Support once you are here
Explore the sections below to find ways that the University of Nottingham can support you while studying here.
Your individual school or department will timetable induction sessions in the first few weeks starting university. This is to help you familiarise yourself with university studying, the facilities and your school.
The students’ union delivers an inclusive and varied welcome week for all students in your first week at the University of Nottingham.
Academic skills support
There is support and advice available throughout your studies.
To help you develop the skills and confidence to become a successful learner, our student academic skills team offer online resources, small group workshops and one-to-one chats.
You can familiarise yourself with the library services and there is also a handy toolkit full of useful resources for your academic studies.
Peer mentoring schemes
The peer mentoring scheme is offered to all first year students at the University of Nottingham to assist you with the transition from school to university. You may be faced with a range of challenges and opportunities, and all students can benefit from the guidance and support of fellow students.
Online and face to face events take place throughout the academic year with your peer mentor. Some faculties organise central peer mentoring events too. Your individual school will contact you to arrange your mentor.
Mature, estranged and care experienced students can request additional mentors from students with similar backgrounds. Email the widening participation team if this is something that you are interested in.
There are a range of services to support your welfare, health and wellbeing throughout your studies. You can seek advice about any issue affecting your study and university experience. These teams are there to listen and can support you in accessing other specialist services you might need.
Support and wellbeing team
You can contact the support and wellbeing team, who can help you to find the right support service if you are unsure where to go. They also offer advice on policies and processes relating to your studies such as extenuating circumstances or interruption of studies.
What is the students' union?
Your students’ union is at the heart of the student community. They are an independent, student-led organisation that represents your needs, protects your rights and makes sure your voice is heard.
Students' union activities available
There are also a wide range of opportunities to get involved in, to meet like-minded individuals and make memories – you’ll be spoilt for choice:
- Sports clubs
- Student networks
- Student-run services
Careers and employability service
The careers and employability service offers advice and guidance on your career plans, support with your CV, application and interview skills, as well as career mentoring.
There are also graduate vacancies advertised on MyCareer, from graduate recruiters, targeting Nottingham students and graduates.
Online learning: magpie
Students also have access to magpie – an online personalised learning engine aimed at developing essential career skills. It matches you to recommended resources to develop key competencies sought after by employers.
Nottingham advantage award
The Nottingham advantage award is the university’s employability scheme where you can take additional modules to gain extra credits. It formally recognises your extra-curricular activities with modules ranging from volunteering, peer mentoring, study abroad and work experience. You can search the module catalogue to find modules to suit you.
Working while you are studying
There are a wide variety of part-time jobs available, either working for the University of Nottingham, University of Nottingham Students’ Union or within the Nottingham community. The JobZone, on-campus, advertises part-time and temporary jobs. If you are looking for some paid work while you are studying, it would be useful to register online with unitemps.
Funding for international work experience
Supported by the Turing Scheme, the Careers and Employability Service can offer a number of Turing Scholarships to current students to do overseas work experience. For further details on the scholarships available, eligibility criteria and the process for applying, please see the Funding for international work experience page.
Working with young people
There are also some paid and voluntary work opportunities for students within the widening participation team, who work with pupils from a variety of backgrounds. The schemes include:
- Student ambassador scheme
- Students in classrooms scheme
- WP advisory panel
- IntoUniversity volunteering scheme
- Summer school ambassadors