This page collates ideas for activities and also supporting resources that can be used as part of the six week induction period for courses.  This page is under development and will be added to over the summer of 2020.

The resources are organised by the seven themes used in the Extended Induction - Guidance for Course Directors [Available from the Guidance for Academic Year 2020-21 OTL webpage on the Staff Portal].  

A PDF version is available in the "Links" section.

Theme Activities Resources
Socialisation & course community
  • Students placed in small groups to get to know one another.
  • All members of course teams to introduce themselves.
  • Working with Aula - overview and navigation of 'course community' (Aula landing page).


Course culture & map
  • Develop a course map with modules plotted on a timeline, including assessments, learning outcomes, skills outcomes, employability (transferable skills) outcomes (also covered in 'academic literacies, and skills & professional development'). 
  • ‘Employability passport’ (a portfolio students complete during their course and receive a hard-copy of when they graduate)
Self-care & personal development
  • Meeting with APT/PPT/Learning about Progress Coaches
  • Current students sharing experiences - what I wish I knew when I started

Student Health and Wellbeing


Digital wellbeing, Jisc.

Academic literacies

Library Libguides - Induction page

Academic Liaison Librarian Team [Staff portal page]


BibliU Video Tutorials 



Referencing Guide


Academic Integrity and Academic Skills: resources to support you and your students

Skills & professional development
  • Skills audit (i.e. Jisc Digital Capability Framework);
  • Complete activity-led learning group task
  •  Time management and organisation - create a course  calendar/Gantt chart.

Jisc Digital Capability Framework.

Being digital – skills for life online – collection of short activities from the Open University to help students be effective online.


Talent Team



Linked-In Learning


Online study guides

·       Student Guide to Achieving Success Online

·       Explorers Skills Guide

·       Social Media Guidelines for Students

  • Place students in small groups to grade a piece of work using one of the course rubrics. Small groups to then feedback and compare with the wider group.
  • Students to re-write assessment criteria in their own words.


Guide on expected report format [Course]


Guide on expected report format. CAW: ‘Guide to Report Writing’ slides, for workshop


Academic Integrity and Academic Skills: resources to support you and your students

  • Introduce students to the 'Important Contacts and Essential Information" document. Students in small groups to define 'professional communication' and the importance of 'email etiquette'



Brown, G. & Parkin, D. (2020) Induction – Creating socially distanced campuses and education Project.  Leadership Intelligence Report, Advance HE

Cheng, M. 2015. Transition Skill Strategies: Transition Models and How Students Experience Change. Glasgow, Scotland: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Chickering, A.W. and Gamson, Z.F. (1987) Principles of good practice for undergraduate education. Racine, WI: Johnson Foundation.

Edward, N. S., and J. Middleton. 2002. “The Challenge of Induction! Introducing Engineering Students to Higher Education: A Task-oriented Approach.” Innovations in Education and Teaching International 39 (1): 46–53.

Jisc (2020) Planning induction for autumn 2020: a guide to support HE and FE organisations planning inductions during COVID-19 pandemic, Jisc.

Thomas, L (2012) Building student engagement and belonging in Higher Education at a time of change: final report from the What Works? Student Retention & Success Programme, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Turner, R., Morrison, D., Cotton, D., Child, S., Stevens, S., Nash, P. & Kneale, P. (2017) Easing transition of first year undergraduates through an immersive induction module.  Teaching in Higher Education, 22:7, pp805-821 DOI:10.1080/13562517.2017.1301906

van der Meer, J., E. Jansen, and M. Torenbeek. 2010. “It’s Almost a Mindset that Teachers Need to Change’: First-year Students’ Need to be Inducted into Time Management.” Studies in Higher Education 35 (7): 777–791.