Welcome

You are joining a community of more than 25,000 students and staff around the world at a particularly exciting time in our 180 year history. We hope your studies at the University are exciting and enable you to reach your goals. Good luck with your studies and welcome to the University of Opportunity.

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

How are you paying your fees?

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.

You don't have to wait until your course is confirmed to apply for your funding

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 Finace please see Student Finance - Eligibility

Upload your photo for your student ID card

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 your course and register your modules

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.

Confirm your attendance and identity and receive your university ID card

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 , you will be fully enrolled and your University ID card will be posted to your term-time address.
 
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.   
 
Visit Student Finances dedicated payemnt page if you have any worries:

Download your myWLV app

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.

 

 

Familiarise yourself with Canvas, your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

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.

Your online facilities

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.

Essential information

Below you'll find some additional helpful links to ensure your first few weeks with us go smoothly.  

For example, in the How to ... videos section you'll find out how to get Microsoft Office for free whilst you are studying with us!

 

Check out these various things that can also help

Term dates

View the full academic calendar at: wlv.ac.uk/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
 

Health Care

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 (opens in new window)

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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Travelling between campuses

During term time the University operates a free inter-campus shuttle bus serving the three campus's at Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford (Monday to Friday only).

The Intercampus bus is provided for the transfer of students and staff between campus's for the purpose of attending lectures and/or any other University business. It is not provided as a replacement for local bus or train services. 

About our services

  • Real-time satellite tracked vehicles.
  • You must produce your student or staff ID card for travel. 
  • Our buses are wheelchair accessible.  
  • Items of luggage to be carried at the driver's discretion.
  • No stopping is allowed between designated bus stops.
  • USB Ports to charge devices.
  • WIFI
  • Please note that we allow guide dogs and assistance dogs.

Apply for your NUS discount card

TOTUM, the new name for the NUS extra card, brings you over 200 UK student discounts and comes with 1-year FREE ISIC unlocking over 42,000 international discounts.

Get your TOTUM card now.

1, 2 or 3-Year Cards

Choose from a 1-year card for just £12, a 2-year card for £22 or a 3-year card for only £32. Many discounts are online only so you can’t get them without your TOTUM card.

Over 200 UK discounts on the brands you love and local independents.

Prayer rooms on campus and other local facilities

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.

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 SA (Hutchison) Building.  If you ask at Reception they will point you in the right direction or just go up to the 2nd floor, straight through the Learning Centre and you will find it just through there on your left.

Other local facilities: Places of Worship - Telford

 

Books/Libraries

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 (for a full list of possible modules for your course see your Course 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.

Our Libraries  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.  Check out second hand bookshops and charity shops, they're always good for that kind of thing. 

The Library is not just for books though, their Skills for Learning section (both online and in the Libraries) offer many useful help and guidance tools to help you; a guide to referencing; a group workshop (presentation skills is a must!); some online resources and interactive activities which can help you expand your academic study skills; or you need that one-to-one support.

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 regarding the Travel Fund:
Email: student@wlv.ac.uk
Web: www.wlv.ac.uk/travelfund