Welcome Week 2021
Are you ready to ‘Get Ahead’?
Get ahead will support your transition to Aston by helping you:
• Find out more about how university differs from school or college
• Make the most of learning on campus and online
• Get organised for study and become an independent learner
• Develop your essay writing, communication and referencing skills
• Work on your maths skills
• Get the most from working with your personal tutor
• Connect with others through peer mentoring
• Look after your health and wellbeing
Get Ahead is available in Blackboard Learn – Aston’s virtual learning environment. Check out our Blackboard Learn help pages to get started and find your way around. To access Get Ahead and Blackboard you will need your Aston username and password. Problems accessing Get Ahead? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahead of Welcome Week we are offering a series of live online sessions on the Get Ahead platform to help you prepare for university.
The events are free and there is no need to book. Just make a note in your diary and access the event a few minutes before the start-time. View our list of events and how to access them.
Welcome Week Events (not including SU activities)
|Monday 20th September||10:30-15:30||Coffee and Crafts||Martin Luther King Building|
|Monday 20th September||12:00-16:00||Campus Scavenger Hunt||Main Building Reception|
|Monday 20th September||14:30-15:30||Disabled Students' Officers meet and greet||Students' Union|
|Monday 20th September||15:00-17:00||Bubble Football||Sports Aston|
|Monday 20th September||15:30-17:00||Enabling Team Welcome Event||Martin Luther King Building|
|Tuesday 21st September||10:30-15:30||Coffee and Crafts||Martin Luther King Building|
|Tuesday 21st September||11:00-15:00||Aston Information Fair||Students' Union|
|Tuesday 21st September||12:30-13:15||Mindfulness||Online taster TBC|
|Tuesday 21st September||14:30-15:00||Mindfulness taster||Martin Luther King Building|
|Tuesday 21st September||15:00-17:00||Water Zorbing||Sports Aston|
|Wednesday 22nd September||10:30-15:30||Coffee and Crafts||Martin Luther King Building|
|Wednesday 22nd September||14:30-17:00||Disabled Students Drop-in Social||Students' Union|
|Wednesday 22nd September||14:30-15:00||Hate Crime Awareness||Martin Luther King Building|
|Wednesday 22nd September||15:00-17:00||Pizza and Games||Martin Luther King Building|
|Wednesday 22nd September||15:00-17:00||Dodgeball||Sports Aston|
|Thursday 23rd September||10:30-15:30||Coffee and Crafts||Martin Luther King Building|
|Thursday 23rd September||11:00-17:00||Spa Treatments - including massages and shellac manicure||Students' Union|
|Thursday 23rd September||12:30-13:15||Christian Prayers||Martin Luther King Building and online|
|Thursday 23rd September||13:00-14:00||Say Hello to Career and Placements||Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre|
|Thursday 23rd September||14:30-15:00||Laughter Yoga||Martin Luther King Building|
|Thursday 23rd September||15:30-16:30||Knit and Natter||Martin Luther King Building|
|Friday 24th September||10:30-15:30||Coffee and Crafts||Martin Luther King Building|
|Friday 24th September||11:00-17:00||Spa Treatments - including massages and shellac manicure||Students' Union|
|Friday 24th September||14:00-14:40||Muslim Prayer and Reflection||Online - TBC|
|Friday 24th September||14:30-15:30||Disabled Students' Officers meet and greet||Students' Union|
|Friday 24th September||15:00-15:30||Heartfulness||Online - TBC|
|Friday 24th September||15:00-17:00||Obstacle Course||Sports Aston|
|Friday 24th September||15:30-17:00||Enabling Team Welcome Event||Martin Luther King Building|
|Monday 27th September||15:00-17:00||Food Sampling, Café Tierra||Main Building|
Aston Student Union
Your education should be of the highest possible quality and we value student opinions which is why, we ask students to volunteer as course representatives. Being a student rep involves meeting with university staff to discuss feedback you’ve got from discussions with your peers. The Students’ Union provides training and support so that you can perform your role well, develop as a person, and grow as part of a thriving community.
The work of previous Student Reps has resulted in assessments being marked more quickly, exam policies being made fairer, and the improved provision of course materials, so students’ opinions really can deliver change.
September 2021 teaching and learning approach
For the new academic year, we will be offering a blended learning experience in which you will benefit from a rich mix of in person (on campus) learning, together with some asynchronous and synchronous online learning. This provides the best of both worlds, with the opportunity to engage with other students and staff on campus through learning activities such as seminars, workshops, discussions groups, practical and laboratory work; but also virtually, with the ability to do some learning more flexibly online at times that best suit around individual circumstances such as family and work commitments. The exact combination of activities will vary according to programme, but there will be a range of learning approaches that our students have told us in student feedback they found beneficial. You will be actively engaged as a member of Aston’s learning community throughout your studies both in person and online.
There will be plenty of opportunities for you to meet up with fellow students and members of staff on campus, and the online learning elements enable you to develop and enhance your digital skills which are highly sought by employers.
All the usual facilities on campus will be available including the Library, Student and Academic Services, learning support activities, Sports, and social activities through the many societies and sports clubs run by the Aston Students’ Union.
Our primary focus is the continued safety, health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and we will follow public health advice and make adjustments to delivery during the Academic Year in response to public health advice.