Connect with others

It's the people that make UWE Bristol. And it's those people living together, learning together and supporting each other that makes it such a great place - you're never on your own. But we're all strangers at the start of term, and lots of people would do just about anything to avoid an awkward conversation. But those interactions will help you feel part of a community. So, while it might be tempting to avoid awkward social situations, just remember that everyone is feeling the same way - sometimes it just takes a smile. If you're there for others, then they'll be there for you too.

Student smiling while sat at a study space.

1. Watch the film

2. Ask yourself:

  • How can you be the difference to yourself and others?  What does this mean in practice for you? Remember to be kind to yourself and be kind to others.
  • Who supports you now? Talk to them and decide how you're going to keep in touch. A text every day or a phone call once a week. Whatever you decide, it's your choice, but having a plan will help you settle in while still being connected.
  • Where will you get support you may need from the University? Check out UWE Bristol's support services on the students' web pages. Make sure you refer back to this page whenever you need a question answered. Or, you can always visit an Information Point, if you'd rather speak to somebody.

3. Let's Talk About… Connecting with others

Simon, Miles and Mo talk about how it isn’t just about how individuals support their own wellbeing, but how they support other people’s too. By connecting with other students, staff and with the local communities you’ll feel like an integral part of your new community and be the difference that somebody else might need.


  • Simon Phillips, Deputy Director, Student and Academic Services
  • Mubarak Mohamud (known as Mo), Lecturer, Bristol Business School
  • Miles Thompson, Lecturer, Department Of Psychology

Listen onSpotify | SoundCloud

Can't listen? The transcript is available.

4. Explore more

  1. Get up to speed with the language of teaching and learning at UWE Bristol.
  2. Search the internet for five ‘big names’ in your subject area. Why are they well known?
  3. Search the internet for ‘alternative names’ in your subject area. What do you think that certain groups are more difficult to find?
  4. Find out who your subject librarian is.
  5. Research expected ways of behaving online.
  6. Research different approaches to working in groups.
  7. Engage with Academic Skills Workbook.
  8. Keep track of your Starting Block using the Personal Planner.

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