School of Natural and Environmental Sciences



Welcome and Induction starts on Monday 28 September 2020

Students chat at the Students Forum at the centre of Newcastle University campus.

Induction Timetables

This year Induction will be spread over up to three weeks (for new Stage 1 UG students) and there will be some Induction information online and some activities in person on campus. We would like all our students to look at the important information within the University's Induction course on our online system Canvas to get an introduction to the University and your studies. You will also have the opportunity to attend some activities for the subject area you are studying with us.

New Undergraduate Welcome events

Returning Undergraduate Students

All returning students need to register via the The Student Self Service Portal (S3P), please click on the below link to find out how to complete your registration:

Postgraduate Welcome events

We look forward to welcoming our new postgraduate students to our School.

See map for activities on campus

Postgraduate Research Students

Postgraduate Research Students

Welcome to the School of Natural & Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University.  

Usually, we would be soon welcoming you on Campus and introducing ourselves in person, but due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules instead we are pleased to offer you a virtual induction, available on Canvas. Please see full details below:  

Student registration commences on Monday 5 October 2020, please note the following:  

  • SNES Community (School Induction) – once registered you will have access to this via Canvas please take time to look through the pages and talks available to you now.   
  • SAgE Faculty Induction day will take place Tuesday 06 October and Wednesday 07 October. You will need to register on one of the sessions (details to follow soon) 

The PGR Development Programme Canvas page will be available next week, please keep checking Canvas for updates.  

  • You should also have access to the “Newcastle Beginnings” course on Canvas which has been put together to help support you throughout your studies.  Look out for the course when you log in to Canvas.  

Safety packs - containing a washable face mask, digital thermometer and refillable hand sanitiser will be available from the Agriculture School Office from Monday 5 October – Friday 16 October 2020, 09.00 – 15.00.   Please be aware that you will need to use a face covering when moving around buildings so it’s important to have one with you at all times.     

If you have any further questions, please contact the SNES PGR Support Team by email

Useful Information

Here you will find links that will help make starting your study at Newcastle as simple as possible. Although this year will be different, we want to help you make the most out of your time as a Newcastle University student from the very beginning.

Visit these links before you start

We’re regularly updating both our online FAQs and our Student Experience 2020 guide with all the latest information you need about starting your course as the Covid-19 situation continues.

Handbooks - Please check back for the 2020-21 handbooks 

Information to aid your learning

Most of your course work will be submitted electronically through Canvas

For some course work a hard copy submission may be needed, for this you need to attach the Ness Header Sheet (PDF: 518KB). This is available on our internal NESS system, after you start with us.

Who is my Mentor/Tutor?:

  • Your Personal Tutor will appear on the S3P system, where you registered, during September (under the 'Programme' tab).  You can also find the name of your tutor on the student app. Make a note of who your tutor is and you will meet them during Induction week.
  • You will receive an e-mail with details of your Peer Mentor around mid-September, so you can ask them any questions before you arrive. Peer Mentors are Undergraduate students from within the School who provide support and guidance to new students as they navigate their first year at Newcastle University.  They can answer queries about Newcastle (the city and campus), the School and tell you where to go for specialist advice.
  • Alternatively you can contact your school reception in either Agriculture or Bedson to find out who your Tutor or Mentor are.

Who to contact in the school for any health and safety matters?:


It is essential that you register via S3P as early as possible to allow you to access the Induction resources and complete a number of other activities by the end of the Induction period. You should make sure you complete each of these actions:

Complete your online registration 

You must complete your online registration as early as possible via the Student Self Service Portal (S3P). This is where you can request a Council Tax Certificate or a bank letter and this will give you access to the online Induction resources via Canvas.

Collect your Smartcard

Your smartcard gives you access to the library, sports centre, other University facilities.

Find out more about how to collect your Smartcard.

Access your University email and Canvas

You should check your University email daily for updates relating to your studies.

It is also important to review the module and programme information provided on Canvas. Find out how to get started with the University's IT services.

Check your programme timetable for teaching

Your timetable is available online from 12th October.

Changes to the timetable may be necessary throughout the year. You should check the timetable web pages as they may vary on a weekly basis.

Visit the Philip Robinson Library

You should familiarise yourself with the Philip Robinson Library and its resources as you will need to make use of these throughout your studies. The Philip Robinson Library is number 35 on the campus map.

Read through the online Induction material and attend your School induction activities if you can

Refer to your induction timetables.

Register with a Doctor Event

Newcastle University is committed to encouraging all students to register with a Doctor upon arrival. The School requires you to have a tetanus jab for lab work or field trips.

If you plan to spend more weeks of the year at your university address than your family's address, you are advised to register with a doctor near university as soon as possible.

There will be University and NHS staff on hand to help with this process during the Induction period. 

Non-native English speakers only: This year there is no need to complete the University English Language Assessment

For 2020/21 there is no need to complete the University English Language Assessment (UELA) or have exemption approved.

This is normally part of the registration process for non-native English speakers but will not be taking place for 2020/21.


Here you will find deadlines for module selection deadlines and term times.

Module selection (new students)

Friday 23 October 2020

Start of teaching

Monday 19 October 2020

Change module choice (continuing students)

Friday 23 October 2020

Term dates

Find terms and semester dates

Assessment dates

No physical exams will take place during 2020/21, these will be replaced by in-course assessment. 


Here you will find contact numbers and links to professional services within the School and University.

Agriculture reception

Bedson reception

IT Service Desk

Central services

Student Guide

Here you will find general and specific elements from the latest Newcastle University Student Guide.

Student Guide 2020-21

  • The Student Guide for 2020-21 will be available shortly. In the meantime there is information on other support you can access before you arrive.