Newcastle University Business School

Your Support and Wellbeing

Academic Support and Wellbeing

Your wellbeing and academic success are some of out top priorities. We’ll help you stay mentally agile, fighting fit, and channel your energy to maximise your potential

Academic Support

Below are some of the ways you can seek support with your academic studies

We provide you with access to help and guidance on how to study most effectively during your time here. This includes assistance in areas such as mathematics, academic writing and language. There is also useful advice on your assessments and changes in circumstances. 

Student support

Programme Handbooks

There's a lot to remember during your time at university. You will want to know more about your degree programme, assessment arrangements, what to do if you have a problem and who to go to for support

There are two sources of information that will support your studies:

  1. Online study guide
  2. Online programme handbook

Links to your online study guide and online programme handbook can be found in the expandable boxes below. 

Wellbeing

The University provides a variety of services to help you throughout your studies

We have a wide range of support for students, whether this be through offering career and chapliancy drop in sessions, highlighting volunteering opportunities, or sign posting to student services. Volunteering opportunities have included working with Youth Focus NE, and FareShare - the UK's largest food distribution charity. The Students' Union Go Volunteer team also offer a range of opportunities, more of which can be viewed online

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Module Selection Meetings

We will hold module selection meetings on the week commencing Monday 29 April 2019 to help students make their module choices

Degree Programme Regulations 2019-20

Please follow this link to access your degree programme regulations for 2019-20. 

Recap Recordings of Module Selection Talks

Please click here for links to the module selection talk Recap recordings. 

What happens at the Module Selection Meeting?

During the meetings, information will be provided on individual modules and academic staff will explain what options are available to students.

Do I need to attend?

All students currently in Stages One and Two will be expected to attend their meeting.

NN14/NN49 students do not need to attend these talks as all modules are compulsory.

N120/N121 students do not have to attend a talk and information about modules for the next academic year will be communicated to them by their DPD.

We expect that in the majority of cases students on an intercalating year will be unable to attend although they are welcome to if they are in Newcastle. 

How do I pre-register for my modules?

All current Stage One and Two students must pre-register their module choices online via the Student Self-Service Portal (S3P). You only have six days to do this. The portal opens for Business School students at 9:00 on Friday 10 May 2019 and closes at 20:00 on Wednesday 15 May 2019. The portal is open 24 hours and is web based so you can do this on or off campus, and at any time of the day or night.

How do I know which optional modules to choose from?

This will be explained at the module selection meeting. Also, the 2019/20 degree programme regulations list the compulsory and optional modules at every stage. We strongly recommend that you look at the degree programme regulations for your programme in advance of your meeting. These will be available from w/c 29 April and we will confirm once these are available.  Where there are pathways in the degree programmes regulations it is very important that you select your optional modules from within one pathway (this will be checked and we will contact you if you have selected modules from different pathways).

Where can I find more detailed information on specific modules?

Detailed module information can be found by using the Module Catalogue. To search for a module, type in the module code (or search by School or by degree programme). You must make sure that the 2019/20 academic year is selected in your search. The Module Catalogue contains information on credit value, semester taught, learning outcomes, assessment, and teaching staff.

To access the Module Catalogue whilst off campus, please login via RAS (the Remote Application Service) using your normal University ID and password.

Once logged on, select the folder Communications and Browsers, and then IE for Campus Web Pages. This will get you access to all of the web pages that you would normally be able to see whilst logged on, on campus, including the Module Catalogue.

Can I choose an optional module from outside my degree programme regulations?

You are asked to pre-register for optional modules which are listed in your degree programme regulations. Our programmes have been carefully designed with an academic rationale as to which compulsory and optional modules are included.

In very exceptional circumstances it is possible to study an optional module from outside your degree programme regulations. However, you will need to wait until the timetable is published in September 2019 to see if the module fits in with the rest of your timetable. You would then need to seek approval from your Degree Programme Director. In the meantime and at module pre- registration, you are required to pre-register for an optional module which is listed in your degree programme regulations so that your module choices can be included in the timetable.

I am currently on a placement year/year out, do I need to pre-register for my modules now?

Yes, if you are currently on placement during 2018/19, you need to pre-register for your modules for next year via S3P.

I am going on a placement year/year out next year (in 2019/20), do I need to pre-register for my modules now?

No, if you know that you are definitely going to be on a placement during 2019/20, you do not need to your pre-register for your modules via S3P now. Instead you will do this next year whilst on placement (in April 2019) for your return in 2020/21.  However, if you are still undecided, we recommend that you select module choices on the assumption that you will be at university next year.

Can I use a MAC to access the S3P system?

You are recommended to use a PC to access S3P. Nevertheless the system should work on a MAC. To be entirely sure, you should test that you can log in to the system before you have to select your modules. If you encounter difficulties, you should use the RAS system.

What if my degree programme has no optional modules?

Students whose modules next year are all compulsory do not need to do anything and will not be able to log into S3P during the module choice period. Their modules will be automatically loaded into the system.

What if I don’t pre-register my modules by the deadline?

You must pre-register your modules on time by 8pm on Wednesday 15 May 2019. As this is during term time, we expect all students to be able to access the portal at some point during the six day period - even if you are overseas or ill for part of the week. If there are exceptional circumstances as to why you can’t make your module choice on time e.g. you have been rushed into hospital for the entire pre-registration period, you should contact your Programme Secretary by email and it may be possible to make special arrangements for you. Otherwise, you will need to accept that the modules that you eventually choose may not be your preferred optional modules.

What can I do if I change my mind about my modules between April and September?

In theory the regulations allow for module amendments within a limited period of time at the very start of term (at which point the academic timetable will be published), however, in practice there needs to be a free space available on the module and it needs to fit into your timetable. Students must not assume that they will freely be able to change modules in September and should therefore give very careful consideration to their module choices at pre-registration.

If in September there is a free space on a module and it fits with your timetable, you need will to seek approval from your Degree Programme Director to change modules. When checking the availability of a module at the start of the academic year, you must make sure that you check the timetable slots for both Semesters (if it is a yearlong module) to ensure that there are no clashes. Remember, it’s not unusual for a year-long module to change its timetabled slots between Semesters.

What happens if a module does not run in September?

Very occasionally an optional module may not run (come the beginning of the academic year). This is generally because there have not been enough students signed up for it, or because the member of academic staff due to deliver it has left the university or gone on sabbatical. If this happens, all students affected will be emailed and given the opportunity to select a different optional module.