Supporting your studies
All full-time students have a personal tutor, who helps them settle in to their studies and get through any difficulties they might encounter during their course. Part-time students registered for more than three modules on a course that lasts more than one year will also have a personal tutor.
We offer a vast collection of printed materials across four libraries which are open 24/7 for most of the year. We also provide attractive and inspiring study space tailored to your needs. Our online library is available both on campus and from home and provides access to thousands of high quality electronic resources, including the latest research in your field of study. Staff are friendly and approachable and our Academic Liaison Librarians are here to offer expert advice on finding the resources you need. Come in and see us or take a look at the Library and IT website for more information on the ways in which we can support you in succeeding in your studies.
Online learning resources
As well as the usual classroom-based teaching, most of our courses and modules also make use of our online virtual learning environment, Blackboard, which provides a communication platform for tutors and students, a repository for key course/module material, and a space for collaboration through discussion boards, blogs and wikis.
Learning and study skills
If you need to develop your academic writing or study skills, there are a number of services and online resources to help you.
Visit our Learning and Study Skills Support pages for details of workshops and opportunities for one-to-one advice.
IT support and resources
Help for IT issues and queries is available 24/7, 365 days a year - online and over the telephone. We provide a high speed WiFi service throughout the University for your personal devices, and student web services can be accessed both on and off campus. We also have open access computer rooms that offer a wide range of specialist teaching software, as well as Microsoft and Adobe products on both PCs and Macintosh machines. Printing, photocopying and scanning services are available in all of our computer rooms and libraries.
Beginning a University course is a daunting experience for most new students, but we appreciate that for international students, who may also be new to the UK, it can seem particularly overwhelming.
In addition to a welcome programme for new students and dedicated support for continuing students, international students can also take advantage of our English for Academic Purposes modules, which aim to improve non-native speakers’ academic English skills – vital for writing essays, giving presentations, etc.
For more information about the services and support available to international students, visit our international students pages.