The new academic year is here! Read a letter from a member of staff who has written a letter especially for you with their advice on how you can make the most of your time as a Salford student.

This letter was written anonymously by a Biology graduate. They identified themselves as a postgraduate research student who lived on campus in student halls.

Dear student,

Welcome to Salford and well done for taking the first step on what is likely to be an exciting and rewarding journey.  

Staff and students here are so friendly and you will find yourself able to meet lots of new people from different backgrounds and with different interests. Please remember that starting anything new is a bit scary but most people will be in the same situation so make sure you take every opportunity to talk to someone new. If you are like me (I was very shy at school) this is easier said than done, but I promise if you practice starting conversations then it does get easier and will be a very useful skill after you finish your course and consider your next steps.  
Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do after university; just enjoy the experience, work out your own personal goals and look for opportunities that align with those. You will find your way forward. I loved my university experience so much that I’ve never left Higher Education and after achieving a BSc, MSc and PhD – I am still working in a university 15 years later! If you commit to working hard and making the most of this time then we are all here to support you in achieving your best. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, whether from your fellow students, your lecturers, tutors and course leaders or from other areas of student support; you are not alone! 

Wishing you all the best for the new year, 

– Anonymous, Biology graduate 

This letter is one in a series written by Salford staff members and alumni to you and your fellow students. We hope that, by sharing our experiences and advice, we can help you settle into uni life and feel excited for all that you have to come. Want to read more? There’s plenty to choose from.