Advice for new students

Students at the University of Salford

The sooner you start using the library, the better. Research has shown that the more a student engages with the library, the greater likelihood of them getting a higher grade degree.  

We've gathered together all the key information we think you'll need to get started. If you need help with anything, please get in touch - we're here to help.

Enrol on UniSkills

Students studying on campus

To get up to speed academically we recommend you enrol on UniSkills - an online learning course designed to develop your study, research and digital skills and empower you to respond positively to the challenges of studying in higher education and your lifelong learning journey.

You can also earn digital badges for successfully completing the UniSkills assessment.

Watch the UniSkills 1 tutorial

Screen shot of the Get Going site

To get a quick understanding of life at the University, we recommend you complete the UniSkills 1 online tutorial. Through videos, interactive content and quizzes, this programme will help you get started and understand the step up to university study.

Activate your print account

A library printer

Send a document to the Salford Print option from a University PC. You don't need to print it - simply sending it to print will activate your printing account on the system meaning you can use your student ID card to log into the printers. As a new student, you will have £2 free print credit.

Using IT

A student works at a computer

All IT services can be accessed via links within the Student Hub.

Student Email - Your University email account is where we send our emails to you.

Blackboard - The University of Salford’s virtual learning environment (VLE) where you'll find resources for your programmes and modules, including lecture notes and assignment details. 

Collaborate - A web conferencing tool where staff and students can interact in an online environment in real-time. Chat using a headset and see each other using a webcam. Your lectures and tutorials may take place in a virtual classroom and sessions can be recorded by the tutor for later viewing.

Contact Digital IT for IT help with passwords, email, Blackboard and more, by phone: +44 (0)161 295 2444 (Mon-Fri 08:00 - 17:00 GMT) and email:

IT Essentials - How to get connected