As a distance learner, your time with us may look a little different to that of our campus-based students. But you can still make the most of your university experience, as we have plenty of online resources and support for you to access remotely.  

There are also various tasks you need to complete before you start. These will make sure you have access to all the systems you need during your first weeks. Also consider joining our Facebook group so you can feel part of our community - wherever you are in the world.  

Please work through the list below to get started for your distance learning course. 


Activate your IT account

Check your personal email inbox three weeks before you are due to start your course. You will receive an email containing your student ID – this is what you'll need to activate your IT account. 

Start your IT induction and check what equipment you need to get started on your course.

Can't find an email from us? Visit our communications archive for everything you should have received. 



Register online with the university

After you've activated your IT account, you will receive an email to your university account asking you to register online. You must use your new university username and password to complete registration.


Apply for your university card

Once you've activated your IT account you will receive an email to your university email address asking you to upload a photo for your university card. As a distance learning student you should still complete this step, as this will give you access to our library system including online materials.

You will not be sent a university card unless you specifically need one, for example if you plan to visit one of our campuses. If you think you may need a university card, please contact Student Services.


Explore Moodle

You will be able to access Moodle – our online learning platform – the next working day after you have completed online registration.

You will find more information about your course, modules, and will be able to access resources such as your student handbook.


Take our Digital Student online module

The Digital Student module on Moodle provides you with learning resources to develop the skills and knowledge that will help you in your university education and prepare you for life in the workplace after graduation. These skills will be fundamental to your first month of study.


Download the MyNottingham app

If you have a smart phone, make sure you download the MyNottingham App for quick access to emails, maps, academic timetables and meal cards. 


Find out about our library services

As a distance learner you can access a wide range of library services wherever you are. Visit the Libraries website for more information on how to request scans of items in our collections (within copyright limits) and postal loans, access thousands of eresources, find upcoming study skills webinars and get help and support.


Join our Facebook group

Get to know other students who are starting this year and stay up to date on all the latest Welcome news. Have a question about life at the University of Nottingham? You can ask students going into their second and third years.




Student Services

University Park

Please see our need help page for telephone and online contact points