First 7 Weeks - Supporting new students
Starting university is an exciting time however it can also be a very daunting experience for some.
The First 7 Weeks (F7W) programme at University of Limerick (UL) is designed to help new UL students settle in and successfully navigate their first semester on campus.
From a warm welcome and helping students find their way around UL, to getting them acquainted with their new course and helping them develop new skills, the First 7 Weeks initiative supports students to make the transition to UL as seamlessly as possible.
Originally this programme ran for the first seven weeks but since Covid has been extended to the entire Autumn semester ensuring new UL students feel welcome, cared for and supported. An additional 4-week programme is also run at the beginning of the Spring semester.
The First 7 Weeks Hub is located in the Student Courtyard and is open to all new students Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. There is free tea and coffee daily and the use of a microwave so why not drop in and say hello?
Our First 7 Weeks hub staff are all current UL undergrad and post-grad students who remember what it was like to be in first year. They are there to help you with any issues you may have.
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First Seven Weeks Programme 2023
Welcome, settling and finding your way around UL.
Look out for our guides in orange T-shirts and ask them anything.
How to study at UL
Start strong, study stronger
Get to know your academic advisor and your course
Health and Wellbeing
Fuel your body, fuel your mind
Learner Support Centres
Develop your discipline specific skills
Skills for academic success
Building confidence and motivation
Seven books for Seven Weeks
The First Seven Weeks initiative includes a general reading list for first-year students.
It includes seven recommended books to read in a list compiled by the UL Centre for Transformative Learning and drawn from a longer list suggested by university staff members, from senior professors to support staff.