc
- Global Business Management (Top-up) BA
- Graphic Communication Design BA and Graphic Communication Design (Top-Up) BA
- Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Stage and Screen BA
- Health Sciences BSc
- Health and Social Care Practice BA
- History BA
- Human Resource Management BA
- Illustration BA
- Integrated Foundation Year
- Interior Architecture and Spatial Design BA
- International Accounting (Top-Up) BSc
- International Banking and Finance (Top-up) BSc
- International Business Management BA
- International Education (Top-Up) BA Welcome Pack
- International Finance (Top-Up) BSc
- International Tourism Management BA
- International Tourism & Hospitality Management (Top-Up) BA
- Law LLB and Law LLB Accelerated
- Law with Criminology BA
- Learning and Teaching (BALT)
- Leather Technology (all courses)
- Marketing BSc
- Marketing Management (Top-Up) BA
- Midwifery BSc
- Multimedia Journalism BA
- Multimedia Sports Journalism BA
- Music Production BA
- Nursing BSc – all pathways including Adult, Children and Young People, Learning Disability, and Mental Health
- Nursing Associate FdSc
- Occupational Therapy BSc
- Paramedic Science BSc
- Pharmacology BSc
- Photography BA and Photography Top-Up BA
- Physical Education and Sport BA
- Podiatry BSc
- Politics and International Relations BA
- Popular Music BA
- Primary Education 5-11 BA (Hons)
- Professional Accounting (Top-Up) BSc
- Professional Policing BA
- Product Design BA
- Psychology BSc (Hons) including Psychology (Counselling) and Psychology (Developmental and Educational)
- Social Care and Community Practice BA (Hons)
- Sociology BA
- Social Work BA
- Software Engineering BSc
- Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) BSc (Hons)
- Sport Coaching BSc
- Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc
- Sport and Exercise Science BSc
- Sport Management and Leadership BSc
- Sport Rehabilitation and Conditioning BSc
- Web Development and Cybersecurity BSc
- Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)
Postgraduate Welcome Packs
- Accounting & Finance MSc
- Accounting & Finance (Top-Up) MSc
- Advanced Clinical Practice and Apprenticeship
- Advanced Occupational Therapy MSc
- Advancing Practice MSc
- BIM-Enabled Sustainable Buildings MSc
- Business Analytics MSc
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) MSc
- Computing MSc (all pathways)
- Counselling MSc
- Counselling Children and Young People MSc
- Digital Marketing MSc
- Education MA
- English – Contemporary Literature MA
- Financial and Investment Analysis MSc
- History MA
- Human Resource Management MA and PGDip
- Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
- International Business Management MSc
- International Hotel Management MA
- International Marketing Strategy MSc
- International Tourism Development MA
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
- Master of Business Administration MBA
- MBA Finance
- Molecular Medicine MSc
- National Award in SEN Co-ordination (PG Certificate)
- PGCE (Top-Up) Primary/Early Years/Secondary
- Physiotherapy MSc (Pre-registration)
- Primary Education 5-11 QTS PGCE
- Project Management MSc
- Psychology MSc
- Public Health MSc
- Post Graduate Certificate in Low-Intensity Supervision Training
- Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education
- Return to Practice
- Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) including MSc Top-Up and PGDip
- Special Educational Needs and Inclusion MA
- Strength and Conditioning MSc
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA
- Youth and Community Leadership MA
Supporting Your Success
Visit the University Supporting You webpages to find out more about all our teams. The core teams you should find out about include:
- Library and Learning Services, including our Academic Librarian and Learning Development Teams
- Academic and Pastoral Support from your Personal Tutor and our Student Support and Advice Team
- The Student Information Desk who can signpost you to our specialist support services
- The University of Northampton Students’ Union – for clubs and societies, sports and other social activities, as well as support, information and guidance
- The IT Services Desk who can help resolve your IT issues.
Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful. Discussing these with your Personal Tutor during your one-to-one meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic year.
Support and Wellbeing
The Student Support and Advice Team offers friendly, professional and confidential advice and guidance during your studies.
If you are struggling on your course, have had a change of circumstances or you are experiencing life events that are affecting your ability to study, they support you and can be contacted via the Student Information Desk in the Learning Hub or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Students’ Union is a registered charity and based in The Engine Shed on the Waterside Campus. They are led by students, underpinned by volunteers and staff, seeking to ensure that your time at the university is the best it can possibly be; that it is rewarding, fulfilling, and memorable.
All students automatically become members of the Students’ Union for free, a vibrant diverse global community. As a member, you are entitled to all of their services and opportunities, including sports, societies, volunteering, welfare, advice, and support; representation, retail outlets, and student club nights.
Looking to volunteer?
The SU offers lots of volunteering opportunities for all student groups.
Nominate yourself to be a Course Representative who gather feedback from their cohort and meet with staff to discuss how to make the student experience even better.
Our course reps give you the chance to shape your own education, we also have free societies and sports to help you make friends and build a real community here at the University of Northampton.
To nominate yourself to become a Course Rep please speak to your lecturer who can recruit you.
For more information about Welcome Events and the range of services we offer head to the SU website.