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Welcome to International Hotel Management

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.

Check your Welcome and Induction Week Timetable.

MA International Hotel Management



Read the Welcome Guide

Welcome Guide 2020-2021

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For an overview of the process you will go through and links to all the Collaborate sessions and preparatory tasks.

Getting to Know You (Session 1)

Date: 17/08/2020

Time: 2.00-2.30 P.M


What the live session will cover: It’s an ice-breaking session! So, come along and get to know your fellow cohort via the link! Apart from introducing bits and pieces about the university life, we will be ready to answer all your Q&As! We promise to make the session as engaging as possible!

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.

Please feel free to leave a short biography about you in the blog. Don’t forget to include some interesting aspects about you. Be as creative as possible!

This pre-work should take you about 5 minutes.


Introduction to Learning and Teaching on your Programme (Session 2)

Date: 31/08/2020

Time: 2:00-2:30 P.M


What the live session will cover: During this session, we will be briefly introducing all the modules in the programme and what to expect in the teaching and learning sessions. It might sound too ‘academic’ but we will ensure that it’s interesting! 

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 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.

Feel free to browse through our programme website at for information about the modules, credits and placement and non-placement paths.

This pre-work should take you about 30-45 minutes.

Supporting Your Success (Session 3)

Date: 07/09/2020

Time: 2:00-2:30 P.M


What the live session will cover: In this session, you will be able to meet up with our current students who will guide you through a range of support facilities we have at the university! Feel free to ask them any questions that you might have!

The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the different teams and services around the University who can support you in your studies and help you identify which of these you need to engage with.

1.    Pre-Work

Your task: 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, although if you want to contact them earlier, their details are available online.

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

Do you have any questions? Feel free to drop them in the following padlet link!

Some useful information for you before joining us!

Welcome Video

Links & Documents

Your Programme Leader

Dr. Sarah Thangadurai



I look forward to meeting you during welcome and induction week. During welcome and induction week, we have designed a programme of events and activities designed to give you the very best start to your time here by introducing you to university life and help you to settle in quickly.  Please check your welcome and induction week timetable online to ensure you attend all of the sessions as this is your opportunity to meet your personal tutor, myself and your fellow course mates. 


Resources & Activities

Learning Development Activities

Core texts available free online through our Library


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.