We’re proud to be a breath of fresh air in the academic world – a place where everyone gets the support they need to achieve their best.

We’re always discovering. Through the work we do, we engage with our community and world beyond our hometown. We don’t fit the mould, we break it.

We educate and transform the lives of our students and the people around us. We recruit students for their promise and potential and for where they want to go.

We stand out, not just in the UK but in the world, in innovation and research, with excellence in areas from cosmology and forensics to cyber security, epigenetics and brain tumour research.

Just as the world keeps moving, so do we. We’re closely involved with our local community and we take our ideas out into the global marketplace. We partner with business, industry and government to help improve, navigate and set the course for a better future.

Since the first day we opened our doors, our story has been about looking forward. We’re interested in the future, and here to help you shape it.


Academic year 2018/19

Teaching Block 1

Monday 17 September 2018 to Friday 14 December 2018

Orientation Welcome Week (international and EU students)

Tuesday 11 September 2018 to Sunday 16 September 2018

Induction Week (all years)

Monday 17 September 2018 to Friday 21 September 2018

Consolidation Week

Monday 29 October 2018 to Friday 2 November 2018

Christmas Break

Monday 17 December 2018 to Friday 4 January 2019

Assessment Period and Directed Activity

Monday 7 January 2019 to Friday 18 January 2019

Teaching Block 2

Monday 21 January 2019 to Friday 10 May 2019

Orientation (International and EU students)

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Consolidation Week

Monday 4 March 2019 to Friday 8 March 2019

Easter Break

Monday 8 April 2019 to Friday 26 April 2019

Assessment Period

Monday 13 May 2019 to Friday 21 June 2019

(Within this period the formal examination weeks run from Monday 13 May 2019 to Friday 7 June 2019)

Second Attempt Assessment Period

Monday 8 July 2019 to Friday 26 July 2019

Graduation Weeks

Friday 12 July 2019 to Friday 26 July 2019 (exact dates will be set in early February 2019 and are subject to change until June 2019)