Prepare to study

We have designed ignite – which combines face to face, on-campus study with flexible digital learning - to provide you with a robust and high-quality University learning experience during the current pandemic. We have used our experience in delivering excellent campus and online learning to ensure that we fully support your studies, while keeping everyone safe and well.  

There is a lot of support available to help you make the most of University study.  

Library 

Our library, whilst subject to social distancing rules, will be open to support your studies. 

You can also take advantage of our digital library, which has access to more than 800,000 e-books, and our enquiry service and student support provide further virtual support. Your module resources will also link straight through to the appropriate digital resources through an electronic reading list system, making it easy for you to access your reading materials 

Digital learning guide (requires University login) 

We have developed a digital learning guide to help you with your online learning. Topics include getting to know the online tools you’ll use, tips on getting organised and being an active learner. 

Academic Skills Centre 

The Academic Skills Centre provides one-to-one help, advice and online resources. They can advise on academic writing, study skills, researching, referencing and assignments. 

Is there any support for improving my English? 

If English is not your first language, support is available at our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU). 

We offer support classes which: 

  • fit in with your degree timetable and deadlines.
  • focus on the language and skills which will help you to be successful in your studies.
  • help you to develop strategies and resources to learn English outside class. 

You can also visit the ELTU for a one-to-one writing consultation. 

As a current student, courses and language support are provided free of charge. 

They also run the Headstart academic skills programme: an online course which prepares you for degree study, with a focus on academic writing. 

Dyslexia and disability support 

Our AccessAbility Centre offers a range of services and support to students who are managing specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, disabilities, autism, a mental health condition or another long-term condition alongside their studies.