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At Ravensbourne University London, we understand that the transition to university can be daunting, whether this is your first time at university or not – but we’re here for you every step of the way.
To help you prepare for starting at Ravensbourne, and to set you up for success, we've put together some key information.
Here you'll find everything from accessing your timetables to setting up your IT account and from looking after your physical and mental health to receiving support for starting your studies.
Once you have completed online enrolment and reviewed the Welcome Information page for your course, you will be on your way to being ready for starting at Ravensbourne.
This page will help you to get set up with your IT account, view your timetable, provide you with advice on finding accommodation and budgeting. There are also guides on looking after your physical and mental health, and skills and support for starting your studies.
Keep an eye out for emails from the university and ensure you know when to attend during International Welcome Week (for international students only) and Welcome Week (all students) - we can't wait to welcome you on campus!
Once you have successfully completed your online enrolment task you should have received details of the Ravensbourne IT account that has been created for you, this will have been sent to your personal email.
You will use your Ravensbourne IT account to access all of Ravensbourne’s applications during your studies so it’s important to complete enrolment and get this set up.
Before you can use your account, you will need to reset your initial password by visiting: ravensbourne.ac.uk/it-account. You will require your IT account email, a mobile phone and a computer to conduct this process.
We advise you check your inbox and the intranet regularly, so you don’t miss any important updates from your tutors and the university, local deals for students, events, and opportunities. You may find it useful to download the Outlook app to your phone or favourite/bookmark the Outlook link.
Aula is our virtual learning environment where you’ll find your course materials, submit assignments, and communicate with your tutors and other students on your course.
Once you have completed enrolment and set up your IT account it will take up to 48 hours for your Aula account to be created. You can access Aula by logging in with your rave.ac.uk email and password.
Aula: rave.aula.educationApp store: Aula – Classroom Communication
Save the Aula link as a favourite/bookmark on your browser or download the Aula app to your phone.
Once you have completed enrolment and set up your IT account you will then be able to access your timetable online via TermTime. Please see our guide to accessing your timetable online.
Once you have completed enrolment it may take up to three working days for your timetable to appear online. You may also be able to see your first semester timetable details on your course Welcome Information page.
We are Rave SU. We are for students, by students! The one stop for clubs and societies, volunteering, campaigns, student democracy and events. We are passionate about students, and work to promote their interests and welfare during their time at the University.
As the recognised representatives of students at Ravensbourne University, we amplify the student voice, and create opportunities for students to shape their student experience through representation structures. We strive to encourage engagement and collaboration between students and the University and provide platforms for social, cultural, recreational activities
and forums for discussion.
Get involved with your Students’ Union and university experience by attending this year’s SU
Welcome Festival. We'll be running the following events on campus and releasing details of all events on 11 September - to see the full events calendar visit rave.native.fm
Monday 18 September
Tuesday 19 September
Thursday 21 September
Pub Quiz / Treasure hunt
Ravensbourne has partnered with Aspire, the largest, specialist Higher Education retailer in the UK, to offer discounted equipment and funding for course resources including laptops. All students receive £100 credit on their Aspire account. Students with a household income of £25,000 or less, as declared to Student Finance England, will receive an additional £400 on their Aspire Card within 4 weeks of enrolment. This funding will be automatically added to your Aspire Account.
If you are unsure of what equipment or laptop you require for your course please see your course's Welcome Information.
Student Services at Ravensbourne is your hub of wellbeing, finance, disability and study skills support. We offer a place where you can discuss challenges you are facing and find support to help you be successful during your studies.
We can be found on level three of the main Ravensbourne building (R1). Please do come up to our office and speak to the staff on the help desk to arrange immediate support and chat through which of our services may work best for you.
If you'd like to get in touch before you arrive please email [email protected] or call 020 3040 3501.
University comes with lots of exciting opportunities and also some challenges. There may be times when you are feeling low or struggling with being away from home. You may feel overwhelmed with juggling your studies and working or are dealing with ongoing health issues. Our wellbeing staff, along with our team of professionally qualified counsellors, are here to help with the times when University may be difficult.
Group and one-to-one support
We offer groups for students who face challenges around anxiety and a dedicated men’s support group. Students can also speak to our wellbeing staff at any time by visiting us in room 313 or emailing [email protected]
Support Needs Checklist
If you have any additional learning challenges, a disability or other support needs please let us know by completing our Support Needs Checklist. We'll then be in touch to discuss your needs in more detail.
Wellbeing Fair: Monday 25 September, 12.00pm - 3.00pm, level 4
Join our Wellbeing Fair to meet local and national support organisations as well as chat to fellow students and support staff. We'll be joined by Samaritans, Mind, Change Grow Live, NHS services, Papyrus and many more.
We'll also have drinks, food, wellbeing bags, and the chance to sign up for a relaxing sound healing Gong Bath at 5.00pm
Register with GP Surgery
You should also register with a General Practitioner's Surgery (or GP’s surgery), the UK’s name for your local doctor. Whilst you are at University it’s very important to ensure you have access to local health services. Follow this link to the NHS guide to finding and registering with a local doctor.
Guide to Student Life and Mental Health
If you do find yourself struggling you may want to look at Mind’s guide to student life and mental health. Please follow this link to explore advice around coping with student life, moving home and other great guidance
University funding and the money you have available can be very complex. You’ll want to ensure you have appropriate student finance in place, think about your personal budget and the costs of your course and consider working or finding other ways to support your study.
Student Services have a number of bursaries available to help support students with low family incomes and other support needs. You can see details of support for undergraduate students, postgraduates and for our further education learners.
Student Finance England
If you have issues with your student finance then please reach out to speak to your funding body. The majority of our students receive support from Student Finance England.
Finance and Budgeting Advice
SaveTheStudent guide to finance
Setting your budget: Ruth Bushi, author of The Student Money Manual, discusses approaches to creating your own budget on StudentSpace.
Budget planning: Money Helper have an interactive budget planner
You may need to find a part-time job whilst at university. If you need support finding a role that will fit around your studies you can contact the Careers Lab team: [email protected]
Arriving at University can often mean living away from home for the first time in a student’s life. This comes with lots of opportunities, excitement and also challenges.
If you haven’t yet found a place to live then please take a look at our accommodation advice. Student Services are also here to help if you get into difficulties so don’t forget to reach out on [email protected]
Preparing for Living Away from Home
Take time to consider how you might prepare for living away from home. Below are some great websites and videos that look at living in London, preparing simple meals and thinking about making friends once you arrive.
If you are new to London then it might be worth looking at the Rough Guide to London. Although written for tourists this is a great overview of the different areas of London and some of the highlights of the capital.
For many students living away from home might be your first time planning meals for the week and cooking for yourself regularly. Deliveroo can get expensive, fast! Preparing simple meals will make a huge difference to your balance and how healthy your university experience will be. You can look at some great suggestions from Gordon Ramsay, over 100 recipes from Tasty and check out the best quick meals from BBC Good Food.
Student Services offers ongoing disability and study support for many of our students. If you have any learning support needs or help you may require around access please complete our support checklist.
This is our first opportunity to speak to you about support you may be entitled to and discuss the support we will be able to offer. This may include help with access to Ravensbourne or, for home degree students, discussing how to apply for Disable Students Allowance and we also offering support to all students around Study Skills, our dedicated team of Study Skills tutors are specialists in academic support and can help you manage your time, understand assessments and review work you are handing in.
Please email [email protected] with any questions you may have.
UCAS Study Guides
You might also want to look at some of the study skills advice available to help you make the change from college or school to University.
The UCAS study guides reviews time management, essay writing and more.
Starting university can mean significant changes for many students – where you live, who you live with, managing work and study, moving from a different country, living in a bigger city, commuting to a new area, and not knowing anyone before you arrive.
So, to help you feel more confident before the start of your course, we want to share some information, activities, and guidance to help you feel prepared.
We spoke to some of your current student on what tips they had for new starters to help you navigate this new chapter of your life successfully:
Complete our short one page Being a Confident Learner at University Worksheet.
The Know Before You Go guide produced by Student Minds is a useful resource to help you with some important things that aren’t usually talked about but are important to think about. There are sections on identity, becoming independent, building relationships, education, mental health, and sexual health. There are also useful tips for studying and getting organised, as well as recognising when and where to seek help when needed.
The Transition into University guide provides further information to help you navigate new and different situations when starting university.
You may find the guidance from UKCISA helpful. (information below is quoted from UKCISA)
While usually temporary, culture shock is common among international students arriving in the UK. You will notice differences between the way things are done and what you are used to at home. These include the way people dress, speak and behave, teaching and learning styles, food - potentially all aspects of life.
You will soon learn the new "rules" to get by, but it may be reassuring to know that it's perfectly normal to find it hard at first. Your fellow international students will share the experience - but so will many UK students who are away from home for the first time.
If you’re wondering what it will be like to study at Ravensbourne, then you’re in the right place to find out…
As a student starting your professional education at Ravensbourne, we want you to get the most from your university experience, building on the skills and understanding you’ve already developed.
Learning and studying at university can seem very different compared to school, college or other educational institutions overseas.
All our courses are taught on campus, in-person, with academic-professional practitioners and external experts. A key strength of our approach to learning and teaching is the role of project-based activities in engaging students in real-world, creative, and active learning experiences. Our range of learning experiences also include:
Studio-based and lab-based learning where individual and group project work are supervised by expert designers, tutors and researchers to develop students’ knowledge of history and contemporary practice and by technical input to develop practical skills.
Enquiry-based learning in which tasks or briefs are provided for individual or group-based projects, to introduce students to key workflows, and/or approaches to prototyping, and proof of concept testing methods that are common in industry.
Industry-standard collaboration and commissioned briefs/projects which provide motivating learning experiences within a realistic externally focused professional practice context.
Intra and interdisciplinary group projects requiring collaboration within and across disciplines.
Work-based learning to consolidate academic learning within relevant professional practice contexts and develop reflective learning
Fieldwork, external and industry visits to provide relevant learning environments and insights into professional practice contexts.
External speaker events with experts from industry, leading academics and independent practitioners are integrated within all courses to keep students in-touch with cutting-edge developments relevant to their discipline.
Networking events, exhibitions and degree shows to provide students opportunities to display their achievements and to build their social capital.
Lectures and seminars are also included in the range of learning sessions of all courses where students come together and are guided by the academic lead to scaffold and prepare students for individual and group work, and participate in discussion forums.
Technical demonstrations, practical classes, supervised time in studio, workshops, and masterclasses to support specific skill development.
Learning journals, blogs, reports, and individual and group presentations are used to encourage students to document their research, analysis, and development.
Final year dissertations and projects which offer students the opportunity to personalise their learning and focus their interests when demonstrating their academic learning and development and vocational, specialist area of practice. Our inclusive approach generally allows students to choose the medium for their work e.g., final models, prototypes, images and video, sketches, and presentation boards.
We want your learning experiences to be authentic, meaningful, and enjoyable. This means attendance at all timetabled sessions is essential to experience the different types of learning activities, which support you on your learning journey. Outside of your timetabled sessions you will engage with:
Independent and directed study activities to support students in becoming self-directed autonomous learners and professional practitioners.
Online digital learning resources, available on the virtual learning platform, are designed to enhance your learning, and support the development of your personal interests and expertise within your subject.
Studying at Ravensbourne means being actively engaged your learning – in timetabled sessions and in activities outside the class which may include attending talks given by industry specialists, reading specific texts, or working with your peers on projects.
A key difference in learning at university, compared to school or college, is taking notes, and making sure you reference where the notes came from, so you can refer to them accurately. See our guide on learning from note taking to help your hone your skills.
As you transition to university life, mastering digital skills becomes increasingly important. The following guides are designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge to navigate the digital world effectively, ensuring a smooth and productive academic journey.
Basic Computer Troubleshooting: Identifying and resolving common computer issues like frozen programs or connectivity problems.
Email Etiquette and Management: Writing professional emails, organizing inbox, and handling attachments.
Internet Browsing Skills: Navigating the web efficiently, using search engines effectively, and evaluating online sources.
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