University of Salford Manchester

Student support

At Salford you’ll join a supportive and thriving student community with over 20,000 students from over 100 different countries, so you can be sure of a diverse and welcoming university experience.

We know that coming to university can be a daunting as well as an exciting experience, but there is no need to worry. We pride ourselves on being a supportive and inclusive university and have a range of support services that are tailored to your needs and with services on each campus site, the answer should only be a short walk away.

From the start, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor to provide regular advice and guidance on your academic studies.

Or if you need any advice about loans and bursaries, accommodation, visas, health and wellbeing, careers and employability, disability, carer and care leaver support, LGBT issues or any other aspects of student life while you are at Salford, our dedicated Student Life advisors across campus are there to help.

Academic support is also on hand from the Library and the Students’ Union, as well as a range of other services.

With all the events and activities we hold during Student Welcome week, your first few days are guaranteed to be some of the most memorable of your time with us.

You'll get lots of opportunities to meet new people and get a taste of some of the clubs and societies on offer.

With the support of the Study Skills Consultants, Academic Support Librarians and Digital Skills Trainers who deliver workshops throughout the year and who provide advice and guidance, your transition into Higher Education academic study need not be daunting.

We also offer academic writing workshop courses, Wordscope, and provide help and advice to any student whose course work requires them to use complex equations and statistics in the form of Mathscope.

Our Library provides invaluable study support including help with finding and using information, study skills and IT skills. A range of online help and support as well as details of workshops and one to one appointments can be found on the Skills for Learning web site.

You can get independent and confidential advice and representation on academic related issues from the Students’ Union Advice Centre – who specialise in supporting students in course related issues such as academic appeals and disciplinary matters.

The Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT) enables those doing postgraduate research to enhance your research skills through a combination of workshops and online training modules in areas such as academic writing, academic publishing and career planning.

If you are looking for job opportunities we have a Careers & Employability team who can assist you in gaining employment in both on campus and off campus jobs and placements.

Helping students find work and work experience is only a part of careers and employability support on offer. A range of career related support is available, including one-to-one and online careers advice, opportunities to meet and gain insight from graduate employers, enterprise and entrepreneurship training, business start-up advice and incubation spaces, volunteering and mentoring opportunities and leadership and extra-curricular opportunities.

We’re here to support you throughout your studies. Our Disability Advisers can support students who have specific learning difficulties, mental health needs, health conditions and disabilities. Disability advisers can help you apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) funding and will discuss your academic support needs.

Disabled students make up over 16% of Salford students, an accessible and inclusive service. Find out more about our Disability Support.

If you’re struggling with the pressures of your academic or personal life, our confidential Wellbeing service can help you find ways of coping. Our advisors will listen and offer personal and practical support, or refer you to qualified counsellors who can help you to work through any issues you have.

The University has dedicated prayer areas on campus and the Students’ Union supports a number of faith-based societies. Our Faith Centre in University House welcomes people of all faiths and none, offering a space for services, prayer, discussion and quiet contemplation.

Find out more on our dedicated faith centre pages

When you graduate you become part of a global community of University of Salford graduates – our alumni - and you’ll have access to a whole range of support including life long to careers and employability support.

International student support

The support we offer starts before you arrive and lasts the whole time you are here. Our International team is completely focused on overseas students, and can help with any questions you have about studying here. Our support continues after you graduate, you can continue to use our Careers & Employability Service to help your career prospects and you can keep in touch with friends and colleagues by joining our alumni groups.

Before you arrive you’ll be fully supported in your application process by our International team and our in country representatives. Once you get here, we will collect you from the airport (free of charge) and we have a special International Welcome Programme to help you adjust to life in the UK and to meet new friends.

As well as advising on issues around bursaries, accommodation, health and wellbeing, careers and employability, disability, or any other aspects of student life while you are at Salford, our dedicated Student Life advisors across campus are there to help and can support you specifically with visas and immigration issues and around the legal regulations around working in the UK during your studies and afterwards.
You can also get support on how to write UK-style job applications, obtaining a National Insurance number for working, finding part-time employment and much more.

In Student Life you can also sign up to the InterLINK mentoring scheme, a way of introducing you to a UK student who can give you friendly advice and support and help you to get used to living and studying in Salford. You’ll also take part in regular social activities with both UK and international students.

The University has its own dedicated English Language Centre on campus where the University’s language programmes are taught. These high quality, established programmes are recognised by the British Council, and are taught by qualified full-time staff with many years experience in assisting students progress into University.

The University offers a range of pre-sessional English language programmes which provides an alternative to IELTS or TOEFL preparation classes. Programmes are of different lengths – ranging from six weeks through to a full-year.

If you’re studying on any course, you can get extra help with your English and study skills through free weekly English for Academic Purposes classes.

Manchester’s International Society is the formal organisation for international students in Manchester providing help and support, informal language classes and also providing social and cultural events, and outings and trips around the UK.

To find out what life is like for an International Student at Salford, why not take a look at our student profiles.

Academic life

Find out what to expect from your studies - go to our academic life pages.