Foundation Week: everything you need to know

This week all students are invited to take part in Foundation Week, a new, specially-designed online programme of academic skill development activities.

Foundation Week, which runs 5-9 October, will provide you with an opportunity to connect with your School or Department, and engage with a variety of online activities, events and modules.

We know that in recent months you have all faced considerable disruption to your studies, so the aim of this week is to prepare you for the new academic semester and to help you plan for the year ahead. In particular, the programme will equip you with the skills required to make the most of hybrid learning.

Programme highlights

  • Subject-specific talks, presentations and activities.
  • Inspirational talks by University alumni to give you a personal insight into how to build resilience, enhance your confidence, and overcome challenges.
  • A new ‘Good Global Citizenship’ module, which all students are required to complete that outline how we’re keeping you safe on campus, the responsibilities, behaviours and expectations that come with being a Liverpool student, and ask you to support a more inclusive culture at University.
  • The ‘Opportunity Now’ enterprise programme, open to all first-year students, is a great way to connect with other students and gain employability skills, whilst developing ideas that could enhance the student experience. Reserve your place before 12pm on Monday, 5 October on Handshake – search ‘Opportunity Now’.
  • ‘The Great Read’ – four incredible short stories which we’d like you to read before joining a  series of fascinating talks and workshops (the e-book can be downloaded here)

The University considers Foundation Week to be a formal teaching week, and as such, all undergraduate students (of all years) are expected to engage with it. Postgraduate students are also invited to attend.

Please remember, for those students whose formal teaching has already begun, you should prioritise your scheduled teaching commitments. You will be able to access Foundation Week activities throughout the week to catch up on at a time that suits you.

Accessing the programme

All information and resources linked to Foundation Week will be accessible via our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, with live events accessed via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

You can access Canvas, via this link, from the Student Intranet, or on the Canvas app – available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

If you have any problems logging on, you can request help through the Computing Services Service Desk.

If you are unfamiliar with Canvas, we recommend you take the ‘Canvas Help for students’ course first to help you understand more about using the Canvas platform.

How to complete the programme

We’ve put together a suggested schedule for you to follow on our Foundation Week webpage. However, you also have the option of working through the modules in your own time, ensuring that you prioritise any departmental activities relating to your programme of study. You may also have one or more departmental Foundation Week modules, so make sure you access them under ‘Courses’ in Canvas.

We’ll also be sending daily reminders with further instructions on how to join live events through Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Key modules

Good Global Citizenship

The University of Liverpool Good Global Citizenship module provides a short and basic introduction to being a good citizen at the University of Liverpool. This compulsory module contains important information, including how to report incidents should something go wrong as well as reflections on how you can support your fellow students in the unusual times we are living in. They are vital in ensuring we can keep each other safe and live up to our ambitions in building a more equitable University, together.

Access the module here.

Sustainability in Action

Sustainability in Action is an optional module that provides an explanation of, and insight into how you can support the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The module has been completely designed and developed by students, for students.

By completing the module and the activities involved, you’ll not only develop a range of skills, you will also be eligible for HEAR accreditation.

Access the module here.