Student life

University is such an exciting experience for students, with so many opportunities to try new things, meet new people and become more independent. However, we know many students are nervous about a range of things before starting university, from making friends, to writing assignments, to cooking for themselves.

We have created a range of worksheets, videos and vlogs to help your students feel confident and excited about heading to University.  

This presentation focuses on supporting students with their mental and physical wellbeing, and also provides advice on how they can look after themselves whilst studying from home. This presentation is typically delivered to students in Year 11, 12 and 13 who are preparing to study independently. 

Download our Wellbeing Works presentation PPT

We know it can be daunting to progress to university, so we have created this presentation to help students understand what to expect when they arrive. This includes advice on moving away from home, what to expect in their first week and advice from our current students about adjusting to university life. 

To get a copy of the presentation, please email us.

This guide unpicks the common myths associated with higher education, and supports students to understand the terminology they may encounter when researching and applying for university. 

Download our University jargon and myth-buster worksheet PDF

The Union of Students exists to represent all of our students, provide exciting opportunities, and ensure students have the best possible experience whilst studying at university. View our Union of Students guide to find out more.

There is plenty for students to get involved with during their time at university, from fundraising and volunteering to sports and social societies. Exciting activities include Varsity, where sports teams compete against the University of Hertfordshire, and the Union Snowsports Tour

Hear from our current students about what it's like to be part of the Union of Students:

  • Nigel discusses what being part of the Christian Union means to him. View Nigel's blog here
  • Owen shares what it is like to write for Phantom Media: our student-led news outlet. View Owen's blog here
  • International student Elis writes about how joining societies helped grow her confidence at University. View Elis' blog here

Daniella Quill, President of our Union of Students, explains their mission to transform the student experience, and the various way that students can get involved. 

View our Union of Students video


Student life in Derbyshire Video

View student life in Derbyshire video transcript

University jargon busting

Adjustment Runs from A-level results day to 31 August and is open to anyone who has met and exceeded the conditions of their firm choice only
BUCS British Universities and Colleges Sport, a governing body for university sport. This is the league you will likely play in if you play competitive sport at university
Clearing Is available from July to September each year, but most A-level students use it for results day. It is designed as a back-up if your results don't go your way and you don't secure your firm or insurance places at university, or if you have changed your mind about your course choice
Conditional offer The university will offer you a place if you meet the formal entry requirements on results day

Is normally a long report, written in the final year of study based on research undertaken by the students themselves

Extra Is a free service (if you have applied to more than one course) available for you to apply to additional courses between 25 February and 2 July
Foundation degree Is for students who have a career in mind but don't have the formal entry requirements or have changed their mind since they chose their BTECs or A-levels. Find out more about Foundation Degrees
Graduate This is a person who has completed and passed their degree and has been awarded a qualification
Halls of residence University owned student accommodation that provides safe and comfortable living
International placement Is an opportunity to study a semester abroad with a partner university. Find out more about study abroad
Joint honours Is a degree that gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one undergraduate degree
Key skills These are skills that are required in the world of work such as communication, IT, literacy, numeracy, team work, problem solving and self-management
Lecture Is a presentation given by an academic or expert in that field
Students sitting on the grass doing work
Students at Graduation reading their celebration brochure
Module Is a unit of study that explores a specific area within a subject
National Union of Students Is the national voice of students, that defends students' rights and provides students discounts
Open days Events held at the university, which allow you to find out more about courses, support and take a tour of the campus and halls of residence
Prospectus A booklet which gives details of degree programmes and information about student life
QAA Quality Assurance Agency is an independent body that checks the standards and improves the quality of UK Higher Education
Reading Week A timetabled week during a university term, which allows time for academic reading, research and completing assignments
Sandwich year This is a year during your degree that you will spend working in industry, developing your skills for graduate employment
Seminar A class where a particular topic is discussed and debated
Tariff points Your level 3 qualifications are worth a numerical value, most universities use this value as the entry requirement for your course
UCAS Stands for the University and Colleges Admission Service. It is the central organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK
Unconditional offer Means that you have already met the formal entry requirements and the university has offered you a place
Vice-Chancellor Is the deputy to the chancellor and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the university
Welcome week Is your first week at university, you will be able to attend lots of activities and events to help you settle in and find your feet
Year zero Is an alternative degree route for students who wish to study an arts programme but do not meet the degree level entry requirements. They provide fundamental knowledge, critical awareness, and practical skills to progress onto the arts degree disciplines