What is the First Seven Weeks?
The First Seven Weeks is an initiative at the University of Limerick designed to provide strong, enhanced and targeted support to students during the very early weeks of their time as UL students. Recognising that successful early adjustment is linked to subsequent success, we provide a range of information, target our resources and interact with our new students in ways that make them know we care about them and are interested in their successful adjustment.
This year the programme will be extended to run throughout the first semester and will be delivered online. Each week has its own theme, designed to focus students’ attention on various issues that we know are important for settling in and thriving as a higher education student. Themes that will be covered throughout the semester include:
- Week 4 - Welcome, settling in & finding your way around
FSW Guides at the entrance to all buildings. Maps information and updates available on all our social media channels.
- Week 5 - How to study @ UL
FSW Guides at the entrance to all buildings. Lots of advice and help to set up good study patterns and manage your time well on all our social media channels.
- Week 6 - Your Academic Advisor
We want to make sure that all new students have met their advisor by this week, so that if you have not done this during the earlier weeks, then this is the time! DM us for assistance.
- Week 7 - Healthy UL
This week pays special attention to your health and wellbeing, encouraging you to make deliberate efforts to focus on staying well and being healthy.
- Week 8 - Learner Support Centres
Centre for Transformative Learning www.ul.ie/ctl • Mathematics Learning Centre www.mlc.ul.ie • ECE Student Support Centre www.ecestudents.ul.ie/ssc • Regional Writing Centre www.ul.ie/rwc • ICT Learning Centre www.ul.ie/ictlc • Science Learning Centre www.ul.ie/~slc
- Week 9 - Skills for academic success
This week will shine a light on the importance of “critical thinking” as a major element of successful engagement with learning at UL; getting you to think about your longer term engagement with your studies at UL.
- Week 10 - Volunteer.ie
This week will encourage you to start developing a career and civic outlook; focus on professional skills and an emphasis on becoming engaged citizens. www.volunteer.ie
The First Seven Weeks is active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat @First7Weeks.
In 2021 we will have student guides all over campus for Weeks 1, 2, 3 4 & 5 of semester. These guides wear bright orange t-shirts and will be able to help you find your way around.
Recognition of teaching impact in the First Seven Weeks
As part of the First Seven Weeks initiative, we ask new students to identify the teacher who has had the most positive effect on their learning within those early weeks of their time at UL.