Starting Block

Supporting your transition into and through university.

What is Starting Block?

To help you get settled into university-level education, we’ve developed Starting Block – a series of activities for you to get to know your teaching team and your coursemates.

Being well-prepared and focused at the start of something leads to success. And that's what Starting Block is set up to do – brace you as you stride forward with your university experience.

Whether that's being prepared for the start of your new university life, getting ready to build on your skills, or looking towards your postgraduate life – starting every year in the best way means you're most likely to succeed.

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How to take part

Everyone’s Starting Block is different – and because it’s different, you need to make sure you’re engaging with Blackboard and your university email.

Register via my UWE

To access Starting Block, you’ll need to complete your university registration via myUWE. If you’re a new student, we’ll email your username and password to your personal email address after we’ve confirmed your place with us (from the start of August onwards). If you’re a returning student, you can register online after you’ve received your results.

Look for the Registration tab where you can add or confirm your personal details. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to access Starting Block when it launches.

More about registration

Get your IT set up before you start

You’ll want to choose a suitable laptop or computer for your course. You can download Office 365 for your computer using AppsAnywhere so you can access them wherever you are (including campus computers).

More about IT at home

Laura’s Starting Block experience

Hear from Laura, a Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science student, about her experience of Starting Block last year.

Digital Learning induction course

Familiarise yourself with the digital tools you’ll be using at UWE Bristol, to start confidently and be well-prepared for study.

Digital Learning at UWE Bristol

Starting Block events

Take part in the Starting Block events and activities.

View Starting Block events

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"Going into a new year at university can be a nerve-wracking time for anyone and there are lots of ways you can prepare. As a student going into a year of online learning for the first time last year, I was very apprehensive about the new way of learning and all the new challenges I would face learning from home. Fortunately, we had a Starting Block."

Megan, student
Hear more about Megan's experience

Megan student

Starting Block is a great opportunity to set yourself up for the year ahead and make sure you’re prepared with the skills you will need for university life. Last year, because of Covid-19, all learning was done online. This took a bit of getting used to as it was a new concept for a lot of people, and while it sounded fun at first, it came with its own set of challenges.

Before starting block I felt nervous about the year ahead as well as new obstacles like wifi connections, audio issues and all the new aspects of learning we had never had to consider before. Thankfully starting block was a great opportunity to test all of this out, so when it came to the first week of term I felt fully prepared and comfortable. 

Read more on Megan's blog about her experience with Starting Block


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Five secrets to success

Often, the way we think determines how we feel. By understanding your own motivations and taking the time to be self-reflective, you'll be able to take ownership of your wellbeing. And being able to manage the stresses of everyday life will help you be successful not only during your studies, but also throughout your life.

Five secrets to success
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Inspire:Me lecture series

Our Inspire:Me lecture series will get you thinking bigger towards a future that is yours to create. You can expect 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.

Inspire:Me lecture series

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