Ways to help them prepare for university

Have a look at this timeline to see the sorts of tasks they will need to do before studies begin, and when they will need to do them to keep on track. This includes things like enrolment (online), and confirming accommodation where necessary.

Make sure they get their MenACWY vaccination, and that all other vaccinations are up to date. NHS England strongly advise that first-time university entrants should be vaccinated with the Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine BEFORE the beginning of the new academic term. Students should hear from their GP from August with the offer of the vaccination but, if they do not, contact them to request the vaccination. If they have not had the vaccination when they arrive on campus, this will be available when they complete health registration, or an appointment made within the few weeks which follow. Flu vaccinations will also be available for students who need them. Please ensure all their other vaccinations are also up to date.

If this will be their first time away from home, it’s not too late to help them prepare for living independently. For example, it’s worthwhile teaching them how to cook some basic, nutritious meals, how to shop on a budget, and even things like how to use a washing machine, or change bedding.

Also, give them some suggestions for how to manage their finances. We understand that managing a budget for the first time can be difficult, so Keele have invested in Blackbullion, a learning platform to help students get to grips with all things money. All new students can register, even before they arrive, using their Keele email address.

  • Encourage them to find other new students who will be on the same course, or in the same accommodation, online - it'll help reassure them that other students are feeling the same as them. This SU-run Keele University Student Life (Official Group) on Facebook is a great place for them connect with other students. 
  • Please encourage them to take part in events which will be running - even if they are learning from home for now. All events are in the Keele App, in the 'What's On' section.

Please advise them to get in touch with Student Services as early as they can to let us know of any particular support needs. Our experienced team will help them to feel supported, and all our services are available online. 

Students can also contact our counselling and mental health support team or disability and dyslexia support team directly too.

Please visit our coronavirus web pages for detailed information about how students will be studying, socialising and living together safely in the 2020/21 academic year. There's a specific section with guidance related being on campus, and sections for both applicants and current students

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