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Induction Information - September 2023

Discover our induction information to help you settle into University life.

Every year we welcome new students with a series of induction and orientation activities, designed to help you settle into a new city, make new friends, and prepare yourself for the start of term. Please read through the information on this page very carefully. To access your full Induction please log into Canvas using your Newcastle University student login details. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

1. Download the Newcastle University App

The app (iTunesGoogle Play) will be very useful when you start your studies. You can use it to see your timetable, find a free PC on campus, contact your student course representative and more. During Induction you can use the App to find your way around Campus; with its interactive map you will not get lost in your first week! 

2. Prepare your laptop with some free software

Newcastle University students can download Office365 free of charge. It is also a good idea to try to access all the components you will need for your studies here; we have an excellent IT Service Desk and they are happy to assist you at 0191 208 5999 or

3. Read about your programme induction and modules

Each programme has a tailored induction timetable. Some programmes also offer students the opportunity to take some optional modules. Undergraduate module changes for Semester 1 should be submitted by 12pm on 6th October 2023. You can fill out this module change form to let us know which modules you would like to change. If you have any questions, you can email or come to reception.

4. Check your Academic Timetable

Your academic timetable lists each of your scheduled teaching activities - it doesn't list your induction schedule (expand the relevant programme tab above to find your Induction timetable). It also doesn't list events organised by the Student's UnionSocieties or Sports Teams so please do keep your eyes peeled for more fun activities on offer!

To view student timetables you need to be registered with the University and have your student ID and password. You can access your timetable in two ways:

  1. Desktop (personal and module specific timetables)
  2. Mobile (personal timetables only): Download the iTunesGoogle PlayWindowsPhone app

It is your responsibility to check your timetable for clashes and report any problems to the School Office. This is especially important when signing up for optional modules as not all modules offered to you will fit into your timetable with your compulsory modules.  When it comes to picking modules you only need to check your lecture times. Lectures cannot be moved but seminars can be changed. 

Your academic timetable for 2023/2024 will be available from Wednesday 30th August 2023. Once your timetable is published, check your timetable again for seminar clashes (this is easier to do on a desktop, than the mobile app). If you notice any clashes please report it to the School Office so they can submit a seminar change request for you. You can only change a seminar if you have a clash with another module, you have a long standing medical appointment or work commitments.  Timetables can only be changed during the first two teaching weeks of each semester.

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5. Download your Reading Lists

Reading lists are available online, on the Library website, and issued per module. You do not need to buy anything prior to arrival or start studying just yet. We recommend that you purchase the essential list for your Semester 1 modules during your first few weeks with us.

If you are keen and want to get started now, you can access the Stage 1 Indicative reading list for our Semester 1 compulsory modules from our Undergraduate page. We recommend editions with introductions to help you make sense of the scholarly discussions around the text and notes which analyse difficult passages (Penguin and Oxford editions are strongly recommended where available). Kindle or digital editions with these features are acceptable. 

Blackwell’s (conveniently located on the edge of Campus) is a great place to buy your books. Some of the benefits of buying your books through Blackwell’s are:

  • They offer price matching
  • They bundle book packages for some modules
  • They buy and sell used books
  • You can purchase online or in store

6. Enjoy the start of the term

We hope you enjoy the start of your course with us - make the most of it. It flies by quicker than you think! If you have any problems please do contact The School Office is on the third floor of the Percy Building, and is open between 9.30-16.00 Monday to Friday, during the Academic year.

You can also contact your Personal Tutor if you have any questions.