Developing Skills in Academic English Student Handbook

Welcome message from Programme Director, Robert Fox


Welcome to Aston University and the Developing Skills in Academic English Programme, also known as the UK Year Abroad Programme. We hope that you enjoy the programme and find it useful for your future university studies.

The Programme is delivered and managed by the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA), which is a teaching unit within the School of Languages and Social Sciences. CELCA is based on the 8th floor of the North Wing.

The Programme runs from April to December/January each year, and provides 120 Aston University Credits, equivalent to one full academic year at undergraduate level. In addition to fulfilling your academic requirements for Kansai University, you will also earn a Certificate of Higher Education in Developing Skills in Academic English, which is a qualification in its own right.

I am the Director of the programme,Robert Fox. You can find me in the North Wing, room NW820F. My university phone number is 0121 204 3177 and my e-mail address r.a.fox@aston.ac.uk. I will also be your personal tutor during your time at Aston.  I look forward to meeting you throughout your studies.

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-active University, known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.  It is also an inclusive, forward-thinking and diverse institution, deeply committed to ensuring all of its students are happy, comfortable and satisfied. 

Whether you’re a UK, EU or international student looking for advice on managing money, wanting to join or even set-up a student society or wanting guidance and support when looking ahead to your future career, Aston has friendly and experienced professionals ready to help.

We take supporting our students very seriously – backed up by the government’s National Student Survey (NSS) in which Aston has achieved an overall satisfaction rate of at least 89% for the last four year years (above the national average of 86%).  We are equally dedicated to equipping our students with the skills needed to thrive in the world of work. Aston is ranked among the top four universities for helping students secure work placement years during their studies, helping them gain invaluable experience.

With the aid of such careful employment planning from our award winning Careers team, Aston’s graduates are some of the most employable in the UK.  Six months after graduation, nearly eight out of ten Aston alumni are in graduate level destinations – an employability rate comparable to those of the traditional elite universities.

As Aston celebrates its 50th year as a University in 2016 and welcomes its new Vice-Chancellor, we are constantly adapting to the changing needs of our students. In keeping with the University’s progressive motto, ‘Forward’, we pledge to continue to do so.

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Professor Helen E Higson OBE
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

LSS School Reception is located in Room MB775 on the 7th floor of the Main Building.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm during Term Time and 11am to 2pm outside Term Time.

Key Contacts
Timetabling and module registration – Mingqing Jia, Timetabling Officer (m.jia@aston.ac.uk)
Student support team – lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk
Exams and assessment – lss_supportandassessment@aston.ac.uk

Contacting Academic Staff

Please use the Staff Directory to look up contact details.

In addition, academic staff will advertise at least 4 hours a week during term time where they will be available for you to discuss your academic work and receive feedback. This is often called office hours or consultation hours.

How these sessions are managed is down to individual academics – you may be able to just drop in, or you might have to arrange a specific time either via email or through the WASS appointment system.

You may be able to arrange an appointment outside of these hours, by negotiation.

Who to contact?
If your query or issue relates to...

  • your academic studies on a specific module – the lecturer teaching the module
  • your programme as a whole – the programme director, or Head of Academic Subject Group, or your student course representative
  • pastoral, personal, or general academic problems – your personal tutor - see "Personal tutor information", below

You can also contact Dr Carol Marley (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes), Dr Carolyn Rowe (Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programmes), or Dr Raquel Fernández Sánchez (Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching) for matters that cannot be resolved by any of the above people. Appointments can be made via WASS.

Absences and Pastoral Care
Please contact us as soon as you are aware that you will be absent from class or if there are any matters that are affecting your ability to attend classes and keep up with your studies.

Please e-mail: lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk

Social media
You can also follow Aston LSS on Facebook and Twitter


Executive Dean – Professor Simon Green, (s.o.green@aston.ac.uk)
Deputy Dean – Professor Jonathan Tritter (j.tritter@aston.ac.uk)
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes – Dr Carol Marley (c.n.marley@aston.ac.uk)
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programmes - Dr Carolyn Rowe (c.s.rowe@aston.ac.uk)
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching – Dr Raquel Fernandez-Sanchez (r.fernandez-sanchez@aston.ac.uk)


The School is organised into five different Academic Subject Groups (ASGs).

The ASGs are responsible for the delivery of all aspects of a programme relating to that subject or discipline. More information can be found HERE.

ASG Heads
English Language: Prof Gertrud Reershemius g.k.reershemius@aston.ac.uk 
Languages and Translation Studies: Dr Stefan Manz s.manz@aston.ac.uk
Politics and International Relations: Dr Ed Turner e.turner@aston.ac.uk
Sociology and Policy: Dr Karen West k.west@aston.ac.uk 
Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston: Ania Bailey a.bailey@aston.ac.uk


Management Team
Head of Administration – Elaena Wells (E.K.R.WELLS@aston.ac.uk)
Academic Programme and Quality Manager – Yvonne Henderson (y.henderson@aston.ac.uk)
Admissions and Marketing Manager – Louise Foster-Agg (L.Foster-Agg@aston.ac.uk)
Examinations and Student Support Manager – Steve Jones (s.c.jones@aston.ac.uk)
Research Manager – Dan Thomson (d.thomson1@aston.ac.uk)

Visit the Staff Directory for a full listing of LSS Staff.

CELCA is a teaching unit within the School of Languages and Social Sciences. It was established over 15 years ago to provide English for Academic Purposes programmes and support tutorials for international students whose first language is not English.

We now offer a wide range of preparatory and year abroad/exchange credit-bearing programmes at pre-undergraduate, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We also offer English language tutorials to support students who are already studying for Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.

A number of our staff specialise in the field of intercultural communication and deliver modules on degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Aston University. Some also contribute to modules focusing on Academic and Professional Communication, Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

All our staff are friendly, well-qualified, experienced and committed to helping international students succeed on their academic programmes and achieve their personal goals. 

Read the complete student charter HERE.

Extending Courtesy to Students and Staff

In addition to the undertakings in the Student Charter, the following Code of Good Practice has been developed within LSS as a guide to our expectations. It outlines how to ensure the best learning  environment both for you and for other students. It should go without saying that it is your responsibility to ensure that your behaviour is always courteous towards other students, members of staff and visitors to the University.

Lectures and Seminars

Lectures and seminars will start on the hour and end at 10 minutes to the hour in order to give students the chance to get to their next lecture. You should ensure that you arrive on time.

Lecturers will try to give as much notice as possible if they cannot hold a scheduled lecture or seminar. The lecture or seminar concerned will be rescheduled for a later date by agreement with students, or will be replaced by guided study materials if necessary.

Behaviour in Lectures and Seminars

Show consideration for the lecturer and other students in lectures and seminars.

Considerate behaviour includes:
  • Not disrupting teaching/learning sessions for example by talking privately or other anti-social behaviour.
  • Turning off mobile phones during classes and at other times and places when it is considerate e.g. in the library.
  • Preparing for and participating in seminar sessions as requested by the tutor.
  • Respecting the efforts of the tutor to direct and support your learning.
  • Using resources such as computer rooms, the library and other facilities sensibly and with consideration for other users.
  • Maintaining a safe, clean and tidy environment on the campus and in the buildings of the University.
  • Showing respect for your fellow students and employees of the University – even when you disagree with them!
  • Ensuring that you adopt an appropriately polite formal register and form of address when corresponding with staff.
  • Making sure that you are aware of the limits within which help and advice may be sought (availability of staff, any cut-off deadlines for project supervisions).

Students causing disruption in lectures or seminars will be reported to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes / Postgraduate Programmes, who will issue you with an informal warning as part of the University Disciplinary Procedure.

Term dates and university holiday information can be found HERE.


The role of a personal tutor is to provide advice and support in overcoming any academic or personal problems which may affect progress. They can also help you to take charge of your own learning, a vital skill at university.

How the personal tutor system works

At the beginning of your studies at Aston, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor, which is shown on your MAP account. They are available either at the times stated on their office doors or through WASS. If you are not sure who your Personal Tutor is, then contact lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk.

You will be invited to meet your Personal Tutor in the early weeks of each term. It is important that you then keep in regular contact with your Personal Tutor, seeking advice before problems develop and keeping them informed of your progress.

If at any stage you feel the need to change your Personal Tutor, please contact lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk. If your Personal Tutor is due to be away on sabbatical leave for part of an academic year, you will be informed of arrangements relating to personal tutor support during that period, but if in doubt, please contact lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk.

Further information
More information about personal tutors can be accessed via the links below:

For information on academic and pastoral support, please see the following resources
  • The section of this handbook on Personal Tutor information
  • The section of this handbook on Useful Contacts
  • The Hub website, particularly the section on Academic Advice 

Thinking of taking a break from your studies?

If you are considering suspending your studies (“leave of absence”), or even leaving university altogether (“withdrawal”), it is vital you talk to your personal tutor in the first instance.

Leave of absences and withdrawals can be requested via MAP after speaking to your personal tutor.
Each subject group has a Director of Undergraduate Programmes, as follows:

Subject Group/Programme

Director of UG Programmes

English Language

Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton

Languages and Translation Studies

Dr Brian Sudlow

Politics and International Relations

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

Sociology and Policy

Dr Sarah-Jane Page

CELCA programmes have unique Programme Directors:


Programme Director

Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Study

Chantal Burden

CertHE Developing Skills in Academic English (Kansai Year Abroad)

Robert Fox

CertHE Languages and Social Sciences (International Year Abroad)

Dr Branka Visnjic

If you study on a Joint Honours programme taught entirely within LSS, each Director of Undergraduate Programmes above is responsible for their respective half of the programme.

If you study on a Joint Honours programme taught between LSS and another school, please see the table below.

Programmes delivered jointly by LSS and ABS:


Programme Director 1

Programme Director 2

BSc Business & International Relations

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

Dr Breno Nunes

BSc Business & Politics

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

Dr Breno Nunes

BSc Business & Sociology

Dr Karen West

Dr Aarti Sood

BSc Business, Management & Public Policy

Dr Karen West

Dr Aarti Sood

BSc Business Management and English Language

Dr Erica Darics

Dr Aarti Sood 

BSc International Business and French

Céline Benoit

BSc International Business and German

Céline Benoit

BSc International Business and Spanish

Céline Benoit

BSc International Business, French and German

Céline Benoit

BSc International Business, French and Spanish

Céline Benoit

BSc International Business, German and Spanish

Céline Benoit

BSc Politics and Economics

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

Dr Chris Jones

Programmes delivered jointly by LSS and LHS:


Programme Director 1

Programme Director 2

BSc Psychology & English Language

Dr Dan Shepperd

Dr Krzysztof Kredens

BSc Psychology & Sociology

Dr Richard Cooke

Dr Sarah-Jane Page


Attendance at lectures, seminars, tutorials, one-to-one supervision, and other contact sessions is compulsory and is monitored through signing-in lists.

At University, students are encouraged to assume responsibility for their own academic progress, and to manage their time effectively. Missing scheduled classes also means missing the opportunity to benefit fully from the learning experience and the support and guidance LSS offers.

Attendance Policy

It is our expectation that students attend no less than 80% of timetabled contact hours over the whole academic year.

If you attend fewer than 50% of contact sessions for all modules across a designated time period, you will be sent a letter advising you that your attendance is cause for concern and asking you to meet with your Personal Tutor.

If you attend fewer than the required number of classes and do not respond adequately when we contact you about this, you may be ultimately be withdrawn from your programme.

Where students are experiencing problems which are having a serious impact on their ability to meet attendance requirements, they should discuss these problems with their Personal Tutor as soon as possible to see how best to minimise the detrimental effect on their studies. Please also see the section on Exceptional Circumstances.

Unauthorised Absence

Module leaders who observe that a student has been repeatedly absent from lectures and/or seminars may request that his/her attendance record throughout the School is examined. Where no reason for the absence has been reported disciplinary proceedings are likely to be instituted by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes or Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programmes as appropriate.

  • A letter will be sent requesting that an appointment be made with your Personal Tutor to discuss the situation.
  • If attendance does not subsequently improve, a letter will be sent requiring attendance at a meeting with the relevant Associate Dean. Failure to attend this meeting is likely to result in disciplinary proceedings being taken.

If satisfactory attendance is not resumed, the Executive Dean may require the student to withdraw from the programme. It is important that students respond immediately to correspondence from tutors or officers of the School on the subject of non-attendance.

Term-Time Employment

If you are an international student, please refer to the information HERE.

Some full-time students undertake voluntary or paid employment during academic terms. Although we recognise that this may be a matter of financial necessity, or develops important skills and provides experience, you should ensure that such work does not result in absence from any timetabled activity or the late submission of assessments and does not have a detrimental effect on your academic performance.

The Government recommends that no full-time student should undertake part-time work during term in excess of 12 hours per week. The legal limit for paid part-time work during term time is 20 hours a week.


If you are absent from class because of illness, notify the relevant module tutor(s) and  the Programme Support Team: lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk 

Please do this as soon as possible, otherwise you will be contacted about your lack of attendance. For illness lasting up to 7 days, you should provide medical evidence and hand this in to the School Reception. For illness lasting more than 7 days, you must obtain a medical certificate from your GP or a medical centre and hand this in to the School Reception.

If you will be absent for a scheduled exam or a coursework submission day, it is a different procedure. Please see section 11 of the LSS Undergraduate Assessment Handbook on BlackBoard in LSS Undergraduate Information>Assessment.

Catching Up

Ask the lecturer for copies of any handouts and advice about guided reading. Check BlackBoard to see whether work has been posted there for the missed session. Please talk to the lecturer or your Personal Tutor if you are experiencing difficulties catching up.

Staff are not normally able to offer individual tuition to students who have missed lectures or seminars.

Advance Notice of Absence

If you know in advance that you will have to be absent for a time (e.g. for planned surgery), it will be necessary for you to negotiate an individual programme to catch up on missed work.

Absence of more than 1 week and less than 1 month: Contact the Head(s) of the relevant Academic Subject Group(s). Also contact the Prorgamme Support Team (lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk)

Absence of more than 1 month: Contact the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes or Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programmes as appropriate. Please also refer to the information on leave of absences in the "Where to go for academic/pastoral support information" section (“Thinking of taking a break from your studies?”) and HERE.

For information about Aston University and your Tier 4 visa, please click HERE.

Your individual timetable will be available online through MAP

More information about your personal academic timetable is available HERE.

Please check your timetable regularly:
  • For changes to times and rooms
  • For possible clashes
  • To make sure you are registered for the correct amount of modules and credits in each teaching period
If you notice or problem, or have any queries relating to your timetable or module enrolment, please contact the LSS Timetabling Officer, Mingqing Jia (m.jia@aston.ac.uk).

Changing Optional Modules

In Weeks 1 and 2, or 14 and 15, any changes to optional modules must be arranged through the LSS Timetabling Officer (m.jia@aston.ac.uk)

Changes after Week 2 or 15 are not normally permitted. After this point, any change that may exceptionally be agreed must be negotiated through the Head(s) of ASG(s) concerned and final approval sought from the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes or Associate Dean, Postgraduate Programmes. A form must be completed and handed into the School Reception.

Reading Week

Weeks 6 and 20 of the timetable are set aside as Reading Weeks. These allow you the opportunity to reflect on your studies, perform more in-depth reading, or be given specific guided study to carry out by your lecturer(s). You will be expected to be available during Reading Week for consultation and for guided study during your normal timetabled contact hours.

Please note, occasionally modules do not include a Reading Week and normal study and contact hours continue for Weeks 6 and 20.

The module specification should inform you whether this is the case, but if in doubt, please speak to the lecturer(s) concerned.

Modules and university credits

In order to be awarded the Certificate in Higher Education, you are required to gain 120 university credits. Some modules for which you are registered and which you attend are worth 10 credits each when completed successfully. Some modules last for both Teaching Periods and so are worth 20 credits. If you wish, you may follow more than six modules in a Teaching Period but you will not gain credits for the extra classes. 

To succeed at a module and be awarded the appropriate university credits, you are required to

  • complete the assessments required for each module. The assessment may be an examination in the university examination period, a test in class teaching time, a speaking examination, a listening examination, or coursework. Coursework is set for students to complete during the holidays and is often an essay or a report based on individual research. Coursework has to be completed and submitted to the School by a prescribed date.


In addition, you are required to,

  • attend all the teaching classes and seminars associated with a module.
  • complete all the tasks that may be set as ‘homework’. 


Although most students will be awarded a pass mark for their module work on the first occasion, a few students will be required to resubmit their coursework or to resit an examination. Students are allowed three attempts to pass a module.

Towards the end of the university year, you may be required to complete examinations at your home university. Normally, there is no problem in doing this as the International Year Abroad programme will have finished before you are expected in China. However, if you are concerned about this, please discuss this as soon as possible with the Director of IYA programmes so that s/he, in turn, can contact your teachers in China. We will need to know by January if you need to return to China early to complete examinations there so that alternative arrangements can be made for assessment at Aston.   

Learn Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, or Spanish at Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced levels while you study.

More information is available HERE.

Please visit the Counselling Services website HERE.
The Disability Team site is HERE.

For information on student equal opportunities, please see the Welfare and Representation sections of the Aston Students’ Union website.

More information about the financial advice offered by The Hub, can be accessed HERE.
Information on appealing your formal assessment results can be found HERE.
Information on making a formal complaint can be found HERE.
If you are experiencing events or problems that are affecting your ability to perform at your best, information on the exceptional circumstances procedure can be found HERE and HERE.

The formal requirements for degree programmes are contained in the University’s General Regulations which can be found HERE.

The disciplinary regulations for students can be found HERE.
LSS information on plagiarism can be found on BlackBoard. For Postgraduate students it is located in LSS Postgraduate Programmes>General Study Information>Avoiding Plagiarism. For Undergraduate students, it is located in LSS Undergraduate Information>Plagiarism – avoiding it.

University regulations on plagiarism can be viewed HERE.


Towards the end of each module you will be asked to fill in an anonymous questionnaire. This provides LSS and the individual lecturers with valuable information which is used to enhance and improve our learning and teaching strategies.
For interim feedback, please speak to the module leader, or a student representative.


At Undergraduate level, final year students are asked to fill in the National Student Survey (NSS). At Postgraduate level, students will be asked to fill in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).

These surveys are run by external organisations and ask all students nationally the same questions.

For non-final year undergraduate students, the University also runs the Student Satisfaction Survey.

We value your opinions and so we use the results of these surveys to enhance and improve your learning experience.

General Feedback

If you experience problems with a module, please first try to resolve it with the lecturer or module leader. If the problem persists, then please refer the matter to the Head of Academic Subject Group, or the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programmes, or Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes.

General problems relating to programmes or subjects as a whole can be referred to a student representative, or the Programme Director.

If after this you are still experiencing problems, please refer to the section on Student Complaints.


  • Do you want to help us improve your learning experience?
  • Do you want to make a positive contribution to university life for your fellow students?
  • Do you want to enhance your skills and your employability?
Then nominate yourself to become a student representative!

What’s Involved?

You will:
  • be a point of contact for students on your course,
  • represent their views effectively
  • contribute to activities that seek to improve the quality of the learning experience.
Training and development will be included in the role, and you will work closely with key academic staff responsible for driving forward the student voice at Aston.

The University is committed to listening to the views of its students and to including them in the development of their own learning experience.  If you are interested in finding out more about what a Student Representative does please contact Aston Students’ Union Vice President Education and Welfare at union.vpew@aston.ac.uk.  Elections for Student Representatives will be held early in the Autumn Term and we would like to encourage all students to participate, either by standing for election or by taking part in the democratic process and casting your vote.   Aston Students’ Union are looking for students to volunteer to stand for election to represent the members of your course.     If you would like to get involved please see here  http://www.aston.ac.uk/union/representation/course-reps/ 

How is Student Representation Organised?

Each subject group elects a number of student reps. These reps will attend the Student-Staff Committee (SSC) for the subject group once a term. One rep will co-chair this meeting with an academic member of staff. A student secretary will also be appointed to keep track of discussions and decisions.

In addition, the co-chairs of each subject level SSC will be invited once a term to School Forum, where school level issues can be discussed.

The sorts of things that may come up in SSC or School Forum include; conversations about future programme and module content, assessment types and intensity, external examiner reports, reviews of academic quality and standards, personal tutors, learning spaces and resources.

Student Representatives will also sit on School Learning and Teaching Committee, Undergraduate Programme Committee, and Postgraduate Programme Committee. These committees are the principal means by which matters to do with your learning experience are discussed, progressed, and resolved.

It is important to note, that the whole system is principally student-led. It is your opinions, points, and ideas that count the most.

How do I become a student rep?
More details HERE.

Elections will then be held via BlackBoard, with the results announced by Week 3 of Term 1.

Once the results are announced, and you have been elected, your training and induction will commence and you will be invited to the relevant meetings.

More Information

Aston’s Student Representation Framework can be viewed HERE [link to follow when page goes live]

Exam dates and Submission Dates will be made available via the Assessments and Submissions calendar in LSS Undergraduate Information>Assessment in BlackBoard.

A programme specification is a general overview of the structure of the programme. It includes information about modules available on the programme, learning outcomes, assessment, and teaching methods. Programme specs will soon be available on the Aston website. Link to follow.

Module Specifications
A module specification is a published statement regarding the learning outcomes and aims of a module and contains information on assessment and feedback methods, content, and teaching methods. The information in module specifications should be taken as definitive. Take time to familiarise yourself with the information they contain.

Specifications for all modules are stored in the University Module Directory. If you are enrolled on a module, you will be able to view its specification via a link in the appropriate BlackBoard area for that module.

You can also view links to the specifications of all modules run by LSS by going to LSS Undergraduate Information>Module Specifications in BlackBoard.

If you know the code for a module and you want to see the specification, you can generate a direct link by adapting the link below:

Module Outlines
Module outlines will be distributed to you at the start of your module by your tutor. These are different to module specifications. The information included will vary from tutor to tutor, but they will include additional information related to the academic content of the module. It is your responsibility to make yourself familiar with the details provided for each module that you are required to study, including required reading, preparation for weekly lectures and seminars, and assessment (format, type, timing or submission dates). You should check BlackBoard regularly to ensure you are aware of all such requirements, including those which may be announced in between scheduled meetings.

Reading lists for all modules are viewable HERE. Use the search box to search for modules by code, title or keyword.

During freshers week and week one of term, your lecturers will provide further information on which books you may wish to purchase for your course.  We recommend that new students wait until freshers week before purchasing any books as the academic induction activities will help you to gain a better insight into which books will be most helpful to you.  We also strongly recommend that you attend the Library Induction offered in freshers week (you will be e-mailed with a time for your library tour) as this will give you an excellent introduction to the services that the library can offer. More information: http://www.aston.ac.uk/library/

The Alumni and Development team is HERE.

Print-based resources

The Cadbury Room on the 10th floor of the North Wing is a print-based resources room. It contains reference books, dictionaries, newspapers and magazines. Students are expected to use the material provided in the Cadbury Room for reference only in that room. Therefore, all materials should be returned to the shelves after use. A photocopier is provided for student use, operated by your student cards. 

Open access multimedia equipment

Rooms NX6A and NX6B, which are also on the 10th floor of the North Wing, both have audio-visual resources and computers for student use. NX06A is open 24 hours 7 days a week and NX06B is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday for use by all students of the School of Languages and Social Sciences. Please note that food and drink are not allowed in the Cadbury Room, NX6A or NX6B.

Main Library

All students can and should use the Main Library. You do not need to join the Library separately as you automatically become a member when you enrol with the University. The barcode on the University Identity Card shows your Library membership number. You will also be given a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you enrol, which you can use to check your account and to perform the self-service functions of borrowing, renewal, reservation, etc. If you do not know how these work, you should ask at the enquiries desk on the ground floor of the Library.

For information about these services, please click HERE (PDF download).