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We’re happy to have you back at St Mary's.

We hope you’re looking forward to the year ahead. On this page you’ll find everything you need to continue with your studies. Before you start rediscovering the opportunities available to you, make sure you’ve re-registered on your course.

Returning to St Mary's

We've compiled a list of things you need to know about before joining us again in September.

We will monitor your attendance and engagement on our new student app, MySMU.

You are expected to attend all university classes and school experiences, and to maintain an attendance level of at least 70%, or that dictated at programme level (whichever is the highest). If you do not meet the required level of attendance and/or are absent for 20 days or more in total without providing acceptable reasons to the Course Lead, you may have your programme terminated. Attendance requirements for student visa holders are covered in the Student Visa Engagement and Monitoring Policy.

Term dates 2023/24

  • Induction Week (most undergraduate and postgraduate courses): Monday 18th to Friday 22nd September 2023
  • Semester one: Monday 25th September to Friday 15th December 2023
  • Christmas/Winter break: Monday 18th December 2023 to Friday 6th January 2024
  • January Refreshers Week: Monday 22nd to Friday 26th January 2024
  • Semester two: Monday 29th January 2024 to Friday 22nd March 2024
  • Easter/Spring break: Monday 25th March to Friday 5th April 2024
  • Semester three: Monday 8th April to Friday 17th May 2024*

For other key dates throughout the year, check our term dates page

Getting back into your studies

It's important to start the year off on the right track. Find out what you need to do before you come back in September.

At St Mary’s we are committed to creating an inclusive, safe, supportive environment for all our students, staff, and visitors. Our values of Inclusiveness, Generosity of Spirit, Respect and Excellence set the tone for the University and the expectations of how we behave as a University community, both as individuals and as an institution. To provide you with a better understanding of our culture and the behaviours please complete the two mandatory learning modules.

Academic skills support at St Mary's is delivered online and in-person by the Library and the Learning Development Lecturers, and English Language support is provided by English for Academic Purposes Tutors.

Online resources

Take a look at the Library online resources to see how these can support your learning and check for Library drop-in clinics and other sessions.

Drop-in support

Learning Development Lecturers (LDLs) offer support via drop-in clinics. LDLs can help with the following topics:

  • Library research, including finding resources, search strategies and more for your assignments
  • Referencing
  • Planning/structuring an assignment
  • Understanding assessment criteria
  • Academic writing
  • Critical thinking/critical analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management

Your LDLs:

Melina Healy

  • Email:
  • Primary responsibility: Primary responsibility: Sport, Applied Health, and Performance Science. Education

William Pittam

Paul Gascoyne

Your lecturers are able to refer you for a one-to-one appointment with one of the LDLs to develop your academic skills.

As a new undergraduate student, you will be allocated to a Personal Tutor and Tutor Group. These groups are led by a member of academic staff that acts as designated personal tutor throughout your entire period of study.

You will meet with your personal tutor twice as a group and twice individually each semester. Personal tutoring plays an important part in enabling you to fully engage and have a successful learning experience at university. The role of the Personal Tutor at St Mary's is to:

  • support your knowledge and understanding of feedback on assessed work
  • signpost you to relevant support and advisory services

Having a Personal Tutor provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your learning and academic progress, and to discuss and formulate appropriate strategies to fulfil your potential.

In addition, Personal Tutors will be able to advise you on the facilities and services available to support your pastoral welfare. You will have access to our career development service and receive guidance on skills development throughout your studies.

After enrolment, your student timetable will be automatically provided into your St Mary’s Office365 account. This means that you will be able to log into your email on almost any device and see your timetable.

Your individual timetable will show you the date, time and location of classes taking place on campus, and will also indicate if the session will be online pre-recorded or live using Zoom or Teams or. Your programme team will provide information on how to engage with online learning and will create and supply the links you need to access your live sessions.

Please make sure to check your timetable daily especially for the first few weeks as it can be subject to change.

For more information about your timetable, visit our timetable FAQ page.

Making the most out of uni

 The wellbeing of our students is paramount to St Mary's. We offer a range of information and advice on wellbeing during your studies. The Wellbeing Service offers you somewhere to discuss, in confidence, any concerns you have that may affect your studies or your time at University.  We are here to listen and provide advice and guidance where necessary, whether you need a solution to a specific difficulty or require ongoing support relating to:

Our Students' Union (SMSU) has a lot to offer. From anime and manga, to gaming, to roller skating, you're sure to find something to suit your interests. SMSU also have a vast number of sports clubs that you can join. 

Find out more about clubs and societies

At St Mary’s, we aim to have a diverse offer that caters for a range of student needs. Whether you’re taking your first steps into recreational fitness activities, or you’re an international athlete seeking additional support, we have something for you.

Sport, health, and wellbeing is an important part of student life at St Mary's University. We offer a range of programmes to help students keep active and healthy, learn key developmental skills through various leadership opportunities, and make friends that could last a lifetime. Find out more about Sport at St Mary's.

The Careers Team support students finding opportunities:

  • graduate level roles
  • part-time job
  • relevant work experience
  • internship and placement opportunities
  • temporary roles 

What support do we offer?

  • Make an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants to check your CV and application forms.
  • Take a look at the extensive range of resources on our Careers Moodle
  • Book a one hour mock interview session with one of our Careers Consultants.

Careers Connect

Jobs at St Mary's

Internet and specialist resources