At the beginning of your course you will be told who your Personal Tutor is, and you will meet them in your first week.
Your Personal Tutor will:
- meet with you for tutorials throughout the year
- help you to settle into the academic community
- communicate your academic progress and provide you with guidance
- be available to meet during set office/tutorial hours or by appointment
- refer you to appropriate sources of academic and/or welfare support when required
Business and Management Module Leader (Graduate Diploma)Read Jo's story
What do you enjoy most about teaching business?
I joined INTO Newcastle back in January 2010. My background is in Business Management, having held the position of company director in a family business for 14 years. Being a graduate of Newcastle University myself, I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated the warm, welcoming atmosphere on campus and around the city, and so coming back here to work is a pleasure.
Very simply, I love my job! It is a real privilege to teach such a diverse range of students who bring their own mix of skills and experiences to the classroom. I firmly believe that whether or not students are planning to study Business specifically in the future is irrelevant for my module. My role is, of course, to guide students through the academic process of developing their learning, evaluation and research skills, but also to prepare them for the workplace, wherever and whenever that might be.
What does the business course involve?
The module is designed to explore a range of key business areas, including Human Resource Management, Marketing, International Strategic Management, contemporary trends such as Globalisation and e-commerce, and perhaps the most challenging aspect of all in business – the behaviours of the people within it!
I aim to bring a range of activities to the classroom which engage students and encourage them to develop their own skill set. Motivation means everything in my role so what you will find in my classroom are lots of team work exercises, group debates, some role play, plenty of application to a range of international business case studies, in addition to the creation of some real business experiences outside of the classroom.
For example, we have teamed up with the Lush Cosmetics store in Newcastle, providing students with opportunities to learn more about their business processes and even get hands on, making various products at the workshops provided.
Humanities and Social Sciences Module Leader (International Foundation)Read Alexandra's story
What do you enjoy about teaching at INTO Newcastle?
I love the diversity I get by teaching at INTO Newcastle University. On the Foundation Pathways in Humanities and Social Science, each semester, I meet students from all around the globe: I currently have students from Uganda, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Turkey and China in my class! This enriches discussions and makes for a vibrant international environment.
I also thoroughly enjoy the subjects I teach. Humanities, as an umbrella subject, is very multi-faceted, so teaching and learning is never dull! I particularly relish the fact that I can indulge my passion for Literature, teaching Shakespeare and Great War poems, in Semester 1. Students not only study texts in an interactive, dynamic classroom environment, but also get to visit prestigious theatre venues, such as the Globe and the Manchester Royal Exchange theatre, to view and review Shakespearian plays. It is also great that students and staff alike may participate together in staff student productions, and I enjoyed coaching Humanities students for roles in Macbeth, as well as participating in musical productions. There is never a dull moment!
What do you love about Newcastle?
I like the fact that Newcastle is very compact and easy to navigate on foot. I enjoy the variety of architecture and the potential to escape down to the banks of the Quayside or jump on the metro to Tynemouth or South Shields. There is no shortage of things to do culturally either and I have loved exploring the galleries close to campus. I have also loved participating in interactive theatre days with students, where we got to talk to the Royal Shakespeare company’s finest cast members, such as Pippa Nixon, who played Ophelia, at the Theatre Royal.
Architecture Module Leader (International Year One)Read Daniel's story
How are students prepared for study at Newcastle University?
One crucial tool used in the delivery of your initial architectural training is the use of ‘crits’, or critiques, which provide an opportunity for students to present their design work to both tutors and fellow students. The feedback provided is sometimes wrongly construed as criticism, but it is intended to improve your theoretical and technical outputs. Those who respond well to feedback generally fair better.
What advice would you give prospective students?
The skills you will acquire on architecture pathways, and eventually a degree programme, are highly transferable. Contemporaries of mine who I studied architecture with have gone on to work in alternative industries, including film set design, cabinet making and animation. Therefore, expose yourself to as much as possible during your studies and you never know where you will end up!
Language and other support
There is also a Chinese Language Support Officer (CLSO) who is dedicated to providing language support to Chinese students.
Other support on offer includes:
- extra support classes in Maths are provided as a Drop-In Clinic where you will be able to review questions and examples
- a weekly helpdesk session where you can ask questions and get academic support following lectures and seminars
- online support
- revision sessions
- one-to-one teaching (at an additional cost)