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Welcome To International Relations and Politics

Before you arrive in September:

Supporting Your Success

Visit the University Supporting You webpages to find out more about all our teams. The core teams you should find out about include:

Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful. Discussing these with your Personal Tutor during your 1:1 meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic year.

Read the Welcome Guide

Welcome Guide 2020-2021

The IRP Community - Session 1

Date: 26/8/2020

Time: 2-3pm


 The aim of this session is to help you begin to meet new people, make new friends and get to know the staff team who will be with you over the course of your studies.

 1.    Pre-Work

 Your task: If someone were to ask you the following questions, what would your response be:

  • What groups and communities do you belong to and what ones would you like to belong to at University?
  • What values define you as an individual?
  • What do you most want to achieve by coming to University?
  • What does it mean to be part of a University community?
  • What 3 things will challenge you most about being at University?

As with the tasks for all these sessions, it is up to you what you choose to share during the live sessions.

This pre-work should take you about 30 minutes.

 2.    Your Online Session

 In the session, you will meet the Programme Team and fellow students. Discussion will take place about what draws you all to study International Relations and Politics.

Question Time - Session 2

Date: 2/9/2020

Time: 6-7pm


This session is an informal one that follows the current events television programme. You will be able to submit questions before the session about current events and issues in which you are interested and get to express you views and hear those of others.

 1.    Pre-Work

 There is no set pre-work for this session. However, you will be able to enjoy it more if you have been watching and reading the news and thus have familiarity with current events.

 2.    Your Online Session

 The online session will follow the format of the television programme, with a panel to whom the audience will address questions.

The IRP Programme - Session 3


 Time: 2-3pm


The purpose of this session is to learn more about how learning and teaching will work on your programme of study and meet your teaching team for this year. This will also be a great time to talk about how we have made our campus ‘Covid Secure’ and if there are any particular arrangements you need to be aware of depending on what you are studying.

 1.    Pre-Work

 Your task: Take some time to familiarise yourself with How We Teach. This page provides an overview of how we personalise your learning to ensure that you get the best experience possible. We will use this page as the basis for our discussions in the live session, where we will explore what this looks like for your programme of study, and in line with the latest guidance around Covid-19.

Please also click on the link above to find out more about how we use digital technologies not only to support your studies, but also to prepare you for living and working in the modern world.

You may want to have a go at The Induction Investigation … an online, puzzle-based challenge to introduce you to the work of Library and Learning Services and how they support all students. This challenge can be undertaken individually but is more fun if completed in a team.

 This pre-work should take you about half an hour.

2. Your Online Session

During the online session, we will think about what it means to come to University and be part of the wider University Community. You will also get information about your student programme and be able to ask the Programme Team any questions.



Welcome Video




Your Programme Leader

Suzanne McDonald-Walker

Suzanne McDonald-Walker

Programme Leader


“The International Relations and Politics course has provided a great opportunity to learn more about current affairs and the global order of international relations. The modules vary in subject matter which provides for a great all round learning experience while the lecturers teaching styles and lesson plans all contrast which provides students with different ways of learning.”

Jake Brown

International Relations & Politics, Graduate

“The lectures are very diverse and entertaining, full of energy and opportunities to enhance your confidence in the studies. The lecturers of IR and Politics have continuously provided large amount of support, whether its understanding the assessments or career prospects, they will make time for you.”

Charleen Hove

International Relations & Politics, Graduate

Preparing For Your First Year Of Study

Top five study tips from the Learning Development team!
How can I study successfully at the University of Northampton? Your top five tips from the Learning Development Team:
1. Be Prepared

Becoming a university student requires you to step up your independent learning skills. You need to be able to plan, research and write assignments on your own, which may be something you have not done before. Read through Palgrave's tips for Personal Effectiveness and Independent Study to learn more about the skills you will start to develop as a new undergraduate. 

2. Invest in a planner

Independent learning means that you are in control of your timetable and how you spend your time, so use your time wisely. You will be given times and locations of seminars, workshops and other sessions you have to attend as part of your course at the start. You will also need to allocate time for reading, researching and completing assignments, as well as for all your social activities: get a head start by watching our video What is time management?

3. Fine tune your voice

You might worry that you will not be able to write at the level expected of a university student. At the University of Northampton we take this into consideration and provide lots of support to help you. Go to our online support for academic writing for further guidance. 

4. Get into an argument

Writing critically and developing an argument for your essays and reports is a skill that you will develop throughout your first year of university. Review the guide on how to write more critically to help you understand the process to enhance your critical thinking

5. Know who can help you

Going to university is exciting but it can also be a challenge. We know that students may need a helping hand at any time during their studies, which is why we are here to help. You can book an appointment with a Learning Development tutor for help and guidance with study skills or academic writing, as well as support with maths and statistics. Find out more about the services on offer at the Learning Development page on Skills Hub. You can also find out more about other sources of 1-2-1 help - including our academic librarians - by going to our Study Support page.