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 post-graduate 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. 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


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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