Preparing for study

Programme handbook

Your School or Institute will give you a programme handbook, which contains detailed information about your School/Institute and department, and the structure and delivery of the programme you are studying.

Information Services (Library & IT)

Our campus libraries offer the perfect study environment. They have all the books, journals and study materials you'd expect (both online and print), as well as wi-fi and networked PCs, a variety of study spaces for individual and group work. See the Getting started page to help you navigate the services available. Information Services also run a programme of workshops to enhance your information and study skills with some materials available online in the Power Hours Workshops organisation in Vision.

IT troubleshooting

IT problems can be frustrating, but we have IT helpdesks on hand that offer a friendly and knowledgeable drop-in support service.

Improving your study skills

If you want to be confident that you have the skills to continue learning successfully throughout your lifetime and career, then you might benefit from help from our Effective Learning Service.

We can help you learn techniques to: 

  • improve the way you learn
  • become more skilled as a learner
  • become more successful in higher education
  • develop skills valued by employers

Find out more about how you can benefit from the Effective Learning Service.

Learn Higher also offers a range of free resources that can help you to make the most of the university experience. It cover areas such as academic and report writing, note taking, referencing, research, reading, maths, oral communication, critical thinking, time management, group work and assessment.

Study preparation for international students

Prepare for Success is an interactive online learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education. It contains learning resources to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study.