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Your First Few Weeks

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The University has put together a set of useful webpages to help you settle into your life at Warwick, including academic support, campus life, and survival skills for university. There is also a Moodle activity on pre-arrival induction that you can work through here to help you prepare.

We have added the following advice from Education Studies that we hope will be helpful for you.

Meeting people

One of the very most important things to focus on in Welcome Week and the first few weeks of term is meeting new people, making friends and finding new social opportunities. The good news is that there is so much happening on campus that will help you establish your social life and friendship groups. Here are our top tips:

  • Your flatmates – invest time in getting to know people in your accommodation. Everyone is in the same situation and most people will be keen to be sociable. Be brave, knock on other people’s doors to introduce yourselves, or suggest a coffee in the shared space in your accommodation!
  • Your coursemates – you will have lots in common with other people on your course and modules as you are all interested in the same broad academic subject. There will be many opportunities to work in small groups in seminars, and chat at the start and end of classes. Think about setting up course or module WhatsApp or WeChat groups so that you all have a space where you can easily chat. Students find this very helpful.
  • Be involved in the Department – there will be lots of opportunities to be part of Education Studies, meet other students and develop your skills and experience. These range from helping to organise the annual careers conference to joining one of the Student-Staff Liaison Committees to being a student blogger. You can find out more in the Student Experience section of these webpages.
  • Students’ Union (SU) societies and clubs – the SU at Warwick has a huge number of very diverse clubs and societies and there really is something for everyone. This is a fantastic way of meeting new people with shared interests. The Societies Fair in Welcome Week is the best way to find out more.

Finding your way around

The Warwick Campus is like a small town and so it is easy to get a bit lost in your first few weeks, particularly as you are likely to have taught sessions in a number of different buildings. The interactive campus map is your best tool to find your way around.

Education Studies in based in the Social Sciences Building on Floor 1 of C Block. It is right in the centre of campus near to the Warwick Arts Centre, Library and Senate House, so we are quite easy to find! All the Department staff are located here, including your course and module leads, the Student Experience Team (Cheryl and Sally), and the programme officers for your course. Please take the time to find us as soon as you are on campus – come and say hello!

As a general rule, room numbers at Warwick work in a fairly logical way. Here is an example:

Room guide example

Key contacts in the Department of Education Studies

Education Studies is a small and friendly department and you will soon have the opportunity to meet all the key people. Here is a useful summary:

Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

Dr Alis Wren

MA Childhood in Society Course Leader

Dr Michael Wyness

MA Drama and Theatre Education Course Leader

Dr Rachel Turner-King

MA Drama and English Language Teaching Course Leader

Cheryl Cane

MA Education Course Leader

Dr Jacqueline Dynes

MA Educational Innovation

Cheryl Cane

MA Educational Leadership and Management Course Leader

Dr Pontso Moorosi

MA Global Education and International Development Course Leader

Dr James Burford

MA Islamic Education: Theory and Practice Course Leader and Postgraduate Award in Islamic Education course Leader

Dr Abdullah Sahin

MA Psychology and Education Course Leader

Dr Dimitra Hartas

Postgraduate Taught Programme Officers

Malwina Jozefiak

Sonal Yadav

Student Experience Team

Cheryl Cane

Sally Blakeman

Lectures and seminars

Most of our modules have three hours per week of teaching contact time. These will be organised as follows:

  • Lectures: most of your modules will have either a one-hour or two-hour ‘lecture’ scheduled in your timetable. These sessions are designed to provide you with an overview and understanding of the weekly topic, and will often include discussion and activities – it will not just be a ‘lecture’! 
  •  Seminars: are designed to delve deeper into the weekly topics and, for that reason, you will usually be placed in smaller groups than for the ‘lectures’. They will either be one-hour or two-hours long and come after the ‘lecture’ in your weekly module timetable. In seminars, you will complete tasks in groups, discuss key readings, debate key points, and engage in a variety of other learning activities that help you feel confident with the topic that week.
  •  Additional Activities: in addition to the three hours of guided learning (e.g. lectures, seminars, or workshop on some modules), you will often be given directed activities (homework), including readings, to complete that week. This is designed to enhance your learning and help you explore the weekly topic even further through individual or group tasks.
  •  Workshops: some modules are taught by a two- or three-hour weekly workshop (for example, drama modules). Information about the teaching pattern for your modules can be found on the relevant Moodle pages.

Register for the Warwick Award

The Warwick Award is a great way to develop your employability skills to support you in your studies and beyond into your future career. It is free for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and is a great way to find out about events and opportunities across campus. You gain recognition for all sorts of things – academic modules, participation in societies and sports teams, your voluntary work, part-time work, peer mentoring work and much more. You will hear all about it when you arrive and we recommend that you register straight away.