What is Headstart?

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Here at Newman, our aim is to help you adapt to student life as quickly and smoothly as possible. With this in mind we have developed HEADstart and HEADonline, two preparatory courses for new single, joint and combined honours students.


HEADstart is delivered in the two weeks before Welcome Week. In 2018, HEADstart begins on Monday 3rd September and ends on Friday 14th September with our celebration event. Students attend a variety of sessions on campus, with some online activities.


HEADonline is mostly delivered, as the name suggests, in the virtual environment. In 2018, there will be twilight sessions on Tuesday 4th September and Thursday 14th September, with an option to join the HEADstart participants on Friday 14th September. HEADonline is an important development for us, as part of our consistent aim to better meet the needs of our new students who have employment commitments, or parent and/or caring responsibilities.

Both courses have been designed to help you think about what you want from your studies whilst developing the skills needed to study effectively and successfully during your time at Newman. Students attending the courses frequently agree that engaging in the course helps to build their confidence, lasting friendships and ultimately, get ahead with their university studies.

To register for either course, you must have confirmed Newman University as your first choice or insurance with UCAS. You can email your interest in registering to Headstart@newman.ac.uk in the first instance, with registration opening formally at the end of March.

For more information about the course, please contact:

Leoarna Mathias, Transition and Retention Programme Coordinator

Email: L.Mathias@staff.newman.ac.uk

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The HEADstart and HEADonline courses are just two of the ways the Student Support Services team here at Newman aims to help you navigate your way successfully through student life. Student support is a key feature of studying at Newman, as we strive to help all students reach their full potential. Newman seeks to be an inclusive community, valuing diversity and respecting the dignity of all students and staff. Find out more about what we offer.

“Headstart has given me an insight into life at university. It has built my confidence and increased my communication skills through meeting and working with new people. I learnt how to research; structure my work correctly; complete a presentation and a written task… I now understand Newman’s requirements”

“I was concerned about re-starting formal education after working for a year. But the ability to feel confident after HEADstart put me in the right position”

“I love it – this course was amazing!”

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