University jargon buster

A student generated list of commonly used terms that will help you understand the language used at university a little better.

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Definitions submitted by University of Lincoln students Emily Jackson, Liam O’Dell, Alex Keene, Carrie Pendle and Lauren Jepson, and sourced from the Foundation Studies Centre Glossary.

  • Academic

    Staff members that teach students and conduct research.

  • Academic offences

    Academic offences include collusion, plagiarism, cheating, misconduct in research and the use of misleading material are strictly prohibited. More information can be found on Academic Offences, the penalties that may be incurred can be found in Part A of the University General Regulations University of Lincoln General Regulations

  • Academic Subject Librarian

    Your Academic Subject Librarian can help you with all your Library, Referencing and Information queries, book an appointment with them if you need their help.

  • Academic Writing Support

    Based in the library, the team can help you achieve your potential by helping you improve your writing skills. You can book an appointment through the library website. Writing Development

  • Academic year

    The period of time between the start of timetabled sessions (usually late September) and end of timetabled sessions (usually May/June for most undergraduate students). For a lot of courses, the academic year will finish with end-of-year exams. Postgraduate courses usually have a longer academic year that doesn’t finish with the end of timetabled sessions, but continues with dissertation submissions or research projects.

  • Account ID

    This may sometimes be referred to as your Student ID. It is an 8-digit number, unique to you, that identifies you at the university. The first two digits are usually the year in which you finished school/college. For example, 17112233 might refer to someone who finished college in 2017. This number is not secret; it also forms your email address at the university. The example already given would have an email address of Do not confuse your freely available Account ID with your secret Exam ID. Both are shown on your university ID card.

  • Action Day

    A feedback session towards the end of semester B, facilitated by the Student’s Union, to allow students to contribute to the development of the Foundation Studies Centre.

  • Admissions

    Professional staff dedicated to meeting the needs of students, academics and the University infrastructure.  SFY admin are the first point of contact for student queries at

  • Advice Service

    The Advice Service offers free confidential independent legal advice to all enrolled students at the University of Lincoln, including advice on money, debt, housing, welfare benefits, employment, consumer rights and university issues. Drop-in sessions (no appointment necessary) from 12-2pm every weekday at the Student Support Centre.

  • Alumni

    Students who have progressed from the Foundation Studies Centre into years 1-4 in their destination schools.

  • Assessments

    Assessments may take the form of end of topic or end of lab multiple choice tests, coursework essays, lab reports, presentations, exams or TCAs. Check the module handbook, assessment briefings/map on Blackboard, or the first slide of each module to see the types of assessments and weightings of each assessment for that module. Also see Deadlines & Submissions.

  • Assignment

    An assignment is a task set during your university course. This will often be some form of written work, but it can be something more practical if your degree is creative or design-based in nature. An assignment is often called ‘coursework’ and you will usually be asked to complete this to a deadline – either independently or in groups – outside of lectures and university sessions.

  • Asynchronous

    Learning activities that can be accessed outside of timetabled sessions, often with flexibility regarding when individual students choose to complete them.

  • Attendance

    Students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions. Attendance will be closely monitored by transition tutors and shared with destination Schools.

  • Attendance monitoring

    You will be required to sign a register in every timetabled session. You can check your attendance records by logging on to Blackboard Attendance monitoring.

  • Authorising Absence

    If you miss a timetabled session for a valid reason, you should submit an authorised absence request on Blackboard. Authorising absences

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    The name of the degree awarded to students studying arts and humanities subjects, e.g. BA English.

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)

    The name of the degree awarded to students graduating from a scientific discipline, e.g. BSc Physics.

  • Blackboard

    Blackboard is the online tool that the University uses as its learning portal or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It’s a website which will include all of your course information and it’s where you will upload and submit assignments, work and maybe even your dissertation! After you have submitted your work, Blackboard will also be where you go to find out your grades.

  • Blackboard collaborate

    An online teaching and learning space within which teaching resources are presented and microphones, cameras or chat boxes may be used to communicate. Lecturers and the entire module cohort can access the module collaborate room from the menu on the left hand side of the module Blackboard site.

  • Blended learning

    A style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching.

  • Campus

    The area on which a university is based, which includes its buildings.

    The University of Lincoln has several campuses, in addition to the main Brayford Pool campus in the centre of the city: Riseholme Campus just north of the city and Holbeach campus in the south of the county.

  • Celebration Day

    An event at the end of Semester B at which staff and students come together to celebrate hard work, progress and academic success.

  • Chancellor

    The chancellor performs ceremonial duties and in this regard is assisted by the Pro-Chancellors and the chair of the university Board of Governors.

  • Citation

    The author name and date, that appears in the body of a piece of written text, to which the facts, quote or research being discussed can be attributed to. See also: References

  • Clearing

    Clearing is an alternative system of applying to university. If you don’t receive the grades you expected, you can apply to courses with available places at different universities to the ones you originally chose through Clearing.

  • College

    A group of Schools, for example, the College of Science. There are four Colleges at the University of Lincoln: Science, Social Science, Arts and the Lincoln International Business School.

  • Collusion

    A student colludes when they submit work for assessment done in collaboration with another person as entirely their own work, or collaborates with another student to complete work which is submitted as that other student’s work.  Collusion does not apply in the case of the submission of group projects, or assessments that are intended to be produced collaboratively.

  • Consolidation work

    Work set by the lecturer to be completed after the lecture and before the following lecture.

  • Compelling Personal Reasons

    (Like extenuating circumstances) if you cannot progress or complete an academic year due to circumstances outside your control, you can ask Student Finance England to disregard the year for funding purposes.

  • Consolidation work

    Work set by the lecturer to be completed after the lecture and before the following lecture.

  • 'Course-mate'

    An online platform which allows you to anonymously submit feedback relating to your course.

  • Credit

    You need 120 credits to complete each year at university. Our one semester-long modules are worth 15 credits, and our two semester-long modules are worth 30 credits. Under the UK Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS), one credit is nominally equivalent to ten hours of study, which will be comprised of taught or supervised sessions and independent study.

  • Curriculum

    The complete set of experiences, skills and knowledge developed during a programme.

  • DBS

    The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safer recruitment decisions each year by processing and issuing DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. DBS also maintains the adults’ and children’s Barred Lists and makes considered decisions as to whether an individual should be included on one or both of these lists and barred from engaging in regulated activity. All students enrolled on the Masters of Pharmacy degree are required to complete a DBS check.

  • Deadline

    Work handed in after a deadline will incur a penalty of 10% per working day that it is late. All assessment submission dates can be found in the module Blackboard sites. Also see: Assessments.

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor

    Members of the senior leadership team of the University who support the Vice-Chancellor with specific areas of expertise.

  • Defferal

    Deferral has two definitions. The first is related to your university application – you can defer your application to the following year, allowing for a gap year before coming to Lincoln. Deferral of assignments – in extenuating circumstances you can ask for an extension on completing your assignments.

  • Degree

    A degree is what a university student studies towards at university and achieves at graduation. It is an official qualification and a degree can be at an undergraduate (BA/BSc/BEng) or postgraduate (MA) level. Undergraduate degrees can usually be achieved after three years of study, whilst a Master’s degree can be achieved after one or two years of study, following on from an undergraduate degree.

  • Diagnostics

    Multiple choice ‘tests’ that allow you to identify areas of academic content that you need to focus your independent study on at the beginning of a module.

  • Digital Contingency Time

    Time included, within the overall duration of an online assessment, to allow for any brief disruption due to hardware or connectivity issue and for scanning, uploading and submission of answers.

  • Digital Lead

    The member of staff responsible for developing and promoting digital learning.

  • Director of Foundation Studies

    The most senior member of staff who leads on all aspects of the department. The director of the Foundation Studies Centre is Kerry Blagden.

  • Director of Teaching and Learning

    The member of staff with oversight of all teaching and learning related activities. The director of teaching and learning for the Foundation Studies Centre is Ellie Davison.

  • Dissertation

    A dissertation is an extended piece of writing on a subject of your choice. My dissertation was a final consolidation of my knowledge and favourite topics during my three years of studying. Not all courses require you to write dissertations, and the length of a dissertation varies from course to course. If you do have to write a dissertation, you will be assigned a dissertation tutor who will support and guide you through the process.

  • Distance Learning

    A method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or teaching is conducted by correspondence, without the student needing to attend University.

    You will be supported electronically within the virtual learning environment, Blackboard and with digital learning materials from the Library.

  • Drop-In Session

    An optional session, which you can attend all or part of, to ask questions and receive support.

  • Email

    University staff will only use students’ official University of Lincoln email addresses, not external email addresses.  Students are expected to check their email twice daily, or set up an alert system, in order not to miss vital information.

  • Employability

    Your level of “employability” is how likely a prospective employer is to hire you to work for them with the current qualifications and experiences you have. University is a great time to take up new things that will improve your employability and the Careers team and Students Union will be on hand to support you in this.

  • Enrolment

    The formal process through which students officially join the University. When you enrol, you confirm your agreement to become a student at Lincoln, to abide by University regulations, to become liable for fee payments, as well as to having your personal details checked. All students must enrol at the beginning of each year of study.

  • Exam ID

    This 7-digit number is shown on your university ID card. It is only to be used during official summative examinations; it is considered secret and should not be shared with your lecturers or with other students. Not to be confused with your Account ID.

  • Extenuating Circumstances

    Applications for extenuating circumstances (ECs) can be submitted if you have not been able to apply for an extension and there is a factor that may have affected your ability to attain at your best. These are submitted online and are processed centrally. You need to provide date-relevant evidence for any claim. They do not allow adjustments to your original mark; they allow you a second chance at an assessment without it counting as a resit. Extenuating Circumstances.

  • Extension

    An extension can be applied for if something happens that means that you may not be able to meet an assessment deadline, or that could affect the quality of your work. The extensions request form can be found in the ‘Extensions’ tab in the SFY Community Site on Blackboard. When completed, it should be emailed, with evidence to prove the reason that you need an extension, to An application must be made at least 24 hours prior to the submission deadline.

  • Fail

    A mark below 40% in a module is considered to be a fail. Normally, students must pass all modules for that year in order to progress to the next year of university. Depending on your degree programme, there can be other additional requirements in order for you to progress. You should check the regulations for your degree programme carefully, and ensure you understand the requirements.

  • Feedback

    Students monitor their understanding and identify areas of strength and weakness through engaging with interactive live response technology during teaching sessions, completing post-lecture work (automatically marked online tests, or activities with mark schemes detailed in the lecture folder on Blackboard), formative laboratory assessments, peer review, mock exams and formal feedback from lecturers following written summative assessments.

  • Financial Assistance Funds

    Funds provided by the University of Lincoln to help students who are experiencing financial hardship, need assistance with commuting costs (Lincolnshire) or have a course-related activity in the UK or overseas which is not normally affordable to them. Financial Assistance Funds

  • Formative

    Learning exercise that allows students to monitor their progress and understanding and identify areas of weakness. Marks do not count towards a module grade.

  • FSC / Foundation Studies Centre

    The department that is responsible for delivering the content of the Science Foundation Year.

  • Foundation degree

    A foundation degree is equivalent to two-thirds of an honours bachelor’s degree. They usually last two years if you are studying full time, but year-long courses are available as a “top up” before you begin a bachelor’s degree.

    These modules are designed and delivered by academics from the destination Schools in order to provide a broad introduction to teaching and learning in the School and support transition into Year 1.

  • Foundation Year

    An integrated year zero for students with non-standard entry qualifications, if students achieve the progression criteria, they will automatically progress into Year 1.

  • Fresher

    A fresher is a first-year university student.

  • Graduate student

    A student who has received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and who is enrolled in a program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree.

  • Graduation

    Your graduation is the culmination of all your hard work and is a ceremony that takes place at the Lincoln Cathedral where you are presented with your degree certificate.

  • Grant

    A grant is a form of financial aid that is given to students that meet specific criteria. Unlike a loan, a grant (or bursary) does not need to be paid back. When applying for student finance you can select to share your financial data with the university. This will automatically allow the University to see if you fit any of the criteria enabling you to receive a grant.

  • Higher Education (HE)

    Studying at university or at a university equivalent level.

  • Home student

    A home student is usually classed as a British or European citizen studying in the UK – if you qualify as a home student, you will pay less in tuition fees than overseas students.

  • ICT support

    Found on the first floor of the Minerva building, the people to ask if you have problems with your device or internet connection

  • Independent learning

    At university, you are expected to have some elements of independent learning – more so as the years go on. Independent learning is where you will research a topic needed for exams or an assignment that will not necessarily be taught in formal lectures.

  • Interruption/withdrawal/transfer

    If you wish to temporarily or permanently leave your course or transfer to another course there could be implications in doing this and you may need advice from the Student Support Centre before proceeding – Withdrawing and Interrupting

  • In-sessional Support

    In-sessional courses, workshops, and one-to-one sessions designed to support all international students for whom English is an additional language so that they are better prepared to tackle assignments and complete all tasks that require a high level of linguistic competence. Find out more.

  • Invigilators

    A member of staff who has been trained to oversee the administration of examinations. They are responsible for maintaining proper conduct as outlined in the exam regulations.

  • Joint Honours

    A joint honours degree is where you study two subjects which are combined together to make one degree. You will normally do half of the modules from one course and half from another. Joint honours is a great choice if you can not decide between two subjects and want to expand your knowledge in more than one area.

  • Late Submission

    If a piece of assessed work is submitted after the advertised deadline, university policy is to deduct 10% from the mark for each day or part of a day that the work was late.

  • Learning Schedule

    A document that contains information on the activities, resources, links, teaching session times and sources of support for a particular week or assessment.

  • Lecture/Lecturer

    Lectures are, funnily enough, taught by lecturers. Your lecturer will stand before the entire course and speak about a topic needed for a module. You will normally then be given the opportunity to discuss this topic and ask questions in smaller seminar groups later in the week.

  • Lecture Recording (Panopto)

    Lecture Recordings are a way for you to go back and re-listen to lecturers – they are a great resource for revision and deeper learning. They are not, however, an excuse to skip lectures because it is much more beneficial for you to attend the lecture rather than rely solely on recordings.

  • Libertas per Sapientiam

    Freedom through wisdom, the motto of the University of Lincoln.

  • Librarian

    Each course will have a specific subject librarian – you can go to them with specific queries. They will be able to point you in the right direction for books and journal articles for your assignments.

  • Lincoln Award

    The Lincoln Award is a way to enhance your skills and employability which is recognised by employers. To participate in the Lincoln Award you must do extra-curricular activities which have to be signed off by the leader of that activity. For example, Journalism students are likely to help out with Siren Radio – this is recognised as an activity for the Lincoln Award and is also great work experience.

  • Link Tutor

    A member of staff from your destination School who provides a point of contact with your School throughout your foundation year.

  • Maintenance loan

    A loan from the Student Loans Company paid to the student as a contribution towards their living expenses while studying.

  • MASH (Maths and Statistics Help)

    Free, relaxed, one-to-one advice based in the Library. Drop-in with a quick query, book an appointment or sign up to a range of workshops.

  • Masters (MA, MSc)

    A masters degree is a postgraduate degree. You can do a masters after completing your undergraduate degree – masters are usually subject-specific and will enhance your knowledge on a topic.

  • Mature student

    Anyone over the age of 21 when beginning their degree is classed as a mature student.

  • Mentor/Mentee

    Mentor: individual who offers academic support to another student

    Mentee: Individual who receives support from another student.

  • Mitigating Circumstances

    Mitigating circumstances are situations that may affect you academically but are out of your control, for example, a medical condition. If something of this nature happens, the University may give you allowances such as extensions on coursework. It’s always a good idea to speak to your tutor if something happens during your university career that might be classed as mitigating circumstances.

  • Mobius

    An online learning platform which may be used in some Maths modules for question practice and formative assessment.

  • Mock exams

    A short multiple-choice practice exam, based upon the semester A lecture content, held in January and a full mock exam, based upon semester A and B lecture content, held in the spring. Mock exams do not count towards your final grade.

  • Module

    Your course is made up of modules – these are different topics that are essential to your learning that make up a percentage of your degree. Usually worth 10, 15 or 30 credits.

    In second and third year you usually have more choice over what modules you study.

  • Module evaluation

    Surveys that provide students with the opportunity to give feedback on their learning experiences.

  • MyMathLab

    An online learning platform which may be used in some Maths modules for question practice and formative assessment.

  • Open Office

    Hours during the week when academic staff will be available to offer tutorial or academic support to students.  No appointment necessary, just turn up.

  • Open Resource

    An assessment in which students may use online resources, lecture and seminar notes, text books or journals.

  • PAL (Peer-assisted learning)

    All students are eligible to participate as a mentor or a mentee.

  • Panopto

    Most lectures are recorded. Panopto is the system used by the university to do this and to share the recordings with students via Blackboard.

  • PASS (Personalised Academic Student Support)

    A PASS plan can be produced for any student who has suitable evidence of a diagnosed disability.  It is a document that both the student and the staff that teach and support them receive, which details specific areas of academic support including examination requirements.  Personalised Academic Study Support – Student Services (

  • Pass mark

    A mark of 40% or above in a module is considered to be a pass. Whilst this is normally the requirement to proceed to the next year of study, there may be additional requirements for you depending on your degree programme.

  • Pass-proceed

    If a student achieves the pass mark in all modules AND the progression mark in the modules required for individual degree programmes, they will transition into Year 1.

  • PDF (portable document file)

    A file format for capturing and sending documents in exactly the intended format. Student work, that is uploaded to Turnitin for assessment, should be submitted as a PDF (rather than a picture file such as a JPEG). Office Lens and Adobe Scan both produce appropriate PDFs for submission.

  • Peer-reviewed literature

    Scientific papers that have been assessed thoroughly by other academics working within the same discipline. When completing essays and research projects throughout your degree, you should focus on peer reviewed literature.

  • Personal tutor

    Your personal tutor is an academic member of staff for your course and they will be there to support and guide you through your studies and answer any queries you might have. Approximately once a term you will have a personal tutor meeting which is like an update where they will check on your progress and you can speak to them about any worries you might have. You don’t have to wait until these meetings to speak to them, as they are your personal tutor throughout your time at university.

  • PhD

    A PhD is the highest form of degree you can receive. In order to complete a PhD you must submit a thesis/dissertation or long form project of any kind that focuses on an original piece of research – so effectively you will do an essay on a topic that has previously not been covered in the same way by anyone else. People with a PhD can usually take the title Dr.

  • Placements

    Placements are a great way to improve your future employability. On certain courses, you may get the opportunity to do a placement, which normally involves taking a break from studying and working in the field you wish to go into for a period of time. Work placements can vary in length from a single day to a year and can be paid or unpaid. Check with your course tutors for more detail on what placement opportunities are available for your area of study.

  • Plagiarism

    The passing off of another person’s thoughts, ideas, writings or images as one’s own.

  • Postgraduate

    A postgraduate degree can be completed after your undergraduate degree. These degrees involve more detailed study in a specific subject area, and they are also known as masters degrees or PhDs. Whilst studying at this level you may be referred to as a postgraduate, or postgrad.

  • Post-work

    Consolidation and extension work set by the lecturer to be completed after the lecture and before the following lecture.

  • Pre-work

    Work set by the lecturer to be completed as preparation before the lecture.  The lecturer will assume all students have completed the pre-work in order to understand the content of the lecture.

  • Pre-reading

    Specific textbook page references given by the lecturer to be read as preparation before the lecture.

  • Progression Mark

    Students must achieve a particular percentage mark in each module in order to progress into Year 1. The progression percentage varies depending on the degree programme that the student is registered on.

  • Progress Panel

    A meeting near the start of semester B in which FSC academic staff discuss students’ attainment across all modules so far. Following the meeting, students receive individual letters from the Director of FSC summarising their progress.

  • Prospectus

    A prospectus is a booklet or document containing information about all of the courses a university has to offer. It should also include the grade requirements and some information about the courses. You can normally request a print copy of a prospectus from a university website for free, although most will also be available to view online.

  • Pro-Vice Chancellor

    The head of each of the four colleges within the university is a PVC.

  • Referencing

    Referencing is when you cite which book, journal article or other sources you found a particular quote from when writing an essay. If you don’t do this, it would seem that you were claiming the quote as your own and this would, therefore, be considered as plagiarism.

  • Register

    Used to record which students have attended each teaching session.

  • Renew

    The loan time on library books will be automatically extended as long as the book has not been reserved by another student.

  • Rep (School)

    A representative from the student body to ensure communication between the students and the School staff.

  • Research

    The use of both established and new techniques to address previously unanswered questions. Research is the backbone of all scientific disciplines.

  • Reserve

    Library books and resources can be reserved online by logging on to the library website.  Students can have four concurrent reservations at a time. You will receive a notice to your student email account when the item is ready for collection. You then have 3 days from the date on the email to collect your reservation.  Distance Learners will have items posted out automatically.

  • ResLife

    ResLife ambassadors live in our accommodation and support students to build a strong and supportive community. As well as contributing to the living experience through events and activities which help new students to settle into their accommodation, the team provides out-of-hours contact and support, as well as signposting to services within the University to ensure that help is available at all hours of the day.

  • Resit

    Where a student has not met the required standard in a module at the end of an academic year, they may be offered a single resit opportunity. This decision is made by the Academic Board committee. Resits take place over the summer period, with examinations usually in August.  Additional tuition fees are not charged.

  • Revision

    To review work that has already been completed in order to prepare for an assessment.

  • RFU (Retake Failed Unit)

    If students do not attain the progression criteria, they may be offered the opportunity to retake failed modules the following year. Students are entitled to attend lectures and receive support from their tutor; thus, pro-rota tuition fees are charged.

  • Schools

    Divisions within the four Colleges. E.g. College of Science has the School of Life Science, School of Pharmacy, School of Maths and Physics, School of Chemistry, School of Engineering.

  • Science Foundation Year (SFY)

    A series of lecture and practical courses designed to facilitate the transition of students into a wide variety of degree programmes within the College of Science.

  • Self-Service

    Books can be borrowed and renewed in the library using your student card and the self-service machines.

  • Semester

    There are two semesters at Lincoln, September to February and February to the summer.

  • Seminar

    A seminar is a teaching session that focusses on consolidation of the preceding topic, often a combination of lecturer-led activities and time for students to work on example questions with the support of the lecturer and their peers.

  • Senior Tutor

    The member of staff in charge of supporting tutors in monitoring your progress and attendance.

  • Single honours

    A single-honours degree is when you choose to just study one degree subject as opposed to a joint honours degree. Examples of single honours degrees are Biomedical Science, Law, Journalism, English etc. Most people choose a single honours degree as they’re more specific and if you know exactly what job you want to go into in the future, a single honours degree is probably the better option for you.

  • Skills4Study Campus

    All University of Lincoln students have access to the learning resource hub Skills4Study Campus, provided by the Library.

  • Societies

    Societies are a great way of making new friends at university and I would urge anyone to get involved with them. There is a Societies fair at the very start of term, and you can walk around and find out what societies are available – they range from The Harry Potter Society to Dance to Rugby Union to Musical Theatre. There is definitely a society for everyone, and you can create your own society if you can’t find one you like! Societies are completely separate from your course and are a lot of fun. Normally you will get a Wednesday afternoon off from university lectures (timetables permitting) which means, if you choose to do a sport, you’ll be able to attend your matches.

  • Speak Week

    Gives students the opportunity to give feedback on both their programmes and the University experience.

  • Student Charter

    Produced in partnership with the University and the Students’ Union and provides details of the rights and responsibilities of staff and students.

  • Student Engagement Champion

    The member of staff responsible for developing the student experience, including overseeing the rep system.

  • Student Finance

    Funding from the UK Government through the Student Loans Company to help students pay for the cost of a University course. Usually includes a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan.

  • Student Support Centre

    Located on the ground floor of the University’s Minerva Building, the student support centre is a one stop shop for students to gain access to all services across the University from financial support, academic advice such as applying for extenuating circumstances and the University Regulations through to requesting Certificates of Study. Visit their website for more support and advice.

  • Students Union

    The Students Union is run by a dedicated team of ex-students so they know exactly what students want and need. They are almost like the student government of the University, and they implement changes that need to be made. They listen to suggestions made by students and make sure they happen – for example, Lincoln Students Union has recently started putting sanitary items in the bathrooms that are free for students to take and use. The Students Union also has its own venues. In Lincoln, there is Tower Bar, The Swan and the Engine Shed – all of these venues have specific events aimed at students.

  • Students’ Union Advice Centre

    A team of trained Advisors who can provide you with impartial and confidential advice, support and representation, independent of the University.

  • Study Skills

    A module that provides a chance for you to learn some essential skills to support your future in Higher education.

  • Subject Librarian

    A Subject librarian is a librarian who specialises in your course. Your subject librarian will usually be mentioned in your module guide, or you can find them on the library website – they are there to assist you with referencing and finding relevant books for your course.

  • Submission inbox

    A Turnitin folder for collection of student work for a particular assessment.  Submission inboxes are located within the assessment tab in the module Blackboard site.

  • Summative

    Assessments for which the marks count towards the final module grade.  All marks remain provisional until after the exam board in the summer.

  • Syllabus

    The subject knowledge and skills that will be gained within a module in order to meet the learning outcomes.

  • Synchronous

    Learning activities that take place in a timetabled session with students all participating at the same time.

  • TCA (Time constrained assessment)

    A TCA is an assessment that you download form Blackboard and complete in one, time limited session.

  • Technician

    A highly qualified member of staff who oversees all lab activities.

  • Think Tank

    The building in which the Foundation Studies Centre office is based

  • Timetable

    The dates, times and locations of teaching sessions are available electronically as a student timetable.  Students are expected to check their timetable daily in case of updates / changes. Timetable

  • Tuition fees

    Tuition fees are what you are charged to attend university. Tuition fees are currently £9,250 per year (in August 2018) and this amount will be paid on your behalf each year of your studies by the government in the form of a loan. You don’t have to start paying this back until you have graduated and are earning over £25,000 per annum.

  • Tutor

    A tutor is a teacher or lecturer at university. You will also have a personal tutor, and their aim is to help you not only academically but also to support your wellbeing during the course. You can arrange to meet with your personal tutor to discuss any issues you are having. You may also have a dissertation tutor who guides you through the dissertation process.

  • Tutorial

    A tutorial is a meeting, usually with your personal tutor, to see how you are getting on with university life and to talk about any worries you might have. Tutorials are normally scheduled once a term and they will appear on your university timetable.

  • Tutor Group

    A group of students that you will share a tutor with and that you will share tutorial sessions with in the first few weeks to ensure that there are familiar faces within your lectures and introduce you to potential peer support partners.

  • Turnitin

    A web-based plagiarism prevention system that is integrated into Blackboard to allow uploading and checking of student assessment submissions.

  • Tutorial

    Can either be as a group or individual. Individual tutorials are student-led, and you can raise anything that you want to talk about, academic or personal.

  • Undergraduate

    An undergraduate is anyone studying for an undergraduate degree. Undergraduate students are also often referred to as First Years, Second Years and Third Years, depending on the level they have reached in their undergraduate degree.

  • University Regulations and policies

    The University General Regulations and policies are for all students currently enrolled on University of Lincoln programmes. They contain information on such matters as Academic Offences, Academic Review and Appeals, Fitness to Practise, Complaints, Student Discipline, Academic Fees, and the use of the Library. University Regulations and Policies

  • UROS

    The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) offers undergraduate students funded opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. Successful projects are awarded a student bursary of up to £1000, which allows them to collaborate with University staff on research projects during the summer break.


  • Vice Chancellor

    The vice-chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart, is responsible for the running and strategic direction of the university, supported by the Board of Governors.

  • WebAssign

    An online learning platform which may be used in Physics modules for question practice and formative assessment.

  • Wellbeing

    Wellbeing refers to both your mental and physical health. Tutors and staff at university will be looking out for your wellbeing and ensuring you are coping. If, at any point, you feel you are not coping or there is something on your mind, you can visit the University’s Wellbeing Centre and talk to an advisor and appropriate support will be provided if needed. Drop-in sessions (no appointment necessary) from 12-2pm every weekday and 5-7pm on Thursdays. Student Wellbeing

  • Welcome week

    The week before teaching begins during which students enrol, begin to orientate themselves around campus and the city, find out more about their course, sporting and leisure activities and get to know each other.

  • Workshops

    Not all courses have them, but for those that do, these are practical sessions that involve actively participating as an individual or as a group. The type of workshops you have will depend on your course, but they can last up to 3 hours depending on the activity.

  • Year Zero

    Foundation years can also be known as Year zero of a degree programme.

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