Are you working on your first assignment?
If you would like to discuss how to approach and write your first assignment you could book a tutorial with a Learning Development tutor to discuss your approach. If you need support in finding the right resources (books, journal articles) for your assignment you could book a tutorial with an Academic Librarian to practice your searching techniques. If you have already received some feedback from your tutor, the Learning Development team can also discuss how to apply that feedback to your future work and assignments, in order to make improvements. Contact us to book an appointment.
To help you settle into your new home
Our residential team; full time advisors and officers as well as our student assistants are here to help and guide you through your first year with us. Information about accommodation and more detail on how we support you can be found in our booklet.
Recruitment for our UON Student Ambassador role occurs during the Autumn term every year. If you’re successful, you could be working for the university on a range of activities including; working with prospective students on campus tours, open days, school activities, online chat functions and discovery days. Being an Ambassador will help you to develop and enhance a variety of valuable skills, including communication, presentation and leadership which will help with your employability and future job applications.
The Employability Award and you
Hopefully you have already completed your self-assessment and your action plan and be some way into your practical experience (experiential learning). If you need any help with your award book an appointment with a careers advisor or coach. Phone 01604 892727, email Changemakerhub@northampton.ac.uk or log onto the Changemaker Portal.
Does your course include a funded educational or study trip?
Some courses offer free study and educational trips and visits, but you’ll know about these already from when you went through the UCAS application process and you did all your research for your course. Why not have a chat with your lecturers and see when these trips are planned across your course and then you’ll know when to save some money for equipment and materials you might need for the trip.
All study trips are subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19.
Here to help and support when you need us
Getting to know what support services are available and how to access them is really important. There are pop-up events on campus throughout the year, from all our support services which can help signpost you to these services. Click on the links to find out more about what academic support you can access and how our resources will support you with your studies.
Who to contact if things aren’t going to plan?
If things don’t go according to plan, don’t worry, we are able to support you. Your Personal Tutor or other members of your academic team can help with academic matters such as concerns about meeting assignment deadlines or what resources to use in your assignments. General queries are probably best answered by the Student Information Desk and you can also contact the Student Support and Advice Team (link to Student Hub, requires student login) to discuss options. Whatever happens, please let us know so we can take some of the burden and worry off your shoulders
How are you settling into university life?
Moving to university can be an overwhelming time but you have support around you to make settling in that little bit easier. If you are struggling with your course or just need to see a friendly face, our independent advice service can offer support. As well as academic advice, we provide advice on housing, self-care, work-life balance and also financial help. You can contact our advisors via email or visit the Engine Shed.
Have you joined any student groups? It’s a brilliant opportunity to meet people similar to you. We have a range of academic, recreational and sport clubs to get involved with.