One of the worries you may have when taking the next step in your educational journey is that universities expect you to be more independent and therefore you will not receive as much support as you perhaps did when you were at school or college.

Newman University strives to ensure that you will feel supported throughout your time at university. To help you settle in, Newman University runs a ‘HEADstart’ programme which takes place before the beginning of your course. HEADstart allows you to meet with other students who are starting that year, as well as students who have already been at the university for a year or more, who will act in a mentor role for you to speak with and gain advice.

The HEADstart course lasts for a week and will help you think about what you want from your time at university, whilst developing the skills you need to allow you to study effectively and successfully during your time at Newman University.

Read more about HEADstart.

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The support does not just stop after this week. Newman University has a dedicated Student Support team who provide our students with a wide range of services to ensure they are able to make the most of your time at university.

Newman looks to support you with your academic development with dedicated Learning Development Tutors and Academic Support Advisers who can help with improving study skills, writing/reading techniques, planning and organisational skills as well as addressing any academic issues you may have.

Newman also ensures every student’s personal wellbeing is looked after through the disability, dyslexia and mental health support services, as well as the counselling and welfare service.

As an inclusive university, Newman supports students with any physical, mental or learning disability and our trained staff will offer you with all of the guidance and support you need.

Newman understands that at times, university can come with pressures and we encourage our students to talk about any concerns or worries they may have, whether that’s related directly to their studies or not. Our confidential counselling service offers a safe and supportive environment where you can speak to our team and explore solutions to any challenges you might be facing.

Our student support team can also offer you help with advice on finance, budgeting, benefits, childcare, housing and relationships and we have a dedicated Welfare Adviser who can offer pre-entry advice and support you during your time at the university.

The support you receive at Newman does not just stop when you graduate. Our Careers team support pre-entry and current students as well as graduates of up to three years with information and advice on various aspects of careers and work related learning.

Read more about Student Support.


Newman University aims to help you develop as a whole person, not just academically. The Newman community will help you achieve what you want to and most importantly enjoy your three years of university life.

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