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New students guide

The new students guide includes everything you need to know about starting University, with a handy checklist of tasks to help you through your first term.

Welcome to all new students

Welcome to the College of Social Sciences and International Studies


I am the Associate Dean Education for the College and I am looking forward to both virtual and in-person opportunities to meet with you over this academic year.  Across the College all staff have been working hard to prepare for the beginning of term to develop the best and safest possible educational experience for you.  In view of the pandemic, we have had to make a number of major changes to the ways in which deliver our teaching and how we offer academic support.

You will experience a mixture of on-line and on-campus teaching.  We have developed a range of new systems, platforms and resources to help you make the most of your time with us.  The context of coronavirus means that we will need to work differently together this year, and that the delivery of your education will not be as traditionally conceived – for example, your are unlikely to experience any large in-person lectures this year – but our new approaches are designed to maximise your learning opportunities. There will be many changes: many of the teaching methods we are using are new for academic staff and students; the timetable will operate differently for all of us; and the campus layout is new and the safety rules for moving around spaces are different, even for those of us who have been here for many years. 

For this reason it is important that we recognise that at the beginning of this academic year we are a community of learners and we are experiencing many of these changes together.  These are very uncertain times and during this period we will all be developing new skills and expect that during the first term there will be changes in how we operate as we acclimatise to new ways of working and develop good practice.   We are keen to receive feedback and will be putting measures in place through SSLCs and via module tutors to help us understand what works best and how we can refine and improve our new ways of working together.  Most important will be the sense of community, the friends and relationships we create, in virtual environments and in small groups.  We must be kind and patient, reflective and supportive of each other whilst developing channels for discussion, debate, and finding solutions together.

 Professor Sue Prince

 Associate Dean (Education), College of Social Sciences & International Studies

This website will, in due course, point you towards subject-specific information for Freshers' Week, but in the meantime please make sure you familiarise yourself with the main University website for new students.

Postgraduate taught students

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Postgraduate research students

Information for postgraduate research (MPhil / PhD) students can be found on the Doctoral College website.