University of Salford Manchester

Academic life

What to expect from your studies

Studying at University is likely to be very different from what you might have experienced before at school or college. This page describes what you can expect from your learning and teaching experience at Salford.

For detailed guidance on how your course is accredited, how assignments are submitted and other course-related matters please refer to your Programme Handbook or contact your school office.

Throughout your studies you will experience a variety of teaching methods which can vary depending upon your course of study:

Lectures often involve your tutor/lecturer delivering a presentation or talk to a large group of students who are studying the same module/course.

Seminars and tutorials are usually delivered in a more informal manner to smaller classrooms of students. Whilst your tutor will often lead the discussion, you will usually be expected to contribute to the lesson. You will likely have opportunities to discuss key issues with your tutor or classmates. On occasion your tutors may ask you to lead the discussion by delivering a short presentation or chairing a debate between your classmates.

Practical work enables you to apply the skills and concepts you have learned about in a lecture/seminar/tutorial to a real-world situation. Practical work could include laboratory sessions, field trips, design work, clinical skills or performance.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic progress and give you advice and support if you are struggling with the demands of your course.

At University you will be expected to undertake lots of independent learning outside of your scheduled teaching hours. Although you may only have a few hours of lectures each week, the expectation is that you will use the remainder of the working day to read around your subject, reflect on a recent lecture or get to work on an essay or practical task you have been assigned.

Thankfully, there are lots of resources available to help you make the most of your independent study time.

The University’s main library site is located in Clifford Whitworth Building on Peel Park Campus and is open 24/7. Here you’ll find thousands of academic textbooks and journals, a computer suite, printing and scanning devices and areas for silent study or group work. There is expert help on hand from Academic Support Librarians, Enquiry Desk and Roving Support staff.

Other library facilities can be found at Adelphi Building, Allerton Building and MediaCityUK, and there are computer suites at various locations across the University.

The Library also offers an extensive range of digital resources, including e-books, e-journals and multimedia content, which can be accessed on or off campus.

Click here to find out more about Library services and computer suites on campus

You’ll often need to log into Blackboard, the University’s ‘virtual learning environment’, which contains a range of useful resources relating to your course, such as the latest lecture notes and reading lists.

You can access Blackboard from the Student Channel.

It’s also available on mobile devices – you can download ‘Blackboard Mobile Learn’ from your app store.

Most students will be asked to submit their assignments online using an approved e-submission tool.

The University has strict guidelines around the late submission of work. It is important that you submit your assignments on time or you will lose marks for that assessment.

Assignments must be submitted by 4.00pm on the deadline given to you by your tutors. Anything submitted after 4.00pm on the same day will be regarded as late and receive a five mark penalty.

You will be penalised by an additional five marks for every working day (Monday-Friday) that work is handed in late. Anything handed in more than four working days late will not be marked and receives a mark of zero.

In your assignments you must ensure that any quotes, ideas, research or designs taken from other sources gives proper credit to the original author and/or publication. To do this you need to reference your work properly. Most courses require that you use the Harvard (APA 6th) referencing standard (there are some exceptions). This will reduce the likelihood of you being accused of academic misconduct.

You will find out more about how we expect you to submit and reference your assignments when you attend your school’s induction programme before the start of term.

For more information about submitting your assignments and referencing your work please refer to your Programme Handbook.

Many students find the transition to Higher Education rather tough. You’re expected to write your assignments in a suitably academic style and often need to get to grips with complex mathematical formulae or scientific calculations.

Thankfully, there is a huge range of support available to students who are keen to enhance their study skills and achieve their academic potential:

  • Every college and school has a dedicated Academic Support Librarian who can help you to improve your research skills and find the resources you need.
  • The Skills for Learning website offers online help and support as well as details of workshops that take place throughout the year. The site is designed to help you learn new techniques so that you can tackle research, assignments, presentations, revision and exams more effectively.
  • At University you will be expected to write to an academic standard. If you think that you would benefit from help with sentence structure, punctuation and paragraphing, then the Wordscope writing workshops are for you.