Welcome To International Relations and Politics

Welcome Week Monday 24th – Friday 28th September

Welcome Week is the start of your studies and university life. It is vital you attend Welcome Week as this will give you the best possible start to your studies in the Faculty of Business and Law and your university life generally. Your Welcome Week will include:

  • Freshers fair and an opportunity to learn about and join the huge variety of clubs and societies available to you
  • A wide range of social events organised by the student union
  • An opportunity to get to know the campus and facilities available to you
  • Workshops delivered by our Changemaker Team aimed at helping you get on the right track for your personal and career
  • Workshops helping you understand how to study at degree level and how to get the most out of your studies
  • Classes delivered by your programme leader introducing you to your chosen programme
  • A workshop on setting expectations designed to help you understand the roles of students, academics, professional and other staff at the university
  • An opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow students
  • An opportunity to have individual meeting with your personal tutor

The three important things you need to do now:

Make sure you have made arrangements to attend the Welcome Week.                       
Information will be emailed to you directly about the Welcome Week.                                            
Check your Welcome Week Timetable and make arrangements to attend the classes.

Click on the relevant link below:

BA International Relations & Politics (Foundation) 

BA International Relations & Politics 

Welcome Video

 

 

 

 

Your Programme Leader

Suzanne McDonald-Walker

Suzanne McDonald-Walker

Programme Leader

Email: suzanne.mcdonald-walker@northampton.ac.uk

“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. 

Your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Throughout your studies you will be using a VLE. At the University of Northampton we use Blackboard which we have named NILE.

Below is a link directly to our VLE homepage and a quick introductory video for you to watch.

Student Union

Changemaker

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