College2uni: Edinburgh Napier Podcasts

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Welcome to the college2uni podcasts

September 3rd, 2012

Are you a college student considering moving to Edinburgh Napier University? Or are you a student who has just arrived at Edinburgh Napier? If so, then this site is for YOU!

There is a lot to consider and take in when moving from college to university and you are likely to have a whole load of questions which will need answering.

That is why the podcasting team at Edinburgh Napier have created this tailor-made site in order to help you make the move a successful one. Through a set of ten podcasts, we aim to take the worry out of the move and will provide information which you can access anonymously.

Many of the podcasts involve the voices of students who were in your position this time last year and their advice covers topics such as: the differences between assessments, independent learning and how to make the most of the social side of university life.

To help you access the information you need, we have also placed some useful links on the side bar -------->

We'd like to hear what you think of the podcasts - just click on the 'comment' tab below the podcast download button and join in the discussion.  We'd love to hear about any suggestions that you have for making the move from college2uni a little bit easier.

Get Ready for University

September 6th, 2012

Whether you're only just thinking about applying to University, or have already arrived here, there's one resource that students recommend more than any other - it's the Get Ready for University website. 

In this podcast, Ann Chirnside (former Head of Wider Access and Retention) talks about the website and suggests how to make most use of it to help you to get ready and to get started at University.

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Additional Support for Learning - Part 1 of 2

September 8th, 2012

If you were receiving support and help at College for any particular learning need or disability that you have, you may be wondering about what's going to happen when you come to university and whether you'll be offered that support when you start your degree programme. 

Edinburgh Napier University provide a warm welcome to students who have additional support for learning needs and we'll make every effort to ensure that your support needs are met, but in order to do that - we need you to tell us as soon as possible about your requirements. 

This podcast offers practical advice about the kinds of information you have to supply, who to speak to in the University and when.  You'll also hear from Michael who started at university as a direct entrant and achieved great results in his Honours year - he needed support for dyslexia and he has some advice for students following in his footsteps.

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Additional Support for Learning - Part 2 of 2

September 8th, 2012

Would you like to find out more about how the university can help you to achieve your goals at university if you have additional support needs?

Some students are not entirely sure whether or not they would be eligible for help, but they'd like to find out more about the support that's on offer at University. This podcast gives a flavour of the kind of support that is available and we offer some advice about how to take things further and to find out more.

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So what is a PDT and how can they help?

September 13th, 2012

Students coming to University as direct entrants often tell us that they expect to miss the supportive and informal relationships which they have built up with their lecturers during their HNC and HND years - some are worried that with the larger class sizes, they won't know who to turn to for support, information and guidance. 

In this podcast, you'll find out about the personal development tutors known as PDTs and the type of support they will expect to offer you. Listen to this podcast and you'll find out how the PDT system works at University and how your PDT can help you.

Settling in socially

September 20th, 2012

If you're thinking about starting at Edinburgh Napier, the social aspect of university has probably been on your mind.  You'll know from College just how important it is to have a group of friends with whom to share the highs and lows of every aspect of life as a student. 

Your classmates at Edinburgh Napier are likely to come from all round the world and so your time in Edinburgh presents a chance of a lifetime to expand your social circle.  In this podcast we hear from students who joined programmes as direct entrants in second and third year - some settled in easily, while others encountered a few obstacles along the way.  They describe the approaches that they took to help them to integrate socially and we think that their experience and practical suggestions are really useful.

Please let us know what you think or if you have other ideas to share by clicking on the 'comments' tab below the podcasts download button.

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Differences between College and University

September 27th, 2012

If you're thinking about coming to University, or you've just arrived here in Edinburgh Napier, you may be wondering just how different it's going to be from your College experience. 

In this podcast, students who started their studies in College and who have recently settled in at University talk about their experience and offer a few tips about how best to anticipate and manage the differences.

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Independent Learning

October 4th, 2012

You've probably heard many people talk about 'independent learning' at University. If you're at College at the moment, you probably have had some experience of this already - perhaps as part of a graded unit or other aspects of project work that you've completed as part of your HN qualification.  When you come to University, you'll be expected to build on that experience, and to develop strategies and skills to enable you to find out information and develop ideas for yourself about the topic that you've come to University to study.  

The students in this podcast talk about their experience of independent learning at University and they offer some advice about getting started.

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Essay Writing

October 11th, 2012

The first essay that you are asked to write when you come to University can sometimes feel pretty daunting.   Issues such as word count, referencing and submission deadlines are often treated in different ways depending if you are at College or University.   

There's plenty of support available here at University to help you to understand what's expected of you. Attending an essay writing workshop for example can be a really useful starting point and an excellent investment of your time.

Listen to this podcast to hear how some other students have risen to the challenge of essay writing at University.

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Mentoring - is that for me?

October 18th, 2012

Some students tell us that one of the things that helped them the most when they came to university was the Student Mentoring programme. 

It's easy to imagine that a specially trained friendly face, who'd been in the same position as you are, would be well placed to offer a bit of informal support and guidance to help you when you're stuck or feeling unsure.  What's more, there's also an Employer Mentoring programme - but listen to the podcast and you'll hear from staff who run the programmes and from students who've taken part as mentees and mentors.  These really are fantastic programmes and can make a big difference to your experience of starting at University. 

If you've been listening to this podcast series, we hope that you're starting to get the idea that there's plenty of people at Edinburgh Napier who are waiting to offer exactly the kind of support that can really help - they just need to know you're here!

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