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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Newman University’s 'Ask Us Anything” thread. This is a thread for everyone to ask their questions directly to us, whether that be about our courses, facilities, or any general questions about going to university or studying in Birmingham. Whatever your question, we are happy to answer them for you.

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Open Days

Why come to an open day?
Newman University Open Days give prospective students, their families and friends the opportunity to meet staff and students and obtain further information about the range of courses we offer.

What are undergraduate open days like?
You will also have the opportunity to attend presentations and interactive activities for various coursesCampus tours are run by student ambassadors so you can ask students about their experience of Newman and get a first-hand student impression.

For those that can’t attend Open Days we run Campus tours- if you're unable to attend an Open Day then you might be interested to know that we hold campus tours throughout the year. While there will not be an opportunity to talk directly to academic staff, there is the opportunity to tour Newman's campus and see the facilities on offer. 

What are postgraduate open days like?
Our postgraduate open days cater for recent graduates and graduate career changers. Academics are on hand from each course to discuss how the courses can be of benefit to enquirers and applicant. Bespoke campus tours are always available on request. We run open evenings for postgraduate teacher training where our partner Teaching School Alliances exhibit their school based School Direct programmes alongside Newman’s traditional university PGCE programmes. Presentations on routes into teaching, finance and bursaries, shortage subjects and subject knowledge enhancement courses are also a feature of these evening.

Where are we?

Travel by Car
If using a sat nav, the postcode for Newman is B32 3NU.Take a look at our detailed maps on the website.

Buses from Birmingham City Centre via Harborne: 23
Buses from Birmingham City Centre via Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Selly Oak (Oak Tree Lane bus stops and Weoley Park Road) and Weoley Castle:X21, X22
Buses from Halesowen: 202
Buses from Yardley Wood via Cotteridge and Northfield: 18
Buses from Merry Hill via Halesowen: 002
Buses from Woodgate: X22
Buses from Kitwell: X22

For further information and timetables for these bus services, please visit the Network West Midlands website.

There are a number of railway stations within three miles of Newman. If you are travelling from stations on the Nottingham to Cardiff route or the Birmingham to Hereford route, we recommend taking a direct train to University station and then taking the X22 or X21 bus service (see details above).

If you are travelling from other stations, we recommend changing at Birmingham New Street for Kings Norton station and taking the 18 bus service from directly outside the station. Alternatively, Newman is about 10 minutes by taxi from either University or Kings Norton station.

Virtual Open Days
Newman University’s Virtual Open Days will bring you a variety of activities, including subject specific presentations, talks and information on student finance, student support and accommodation, as well as virtual tours and the opportunity to speak directly with your future tutors and potential peers.

Facilities

Location
As Britain’s second largest city and home to over 65,000 students, Birmingham is a thriving, lively and cosmopolitan place that’s bursting with creativity. From its vibrant underground arts scene and iconic shopping centres to cool bars, waterfront restaurants, exciting nightlife and variety of sport, there’s always something new to discover in the city at the heart of the UK. Situated on the outskirts of south west Birmingham, Newman's campus is based in Bartley Green, just 8 miles from the city centre and overlooks Bartley reservoir and the Worcestershire countryside beyond. Birmingham is very well connected with excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and its location makes it convenient for access to both the M5 and M42 motorways.

Library and study facilities
Our open, light and modern library is the focal point of the University and is at the heart of a student’s Newman learning experience.

The library has around 100,000 printed books, journals and artefacts, as well as online access to millions of digital resources, and you can find silent, quiet and collaborative study zones, bookable spaces for group work and practising presentations. There are desktop PCs and a laptop loan service, providing flexibility to choose the work environment to suit.

There are also spaces around the University for students to complete work including large computer suites.

IT
A wide range of online learning resources are delivered through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Tutors can post lecture notes, set up discussion forums, create online quizzes and more. Of course, all of this is available to you anytime, anywhere.  Moodle also includes links to our library’s electronic resources, as well as those at other learning institutions. In addition, there’s an electronic portfolio and blog, which you can use to collaborate with others and present work to tutors, peers and potential employers.

Careers service
We understand that finding employment upon completion of your degree is extremely important. With this in mind we have a dedicated Careers and Employability Hub, to bring students, employers and staff together to help you become 'work ready'.

Providing excellent opportunities in businesses and organisations relevant to your course ensures that you discover first-hand how to apply your studies in the work place. Our excellent graduate employment record is testament to our focus on the importance of work placements. We also have opportunities for you to meet employers, and enterprise support is available for those who may wish to set up their own business.

We have a knowledgeable careers and employability team, providing a range of careers education, information, advice and guidance services, supporting students to find part-time work, volunteering opportunities, placements, places on postgraduate courses and ultimately graduate jobs.

The careers service will provide a personal experience to help you make informed choices to achieve the career you want.

Amenities
Campus investment over the last few years and that is continuing in the future, is designed to ensure our students have access to high quality, modern facilities. So, whether you’re studying in this advanced learning environment or making use of the great social spaces, Newman has the facilities to help you study and relax at a level where you can attain the grades and degree you desire.

The Atrium is a lively open social space where you can grab a quick bite or a Starbucks coffee at our ever-popular café. For something more substantial, the Sanctuary café is the place to visit. The surrounding gardens are also the perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine with Sanctuary café providing a BBQ in the summer months. Newman also has Senses Bar on campus where students can relax between lectures and seminars, play pool, listen to music or watch the big screen. The Students’ Union often put on evening events at Senses, hosting events including quiz nights and theme nights.

Student Union
Newman Students’ Union (SU) is here for all students at our university. The SU puts students first and is one of the main ways to get involved in university life. Newman Students’ Union has 4 main promises to all Newman students:

1. We will help prepare you for your life after Newman University

2. We will put you at the heart of an exciting Newman community

3. We will support you to be as happy and healthy as possible

4. We will make your voice the loudest

Newman believes that the student voice should be heard. To ensure this happens you can apply to become a Course Rep. Course Reps are the main point of call for students for course and university feedback. We also have Student Academic Reps (StARs) who support Course Reps at a departmental level to ensure that the student voice is heard and acted upon.

Team SU Volunteering features initiatives such as RaG (Raise and Give) and Community, Event and Green Week Volunteering. These exciting events will allow you to make the most of your skills, meet new people, engage in fun activities and give back to your local community.

We have a wide range of societies ranging from music and drama, to debating and history and Anime and Manga. There’s sure to be something for you – but if not, why not start your own - all you need is a group of 5 friends to start a society on anything you are interested in!

Whether you want a night out or just a chilled evening in front of the TV we run numerous exciting events throughout the year ranging from Freshers’ fortnight to movie nights, family fun days, coffee mornings and Alton Towers Scarefest.

We also run an Advice Clinic, this is a free, independent and confidential advice service run by trained student advisors.

Sports
Whether you want to keep fit, get involved in some serious competition or have some fun with your friends, our sports centre has something for you. There’s a state-of-the-art human performance lab and professionally designed fitness suite with a range of cardiovascular equipment and resistance exercise machines. You’ll also find an artificial sports pitch, sports hall, gymnasium, squash courts and spin room. We organise friendly fixtures across a variety of sports including football, rugby, cricket, badminton and volleyball. Gaelic games and exercise classes also prove extremely popular.

If you’re more serious about your sport, there’s the opportunity to represent Newman in competitions including the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships. If you like the idea of helping others make the most of their abilities, you can take specialist courses to gain coaching qualifications.

It’s not all about being competitive though; there’s a big emphasis on sport for recreation here. You’ll have the chance to get involved in a wide choice of fitness activities and clubs throughout the week.

Medical and welfare services
We’re proud to be an inclusive community and are genuinely committed to providing opportunities for all. We welcome enquiries and applications from students with any form of impairment, health concerns, specific learning difficulties, physical or mental health issues or additional needs which may impact on their study. Through the inclusion service, we work closely with academic staff to make any reasonable adjustments that may be needed. It’s well worth talking to our Inclusion Co-ordinator about your individual situation, so visit www.newman.ac.uk/disability for more details.

If you have any issues that are bothering you during your time at Newman, we offer a confidential counselling service. This is to help people who are experiencing emotional difficulties to explore feelings and develop a way forward, all within a safe and secure environment.

HEADstart – the perfect preparation HEADstart is a valuable short course that prepares new students to begin studying honours degrees. Delivered online and on campus during the first two weeks in September, it gives you the chance to develop the skills you need to study effectively and successfully, as well as meet and work with your fellow students and staff. You can get full information, including how to apply, at www.newman.ac.uk/headstart.

Scholarships
Newman University is proud to be one of a growing number of universities to offer a Sanctuary Scholarship as part of the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s Article 26 Project, promoting access to higher education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK.

We have offered this scholarship since 2014 and all our awardees have been successful in completing their degree.

Newman University awards one scholarship per year to an applicant from a forced migrant background who cannot access finance from Student Finance England because of their Home Office status. Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • A Tuition Fee Waiver: The fee waiver will not extend to repeat years of study and is offered until such time as you are awarded status that entitles you to access statutory student support.
  • Study and Travel Support: The Sanctuary Scholarship includes an annual bursary of £1000.00 per year to assist with study and travel expenses. The bursary is not means‐tested and is paid in two instalments (one per semester). The bursary will not be paid for repeat years of study.
  • Personal Support: Support will be developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree course.

Visit https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/sanctuary-scholarship/ for further information.

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Courses and Fees

Entry Requirements
At Newman University, we welcome a variety of qualifications, ensuring everyone is treated equally during the admissions process. With this in mind, our entry requirements are designed to ensure that you have the previous experience and knowledge required to be successful on the course.

Entry requirements vary depending upon the course and can be found on each course page.

Undergraduate BA and BSc (Hons) Degrees
Undergraduate entry requirements are based on the UCAS tariff.  To work out how many UCAS points you have or are predicted to achieve, please use the UCAS points calculator.

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, we offer a Foundation Year, which is a springboard to university study in a range of subjects, including Early Childhood Education and Care, Business Management, Drama, History, Psychology, English, Working with Children, Young People and Families; Psychology; Criminology; Health and Social Care and Sport.

Disclosure and Barring Service
If your course involves working with children or vulnerable adults, you will need to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). There is an initial £55 fee for this. If you already have valid Enhanced Disclosure and have paid the annual subsciption fee of £13, you will need to show your DBS clearance and provide a link to your online record. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page.

Masters/Taught Higher Degrees
Students will be expected to have an honours degree (however certain subjects will normally only accept 2:2 or above / 2:1 or above) in a relevant subject and be able to demonstrate commitment to pursuing their studies at a higher level. Two written references are also required, one academic and one professional. Additional entry requirements vary for each course, and can be found on the respective course pages.

Research Degrees
Students studying for a research degree will normally have a first class or 2.1 Honours degree in a subject relevant to the research proposal. Two written references are also required, one academic and one professional.

All PGCE Programmes
Candidates must attend an interview Newman University. You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, meet the requirements for Fitness to train to teach prior to starting the course. 

School experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, having experience in a school will support your preparation for training as a teacher.

At interview you will be asked about any experiences that you have had with school aged children and your understanding of teaching your chosen subject.

The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview.

PGCE Primary

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) English language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 (or C) or above. Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment
  • A UK Bachelors Degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. For more information regarding this requirement, please see the guidance provided by the Department for Education.

PGCE Secondary

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) English language, Mathematics (and Science for Secondary Science) at grade 4 (or C) or above. Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment
  • A UK Bachelors Degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. For more information regarding this requirement, please see the guidance provided by the Department for Education.

Foundation degrees and top-up awards 
Entry requirements vary for each course, and you’ll find full details on the relevant course pages. If you have completed a Higher National Diploma or foundation degree 

degree at another institution, contact Admissions at [email protected] to ensure that the course content covered the topics needed for the relevant top-up award.

Faculties / Departments
Newman is a great place to learn. Providing excellent teaching and support to both undergraduate and postgraduate students remains Newman’s primary focus. We are passionate about inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people. Newman’s programmes are underpinned by the strong staff expertise in teaching, research and professional practice. The academics who teach across our portfolio of courses are not only highly qualified in their subject areas but are active researchers skilled in, and passionate about, sharing knowledge with their students.

Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education at Newman University is one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK. The Faculty of Education also offers a range of related programmes within Education and Professional Studies and Early Childhood Education and Care. We offer a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development opportunities leading to a broad range of careers in education and associated professions and have an established reputation for producing high quality professionals who work with children and young people across a variety of sectors.

Faculty of Arts, Society and Professional Studies
The Faculty of Arts, Society and Professional Studies provides a rich and varied array of high quality degree programmes, including: accounting and finance; business; counselling; criminology; drama; health and social care; history; humanities; law; mathematics; psychology; social sciences; sport; theology and philosophy; working with children, young people and families; and youth and community work. We have an established reputation for producing high quality graduates with outstanding critical thinking and analytical skills and excellent employment prospects.

International
We want to make sure that you get the most from your time with us, which is why our dedicated international team is here to support you – whether that be an Erasmus programme or opportunities to study abroad. If you require a visa to study in the UK unfortunately we are unable to provide a space as we do not hold a tier 4 license.

Tuition fees
Our yearly fee levels have been set to ensure that we can continue to invest in the best resources and teaching staff to deliver an exceptional learning experience:

£9,250 - undergraduate and postgraduate PGCE Initial Teacher Education degrees.

£9,250 - full-time single and joint honours degrees and all top-up awards.

£5,130 – part-time honours degrees (4.5 years).

£4,700 – part-time Foundation degrees.

£7,000 – part-time Top-Up award for those completing a Newman Foundation degree (total course fee)

£9,250 – First year of full-time Honours Degree with Foundation Year (4 year course), subsequent 3 years, currently £9,250 per year.

The fees for courses lasting longer than one year may rise in line with inflation (calculated using the RPI). Please refer it individual course pages on the Newman website for a more in depth breakdown of fees and any additional costs.

Bursaries and scholarships

PGCEs and School Direct - bursaries and scholarships
Bursaries and scholarships are available for trainees who are taking eligible postgraduate courses in England and are not employed as a teacher. The amount available varies depending on the teaching subject and degree class.  Please refer to the NCTL website for further details

School Direct bursary top-up
Students on the School Direct Training Programme may be eligible for an additional payment worth 25% of the standard bursary or scholarship. More than 50% of your training must be based in a school where over 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Find out more at www.education.gov.uk.

Living here

On campus
Here at Newman, we’re proud of our thriving community – and the fact that this is such a welcoming, supportive and safe place to be. Our students create a vibrant and inspiring environment: one in which people from many different backgrounds and cultures form lifelong friendships. Living on campus is the perfect way to experience all of this - and of course, the university’s resources and amenities will be right on your doorstep too.

Sports and recreation
Birmingham City and Aston Villa are the local clubs in the city, with West Bromwich Albion Wolverhampton Wanderer and Walsall just up the road in the Black Country. As well as being the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, nearby Edgbaston cricket ground hosts test and one day international matches. Local rugby clubs include Birmingham Bees and Moseley; plus Premiership rugby is nearby with Wasps (their home base now being the Ricoh Arena in Coventry) and Worcester Warriors, both just a couple of junctions along the extensive midlands motorway network. With world-class indoor and outdoor athletics also regularly featured at the National Indoor Arena and Alexander Stadium (home to Birchfield Harriers), you’ll never be short of a quality sporting experience in Birmingham.

Birmingham has over 600 parks and open spaces, with Woodgate Valley Country Park close by. Other parks of interest are Canon Hill Park which is home to the MAC arts centre, Cofton Park scene of the Papal visit in 2010, and Sarehole Mill an inspiration for ‘the Shire’ in The Lord of the Rings. 

Entertainment
There’s a host of theatres and music venues to choose from including the Barclaycard Arena, Resorts World Arena, Symphony Hall, O2 Academy, Hippodrome and Alexandra Theatre.  Here you can enjoy some of the UK’s biggest music artists, as well as West End musicals, plays and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. If art, history and heritage is your thing, don’t miss the world-famous Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The MAC, The Ikon Gallery or the Custard Factory, Birmingham’s creative hub.

Birmingham offers a great range of shopping experiences including the Bullring, Grand Central and the Mailbox all areas with their huge range of exciting shops and dining experiences to suit most taste and budgets.  If you prefer something a little alternative, head down to Digbeth and explore it’s fascinating independent outlets and unique vintage stores or for something more traditional head to the Jewellery quarter for some sparkle. 

As you would expect from Britain’s multi-cultural 2nd city, the culinary experience is wide and varied. From Michellin starred restaurants to Birmingham’s own speciality the world famous Balti curry, your taste buds will never cease to be amazed and delighted. The Chinese quarter is home to all things oriental, with its range of noodle bars and Cantonese, Malaysian, Japanese and Korean restaurants. There are food markets and events almost every weekend across the city, which all offer up a mixture of the best street food the Midlands has to offer.

Nightlife
Broad Street’s bars, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and comedy venues attract thousands of party-goers every week. Many of these offer student-friendly deals throughout the week too. 

Newman University is proud to announce that it has entered into a collaborative partnership with Redditch United Football Club

The partnership is part of the Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM) part-funded by the European Social Fund, an initiative created for businesses to support SME growth and employability, matching organisations with highly skilled local graduates and academic expertise to help drive their business forward. Redditch United FC and Newman University will work together on projects that are closely aligned to both organisations' philosophies.

Accommodation

Halls of residence
Cofton Hall, Edgbaston Hall, Littlemore Hall, Maryvale Hall and Oxford Hall

For many students, living in Halls of Residence is an essential part of the University experience. It often marks students’ first experience of independence and allows for the development of lifelong friendships. Living in our halls of residence will put you at the heart of university life.

Newman has a variety of furnished bedrooms in Halls on-campus including en-suite and shared bathroom options. Each fully furnished room offers free WiFi with unlimited internet access, while a shared kitchen and living area let you and your fellow students get together, socialise and relax whenever you choose.

Newman’s Halls of Residence are self-catered and there are shared kitchens in Halls of Residence which include a fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, lockable cupboard space and seating area.

You can prepare meals and snacks in the communal kitchens or visit the on-campus food court, the Sanctuary, which provides a range of reasonably priced meals, sandwiches and refreshments. There is also the Atrium Cafe which serves Starbucks coffee plus a variety of vending machines on campus offering snacks and hot and cold beverages. The launderette in Halls is available 24 hours a day.

First year students are given priority where possible in the allocation of rooms although a room cannot be guaranteed to all later applicants. We try to balance the number of students from all years who live in and students are encouraged to apply even if they live locally, in order to fully appreciate the complete student experience.

Other housing options / Private halls
If you choose to live at home or in private accommodation and commute to university, you certainly won’t miss out on anything. All of the opportunities that students living our halls of residence enjoy are yours too. We want you to immerse yourself in student life and make the very most of your time with us. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities to help you do just that – so get involved and have fun!

Costs

Halls fees are considered excellent value for money, the charges for 2020/21 range from £104.50 to £195 per week depending on room chosen.

Other Contact Details

Newman University
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
Birmingham
B32 3NT

Tel: +44(0) 121 476 1181

Fax: +44(0)121 476 1196

FAQs

What do you look for in your students?

Newman is a university with a very distinctive voice. Within this close community, we believe that education is about more than teaching facts and theory. It’s equally important to nurture independent and critical thinking. We encourage our students to analyse, explore and question ideas. By developing these qualities, they become highly valued individuals who can initiate and embrace change as they adapt to the challenges of the future.

Our smaller than average class sizes are key to enabling this. Here you will have the opportunity to debate and discuss issues with your lecturers and fellow students. As an active participant in your own learning, you will build a deeper understanding of your discipline. All of this is underpinned by our commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and professional expertise.

We are proud of our long history of welcoming students from a diverse variety of faiths, cultures and social backgrounds. They create a spirited and inspiring community - and help to make this such an enjoyable place to be.

Another reason students enjoy their time here – so they tell us – is because of Newman’s personal and friendly feel. You will get to know your tutors and peers in ways which are not always possible in larger institutions. I would encourage you to make the most of your time at university. It can be a life-changing experience.

Do you have any famous or notable alumni?

  • Sian Massey-Ellis MBE is an English football and women’s football referee who has officiated the game at all levels. She studied her Sports Studies BSc at the university, achieving First Class Honours in 2007 before successfully completing her PGCE at Newman in 2008. It is with this in mind that Newman University proudly awards Sian Massey-Ellis an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of women’s sport and for continuing her involvement as a Physical Education teacher.

What grants/scholarships do you offer? 

Newman University is proud to be one of a growing number of universities to offer a Sanctuary Scholarship as part of the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s Article 26 Project, promoting access to higher education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK.

We have offered this scholarship since 2014 and all our awardees have been successful in completing their degree.

Newman University awards one scholarship per year to an applicant from a forced migrant background who cannot access finance from Student Finance England because of their Home Office status. Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • A Tuition Fee Waiver: The fee waiver will not extend to repeat years of study and is offered until such time as you are awarded status that entitles you to access statutory student support.
  • Study and Travel Support: The Sanctuary Scholarship includes an annual bursary of £1000.00 per year to assist with study and travel expenses. The bursary is not means‐tested and is paid in two instalments (one per semester). The bursary will not be paid for repeat years of study.
  • Personal Support: Support will be developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree course.

Visit https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/sanctuary-scholarship/ for further information.

How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?

All of our degree programmes feature a work placement which is usually undertaken in the second and third years of your course. This doesn’t just provide you with valuable graduate level experience, but is a key asset when you apply for jobs. After all, employers are interested in people who can show that they’ve put the knowledge and skills they gained at university into practice.

What you experience on your placement will also feed back into your studies once you return to Newman.

What's university welfare and disability support like?

Counselling

If you have any emotional difficulties that you are struggling with during your time at Newman, we offer a confidential counselling service. We offer up to six sessions of therapy in which to explore feelings and develop a way forward, all within a safe and secure environment.

Students with a disability, mental health difficulties or specific learning difficulties

We’re proud to be an inclusive community and are genuinely committed to providing opportunities for all. We welcome enquiries and applications from students with physical or sensory disabilities, long-term health issues, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or mental health issues which may impact on their study. Our advisers work closely with academic staff about inclusive teaching and individual reasonable adjustments. We also advise on eligibility and the application process for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA), but you can find out more at https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas. It’s well worth talking to our Inclusion Co-ordinator about your individual situation, so visit www.newman.ac.uk/disability for more details.

Welfare Advice

Our Welfare Adviser offers advice and guidance to prospective and current students about a wide range of issues:

  • Money matters; debt, benefits, tax credits, budgeting
  • Housing concerns
  • Sexual health and pregnancy
  • Child care issues and advice for mature students
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Domestic abuse or difficulties at home
  • Support for estranged students and care-experienced students

Other supportive services

Our Academic Support Advisers are there to provide advice and guidance if something outside of your control is making it impossible to meet deadlines or sit exams. They will advise about applying for extensions to give you extra time and signpost you to other University services who can help. We also offer study skills development for students who want to improve their note taking, revision or organisational skills or who may want some English language support.

Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy offers and provides a ‘space to feel welcome’ both digitally and in person. We offer spiritual, faith and pastoral support to all students and staff, as well as opportunities to support you becoming who you are created to be and making our world a better place. On campus, our Chapel, Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Multi-faith prayer room are safe places to pray and reflect. 

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason? 

Academic Support Advisers (ASA) are available to support students throughout their studies.

The ASA are here to point you in the right direction.  Contact us so that we can:

  • provide support if you have any personal circumstances affecting your studies
  • ensure you can make the most out of your time at Newman

This includes helping you to:

  • Identify the support and resources available to you
  • Understand and navigate the university’s rules, processes and decisions
  • Apply for additional time to complete your work before your deadlines and/or inform the university of reasons for missing a deadline or assessment
  • Plan your study, review your progress and identify strategies to improve
  • Look at your options and explain any implications where you are considering changing, suspending or withdrawing from your studies
  • Help you to complain or appeal any decisions you are not happy with
  • Find the answers to any queries you have

For further information email: [email protected].

Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?

We embed this in all of our services rather than having a separate service. Please see ‘support’ section.

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?

We are currently in the process of planning and confirming what we are looking at doing for fresher’s week/ welcome week due to challenges faced from COVID-19. However there will be a wide range of activities for everyone to get involved in. We will update accordingly in due course.

What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?

Due to Covid-19 we are currently working on our plans to welcome you onto campus for the start of the semester in September 2021. Working to Government guidelines, we are introducing physical distancing measures across our campus and halls of residence, to ensure the safety of all students and staff whilst on the campus. As a smaller university with smaller class sizes, we can adapt quickly to the government’s rules around social distancing. From September, we are planning for the following:

  • Regular on-campus contact time in small teaching groups and tutorials, as well as practical workshop sessions (where required by the programme)
  • Online and remote alternatives to large lectures during the first semester.
  • Access to our on-campus facilities where it’s safe for these to open – this will include carefully managed access to the library, student services and IT.
  • A full induction programme organised with physical distancing in mind, but still giving you the chance to meet fellow students and lecturers.

Read more: https://www.newman.ac.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/starting-your-studies-this-september/.

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?

Newman University is a campus based university. We’re located 8 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre – away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but close enough to Birmingham to easily pop into the city whenever you need to.

All our Halls are located on campus, meaning you’re just a short walk away from your lectures and all we have on offer on our student-centred campus.

Read about life on campus: https://www.newman.ac.uk/study/why-newman/accommodation/life-on-campus/.

What sort of societies are there?

Newman University Students’ Union is a charity run by students for students. They are available to represent you as students, provide you with career development opportunities and to have a positive impact on your time at Newman. You are an automatic member of Newman Students’ Union when you enrol. There are a range of societies you can get involved in. See societies available: http://www.newmansu.org/.

How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?

We’re located 8 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre. As part of our initiative to be a greener campus, we encourage all visitors to travel to Newman by public transport where possible. Information from the following website will help you to plan your journey from your starting point to Newman University: https://www.newman.ac.uk/about-us/contact-us/maps-directions/

How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?    

Newman University has a compact campus, with all halls of residence and facilities within a short walking distance of each other. Take virtual tour to see more: https://www.newman.ac.uk/virtual-open-day/

How much one-to-one contact time do students receive from their lecturers?   

At Newman University we do things differently. We believe that learning is nothing without the development of the whole person, which is why we place equal importance on personal wellbeing and high academic achievement.

We have small class sizes and through interactive teaching, a comprehensive range of student support services and a strong sense of community, we offer the unique support and guidance that provides our students with personal advancement and academic success.

What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?

There is no data for any university anymore 6 months after graduation, last data is for those graduating in 2016/17.

How much is a pint at the student union?

Draught pints are £4.00 but there are also bottles and cans available ranging from £2.00 to £3.50.

What fields of study is the university best known for?

Teacher Training.