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We know that investing in your education is about so much more than just reading new material. As you focus on your personal and professional development, we’re here to ensure your time with us is as rewarding as possible.

As a part of the University of Hull Online, you’ll get to experience tailored support throughout your journey, from comprehensive industry insights to multiple networking opportunities.

Here are five reasons you’ll love studying with us:

 

1. Holistic student support

Support iconOur staff are available to advise you from the second you consider a degree.

You can speak to our friendly Course Adviser team about any questions you have regarding our programmes, the application process, and funding your tuition.

Once you enrol, our Student Adviser team can help with any non-academic assistance you need. Ask them about anything from time management tips to making the most of our virtual learning environment (VLE).

As a busy student, it's also important to take care of your mental health. If you ever need a listening ear in a safe environment, our team of trained professionals will be glad to support you. Visit our Wellbeing and Mental Health page to learn more.

Student experience Q&A

A member of our experienced student support team, alongside two of our talented students, took part in a virtual Q&A about the help and guidance you get while studying with us. Watch the video now:

 

Read the transcript for this video Grey

- Hi. Good morning. Good evening. Hello, everyone, wherever you are joining us from. So my name is Dan. I am one of the course advisors here at the University of Hull Online, and I'm sure I've spoken to some of you watching tonight. Our job as the course advisors is to help you, our prospective students. So that's giving you the right information, providing you support, all the way through from your inquiry, right through to being enrolled as a student with the University of Hull Online.

So as I said, please submit your questions. We already have a few coming through. We'll answer those as we go along. At the end, we will have a short survey as well. So please stick around to the end, answer some questions to help us improve these events. Let us know your thoughts and the next steps as well.

OK, so let's get started. We have two of our students, as I said, here with us today. First is Venkat. Venkat, hi. Please, could you introduce yourself. Tell us what course you're studying with Hull.

- Good evening, everyone. My name is Venkat. I'm studying MSc Engineering Management in University. And I had already graduated in mechanical engineering. I'm a MSc Program Quality Management System graduate. And I have a double MBA relevant to operations, and designs, and aerospace management. So I'm really proud to join you all. We can discuss as necessary. And I'll be [? able ?] to answer [INAUDIBLE].

- Thank you. Perfect. Thanks, Venkat. Thanks for joining us. And we also have Kate. Hi, Kate.

- Hello, everybody. My name is Kate O'Brien and I'm working on an MA in Creative Writing. And in my background I trained and worked as a primary school teacher and a [? STENCO ?] special needs coordinator for over 20 years. So I've got a B.Ed honors in Education and then I got a diploma in Special Educational Needs and Behavior Support. But then, due to an accident, I was medically retired about six years ago, now. And I've always written. I've always written children's stories and children's novels. And I wanted to join the MA in Creative Writing as I was working on my third children's novel. So I'm happy to answer any questions, obviously. And yeah, I'm really, really thankful that I've been invited along this evening.

- So you both, yeah, told us about your backgrounds so far. We'll go then, Venkat, could you tell us then about your experience so far with the University of Hull Online? How are you finding it? Where are you in your studies at the moment?

- Well, I have completed all my studies. The final dissertation is held-- due to COVID we have, all over the world, we have different experience, right? I lost my mother so after that-- and there are so much of certain surprises so I'm unable to continue. So I took some [? big-- ?] I probably complete soon by next month. So I'll be there in January to see all during the ceremony. So other than the dissertation, I have completed all the studies. It was really amazing to join in international people. Being 30 years experience at the same quality management system, I'm now a certified lead auditor. I'm normally traveling all over the world for quality audits and for training people in Ireland, yes, for Q1 and Q2 Management system.

So even though being experienced in the business, and organizations, and the position, the study gives more knowledge because it's very relevant, which is MSc Engineering Management. Based on the subjects, we're going to discuss maybe further the specific needs comes regarding the subject-- how it can help to everyone. But for me, it was giving lot of knowledge and my ability to-- because we are sharing all the two years we spent with the international students, right? We have some idea from our country, from our education, from our business. So all the business people connecting the same level up with the different experience and knowledge, but for doing the same subjects to discuss. So there was a lot of ideas and a lot of learning, I believe. I was really happy was completing the course. I'm expecting maybe after completing my degree, I may start applying for some other PhD in [INAUDIBLE].

- I've joined the Hull Online because of the fact that I'm no longer able to work and I wanted to continue my studies. And I was either going to carry on studying in education or, I thought, well, maybe now's the time to really go and really consolidate and move forward my learning in creative writing. And what's been amazing is just the quality of the course in itself, and the professionalism of the tutors. I had no idea I was going to be working with current authors who were going to be sharing their own experiences, and also current projects as well. And the students that I'm working with, a lot of them are in work doing different things.

And because I'm medically retired now, I have the time to dedicate to it, but I only have so many hours in a day where I'm OK. And what's been lovely is that it's very fluid, and I can work when I'm well. And I can access my students quite easily, fellow students. I can access tutors, student support. And in that respect, it's been a real eye-opener.

Because the thing that was holding me back from doing an MA when I retired six years ago was just, well, I'm never going to be able to get college three days a week, or two days a week. So even though it's just part time, I tend to do a little bit every day because that suits me. And I love it. I'm only in the early days of it. I'm in my second term. But what I've done so far, I've really enjoyed it all. Yeah I'm loving it.

I think one of the big kind of strengths for me was being a part of a student body and having a group of students to be working with. And like Venkat was saying, you might have issues with tech support that you need. Well, I certainly did in the early days. But you've got those people around you that are going to help you succeed, and to get through those early teething troubles. The huge excitement for me was to be able to study at my own pace, something I was really, really passionate about.

I obviously love learning, love reading. My house is full of books. I know you've never can have enough books, but for me, my big excitement was learning about more authors around the world, accessing a wider literary world, really, that I was aware of. And even just in two terms, I've got new favorite authors. So yes, that was a biggie for me.

But what something really surprised me, and I hadn't really thought about it when I joined, was that the peer support, when you're working online, is we look at each other's work in creative writing. So we do a little bit of peer tutoring. We offer support. We get ideas from each other. We share good practice. We share concerns. And that has been for me, one of the biggies. I get really excited about that when we have our online seminar every week, and we're all there, and we're with our tutor, and that's brilliant. I really love just the humanity of that and being with other people who are interested in the same things that I'm interested in.

- Perfect. Thank you, Kate. Yeah, by no means isolated. Still part of the group as if you're in the classroom.

- Yes.

- That's always good. And you can never have too many books. I completely agree. Venkat, the same to you. What was it that attracted you to the course, to studying online with Hull.

- For me, the excitement. First of all, the engineering course online. Think about. Normally we don't do, right? Because many things related to practice. We can study some theory but you should practice for exactly understanding the ability related to injury, right? So in the past, I was having a good experience, and my work level as well as I'm an engineering degree-holder. But when I end the course-- it was Engineering Management-- during the COVID time. So I can replace the opportunity, right? So I thought how could be possible, the engineering degree in part time and online?

But after I joined the course, I was really wondering about the sharing experience and how they dedicated that by the tutors, the facilitation. They're not the professor. They're not just student. They are really mentor. They are trying to give their experience and they are trying to share. And the best opportunity-- there are each subject when quality comes and design comes in supply chain. And even financial management that was like Angelique and Xavier, and Anthony, and me, Kieran. There are good tutors.

But most benefit thing here, even though the peers helping equal to the tutors, where they are necessary. They are supporting each other. Because all the seniors, all experience. They will join in Master degree, right? Related to some people working operations, somebody working quality. So it's really opportunity for me-- after I joined, I understood OK, we can work even online, the engineering course. But the study has set the challenging activity and some [? form ?] activities such a way. You should go to the guide. You should go to the particular book to read. You should go back to class and maybe not. You should read every little thing to answer. It's such a really new [? center ?] class. It's really fantastic. It's really thankful. So we have enjoyed. I have learned a lot.

Mainly, I have gray area in financial subject because we are not related to that, right? And some supply chain. But I have much of knowledge of other course. And there are some techniques, tools we are going through. The others, somehow I have practice even in my facility. I am a quality manager of the company. So the map which we learned from the supply chain, which was really implemented in my company. This benefit, really. Always we want to think of the [? journey ?] more than the [? sky, ?] right? Want to think always some big level. You want to see the big picture. She's-- Angelique-- always says that big picture, and you want to see everything in the big manner.

But me, the degree can-- I am already manager since 15, 20 years, as I am working as a quality manager. But the opportunity-- because I am not able to travel to UK from the Gulf region. But I studied, which is live and it's not just part time online class. It's a live class, right? The same certificate whether I am studying in UK. So the certificate is value for me. I am able to join in further, maybe. I don't know. I'm 45. Maybe after five years. The MSc engineering management may help me to join them as a general manager for quality.

Because I'm good experience. What we need normally for work-- competency, right? Not only education. We need experience. And we need skill to apply. So I have experience. I have qualification. But this MSc engineering management degree can give you an opportunity to join as a general manager where I can control all the unit, all the organization like quality, design, supply chain, and human resources, or wherever is necessary. So I has experience. I'm doing this. But how I can prove myself? I am the one. I am the boss. How I can prove? With my certificate, yes. I studied. I am qualified person, right? I'm degree holder, but engineering management.

- There's a lot that I'm sort of learning day-to-day about myself, for one. And just that I'll be able to take forward because I do think that you learn that by handling and coping on this sort of course with other people, you learn that you're part of a team, as when I was a teacher and stuff like that. But you really understand the tenacity that you have and that sort of resilience that you have. So when you are unsure about something, you will go to that fabulous library and look everything up, and make sure that you're armed with the knowledge that you need for the next steps in your learning.

And for me, I've learned an awful lot about myself. I thought I'd just come into it because I needed to have some structure within which to write my third novel. That was my initial planning. But as I have been working through it, you start realizing that you do have things that you can offer people in that world, in the world of writing, and discussion, and support. It's also helped me working with other friends who are writers. Or I have young people contacting me about my own writing. And yes, now I do feel I have a valid contribution that I can make. And my opinion matters. My learning matters. My level of expertise matters.

And I think for me, because I came out of education at quite a high level, and then my writing was what really got me through quite a difficult time, that's everything that I do. That's my day. I write every day and I work towards my novel. So yes, my goal is just to keep writing, and being published, and all of those things. And hopefully, by learning in this way and also being challenged every day-- it's not an easy course, at all.

There are challenges at every step of the way. And being challenged and problem solving my way through things, you kind of go, oh, actually, yeah, I can do this. And you become more accepting of new challenges, I think. And you want to then problem solve your way out of all sorts of different things. So yeah, it's definitely built me up hugely as well. Not just personally, but in terms of professionally as a writer now.

Well, it's really interesting because having an MA in Creative Writing. It's a badge. There's no doubt about that. It shows a certain level of professionalism and a certain level of academia, definitely. But at the same time, it shows that you have that commitment to study. And I think, as Venkat said earlier about lifelong learning, you can learn at any stage of your life. I had never really thought that I would do, and I may now and I am.

So for me, as I go to publishers and I show them my work, having that MA and saying, yes, look, this is what I produced going through this structure. And being able to use that as a bit of a platform, really, is going to be really helpful for me, I'm sure. And we also have a look at publication. We have a look at those models of publishing that perhaps I haven't explored yet. All the different ways of marketing, all of that. There will be a little bit of that as well. So it is lovely to know that that will be covered as well. Because it's the whole thing now, isn't it? It's the whole package that you need to be aware of.

- Yeah, thank you very much, Kate. Always good to get that complete overview, everything you would need going forward. Perfect. And Venkat, you were saying about going into those management roles. What do you think would be attractive with this degree?

- Yeah, there is moral support, right? Each of us. As she said, she can see immediately a publication. We can have our practice, whatever we are learning. There are some new things comes, even though-- there are some subject like design [? comes ?] Design is not easy. There is some cooperation. There is some [? degree of-- ?] There is some tools and techniques involved. So sometime, if I did alone, people think that I can make it anything. Yeah, confident level is good. But sometimes alone, a lot of struggle is there. When we do combine with other expertise, we can share. We can [? scratch ?] easily, right, the challenge.

So that's what we have. And we have very good talent during our studies last two years. And our tutors was giving proper guidance to understand so we don't fail. Because if I going to see first my subject plus my question, I feel some, oh, what is this? [? How is ?] this going to help me. How I'm going to do this? But again, when we are joining each other, the abilities comes from inside, right? We don't know what we have. We are not aware of [? our ?] [? own ?] talent. But sometimes, we are aware when we are speaking in public in front of people. Maybe we have some experiences come up, [INAUDIBLE].

So there was many times we feel that sometimes, when we are getting appreciations with our tutor, right? And even the peers is celebrating what we are saying, that they're enjoying. So the interest brings some more talent, more creativity, more ideas. So that's the ability. That's a skill we need to increase, we need to develop through this such studies. So absolutely, it helps.

- Canvas, it's a really great place where everything you need is sort of on one page, if you like. So it's where you can go to access the port, library. It's a place where you can have a look at past lessons that you've done. Because all the lessons and lectures, they're all saved in modules. So whichever module you're working on at the time, you can always go back and look back at things. If you think, oh, I wish I could remember this particular bit, or I just need a little bit of recap on something.

So the fact that you can go back and listen to all the lectures, not that anybody ever would because we don't have enough hours in the day, but there's that option. And I've gone back and listened to a couple of times where I've thought, oh, maybe I drifted at that point. Or maybe I'd just like to have it reiterated just to consolidate for me. Yeah, I also think if you are in need of any just prompts, really. I'm very lucky in that the group of students that I'm working with, we tend to keep in touch anyway, and your discussions and your feedback are all contained within this Canvas area.

So it makes it a lot easier for someone like me. I'm not massively technical. I mean I'm not a dinosaur, but I am not the most techie person in the world. So I was quite nervous at the beginning. And I know of other students quite early on who felt put off. And they thought like, oh, well, I'll never manage this. This is too complicated. I'm never going to understand it. And it was really good because the tutors just kept saying, just stay with it. Just stick with it. It'll click. It'll click at some point. And it does. It clicks. It clicked for me, thank goodness.

And yeah, it's just like any new system. We've all been at work where the technology has changed and you've had to learn a new format or something like that. So in my head, I just thought it's just like being given a new project or a new process of working in school for me, a new way to keep data and to store information.

And something that's really nice is-- I'm not sure if it's the same on Venkats course, but we have a journal. So we keep a record as we're going along, which is sort of like a diary, really. And that's helpful as well because you can draw on that then when you come to do your assignments. It helps you sort of with commentary on the learning that you've been working on. Yeah, I've found it invaluable, really, just for myself.

- [? Your ?] [? really ?] studies use some value, right? The studies is going to give you knowledge. The knowledge is going to change the skill. You're going to benefit in a different way. How we are taking forward. But in this study, it's totally engineering management. How are we going to manage the different departments? What are the departments? The [? automation ?] usually has some top management, the leadership.

Pretty clearly, the learning from this study with my tutor, the great Angelique, says always, [? thank god, ?] we need to be leaders, right? It's not the managers. Anyone could be a manager. Manager could be by study and by books or by qualification, but who could be responsible for the facility? Who could be responsible for the people? They can be a leader, right?

So there are some good things I learned. Introverts and extroverts, how we want to find them within our facility. Sometimes even the introverts all they're going to support for some achieving goals. There are a lot of things we've gone through, we have discussed.

- For me, personally, I found very quickly that I needed a structure to my day, each day. And my work, I tend to be able to do some work in the morning, and then I have a couple of hours later on in the day where I pick up and I get on again. And then I do some reading later on than that. So I have about three points of my day where I squeeze in my working for my MA.

I found that I have to be very structured, which, with health conditions, it's not exactly that easy to say, at 9:00, I'm going to sit down and do this. Or at 1:00, I'm going to sit down and do this. So what I find I have to do is go with my health each day, but within that, think, well, over the day, a few times, I'm going to do the activities that are set.

And that's what's so amazing about it being online and accessible. It's an exercise to do, or there's something to listen to, or you're recommended to do some reading and take notes to then inform some work that you're doing next session. So it all leads on to the next session very nicely. And you have about seven sessions a week. So for me, what really helps is that I know at the end of each day, I'm up to speed. And if I'm not, then the next day, we just do a little bit more, and I try and keep on top that way.

I'm much more efficient in my time where at one point, I'd sit in and just be a bit of a daydreamer and think, oh, let me just try this for a while and, oh, I've just come across something that I might want to research, so I'd go off and research that for an hour. And then I come back and think, oh, I've written 12 words. That's not great. So then I've had to really say, now, your research time, you do that then, and then you do your writing, and then you do your reading. And I keep it quite separate.

And that's a discipline that I had to take from when I was teaching. I had a class and I also had management responsibilities. So I had days when I was in class, days when I did management facilities, and there couldn't be a crossover. So you apply those. You apply those skills and that's-- I don't really, just that confidence that you are going to get through it each day. I think that's something, really.

And for me as well, having that feedback from people. Writing is a very lonely activity. Leadership can be quite a lonely place to be. But when you're working with other managers, and leaders-to-be, and, in my case, writers and creatives, you've got other people to get some feedback from. And you offer feedback as well so not only is it building up your confidence giving feedback, but also as you receive the feedback--

And we're not just going, oh, that's lovely. Well done. It's not that at all. We're looking at things that are positive and how to develop further because we need to get better. Everybody is on that course to improve. We've not all got ticks, ticks, ticks. Everybody's got to improve and get to that stage where you're a master again, as we were saying.

And I think for me I've learned that despite health issues, I can build in little bits of time every day and I get the work done. And it's such a great feeling, at the end of that day, when you know you're OK and tomorrow you can start the next.

Megha Samuel, NHS Consultant, MSc Dementia

 The student advisers are friendly and reply to emails speedily if we have queries.   

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2. Expert career guidance

Careers 150bFor many people, progressing in their professional life is a key reason for investing in a degree – so we’re ready to help you plan for your next big career step.

Our Careers and Employability team is available throughout your studies and post-graduation to help you enhance your employability, identify opportunities, and make well-informed decisions about your future.

Plus, following graduation, you’ll join our expansive alumni association. Build your professional network, keep in touch with your classmates, and establish yourself within your field. Take a look at our Hull Alumni Connects website for more details.

 

Janine Lane, Specialist Nurse Practitioner, MSc Dementia

 The impact on my career is that I'll be able to prove my experience and knowledge more formally.   

READ OUR CHAT WITH JANINE ❯

 

 

3. Valuable learning resources

Resources iconAll of your course material is accessible online – but those aren’t the only resources available to you. Our university library has a vast array of eBooks, eJournals, and more to assist you with your projects and research.

If you’d like to improve skills such as writing, referencing, and presenting to better support your assignments, the library’s Skills Team is another valuable aid. You can book appointments with them over telephone, email, or the web to hone your academic and digital capabilities.

You’ll also receive your own Student ID card following enrolment, which provides proof of your status as a student. Use it to access university libraries in your local area, and for a variety of student discounts. 

Benjamin Franklin, Business and Operations Manager, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

 You’re able to interact with your classmates as you would on campus. We’ve established a virtual community.   

WATCH OUR CHAT WITH BENJAMIN ❯

 

4. Live digital and physical events

Calendar iconAs one of our students, you’ll have the opportunity to attend optional, face-to-face workshops and events, held up to twice a year across Europe.

These can be a fantastic way to meet your tutors and course mates while learning more about your field of study. However, none of these events are connected to any assessments or learning outcomes for your course, so there’s no requirement to attend.

You're always welcome to visit the campus as well, if you're ever in the area. In fact, once your graduation arrives, we'd love to have you join us in Hull to celebrate the big day.

Graduation days 

We’re pleased to announce that the University of Hull hosted in-person graduation ceremonies in 2022 – our first since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Our classes of 2021 and 2022 were invited to join us to celebrate their accomplishments and walk the stage. The ceremonies are held at the Bonus Hall Arena in Hull. 

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Keen to see some of the events our students take part in? Explore our latest event: Creative Writing retreat in Northampton

Keng Pang, Senior Supply Chain Consultant, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

 You'll get to know students from different countries and backgrounds. There will always be something interesting to learn from them.   

READ OUR CHAT WITH KENG ❯

 

5. Vibrant international community

Community group iconYou’re always connected when you study with the University of Hull Online. Once you start your course, you’ll get to collaborate with students from all corners of the world and gain a rich array of perspectives that will only strengthen your learning.

Alongside the above, you can even become a part of our thriving Students’ Union and join the hundreds of student course reps working to build an empowered student community. Visit the Hull University Union page for more information on how to become a part of the HUU.

Study 100% online

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is easy to use and can be accessed from wherever you are in the world.  

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