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: solve@aston.ac.uk

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)

DayTimeActivityLocation
Monday   
Monday 20th September10:30-15:30Coffee and CraftsMartin Luther King Building
Monday 20th September12:00-16:00Campus Scavenger HuntMain Building Reception
Monday 20th September14:30-15:30Disabled Students' Officers meet and greetStudents' Union
Monday 20th September15:00-17:00Bubble FootballSports Aston
Monday 20th September15:30-17:00Enabling Team Welcome EventMartin Luther King Building
Tuesday   
Tuesday 21st September10:30-15:30Coffee and CraftsMartin Luther King Building
Tuesday 21st September11:00-15:00Aston Information FairStudents' Union
Tuesday 21st September12:30-13:15MindfulnessOnline taster TBC
Tuesday 21st September14:30-15:00Mindfulness tasterMartin Luther King Building
Tuesday 21st September15:00-17:00Water ZorbingSports Aston
Wednesday   
Wednesday 22nd September10:30-15:30Coffee and CraftsMartin Luther King Building
Wednesday 22nd September14:30-17:00Disabled Students Drop-in SocialStudents' Union
Wednesday 22nd September14:30-15:00Hate Crime AwarenessMartin Luther King Building
Wednesday 22nd September15:00-17:00Pizza and GamesMartin Luther King Building
Wednesday 22nd September15:00-17:00DodgeballSports Aston
Thursday   
Thursday 23rd September10:30-15:30Coffee and CraftsMartin Luther King Building
Thursday 23rd September11:00-17:00Spa Treatments - including massages and shellac manicureStudents' Union
Thursday 23rd September12:30-13:15Christian PrayersMartin Luther King Building and online
Thursday 23rd September13:00-14:00Say Hello to Career and PlacementsAdrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre
Thursday 23rd September14:30-15:00Laughter YogaMartin Luther King Building
Thursday 23rd September15:30-16:30Knit and NatterMartin Luther King Building
Friday   
Friday 24th September10:30-15:30Coffee and CraftsMartin Luther King Building
Friday 24th September11:00-17:00Spa Treatments - including massages and shellac manicureStudents' Union
Friday 24th September14:00-14:40Muslim Prayer and ReflectionOnline - TBC
Friday 24th September14:30-15:30Disabled Students' Officers meet and greetStudents' Union
Friday 24th September15:00-15:30HeartfulnessOnline - TBC
Friday 24th September15:00-17:00Obstacle CourseSports Aston
Friday 24th September15:30-17:00Enabling Team Welcome EventMartin Luther King Building
Monday   
Monday 27th September15:00-17:00Food Sampling, Café TierraMain 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.
 

Aston University Student's Union Rep

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.

Students' Union sign to become a rep

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.   

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