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Welcome to MA International Tourism Development

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 Tourism Development



Read the Welcome Guide

Welcome Guide 2020-2021

If you’ve got any immediate questions about your studies, please post them on our Q&A Padlet below. We aim to respond within 24 hours.

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Getting to Know You (Session 1)

Date: Thursday 3/9/2020

Time: 11am – 12.30pm


What the live session will cover:

This session will provide you with the opportunity to get to know your fellow coursemates and personal academic tutor / programme leader. Please ensure that you complete the following short preparation activity before the session:

MA International Tourism Development ‘Getting to Know You’ Preparation Activity 2020


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

Date: Thursday 10/9/2020

Time: 11am – 12.30pm


What the live session will cover:

The purpose of this session is to learn more about how teaching and learning will work on the Top Up degree programme, and meet your key teaching team. 

Supporting Your Success (Session 3)

Date: Thursday 17/9/2020

Time: 11am – 12.30pm


What the live session will cover:

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

Before this session takes place, please familiarise yourself with the Universities ‘Supporting You’ Webpages here:

Welcome Video

Your Programme Leader

Anna Borley-Russell

Anna Borley-Russell

Programme Leader


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. 


Links & Documents

Useful Links & Websites

Here are some useful links and websites that introduce you to international tourism development themes, research and ongoing campaigns which you will become familiar with across your modules of study:



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.