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Parents' Information Page

At Northumbria University we are committed to providing the best possible support for all of our students. We also recognise the vital role you play in advising, reassuring and supporting your son or daughter during their time preparing for and then experiencing university life.

To help you do this we have prepared a range of information, which is designed to answer any questions you may have about Northumbria University. We have created a video for each of the five main areas we feel that are the most important to both students and their parents. Our videos contain students and parents, who have been through the daunting process of applying to university, voicing their thoughts and opinions.

First in the UK for graduate start-ups*

*The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS)

*Please note: we use the terms ‘parent’, ‘son’ and ‘daughter’ throughout the website for simplicity, but we appreciate that many of you may be carers, legal guardians or step-parents. This information is aimed at anyone who fulfils a parenting role for a young person in the UK who is considering a university education.

COVID-19 – FAQs for Parents

  • My son/daughter has an offer from Northumbria – how will this be affected?

Please do not worry, any offers that have already been issued will not be withdrawn and we very much hope that your child will decide to join us here at Northumbria. If they are worried that they may not meet the conditions of our offer, further information can be found elsewhere on this page.

  • We are not satisfied with our son/daughter’s predicted grades – what are our options?

Northumbria will be as flexible as it possibly can in supporting its future students. As we understand it, students will have an opportunity to appeal against the grade awarded, and will be given the chance to take their final exams in the next academic year when it is expected that schools and colleges will be open and running as usual.

  • We were due to attend your Open Day in June, is this still going ahead?

If you registered for our June Open Day please check your email account. We are now running a number of subject virtual events and you have been registered on one of these. You will be able to explore our campus, experience subject talks, live Q&As and live chats from the comfort of your own home. For more information on these events visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/opendays. If you had not registered for our June Open Day you will be able to pre-book a virtual event place at www.northumbria.ac.uk/opendays

  • I’m worried how my son/daughter will cope with starting university after missing their final months of sixth form/college? Are there any ways they can prepare?

Northumbria will be making available virtual sessions which will be disseminated through the schools and colleges, as well as on the University website.

  • My son/daughter is in Year 12/first year of college and they’ve missed a lot of their advice and guidance from universities, what can you suggest?

We are doing our best to help potential students make the right choices after finishing sixth form or college and we have developed a wealth of advice and guidance. Northumbria has useful application guides available online, and we are currently looking into ways to provide virtual outreach and assistance, as well as virtual events. Live Chat is also available on our website between 9am-6pm on weekdays, with staff available to answer questions.


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