Preparing for University


Starting university can be daunting and is likely to be very different to anything you’ve done before. As well as developing your subject specific skills, you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, developing and stretching your ideas.

The e-mentors located below are previous Newman students. On the next few pages, they share their thoughts about when they first started here. To hear what they have to say, click on their pictures.

Over the pages in this section, have a go at the activities. These are designed to help you to reflect on your current skills and abilities, along with your expectations and assumptions. You can save or print these off as you go along. This will be particularly useful if you are taking part in the HEADstart course in September.

NB: Please note that some of the activities contained within the pages below are not compatible with apple products like iphone and ipad. In such cases, please see the Word documents provided at the bottom of the relevant page.

Get the Newman Student Planner 15/16

Created by current students to offer insights in University life for new students, the Newman University Student Planner 15/16 contains everything needed to organize information and time effectively. This includes study skills advice, diary pages, personal finance guidance, useful contacts and much more. Costing £5, the planner is cheaper than the generic alternative and is available to purchase by clicking here. 

Remember to complete your Personal Learning Profile  and to complete your pre-course reading/tasks before you enrol.

Meet the e-mentors:


My name is Gregory Peace.

I studied PE and education at Newman.

I’m Jolene O’Connor.

I studied English with Education Studies

Richard Phillips, Working with Children, Young People, and Families.

You'll meet the e-mentors again on the other pages in this section. On the right-hand side of each page, you'll be able to listen to their thoughts on coming to university, managing their money, and much more!

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