Welcome to Aston University and the Developing Skills in Academic English Programme, also known as the UK Year Abroad Programme. We hope that you enjoy the programme and find it useful for your future university studies.
The Programme is delivered and managed by the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA), which is a teaching unit within the Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP). CELCA is based on the 5th floor of the Main Building in rooms MB560A-F.
The Programme runs from April to December/January each year, and provides 120 Aston University Credits, equivalent to one full academic year at undergraduate level. In addition to fulfilling your academic requirements for Kansai University, you will also earn a Certificate of Higher Education in Developing Skills in Academic English, which is a valuable qualification in its own right.
If you want to visit me,Robert Fox, the Programme Director of the UKYA, my office is room MB560D. My university phone number is 0121 204 3177 and my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also be your personal tutor during your time at Aston. I look forward to meeting you throughout your studies.
Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-active University, known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and the professions. It is an inclusive, forward-thinking and diverse institution, deeply committed to ensuring all of its students can maximise their achievements.
Whether you’re a UK, EU or international student looking for advice on managing money, wanting to join or even set up a student society or needing guidance and support when looking ahead to your future career, Aston has friendly and experienced professionals ready to help.
We take supporting our students very seriously. Aston was proud to have been awarded Gold by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) where the feedback said that “students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”.
We are dedicated to equipping our students with the skills needed to thrive in the world of work. Aston is ranked among the top four universities for helping students secure a work placement year during their studies, helping them gain invaluable experience. With the aid of our award winning Careers+Placements team, Aston’s graduates are some of the most employable in the UK. Six months after graduation, nearly eight out of ten Aston alumni are in graduate level destinations – an employability rate comparable to those of the traditional elite universities.
For those who do not want to take the traditional graduate route, however, our Careers+Placements team can assist with other options such as further study, voluntary or charity work, and starting your own business. For postgraduate students we have a specialist careers adviser who can help with career planning and we also have opportunities for postgraduate internships that can provide important work experience.
For students who are not based on campus the Learning Development Centre offers an email tutorial service providing academic support and Careers+Placements have an online collection of tools for career planning and research.
The new Aston University strategy features students as one of our main beneficiary groups and we are committed to delivering high quality teaching and support to give you the skills to thrive in business and the professions. We are constantly adapting to the changing needs of our students and in keeping with the University’s progressive motto, ‘Forward’, we pledge to continue to do so.
Professor Helen E Higson OBE Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
CELCA is located in Room MB560 on the 5th floor of the Main Building. Key Contacts Timetabling and module registration, Exams and assessment, student support queries – Ammandeep Kaur (email@example.com) Contacting Academic Staff Please use the Staff Directory to look up contact details.
In addition, academic staff will advertise at least 4 hours a week during term time where they will be available for you to discuss your academic work and receive feedback. This is often called office hours or consultation hours. How these sessions are managed is down to individual academics – you may be able to just drop in, or you might have to arrange a specific time either via email or through the WASS appointment system. You may be able to arrange an appointment outside of these hours, by negotiation. Who to contact? If your query or issue relates to...
You can also contact Ania Bailey (Head of CELCA). Appointments can be made via WASS. Absences and Pastoral Care Please contact us as soon as you are aware that you will be absent from class or if there are any matters that are affecting your ability to attend classes and keep up with your studies. Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
My Attendance - Aston University's Attendance Recording System
Aston firmly believes in the value of attendance, and its relationship with engagement and achievement is very important. Attendance at scheduled teaching sessions enhances the experience of all students, and provides the opportunity for you to benefit fully from the support and guidance the University offers.
You should ‘check in’ to timetabled classes by placing your uniCARD on readers on entry to all your scheduled teaching sessions including lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab session etc. You will then be able to access your record of attendance in the MyAttendance system. This supports the University’s proactive approach to learning and we encourage you to assume responsibility for your own academic progress, and manage your time effectively.
For more information about VISA compliance and attendance monitoring please visit: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/visacompliance/engagement/index
Tier 4 students
If you hold a Tier 4 visa, MyAttendance will create an automatic face to face engagement for you and will form part of your Student Engagement Monitoring information for the UKVI.
For further information please visit the MyAttendance webpages
MyEngagement - Aston University's Learning Analytics System
Aston University is committed to supporting students achieve their full potential throughout their studies. MyEngagement has been developed to empower students, using a variety of student data, to reflect on their learning behaviours and identify areas which could be enhanced. The system will also provide information to support discussions with relevant staff (such as personal tutors) and identify students who may need support at different stages of their learning journey.
For further information please visit the MyEngagement webpages
For information about Aston University and your Tier 4 visa, please click HERE.
Your individual timetable will be available online through MAP More information about your personal academic timetable is available HERE. Please check your timetable regularly:
If you notice or problem, or have any queries relating to your timetable or module enrolment, please contact Ammandeep Kaur (email@example.com).
In Weeks 1 and 2, or 14 and 15, any changes to optional modules must be arranged through Ammandeep Kaur (firstname.lastname@example.org) Changes after Week 2 or 15 are not normally permitted. After this point, any change that may exceptionally be agreed must be negotiated through the Programme Director concerned and final approval sought from the Associate Dean. A form must be completed and sent to email@example.com .
In order to be awarded the Certificate in Higher Education, you are required to gain 120 university credits. Some modules for which you are registered and which you attend are worth 10 credits each when completed successfully. Some modules last for both Teaching Periods and so are worth 20 credits. If you wish, you may follow more than six modules in a Teaching Period but you will not gain credits for the extra classes.
To succeed at a module and be awarded the appropriate university credits, you are required to
In addition, you are required to,
Although most students will be awarded a pass mark for their module work on the first occasion, a few students will be required to resubmit their coursework or to resit an examination. Students are allowed three attempts to pass a module.
Learn Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, or Spanish at Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced levels while you study.
More information is available HERE.
For information on student equal opportunities, please see the Welfare and Representation sections of the Aston Students’ Union website.
The formal requirements for degree programmes are contained in the University’s General Regulations which can be found HERE.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a form of cheating where a student uses the work of other people and published material as their own. The assignments and examination answers you produce must be your own. If you need to use other sources, they must be referenced appropriately.
What could happen if I plagiarise?
Plagiarism is strictly against university Examination regulations. Your lecturer may decide to give you a fail mark for your assessment and you could face formal discipline outlined HERE.
What can I do to make sure I do not plagiarise or collude?
Towards the end of each module you will be asked to fill in an anonymous questionnaire. This provides CELCA and the individual lecturers with valuable information which is used to enhance and improve our learning and teaching strategies. For interim feedback, please speak to the module leader, or a student representative.
If you experience problems with a module, please first try to resolve it with the lecturer or module leader. If the problem persists, then please refer the matter to the Head of CELCA, Dean of CLIPP. General problems relating to programmes or subjects as a whole can be referred to a student representative, or the Programme Director. If after this you are still experiencing problems, please refer to the section on Student Complaints.
How is Student Representation Organised? Each subject group elects a number of student reps. These reps will attend the Student-Staff Committee (SSC) for the subject group once a term. One rep will co-chair this meeting with an academic member of staff. A student secretary will also be appointed to keep track of discussions and decisions. In addition, the co-chairs of each subject level SSC will be invited once a term to School Forum, where school level issues can be discussed. The sorts of things that may come up in SSC or School Forum include; conversations about future programme and module content, assessment types and intensity, external examiner reports, reviews of academic quality and standards, personal tutors, learning spaces and resources. Student Representatives will also sit on the CLIPP Learning and Teaching Committee. This committee is the principal means by which matters to do with your learning experience are discussed, progressed, and resolved. It is important to note, that the whole system is principally student-led. It is your opinions, points, and ideas that count the most. How do I become a student rep? More details HERE. Elections will then be held via BlackBoard, with the results announced by Week 3 of Term 1. Once the results are announced, and you have been elected, your training and induction will commence and you will be invited to the relevant meetings. More Information Aston’s Student Representation Framework can be viewed HERE
A programme specification is a general overview of the structure of the programme. It includes information about modules available on the programme, learning outcomes, assessment, and teaching methods. Programme specs are available via MAP.
During freshers week and week one of term, your lecturers will provide further information on which books you may wish to purchase for your course. We recommend that new students wait until freshers week before purchasing any books as the academic induction activities will help you to gain a better insight into which books will be most helpful to you. We also strongly recommend that you attend the Library Induction offered in freshers week (you will be e-mailed with a time for your library tour) as this will give you an excellent introduction to the services that the library can offer. More information: http://www.aston.ac.uk/library/
The Alumni and Development team is HERE.
Click here to view a map of social and study spaces across the University
All students can and should use the Main Library. You do not need to join the Library separately as you automatically become a member when you enrol with the University. The barcode on the University Identity Card shows your Library membership number. You will also be given a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you enrol, which you can use to check your account and to perform the self-service functions of borrowing, renewal, reservation, etc. If you do not know how these work, you should ask at the enquiries desk on the ground floor of the Library.
For information about these services, please click HERE (PDF download).
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