Start your journey
Here you’ll find everything you need to commence studying with us as a distance learner.
The following information is for you if your course is delivered via distance learning. If your course would normally be delivered from our Salford campus, please refer to the information here.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
To start your journey with the University of Salford, you need to complete online registration. Once you've officially registered, you'll be able to access all the resources you need for your course.
If you might be joining us later than planned due to Covid-19 but your course is taught on campus, you should still select 'I'm studying on campus' from the main Welcome page.
Our support services and systems
Even though you might not be physically joining our campus, there's still lots of our services and systems that you'll be able to access during your studies. Read on to find out more.
askUS and support services
askUS is your one-stop shop for student support, engagement and success. But what does that mean? askUS helps you with lots of different things, putting you in touch with the people who can help you with managing your money and identifying bursaries you may be eligible for, connecting with diversity support, looking after your wellbeing, exploring and practicing faith, finding a job or thinking about your career opportunities, leadership development and mentoring opportunities, as well as giving feedback through surveys and staying in touch with social media. We know that’s a lot to take in, but that’s why askUS is your one-stop shop!
Starting university is a big step for everyone, so askUS is here to help you navigate University and succeed in all areas of your life – not just your academics. You can find out more about the different services offered by the askUS team on the askUS website.
Some askUS services
Wellbeing and Counselling - get advice from experienced counsellors and wellbeing advisors.
Diversity and Inclusion - we make sure you have fair and equal access to your education and university life, no matter what your circumstances.
Student Voice - sit on the sidelines or help us make the ordinary extraordinary. You decide!
Funding Opportunities - find out about opportunities to fund your business idea.
Careers and Enterprise - access career support and advice on starting your own business.
Money Matters - get advice on financial support and how to make your money go further.
Get familiar with our systems
You’ll be using a number of different online systems at university and it’s worth getting your head around them before you start. The ones we mention aren’t the only tools that you’ll be using, but they’re a good start. Your school, course and module leaders will give you more information about the specific systems you’ll be using. You can also help develop your digital skills through our Library with UniSkills.
When you register and have been given a University email address, you will be able to log in to Office365 to access your emails (Outlook), use collaborative spaces where you can chat to your peers (Teams), save your files in the cloud (OneDrive), as well as make to-do lists, store your notes (OneNote) and access Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
The Student Hub is your gateway for all things student. It’s hosted through SharePoint (another Office365 tool) and you access it by logging in with your University email address.The Student Hub is a quick way to find the majority of the systems you use as a Salford student, plus we use the Student Hub to host events, news stories and important information you need to know. The Student Hub is only visible to students and staff at the University and you will get access after registering.
Blackboard is the university’s virtual learning environment. Your school, course and modules will all have sites on Blackboard and you will use it a lot to access your learning materials and for eAssessment. You’ll use Blackboard to read module announcements, review your lecture materials, participate in discussion board topics, blogs and wikis, find your grades for assignments you’ve submitted and more. There is an app you can use for smart devices, or you can access it online. Blackboard is available to you after registration.
Advantage is the system where you can find job opportunities, sign up to workshops and masterclasses and book appointments with different advisors across the university. You’ll use your network login to access Advantage so, once you are registered, take a look at what’s online and book in workshops and masterclasses to your heart’s content!
Jigsaw is an online portal that brings together data about how you engage with your studies to help us make sure we provide you with the right support. Jigsaw allows you to compare your engagement to other students on your course to help you take control and improve your learning experience. It works by gathering data from various touch points throughout the university, capturing engagement with virtual and physical aspects of your journey as a student.
Understanding your attendance and engagement means that we can provide you with the best opportunity to succeed during your studies. We can also identify if you are facing any academic or wellbeing issues and provide you with relevant help and support. You can access Jigsaw any time once you’ve started your studies – simply visit the Student Hub once you are registered.