Faculty of Education and Social Work

How it works

Find out what to expect of the First Year Experience Programme in your first year.


What to expect

Once you are a part of the Programme, you can expect regular emails from your mentor. They will send you a greeting at the beginning of the term and give you an opportunity to meet face-to-face.

Once you have contact information for your mentor, you can ask questions or get advice at any time. No question is silly if you don’t know the answer! 

Once courses get underway, the First Year Experience Programme works closely with departments and course co-ordinators to monitor student work. If you miss tutorials or fail to hand in an assignment, you may be contacted by phone or email to see how things are going.

Attendance participation does not become part of your academic record, but is just a way for us to monitor how you’re doing, and see if there is anything we can do to help. The right advice at the right time can assist you to keep on track with your studies.

You will also receive regular announcements from the First Year Experience team. These will be tied to the academic calendar, and so will provide timely advice around major assignments, exam times etc. They will also alert you to fun stuff happening on campus so you can enjoy some downtime between studies. And there will be plenty of opportunities to get together with other Year One students and mentors for some food, drink and a chat, so keep an eye out for these!

How to make the most of FYE

Your mentor is someone who has recently successfully completed the first year of a Faculty of Education and Social Work degree and is now taking more advanced courses, so they are a great source of advice.

They are good to talk to about small stuff, like how to get an ID card, or big stuff, like if you’re really struggling with your studies. If they don’t know the answer, they can help you find someone who does. So ask questions, get involved, and make the most of this fantastic resource.