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Newcastle experience at the heart of your induction programme in 2020

By Newcastle University
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We’ve always been proud of the warm welcome we give our new students – in fact we’re well known for how friendly we are! And this year, against the backdrop of Covid-19, we’re working extra hard to support you.

We’re gearing up as never before to help you settle in to our vibrant student community, immerse yourself in our world-class teaching and live, learn, and love your ‘Newcastle experience’.

Whether you’re joining us on campus or online, you’re a new undergraduate student or postgraduate, starting on 28 September you’ll be able to access our extended induction programme and discover all you need to know about your University.

Most sessions will be offered online and we’ll send you full instructions on how to access them. Some activities may include on-campus opportunities, but these will be dependent on physical distancing requirements at the time and will follow Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Living with us

We want you to enjoy exploring your new home from home, that’s why during your induction we’ll make sure you know how to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines and physical distancing restrictions, both around our beautiful campus and buildings, and in the city on your doorstep.

If you’re living in one of our three student villages – Castle Leazes, Kensington Park or Park View – where we offer our ResLife support programme, you’ll get to know your ResLife Assistant. They’ll help you settle in to your accommodation and become part of your village community. Don’t worry, though, if you’ve chosen one of our University managed-partnership accommodation sites – we’re also running sessions that will support you as you get used to living away from home.

There’ll be practical advice on registering with a GP, how to be a good neighbour in our close-knit communities and information on opening a bank account. And, because Newcastle is a student-friendly city with a low cost of living, our sessions on student finance should help you make your money go further.

Want to get a part-time job or volunteer during your degree? There’ll be information on our Jobs on Campus scheme, volunteering opportunities that will fit around your studies and helpful tips and advice from our award-winning Careers Service.

During your induction, you’ll find out about our chaplaincy service and how we actively welcome members of all faiths and none. And there’ll be information about our Student Health and Wellbeing services, including disability and specialist learning support, mental health support and counselling.

If you’re an international student, there’s also additional support for you, including welcome events, help to settle in to life in the UK and visa support. And, if you need to isolate when you get here, we’ll introduce you to your ‘buddy’ who’ll support you remotely through your quarantine period.

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Learning with us

We want you to get the most out of the world-class education you expect from us, that’s why you’ll learn about our assessment and feedback methods, timetabling and attendance, and key dates in the University year – so you’re well prepared for when you need to hand in assessments or sit exams.

We’ll also make sure you can access all the IT support and software you need for your degree, that you know how to use collaborative programmes like Teams and Zoom, and can access our new virtual learning environment, Canvas. Plus, there’ll be advice and tips about online learning and how to hone your study skills ready for online lectures and seminars.

Practical help will include guides to reading lists and handbooks, how to choose modules that complement and support your learning and career goals, and how you can become an active part of shaping the student experience as one of our Academic Student Reps.

Every undergraduate and postgraduate student at Newcastle University is assigned a personal tutor – normally a member of academic staff – and you’ll find out how they can support you during your University journey.

There’ll be opportunities to get to know your school or degree programme cohort and, if you’re an undergraduate student, you’ll learn about our peer mentoring scheme and be allocated a mentor who will help you make the transition from school/college to University.

Induction sessions on our Writing Development Centre and MathsAid programme will highlight some of the other forms of learning support available, and you’ll be able to explore the extensive services and e-resources offered by our award-winning libraries.

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Loving your ‘Newcastle experience’

Making new friends, creating new memories and embracing new experiences is all part of University life at Newcastle – and our induction programme has got that covered, too.

You’ll be able to explore our sports provision, find out more about our clubs and societies and meet your fellow students, thanks to the exciting range of online and on-campus welcome activities being planned by our Students’ Union (on-campus events will follow Covid-19 safety measures).

And because our SU is passionate about making a difference to your student experience, you can discover how you can get involved and get to know the Sabbatical Officers dedicated to representing you.

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We want our induction programme to show you just how special Newcastle University is. To find out more about your student experience with us, check out our guide and supporting infographic to campus life in 2020.

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