Timetables

Timetables

Your timetable is published on NOW at the start of each academic year. It is created by the Timetabling Team and takes into account a number of factors including: where your scheduled event takes place, the equipment you may need and the timetables of academic staff.

Timetable release date for 2016/17

We aim to publish most undergraduate timetables for the academic year 2016/17 on NOW after 6 pm on 19 September 2016.

All other, non-undergraduate, course timetables are likely to be issued one week prior to the course start date and will also be available to view on NOW.

Don't forget, you need to enrol as a student at NTU to be able to access NOW.

Can we have our timetables sooner?

We know you want to see your timetable as soon as possible, particularly if you have a part-time job or caring responsibilities. Since 2012 we've brought forward the timetable release date by nearly two weeks, but we're unable to provide timetables any sooner than this for several reasons:

  • Whilst some other universities may provide timetables earlier than us, these timetables are then subject to dramatic changes closer to the start of term, meaning it's still very difficult for those students to plan their personal lives around them in advance. Therefore, we have taken the decision only to release timetables when we can be more certain that any changes will be kept to a minimum.
  • A Referral Period takes place in September, and only after this can we calculate how many of you will be returning next year. (Some students may leave their course completely, some might change courses, and some might need to re-sit a year.) Before this has happened we don't know how many students we need to cater for.
  • Once Confirmation and Clearing have taken place, the number of students expected to attend NTU can change considerably. This means we have to move classes around to ensure you have the right room and enough facilities to cater for your new class size.

Your timetable is fully personalised and, as far as possible, is consistent throughout the year. Most of you are happy with your timetables, however, if you have any questions we hope that you will find the answer in our frequently asked questions. PDF icon

Recent improvements in timetabling

Despite the challenges outlined above, we strive to improve timetabling, where we can, year-on-year. Over the last two years we have:

  • substantially reduced the amount of teaching that takes place after 6 pm, on occasion we do have to timetable into the 6 - 7 pm slot but this is by exception.
  • reviewed our teaching spaces so you should have the majority of your seminars and workshops in a consistent building. Lectures however may take place in an alternative building because the room size is more appropriate.
  • limited event spread within a day. For example we try to avoid instances where you might have a 9 am lecture and then only a 5 pm lecture in the same day.What should I do if I have a query about my timetable?

If your question hasn't been answered by the information above, take a look at our frequently asked questionsPDF icon

If you'd like to speak to somebody about your query, you can contact your Time-tabling Team:

 

 

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