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Your 2021 Student Experience Guide

Your 2021 Student Experience Guide

by Newcastle University

Going to university comes with such a mix of emotions: from the sadness of leaving your home town, to the excitement of starting a new chapter.

It may also come with a new layer of worry this year, as you start your university journey during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To help reassure you in the run-up to the new academic year, we've created this handy blog to break down what you can expect this year. 

 

Life on Campus During Covid-19

Our priority is to make sure everyone is safe on campus, so we’ve put in place targeted cleaning measures across our facilities, computer clusters and catering outlets. all buildings will receive additional intensive cleaning before the start of next academic year.

Screens and barriers have been installed where required to support physical distancing, wipes and hand sanitiser are available at various locations across campus. We also have an early warning system to detect potential Covid-19 outbreaks in the University community.

Should Covid-19 restrictions need to tighten, we'll also have volunteers around campus to help you find your way and answer any queries you might have about moving around campus safely.

Thorough cleaning, safety and physical distancing measures have been introduced across our catering outlets, while food shopping has never been easier – our Students’ Union Campus Co-op store can even deliver to those living on campus!

 

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Student Life

Social Activities

We’re committed to delivering the best Newcastle experience we can.

Whether you’re joining us as a postgraduate or undergraduate, our Students’ Union will be providing a programme of activities to welcome you when you arrive, including an extended and improved Give It A Go programme of workshops, events and classes. As well as meeting people through your course, you’ll also be able to choose from over 200 clubs and societies to join, each with their own activities online and on campus.
 

Keep an eye on our Students’ Union website for new plans as they’re released.

 

Sports Facilities

Our range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities are tailored to everyone – from beginner to performance athlete.

From April, as long as the government allows, we'll be opening a new 200-station Gym and Strength and Conditioning Suite. This is as well as our extensive Sports Scholarships, and in addition to a choice of over 60 sports clubs.

We also offer our staff and students performance sport, participation sport and exercise class programmes.

 

Student Support

As soon as you register with us you'll be able to access all our student support services online, including Wellbeing, Finance and our award-winning Careers Service.

We're optimistic that we will be able to provide face-to-face support, in addition to the online provisions that are always available. So you can access anything from one-to-one counselling appointments to online CV support and finance advice sessions safely. 

Each undergraduate student is also assigned a personal tutor, who is normally a member of academic staff and is responsible for supporting you throughout your time at the University. This includes advice on ways of getting the most from your student experience.

Whether you’re joining us for postgraduate or undergraduate study, you can get the help you need whenever and however is convenient for you. For information and for the contact details of our support services, please refer to our How can I access student support services on our student enquiries site.

 

Your Support Network

If you are an undergraduate student, you’ll be allocated a peer mentor before you start your course to help you make the transition from school/college to higher education. Your mentor will be on hand and online to support you as you settle into university life.

 

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EU and International Students

Meet and Greet

As part of our free Meet and Greet service, we can welcome you at Newcastle International Airport when you arrive. If you are interested in the Meet and Greet service, it is essential that you book this 72 hours before your arrival.

We will be working with the travel restrictions at the time to try to make travelling to campus as easy as possible. One example of how we supported students last year  is we set up a quarantine safety corridor between the airport and our students' University accommodation.

 

Accommodation Offer

We’ve been reviewing all our accommodation sites to make sure they support social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine regulations, should these still be in force when you join us.

If you are an international undergraduate student, we’ve been working to ensure you have a purpose-built study bedroom for each year of your study, should you want it. The ResLife Team is available to answer any questions you might have about practising social distancing in shared accommodation.

 

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Academic Life

Flexible Teaching

We want you to get the most out of your teaching and learning and will do everything we can to support you to do so.

For the 2021 academic year, we hope to deliver large and small group learning, teaching and assessment whilst also prioritising your health and safety. 

Our 2021 modules have been built with flexibility in mind. This means, should Covid-19 restrictions need to tighten again, we can reduce the in-person elements of our teaching, and return to online learning without any disruption to your studies.

We will continue to work within restrictions, and adapt our offer to support students and allow them to engage with learning in ways that are most suited to the situation as it changes.

 

Our Libraries

You can find live information about library opening hours and study space availability on the University Library webpages.

We have made sure our library buildings comply with Covid-19 physical safety measures and have made it easier for all students to access resources online – including increasing our already extensive collection of online resources, and working with academic colleagues to source e-versions of key reading list materials.

Our contactless returns services will make accessing the resources you need for your studies easy and safe.

 

Access to IT

To help support your learning if you are working away from campus, we have launched an online service which gives cluster PC software access and access to your University files. If you don’t have access to an internet connection, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £200 to purchase internet access.

Across campus, our computer clusters will also be available, with physical distancing and thorough cleaning measures in place. In light of Government guidance we’ve had to limit access to our study spaces. However, all students can locate a study space using our room finder

*Our laptop loan scheme and grant are subject to eligibility criteria and availability

Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, these commitments are subject to change. Based on the guidelines in place at the time, some services and facilities may not be available as described.

For the most up-to-date information, check our FAQs.