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Welcome To Commerce & International Business (Top Up)

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 and make arrangements to attend the classes.

 BA Commerce & International Business Top-up (Groups A & B)

Student List (Group A)

Student List (Group B)

Read the Welcome Guide

Welcome Guide 2020-2021

Getting to Know You (Session 1)

Date: 18th August 2020

Time: 10am – 12noon

Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/d5d03a4d8ba84fa081be6336484b65fa

What the live session will cover: 

This is an opportunity for you to meet your Programme Team and Leader who will explain the structure of the Welcome and Induction sessions. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about your programme and get fully prepared for the impending year and your course. This session is also about getting to know your fellow students and making new friends.

Pre-Work (Prepare your answers for the questions below before the first live session)

 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?

This pre-work should take you about 20 minutes

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

Date: 31st August 2020

Time: 10am – 12noon

Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/99430151e1cb4988a064a33b4d36604b

What the live session will cover: 

In this session we will look at what you need to do to succeed when you start your course. We will look at some key approaches to your studies and how to get the most out of them. We will be looking ahead to engaging with businesses as part of your course and some of the trips/ industry seminars we will be engaging to enhance your experience.

 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. 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 your circumstances.

Pre-Work (What you need to do before the second session)

Your task:  The link below 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 how this works:

https://www.northampton.ac.uk/undergraduate/how-we-teach/

 * You may also familiarise yourself with the work of the Library and the Learning Services and how they can support you.

The Induction Investigation 

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

Supporting Your Success (Session 3)

te: 7th September 2020

Time: 10am – 12noon

Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/d6cb3012c2fd42e79131dfd5005628f9

What the live session will cover: 

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 have an opportunity to ask those questions that you have not yet found an answer to. In preparation, you might like to think about what coming to University means for you in particular – your hopes and dreams and also to think about what you might find challenging. Don’t worry – you only have to share what you are comfortable to talk about.

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.

Pre-Work

Your task: 

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

 Supporting You

 information and guidance

Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful during your course. Discussing these with your Personal Tutors during your 1:1 meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic life, although if you want to contact them earlier, their details are available online.

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

Welcome Video

Your Programme Leader

Theo Anderson

Email: Theo.Anderson@northampton.ac.uk

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.