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Essential Induction Information

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FAQs for new students

Induction – the orientation process at the beginning of your studies with us – helps you to make the transition to the academic demands of University.

This set of frequently asked questions is part of that process, so make sure to use these FAQs as a signpost to key information.

What can you expect?

Assessment (including coursework & examinations)

At University, your performance is assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. You should discuss your academic performance with your Personal Tutor on a regular basis.


Throughout your studies, you will receive regular feedback on your work and progress. When used well, feedback enables you to improve the quality of your work.

Module specifications

Details of your degree programme’s modules are available online. Module specifications provide information on aims, intended learning outcomes, content and assessment, as well as links to reading lists.

How is your learning supported?


Learn is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), allowing you to view course content, access related materials, and assess your knowledge and understanding. Learn complements face-to-face teaching, so check this website regularly.


The Library supports your learning in a number of ways – these range from physical to virtual resources, from individual to group study provision, and from reading list materials and networked PCs to study skills workshops. The Library also has a central campus location, cafe, and extensive opening hours.

Personal tutor

You will be assigned an academic Personal Tutor at Induction. This person is in a position to give advice and support on academic and academic-related matters – be proactive and arrange to meet at least once a semester to review your progress.

Student Portal

The Student Portal brings together a range of resources into one place, including student email, relevant news and notifications, Learn modules, budgetary information, Library access, etc.

What is expected of you?


You are required to be in attendance at University for all teaching and assessment weeks. During these periods, you need the explicit permission of your school/department to be absent. Students who go to class regularly perform better academically.

Behaviour and discipline

The behaviour of the vast majority of students is exemplary – they are responsible and considerate – but, to deal with those who are not, there is also a disciplinary system. Be aware that University rules apply both on campus and in town.


Plagiarism essentially means copying someone else’s work and seeking to pass it off as your own. This academic offence is taken extremely seriously, but is easy to avoid by learning how to reference properly .

University email account

You will be given an email account with a user name and password for use in connection with your studies. Your email account is one of the primary means through which your school/department stays in contact with you, so check your email daily.

What if things go wrong?

Claims for Impaired Performance

If you experience serious problems or events beyond your control that adversely affect your performance in an assessment, or prevent you from completing one, your circumstances can be taken into account by making a claim for impaired performance.

Special Assessment Period

Unlike school you can only retake a failed module once, normally in the Special Assessment Period in the late summer. Marks are capped and a resit fee is incurred. Reassessments are readily avoided if you take your studies seriously from arrival.

How can you get involved?

Student Representation

Loughborough University Students’ Union (LSU) supports a network of student representatives, elected by the students, to represent the views of students on their degree programme and in their school/department. Why not get involved in student democracy?

What else should you know?


Not just useful when applying to University, the prospectus contains information on resources that support your studies. This document remains a useful reference point long after your arrival on campus.


You will be given information such as your timetable and programme regulations at your school/department’s Induction meeting. Keep these materials safe and use them regularly – ask your Personal Tutor if you have any questions. Semester and term dates are available online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/enquiries/termdates/.


Your degree programme has its home in one of the University’s schools/departments. Find out more about your school/department’s staff (including your Personal Tutor), students and resources by checking out its homepage.

Campus map

The University may appear large at first, so spend some time exploring with the aid of a campus map to help you find the buildings and rooms used for your learning and teaching.


The Calendar contains general information about the University, its structure and the rules and principles behind its founding and operation; this includes Ordinances, Regulations, etc.


When you graduate from Loughborough University, the Alumni Association becomes one of your main points of contact with your University and a ready means of staying in touch with friends. Indeed, their financial support helped to develop this set of FAQs!

This resource was originally created in 2009 as an output from the Enhancing Student Engagement project. 

This project was funded through the Loughborough University Development Trust. The Trust exists to support the University in giving students an outstanding quality of educational experience. It raises funds from former students and other friends of the University. Their generosity has made this support possible.