To help you get settled into university-level education, we’ve developed Block Zero – three weeks of activities for you to get to know your teaching team and your coursemates. A network of experienced people will be coaching you, so you can learn the skills you need to be adaptable and flexible in this ever-changing world.

And if you have a coach, you’ll need a team. In Block Zero you’ll meet your team and practice collaborative, online skills together. Then when your course teaching starts, you’ll already have a group you can rely on.

For most of you, Block Zero will be delivered completely online, so you can be confident that if there are any changes to government guidance, you can still engage with your course.

How Block Zero works

Your timetable for Block Zero will have a few things on it. You will be able to find out what you need to do on your course's Blackboard page – just log onto Blackboard and click on the name of your course to get there.

  • Prep work/Self-directed study: This is an opportunity for you to engage in some self-directed learning that will teach you a bit about the University and a bit about yourself. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to read through it. It will help set the stage for your programme session.

    You’ll find the prep work/self-directed study below. They cover the themes of Place, Time, Community, Change, Language and Stories. You don’t need to do it all at once, but set some time aside before your programme session to go through it.
  • Programme session: This will be delivered by your programme team, so tune in via Blackboard.
  • Team meetup/Group work: If you’re a new student, you’ll have been put into a group of other students on your course. You’ll find ‘your Team’ on Microsoft Teams. This is your area to collaborate, catch up and work through things together. You’ll need to complete your Team Meetup Activity together. This will be your Team throughout the academic year – so get online and get introducing yourself.
    Please note: You may not have been allocated to a Team yet because of your registration status. Rest assured we’re working on it. If you’re not in a Team yet, it’s OK, these activities can be undertaken at any time once you get allocated to a Team.

Inspire:Me Lecture Series

Inspirational speakers from across multiple disciplines. Speakers who are part of the UWE Bristol community, just like you – and went on to accomplish even more, just like you will. Find out more.

Team meet-ups

Team meet-ups have been developed to support you through working together using online technology for collaboration.

Other Block Zero events

There’s already lots of activities for you to get virtually involved in during Block Zero, and more are being added.

View all of our Block Zero events

What is Block Zero?

Listen to UWE Bristol’s Vice-Chancellor, Steve West talk about what Block Zero is and how it will work.