To make the start of your studies as smooth as possible, the University and Department offer a wide spectrum of general online information and personalized advice. You may have already seen the arrival webpage (https://warwick.ac.uk/students/welcome/) with lots of specific guidance on accommodation, enrolment and any particular needs you may have, for example if you arrive from abroad.
The single most important source of assistance is ‘Welcome Week’, scheduled to take place immediately before the start of term: https://warwick.ac.uk/students/welcome/welcomeweek. Among a wide range of online activities and guidance session, offered by the University, Department and the Students’ Union (on its role see the section below), you will be invited to (virtually) attend a departmental Welcome event and a series of ‘meet & greet’ sessions (Tuesday 29 September 2020), an ‘Academic & Wellbeing Induction’, run separately for single- and joint-honours students (Wednesday 30 September 2020) as well as a Library introduction and first taster of what it is like ‘Being A Historian’ (Thursday 1 October 2020). Please make every effort to attend these events and to raise any questions you might have there.
To facilitate the transition academically, furthermore, we expect you to engage in a ‘bridging activity’.
For incoming Year 1 students, this involves working through an online course located on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment ‘Moodle’ platform. Called the ‘Warwick Online Learning Fundamentals’ (WOLF: https://moodle.warwick.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=38476) it will introduce you to some of the most important principles, tools and techniques of web-based teaching and learning. Alongside, you will complete a history-specific module designed by some of our own students (Subject Specific Learning in History: https://moodle.warwick.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=38470). This centres on three exercises with primary sources of different kinds and periods. Your personal tutor, an academic who monitors your academic progress and wellbeing throughout the course, will then hold a one-to-one online meeting (at a convenient time you will sign up for) in week 1 of the autumn term, which offers the chance to discuss these exercises as well as any pastoral matters, in week 1 of the autumn term. If you are a joint-honours student, our partner department may expect you to engage in similar activities with them. In terms of formal teaching, History core modules will start in week 1, options in week 2.
If you are entering Year 2, your 500-word bridging piece asks you to remind yourself of the intended learning outcomes of year 1 and to consider what aspect(s) of studying has made the most impact on you up to this point (and why). If you wish, you can add a paragraph at the end of the reflection that highlights any support you think you will need as you move forward.
For finalists, the 500-word activity depends on your degree pathway: single-honour students will be asked to reflect on their experience of the research project– both practically and intellectually –and how it helps to prepare for the dissertation; single-honours returning from a Year Abroad will identify their research skills gained in their host university/country and how these will help for the dissertation. Joint degree students, in turn, will reflect on the theme of multi- and interdisciplinarity, considering its challenges and opportunities. Those doing a history dissertation should also consider how these experiences will help during its research and writing.
Upon starting at Warwick, every student automatically becomes a member of the Students’ Union. As a charity run entirely separately from the University itself, with a physical base in a prominent building adjacent to the Piazza, it is dedicated to representing your interests at all levels, helping you with any practical challenges, organizing a wide range of social events, offering numerous services and providing a clear focus in campus life. You can e.g. take part in the election of their officers, use their food & drink outlets, join a student society, seek specialist advice on any financial / personal issue or simply go along to their events. The SU website has plenty of further information: http://warwicksu.com/.
Welcome Weekend Saturday 26 September 2020 - Sunday 27 September 2020
Welcome Week Monday 28 September 2020 - Sunday 4 October 2020
Autumn Term Monday 5 October 2020 – Saturday 12 December 2020
Spring Term Monday 11 January 2021 – Saturday 20 March 2021
Summer Term Monday 26 April 2021 – Saturday 3 July 2021
Welcome Weekend Saturday 25 September 2021 - Sunday 26 September 2021
Welcome Week Monday 27 September 2021 - Sunday 3 October 2021
Autumn Term Monday 4 October 2021 – Saturday 11 December 2021
Spring Term Monday 10 January 2022 – Saturday 19 March 2022
Summer Term Monday 25 April 2022 – Saturday 2 July 2022
Welcome Weekend Saturday 24 September 2022 - Sunday 25 September 2022
Welcome Week Monday 26 September 2022 - Sunday 2 October 2022
Autumn Term Monday 3 October 2022 – Saturday 10 December 2022
Spring Term Monday 9 January 2023 – Saturday 18 March 2023
Summer Term Monday 24 April 2023 – Saturday 1 July 2023
Welcome Weekend Saturday 23 September 2023 - Sunday 24 September 2023
Welcome Week Monday 25 September 2023 - Sunday 1 October 2023
Autumn Term Monday 2 October 2023 – Saturday 9 December 2023
Spring Term Monday 8 January 2024 – Saturday 16 March 2024
Summer Term Monday 22 April 2024 – Saturday 29 June 2024
Welcome Weekend Saturday 21 September 2024 - Sunday 22 September 2024
Welcome Week Monday 23 September 2024 - Sunday 29 September 2024
Autumn Term Monday 30 September 2024 – Saturday 7 December 2024
Spring Term Monday 6 January 2025 – Saturday 15 March 2025
Summer Term Monday 21 April 2025 – Saturday 28 June 2025
Welcome Weekend Saturday 20 September 2025 - Sunday 21 September 2025
Welcome Week Monday 22 September 2025 - Sunday 28 September 2025
Autumn Term Monday 6 October 2025 – Saturday 13 December 2025
Spring Term Monday 12 January 2026 – Saturday 21 March 2026
Summer Term Monday 27 April 2026 – Saturday 4 July 2026
*Please note that some courses may have non-standard start dates. Please refer to your offer letter for confirmation of the start date of your programme.
**International students sponsored under Tier 4, who are subject to restrictions on the number of hours they can work each week for immigration reasons, should be aware that the official University term dates and vacation periods relate to undergraduate courses only. Tier 4 students on any other type of course, including Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research courses, should refer to http://go/immigration, or contact us using this form for further information about their rights to work in the UK. Exceeding the permitted number of working hours when studying in the UK under Tier 4 is a serious breach of the conditions of your visa.
Week 6 in Terms 1 and 2 is designated as a ‘Reading Week’ and no classes run in that week. The point of these weeks is to allow students more free time to research and read for their assignments and essays. Academic staff will still be contactable via email during reading weeks.