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Get Ahead Week

Starting university is a big step on an even bigger journey, and our Get Ahead workshops and events are here to help you with this transition.  

Get Ahead Workshops

The Get Ahead Week workshops have been designed to help you develop key skills you’ll need to succeed at university. They’ll also be an opportunity to meet other new students at Queen Mary and hear from leading experts in their fields. people in an online group

We will explore how to manage your time, feel more confident as an independent learner and get into a growth mindset as you begin your studies. This interactive workshop will focus on building your confidence and finding out what works for you in the first semester at university. Time: 12:00-13:00 (BST)

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What is academic integrity? How can you make sure you demonstrate it your work, study and research? In this workshop, we look at the principles of understanding plagiarism and academic integrity. Come and join us for a one-hour interactive workshop on how to approach your studies ethically! Time: 12:00-13:00 (BST).

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This session will include a discussion about mental health, well-being and neurodiversity, as well as myths around these topics. We will place particular emphasis on how they can influence the experience of university students. We will also discuss evidence-based strategies to promote good mental health and well-being in diverse groups of young people. Time 17:00-18:00 (BST)

Bio: Dr. Giorgia Michelini is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Psychology in the Department of Biological & Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary. Her expertise lies in mental health, wellbeing and neurodiversity in young people. 

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This webinar will provide students with the opportunity to explore what it means to be a university student. We recognise the transition from school/college to university can be exciting but also challenging at times if students are not clear about what is expected of them. In this interactive session, I will use the ‘ideal’ student survey (developed from the 'ideal student' research project) for students to share their views based on their current ideas about what it means to be a university student. You will be encouraged to share and discuss your thoughts on the most important or desirable features of a student in your discipline, through online survey questions and group discussion. You will also hear from existing students about their experiences and tips. Some success strategies of students from my research will also be discussed. This session will conclude with useful resources to support your transition to university. Time 17:00-18:00 (BST)

Bio: Dr Tiffany Chiu is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Educational Development at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship, Imperial College London. She is Programme Director for the PG Cert in University Learning and Teaching and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching and research interests include student transition and progression, learning and teaching in higher education, assessment and feedback practice, and identity development in higher education. She has co-authored a book, The Ideal Student: Deconstructing Expectations in Higher Education, 2021 which explores the concept of the ‘ideal student’.

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Studying at university will be different from any other study you may have done before. This workshop will briefly explore academic reading and writing and how different university environments may affect how you learn. Come and join us for a one-hour interactive workshop on how to succeed in your first semester! Time: 12:00-13:00 (BST).

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Workshops will also be running throughout Semester A and will include: 

  • Getting started and getting organised 
  • Understanding plagiarism and academic integrity
  • Studying at university  
  • Developing your research and information skills for university  
  • Understanding maths and statistics at university 
  • Getting support with reading, writing and statistics 

For more information, including dates/times and how to book, visit the Teaching and Learning Events Calendar 

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