Supporting new students

​Steps universities are taking to support wellbeing, transitions, and skills development.


Universities have put in place extensive support for students starting their studies in the new 2021-22 academic year. Preparations are well underway to ensure that new students experience a positive transition into university life, with tailored support and activities that recognise the disruption they have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Students have been extremely resilient in the face of significant uncertainty and universities have been working closely with their existing students to learn from their experiences and adapt their approaches for the next academic year. 

This collection of case studies highlights just some of the skills development, transition, and wellbeing initiatives and advice that universities are planning, in addition to their usual comprehensive student support services and welcome programmes. 

This resource may be useful for universities to further enhance their plans, ideas, and activities. Any applicants, parents and advisers who want to find out more about the support on offer or discuss individual student needs, are advised to reach out to institutions directly. 

News Summary

UUK response to government announcement on new fund for higher technical courses

11 June 2021
UUK has responded to the government’s announcement of a multi-million-pound investment to allow more people to gain higher level technical skills

Students catch-up studies

Universities boosting academic skills and wellbeing of Year 13s

9 June 2021
​Universities are stepping up efforts to support the education and wellbeing of Year 13s transitioning to higher education this autumn.

University partnerships will help UK build back better faster

27 May 2021
​A new report is predicting that thousands of jobs, new businesses, and prosperity will be created across the UK through university collaborations with employers, local government, and other partners.