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Studying With Us

Supporting your studies

We have an excellent range of supportive resources to aid our students in all aspects of their studies in order to help them achieve their academic potential.

We recognise that our students have different needs so we offer a diverse range of personalised systems to help students achieve their aims.

  • Library and Learning Services (LLS) can provide help with various aspects of academic study. The library is open seven days, offering a range of timely and accessible learning support delivered online and face-to-face – embedded within courses or as personalised help.

    Visit the library website

    Learning Development

    The University’s Learning Development team offers one-to-one sessions, telephone or e-tutorials, drop in sessions, bespoke workshops for groups of students. Learning Development also provides study packs, Infographics, videos and rough guides on all academic skills including statistics, essay writing, critical analytical writing, dissertations and numeracy.

    Academic Librarians

    The Academic Librarians can help you locate and find academic resources for your assignments and study via drop-in sessions or appointments.

    Customer Service Team

    These are the front of house team, who can help you locate resources and use the library.

    We appreciate that some students may find using library services overwhelming, particularly if they have a disability, medical condition, specific learning difference or are experiencing personal or mental health issues. Our staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. Their primary aim is to enable, support and enhance your use of the library and our range of resources, facilities and services so please ask if you need any help.

    If you feel your needs are complex and you require more tailored support in order to make the best use of library services then please contact

    Skills Hub

    The Skills Hub is where you can find a range of resources including guides, tutorials and videos to help you with your academic study. It’s open for students, staff and the community.

    Accessing books/journals/NELSON

    The Academic Librarians can help you access resources for your assignments. You can book an appointment with them or drop by for some quick help in their drop-in sessions.


    Northampton Electronic Search Online (NELSON) is a useful tool that you can use to search for e-books, books, journal articles and other resources that will help you with your assignments. You can access NELSON from any computer with an internet connection.

    For an introduction on how to use NELSON, please watch this brief video.

  • Whether you’re living in halls or commuting, we want to help with your transition to university life. We provide Welcome Packs for each subject so that you can be introduced to your peers and academics, and get familiar with your learning spaces. We have a range of information and resources available to help you in your first few weeks with us, including an induction checklist and getting started guide.

  • University specific terms might be new to you when you come to study with us, so we have a handy Glossary of Academic Terms you might find useful.

  • You can see how our current students are getting on and what our alumni have got up to since graduating in our Student Stories.

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