At UONL, we recognise that our students require not just an excellent learning experience, but one with embedded pastoral care and wraparound student services that have been developed to ensure our students experience support when and how they need it.
Our students are supported from the moment they commence their studies with us, our support is continuous and available at every level of study, right up to graduation and employment.
The design of our programme provides the opportunity for our students to enhance their personal and teamwork skills, with the support of our academic experts. Our two days a week lectures (6 hours physical face-to-face on campus, plus 6 hours virtual face-to-face delivered via Zoom) coupled with innovative active learning approach, allows for greater flexibility whilst studying, but also ensures the quality of teaching and support is not compromised.
Each module is delivered through a combination of group lectures and tutorials. In lectures, the main ideas and concepts are presented and in tutorials students form smaller groups for an interactive discussion and analysis of the lecture content.
Resources at UONL
As an UONL student, you will have access to UONL’s Learning Resource Centre, Computer Labs and support classes in numerous subject areas. You will also be able to utilise the extensive online library resources of the University of Northampton to support you throughout your degree. Our online Virtual Learning Environment “VLE” provides you with a wealth of additional information including lecture notes, further study materials and the UONL e-Library.
UONL students will be provided with recommended textbooks for every module through the Kortext platform. Under the flexible access model, UONL students may access their textbooks or educational content through our VLE.
Pastoral Support / Personal tutors
All our students are allocated Personal Development Tutors (PDT). The PDTs (informally known as ‘Academic Parents’) are permanent academic members of staff who remain with the student throughout their studies, allowing for the bond between the student and academic to develop. Students meet their PDT at Welcome Week, spending a day with them smoothing their transition in UONL and building the relationship. During teaching weeks, PDTs make frequent visitation to their tutees to check on their progress and are available via email and Zoom as required. Our PDTs provide advice on a wide range of areas, covering academic and non-academic issues faced by the tutees, and sign-post students to specialist advice and support where necessary. Specialist academic support tutors can also be accessed by students facing challenging circumstances, who will work with the student and PDT to provide one-to-one study skills support.
Specialist academic support academics can also be accessed by students facing challenging circumstances, who will work with the student and PDT to provide one-to-one study skills support.
The voice of our students is important in maintaining our standards and we have different methods in ensuring our students’ feedback is taken on board and acted upon where necessary. UONL conduct both a student experience survey and a module experience survey every trimester. The module experience survey allows our students to provide feedback on the quality of the module delivery, whilst the student experience survey enables our students to feedback on their wider experience including Learning Services provision, Well-being support, Employability Services, their PDTs and Learning Resources.
Students can also channel their views through the Student Union (SU), where any issues can be explored collaboratively.
Not only do we ensure you receive an above-average 12 hours of teaching each week but we deliver these across only 2 or 3 days.
All programmes at UONL are delivered through our innovative active learning approach, our students engage with the lectures both physically and virtually via Zoom.
This structure gives our students the flexibility to secure a successful future whilst receiving a first-class education.