As a first year student, you will be getting used to university life. Some things will be new to you, and the whole experience can seem daunting at first. There is plenty of support on offer to help you complete your first year of study successfully and start thinking about the skills you can develop to enhance your employability after you graduate.   

Academic support

Meet your personal tutor – Your personal tutor will guide you on issues relating to your academic experiences, gaining new skills and your overall progression as well as help you with any matters that may affect you.

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian – Visit the Library Guides website to find out who your Academic Liaison Librarian is. They can help you with using Library Search, researching your assignments, referencing and plagiarism, using databases effectively and developing your reading lists.

Learning resources

Understand your assignment – You'll be expected to find information to support your coursework and assignments. Choosing appropriate information can help you to boost your marks and do well in your course. Watch our video on assignments for some top tips and guidance.

Finding and borrowing library books – You will need to familiarise yourself with using the library search to find books and resources. Here you can search for materials both in print and electronic format and access it from the library or home. You will also find information on how to borrow and return library books.

Use the library search – Being able to source and find relevant reading materials will help you get the marks you deserve for your coursework. Library Search is the key to unlocking the library's print and online collections. Find out how to manage your library account, request and renew your books online.

Reference your work – You can lose marks for referencing incorrectly, sometimes this can be the difference between a 1st and a 2:1. So don’t miss out! Watch the How to Reference Your Work video. Remember to check your course handbook/guidelines so you are familiar with exactly what your school or department requires and which referencing system you should use.

Manage your bibliography – Keeping track of what you have read is a vital part of getting a good grade. Try out some of our online tools to help you create and manage your bibliography.

Develop your study and digital skills – Get the best from your studies, coursework and exams as well as gaining valuable skills for the workplace when you graduate. We offer access to a range of online courses, as well as sessions in academic writing, study and research.


Meet a careers consultant – During your first year you should book a quick query session to get feedback and advice on your CV, application forms and interviews.

Talent Bank – Need some extra cash? Register with Talent Bank for the best opportunities for paid temporary and part-time work across all campuses and various departments. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop transferable skills, gain valuable professional experience as well as earn some extra cash.

Engage – A one-stop-shop of key resources to empower you to engage with your future career and improve your employability. Find out about employment-related opportunities and resources including a jobs board for part-time, placement, volunteering and graduate opportunities.

Follow the Careers and Employability Service blog – Check out our lively and interesting articles to help you along your career journey. Read the posts on how to become more employable, how to prepare for interviews and tests, and learn about your employment rights.

Learning community

Expand your opportunities – There are many opportunities for you to be involved in university life and becoming a course representative is just one of them. Find out more about how to play an active and engaging role in your course.

Learning opportunities

Take part in mentoring – Develop skills and expand your knowledge of the working world by taking part in one of our mentoring schemes. Find out how to get linked to a career professional who can support you with widening your aspirations and enhancing your personal effectiveness.

Study or work abroad – In your second term you should start thinking about whether you want to apply to go abroad and study, by doing so you will immerse yourself in another country’s culture and make the most of your student experience. Many employers are increasingly seeking students with international skills, so whatever you’re studying take this the opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime and improve your career prospects.

Student support

Attendance – Being present at all of your classes is a significant factor of success while at university. Attending your lectures, seminars and workshops ensures you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete your course.

Counselling and mental health services - Being a student is hugely rewarding, but it can have it's difficulties. Our team of skilled counsellors are here to help when things get tough. If you need to talk about anything that's bothering you - from relationship troubles to mental health - we encourage you to get in touch with our team.

Faith and spirituality - If you would like to explore spiritual, philosophical, religious or ethical questions, whether in times of ease or crisis, the Faith and Spirituality team welcomes you to get in touch. Our team of advisers, representing all faiths and none, are available for pastoral support.

Disability Learning Support - Our Disability Learning Support team provides a range of services and adjustments for students with Specific Learning Difficulties, disabilities and long-term health conditions that may impact your studies.

Student finance and financial hardship - If you have any questions about paying your course fees, or are looking for funding information or details of support that might be available to you, check our Student Finance pages for detailed information on all money matters.

Other support and services – See who else can help on our Support and services page.