How to read the timetables – for our new students

by Jeanette Sakel

As our new students are getting access to their timetables, it’s a good idea to explain what the different abbreviations mean! Look at the following slot, which is for our main induction (followed by individual induction sessions):


the brown text at the top is our Faculty ACE (we’re brilliant, of course, but this stands for Arts, Creative Industries and Education).

IND refers to ‘induction’, so your first meeting with students and staff on the course.

ENGLANG/LING (or ENGLIT/ENGLANG) refers to your course, i.e. English Language and Linguistics or English and English Language.

The number (01) at the end refers to the session. Induction, lectures, and often workshops only ever have one session. In seminars (see below), you may be in different sessions, though, and the number will indicate the administrative number of your group. It’s nothing to worry about – and it’s purely administrative.

The black text APT ARTS refers to:

APT Academic Personal Tutors (that’s a process the induction starts – you’ll get to know your Personal Tutor and will meet with them from time to time, the first time after this induction).

ARTS is our Department of Arts

In the other parts of the timetable, the black text gives you information on what type of session this is:

  • Lectorial: a two-hour session, usually started with a lecture, often followed by practical work
  • Lecture: a lecture (more info on this at induction)
  • Seminar: a small-group session
  • Workshop: a flexible session, sometimes timetabled at odd times, but you may be doing groupwork at your own time or carry out fieldwork instead. You may also have an online session where your lecturer is ‘present’ or personal tutorials.
  • PAL: Peer Assisted Learning sessions – where students at level 2 run the sessions and can help you with any issues (e.g. things you don’t understand but don’t want to ask your lecturer about, things you want to go through again, etc.)
  • ENGAGE: this slot of the timetable is new. It’s there to ensure that all students are free at a specific time for events, personal tutor sessions and the like. You won’t have anything ‘on’ at the time unless we notify you. Personal tutor sessions are also really flexible, so should you be working at the time, there’s always the option to book a different time with your tutor.

The blue text kind of spells out what sort of module or event this is.

The black code below is quite important:

4E13 FR refers to the room and the campus: this is at FR (Frenchay, our main campus), and the room is on the 4th floor, in E-block, room 13. It’s near the reception (upstairs from there) – and there will be many student ambassadors around who can help you with finding this room.

And the number 8 at the end: an important number to watch out for! 8 refers to ‘uni-week 8 (‘logically’ counting from the beginning of August). That’s induction week – i.e. the week beg. 16. September. As your induction will be on a Monday, it’ll be on THE 16th.

So, on the regular teaching timetable, then:

Weeks 9-20 refer to the first teaching block (TB1)

Weeks 26-37 refer to the second teaching block (TB2)

Some lectures differ in TB1 and TB2 (some workshops even from week to week!) so it’s worth checking your timetable for different weeks/TBs.

Watch out, as we do special workshops, events, etc. sometimes. These will appear on your timetable as well and it may initially look like you’ve got much more on than is really the case. It’s worth looking at the timetable week-by-week to get an idea of what you’ll be doing. On my timetable, it looks like this:

Image–> change to week-by-week view, here for week 9:


The timetable overall: You’ll spot that there are a few more codes in the ‘regular timetable’:


The brown code at the top is the module code. In case you really want to know what ths means: all the codes in our area start in UPNQ, the 4L behind is the specific code for this one, the 30 means ’30 credits’, which all our modules are and the ‘1’ at the end refers to level 1. S refers to ‘seminar’ 02 to seminar group 2 (the one you may be allocated to), <9-16> refer to the week this event is running in this particular room/place. No, we’re not going to ask you to know this info in an exam 🙂 all the relevant info is available below the code as well.


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