Published: 9 January 2023
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Welcome to the University of Sunderland in London – you’ve made a great choice deciding to come and study with us. It’s the start of your university journey and, for a lot of you reading this, it might be your first time coming to London and the UK in general.
There’s a lot for you to discover and find out in your first few days at the university, so we’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide including some key dates and services that should help you kick off your time with us as smoothly as possible.
Enrolment and inductions
First thing’s first, if you want to be a student here, you need to enrol. Online enrolment is already open while in-person enrolment starts on Monday, January 9th. As part of enrolment, if you are an international student, you’ll be required to carry out a document and visa check. You can find out more information here.
The next step is attending your inductions. These will involve general sessions covering life at university while there will also be sessions tailored to your specific course of study. Inductions will start on Monday, January 16th. For a full timetable, you can check Canvas, while you can also keep an eye out on the digital screens around campus, as well as our Facebook page.
Located on the fourth floor of the Marsh Wall building, The Gateway will be a great resource of advice and information during your time at University of Sunderland in London. Staff are available to speak with you face-to-face between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, while you can raise a ticket with them outside of these hours via Compass.
Located on the third floor, the Students’ Union’s goal is to make sure you get the most out of your time at university. They organise trips, events and volunteering opportunities and you can discover more about them on their dedicated SU site.
Packed with academic textbooks, research journals and a variety of digital resources, the university’s library on the first floor is going to be a very important resource to you over the course of your studies. Library staff are available to answer your questions regarding study skills and run drop-in sessions for students that you will be able to find out more about on Canvas.
Health and Wellbeing
The university has a dedicated Health and Wellbeing department where students can talk confidentially about issues regarding their mental health, physical health, disability, and more. You can drop-in for a chat or arrange a session with them over email at email@example.com.
Careers and employability
We know you’ve just started your studies, but it’s never too early to be thinking about the next step. Our Careers team can help get you prepared for the world of work from gaining relevant skills to job hunting. You can also apply for one of our student paid roles to gain paid work experience at the university during your studies.
Personal Academic Tutors
It may be your first time in higher education, or you might be returning after a study gap, but, either way, it can take some time to settle in and navigate the world of academia. We have a team of Personal Academic Tutors (PATs) available to support you throughout your studies and offer a range of feedback on your work, one-on-one sessions, and more.
English for Academic Purposes
There’s a difference between everyday English and academic English and this can prove difficult, especially if English is not your first language. Luckily, the university offers regular English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes focusing on English skills for essay and report writing, academic presentations, academic discussions, reading academic texts, listening to lectures, grammar, vocabulary, and more. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.