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Following confirmation that the funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held on Monday 19th September and the announcement of a bank holiday on this date, we are amending the University induction plans as follows:

Sunday 18th September 

Moving into on-campus accommodation will take place as planned, to welcome our new residential students who still wish to travel to St Mary’s to join us on this day.

Monday 19th September  

Most induction activity due to take place on Monday has been postponed and rescheduled to later in the week. Please see our full timetable for your welcome fortnight, and check your programme induction pages towards the end of the week for any changes. 

SU Welcome Fest  

Events that were due to take place on Monday 19th September have been postponed and rescheduled for later in the week or the following week. Further information is available on the Students’ Union website.

International orientation

  • Online orientation sessions will go ahead as planned on 19th September, however, these have been scheduled to start at the earlier time of 9-10.45 am. These sessions will include information to help international students settle into life in the UK.
  • All face-to-face orientation activities are postponed until later in the week. Students on full degrees should check their programme induction pages for updates on induction-related activities. 

All St Mary’s University activities (e.g. teaching, SU events) will go ahead as normal from Tuesday 20th September.

Please remember that if you have been impacted by this news and would like some support, please visit our Student Support webpage

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Organise

  • Use a study planner (online or actual)—fill in important dates and assignment deadlines early.
  • Become familiar with your programme information on Moodle.
  • Make reading schedules, study plans, and revision timetables.
  • Establish routines that work for you—eg Thursday mornings in the library.
  • Find a balance between work and a social life.
  • Stagger your work—make your own deadlines if you need to.

Take responsibility

  • Seek help early—from lecturers, your personal tutor, earning Development Lecturers or others.
  • If classes or recommended texts aren’t helping, seek alternatives; ask lecturers or librarians about other resources.
  • Work out how, where, and when you study best.
  • Make use of all available resources, e.g. Library, Moodle, Google Scholar, your peers.
  • Use assignment feedback as a valuable resource.
  • Understand that university success largely depends on the effort you put in.

Be curious

  • Select topics that interest you whenever you can.
  • Find ways to make your learning more interesting.
  • Turn gaps in knowledge into questions to follow up.
  • Relate what you learn in class to what interests and matters to you in ‘real life’.
  • Enjoy and value the process of learning for its own sake, not just for passing exams.

Get involved

  • Join clubs and societies.
  • Volunteer.
  • Take up roles like student ambassador or programme rep.
  • Develop social/support networks.
  • Exercise.
  • Take steps to make yourself feel ‘at home’.