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Survivor's Guide for 1st Year Students

Welcome to the Department of Historylogo

We want you to enjoy your time in the Department of History. We are here not only because we like history as a discipline, but because we like working with historians in the making. We encourage bold, independent thinking and offer the highest quality academic experience to stretch and challenge you. We are proud of our diverse and talented students and know that you will find a place for yourself.

Please have a read through our first year survival guide to help you settle into life with us here at Warwick!

Finding the History Offices and Staff Members

Campus Map highlighting the History DepartmentThe History Department is based on the third and ground floors of the Humanities Building, and the fourth floor of the Humanities Extension. Please click on the thumbnail to the left for a central campus map highlighting the History Department.

The Department's support needs are met by a team of dedicated staff with a wide variety of remits and functions. The office of the Academic Administrator and History Undergraduate Coordinators is in room H3.22, 3rd floor of the Humanities Building, and the Departmental Administrator is in H3.41.

Personal Tutors

All undergraduate students are assigned a Personal Tutor. For joint degree students the Personal Tutor may be based in either of their two departments, but students may also meet with the Joint Degree Coordinator of the other department to discuss subject-specific issues. Details of your personal Tutor may be found via your Tabula profile page.

All students should meet regularly with their Personal Tutor to discuss their academic progress. Throughout the year, the Personal Tutors are available to discuss any queries about academic, social or general matters. If a student is experiencing any problems, their Personal Tutor is the first person they should go to. Every member of academic staff has their contact details and office hours available on individual staff webpages.

Key Contacts

In addition to your personal tutor, there are several members of staff available to assist you with any queries you might have. Please see the Key Contacts website for further information. If you are still unsure who to speak to please email or pop into H3.22, 3rd floor of the Humanities Building.

Pathway and Module Selection (for single-honours History students only)

During the first week of term you will be required to complete the on-line module nomination process. Please note the deadline dates for this and follow the instructions carefully. We will tell you all about this in the Welcome week sessions.


This is the web application used by the History Department to manage coursework assignments, allocate you to Seminar groups, monitor your attendance and provide feedback to you.

Students are able to use Tabula to:

  • View your student profile and Personal Tutor details.
  • See which seminars groups you are assigned to.
  • View assignments, deadlines, submit work and apply for extensions.
  • View your weekly timetable.
  • View essay & exam feedback.
  • See your attendance details and monitoring points.

You will be able to view your timetable in your profile within 24 hours of completing the module registration process.

Student Voice

The Department of History actively seeks feedback from our students about how we are doing and how we can improve. If you would like to give feedback, share an idea or make a complaint, there are several ways you can do this.


Student Staff Liasion Committee (SSLC)

The SSLC is an elected body made up of student course representatives and academic members of staff to discuss any issues or concerns raised by students. Issues raised during SSLC meetings are reported first to the Education Committee and then to the relevant staff committee where the issues can be addressed. All responses are reported back to the SSLC.

Warwick’s History Society (HistSoc)

With over 800 members, Warwick’s History Society (HistSoc) is one of the largest and best-known societies on campus renowned for its socials, ball, tour, incredibly popular sports teams and impressive academic support! Socials are a big part of their identity with termly HistSoc nights out on and off campus. They look to support their members academically through essay workshops, module fairs, guest speakers and the newly developed mentor scheme.


You are required to attend all formal teaching sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips). A register will be taken at each seminar and workshop session. Attendance will be registered and recorded in Tabula. You should prepare fully for each scheduled session by doing the required reading and preparing any work (such as presentations or briefings). You should attend your formal assessments and examinations at the designated time and place and observe all rules regarding conduct during a formal examination. These can be found in Regulation 10: Examination Regulations.

Attendance Monitoring

The department is required by the University to Monitor your attendance and engagement with your course. This is done through the year via a system of Monitoring Points. These points will include statutory meetings with your tutors, attendance at seminars and submission of assessed work. This monitoring allows the Department to identify early any students who might be experiencing difficulty and offer the appropriate levels of support.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are serious offences, and are taken seriously by the Department and the University. The two most common reasons that students who are caught plagiarising or cheating offer are 1) bad time management, not having sufficient time to complete an essay or exam revision, and 2) poor understanding of what constitutes plagiarism. You can prepare for a successful assignment by familiarising yourself with the information on cheating and plagiarism on the link above.

Transitioning from School to University

Your transition from school to university can be a stressful, enjoyable, challenging and exciting time. Your wellbeing is vital. Stress management is one of the most essential skills you can acquire this year at Warwick. Remember it is OK not to be OK and to ask for help!

A few key tips for becoming a successful university student are:

  • Know your tutors: if you run into difficulties either with your studies or your adjustment to university, you will find it much easier to ask for help from your tutors if you have already met them for a chat and (for module tutors) if they recognise you from lectures and/or seminars. Invest at the beginning of term in these meetings, and draw down on this investment as needed as the year goes on. Never respond to problems by absenting yourself from seminars. This makes the problem worse, not better, and makes it that much harder for us to help you;
  • Know your fellow students: you will be much happier if you get to know other students on your modules, in your programme (for example, through participation in the SSLC and/or History Society), and through clubs, volunteering opportunities and sport. Isolation increases stress, so it is wise to work at the start of term on ways of meeting like-minded students.
  • Know your requirements and deadlines: make yourself a composite written schedule of lecture times, seminar and class times, and deadlines for registration, presentations, group projects, essays and exams. A written schedule that shows you what needs to be done during the term will help you to organise yourself. It may be a bit daunting at first, but once it is all down in front of you, you can start to chip away at the work and get through it on time. This will all be summarised on Tabula as well.
  • Know your resources:library
    • The Library - You’ll find more than books at the Library. You’ll find resources such as online journal articles and ebooks available wherever you are and services to help you develop your information skills or your use of multimedia. The library also has a variety of study environments to suit your study needs. If you need help finding material for your study, please contact the Academic Support Librarian for History.
    • Study Spaces - The Library provides a wide variety of study spaces to suit all your different learning needs. These services are available on campus and in Leamington Spa.
    • Wellbeing Team - Wellbeing Services provide a range of support to help you develop the personal resources and skills you need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of student life. The University of Warwick is committed to providing a supportive and positive environment for all members of its community. However, we recognise that there will be times in everybody's university life when things do not go as well as you would wish. In times like these, there is a comprehensive support and welfare structure available to help with all kinds of different problems.
    • Student Careers and Skills- Student Careers and Skills exists to enable Warwick students at all levels to devise and implement their lifelong career plans. You will see signs “My Warwick Journey” this is the branding for Student Careers and Skills. You can access the support at any stage of your time here but would be well advised to start early!

Investing a bit of time now familiarising yourself with these key facilities will save you much more time later on in the term, and help you to resolve any issues that could arise.


Emails, My Warwick App, and Social Media

  • Emails - Students should note that the University & department will ONLY contact you via your University e-mail address. Please be sure to check your e-mails on a regular basis so that you do not miss any important communications.
  • My Warwick puts the things you need to know into a single place. View your teaching timetable, keep on top of your coursework deadlines, check your emails and calendar, find yourself on the campus map, get bus times and traffic alerts, see a weather forecast, and more. Get alerts for your assignment deadlines, your library books due back, and more. And customise everything: choose the information you want to see, the alerts you want to receive, even your favourite colour scheme!
  • Social Media - Like. Follow. Share. Keep in touch with the latest from the Warwick History Department's social media channels.

Finally, have fun :)