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Welcome New Students

Welcome to the University of Opportunity! Good luck with your studies which we hope are exciting and enable you to reach your goals.

Before you start

Here are a couple of things to think about before your course begins

All students are personally liable for the payment of any tuition fees. 

If you are making arrangements for these to be paid by a third party (Student Finance; your employer), make sure you have done it in plenty of time, it's better to have your finance in place even if you're not sure what course you want to do.

Don't forget that if your employer or other agency/business/charity is paying all or some of your fees that we will need something in writing.  Request an official notification on letter headed paper from them before you start.  It will need to include your name, your 7 digit student number, your overall tuition fee amount and either a specific amount or percentage that they are going to pay.  You will need to hand this in to your Faculty Student Services (FSS).

If you are paying some/all of your fees yourself there are various different ways you could do this:

  • in instalments
  • online
  • by post
  • in person
  • bank transfer
Our How to pay page gives you all the information you need for this.

Hopefully you will already have applied to your funding provider (normally Student Finance (England, Wales, NI or SAAS in Scotland)) and you may have already received your notification of entitlement letter.

If you haven't, don't panic! 

If you require any help with this the University has a pre-entry advice team based in our Gateway who can help.  Just give them a call on (01902) 321032 or email gateway@wlv.ac.uk and they will do their utmost to help.

You’ll usually only get Student Finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification - even if your previous course was self-funded. You may still be eligible for limited funding in certain circumstances.

For further information regarding eligibility criteria for Student Finance please see Student Finance - Eligibility

Once you know your budget have a look at our Funding and Budgeting page to see our tips and hints for creating a budget you can stick to.

The first thing to do before you start looking for accommodation is to consider what your priorities are. Start by making yourself a wish list of the top things you want from your ideal property, then compare your answers with friends.

Be honest! Would you prefer a house where the party never stops, or one that is clean and tidy? Do you want to live with others? How much can you afford for rent? Would you rather pay an all-inclusive rent (all bills included)?

Armed with this information, you can then consider your options...

Where are you studying? - If you are moving to start university then make sure you are looking in the right place.  Double check where your course will be running.  Did you know that some of our courses could be studied at multiple campuses?  As a nursing student, depending on your specialty, you could study at our City (Wolverhampton), Walsall, Telford or even Burton campus. 

The University of Wolverhampton Students' Union's Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) offers professional, independent, free and confidential advice and student representation and has a Housing Advice section on its webpages which includes tips and links to various external agencies.

If you'd like to live on campus we are proud to offer accommodation for students both new and returning, students with disabilities, international students and under 18s. We also provide short stay accommodation for both students and visitors. 

For more information including how to apply and the costs please see Accommodation Information.
Make sure you have your seven digit Student Number to hand as you will need it to register for various student services.

Your step-by-step guide to becoming a student

All students need a Student ID Card to gain access to University services and buildings, including the libraries, teaching/examination rooms and in order to travel on the University's campus buses. Follow the instructions to upload your card photo at: wlv.ac.uk/photoid
 
Please note: You must carry your University ID card with you at all times. Our security staff are authorised to ask to see student cards at any time, so please be ready to show yours when asked. 

Enrol on e:Vision. Full enrolment instructions are available at Enrol online.

Please note: if your course requires you to complete a DBS and/or Occupational Health Check you will need to have fully completed these before you can enrol.

Once you have completed your enrolment online we need to check your identity and confirm attendance – check e:Vision for your enrolment deadline and visit: ID check for details of your enrolment point. Once you have completed your ID check, you will be fully enrolled and your University ID card will be posted to your term-time address or, if you are an International student, collected from the Harrison Library.

It is only after we have confirmed your attendance that you are fully enrolled and, if you are being funded through Student Finance, we will confirm your registration.  

International visa enrolment ID checks:   Alan Turing Building (MI) 001 (ground floor)

myWLV offers everything you need for your learning and education experience, in one place!

myWLV is currently available to all University of Wolverhampton students who are fully enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate course that is primarily delivered on a University campus, and research students, and will deliver information including, assessment deadlines, email, VLE topic subscriptions, links to key resources (e.g. room booking, library resources, PC availability) and many more.

 

 

Canvas is used by students and staff to support learning and teaching activities, including access to online learning materials and module activities such as discussions, quizzes and assignments.

Wherever you mostly spend your time at University, you’ll find our digital support systems and programmes keep you connected to all the vital processes that make your life as a student go smoothly.

For an overview see Your online facilities.

 

More useful information

View the full academic calendar

Semester DatesFrom:To:
Semester 1 Monday 23 September 2019 Friday 17 January 2020
Semester 2 Monday 20 January 2020 Friday 22 May 2020
 
Term DatesFrom:To:
Autumn Term Monday 23 September 2019 Friday 20 December 2019
Spring Term Monday 06 January 2020 Friday 03 April 2020
Summer Term Monday 20 April 2020 Friday 22 May 2020
 

If you are moving here to study, whether that's from just up the road in Birmingham or you've travelled from the other side of the world, one of the first things you'll need to do, once you've settled in, is to register with a local doctor and dentist.   

All you need to do is go to the NHS England website (opens in new window) and put in your postcode and it will show you all the doctors and dentists closest to you that are currently accepting new patients.

Another thing to remember is that, as a full-time student, you are not automatically exempt from NHS or dental costs.  You will need to apply for an exemption certificate from the NHS called a HC1 form.  You would apply as a "low income" goup.  Again, you can find this via the NHS England website at NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).

Once you have applied you may have to pay costs upfront and then send off any receipts and you should be at least partially reimbursed.

Also health related, make sure you are immunised against Meningitis.

THE ORGAN DONOR REGISTER: SIGN UP TODAY!

The University is supporting the national campaign to encourage more people to join the National NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR): a confidential, computerised database launched in 1994 following a campaign by the Cox family from the West Midlands.

The University’s Professor Magi Sque’s research with families of people who have made the decision to donate their organs has directly helped families at times of great distress and helped them to see the positive effects of the decision to donate.

Find out more about how organ donation transforms lives, and register your intention today at: organdonation.nhs.uk

 

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Wolverhampton/City Campus

Prayer facilities on Campus:

There is a multi-faith prayer room in the ML building with separate ablution facilities for men and women. The room is available for all, but is used predominantly by Muslim staff and students.

There is a small multi-faith prayer room in the SU, situated in the Ambika Paul (MD) building.

The quiet room in the Chaplaincy building (MP) is available for all, but is used predominantly by Christian staff and students.

In addition to the above the Mosque in Thornley Street, WVV1 1JP, and St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton are open daily for private prayer.

Other local facilities: Places of worship - Wolverhampton

 

Walsall Campus

Prayer facilities on Campus:

The multi-faith centre in the WC building is open 7 days a week. There are rooms suitable for Muslim prayer, and ablution facilities as well as a lounge area for Christian prayer and meditation.

Other local facilities: Places of Worship - Walsall

 

Telford Campus

Prayer facilities on Campus:

There is a small multi-faith prayer room on the 2nd floor of the Hutchison Building (SA).  If you ask at Reception they will point you in the right direction or just go up to the 2nd floor, straight through the Library and you will find it just through there on your left.

Other local facilities: Places of Worship - Telford

Before you start your course you might be tempted to look up the reading list and consider buying some if not all of the books.

However, we would highly recommend that you don't.

For each new module that you start the first thing that happens is that you will be taken through the module guide.  The module leader may suggest a "bible" for your course or some text books that will be useful for the entirety of the course.  These text books are going to be expensive (easily £45 each) so you would do well to only invest in the ones that would be most useful.

The University Library will have numerous copies of any core texts available for loan and we do suggest you use this facility wherever possible (they also have online texts and journals) but if you do feel that your personal studies would benefit from owning any of them then remember to search for them.  Check with your Faculty office and the Students Union as previous students may advertise with them any books they are selling. 

The Skills for Learning team offer many useful tools, guides, workshops and one-to-one support to help expand your academic study skills.

Contact us

Student Experience Team

Whether you're a new student or returning to continue your studies we're here to answer any queries you may have.

For any query regarding induction and Welcome Week:
Email: welcome@wlv.ac.uk

For any other queries:
Email: student@wlv.ac.uk