Students who commenced an undergraduate degree course advertising ‘Flying Start’ in September 2012 or later and are paying the fee levels set for new students for 2017 will be eligible.
Students repeating course stages and paying the fee levels set for new students for 2017 will be entitled to alternative equivalents.
Students who are Direct Entry to Stage 2 or 3 of an undergraduate degree course advertising Flying Start and who are paying the fee levels set for new students for 2017 will be entitled to the same items as other students on the same course and stage, provided they meet the other criteria for eligibility (see above.)
Where ‘Flying Start’ is advertised, it applies to EU students, as long as the other eligibility conditions are met (see above). Please note that Erasmus students do not pay the new higher level fees and are therefore not eligible for ‘Flying Start’.
Where ‘Flying Start’ is advertised, it applies to International students, as long as the other eligibility conditions are met (see above).
Part-Time students commencing on undergraduate degree programmes from September 2012 and paying the fee levels (pro rata) set for new students for 2017 are entitled to some ‘Flying Start’ items. What you will receive will depend upon your course. For example, courses issuing books will normally issue a proportionate cost in credits/vouchers for purchasing books or eBooks (see the section I am a part-time student: will I still get my core books? below).
- Students studying Continuing Professional Development qualifications are not eligible.
- Students who are Fee Exempt, such as incoming Erasmus students, are not eligible.
- Students on courses which are externally funded, such as Department of Health funded courses, are not eligible.
- Postgraduate Students. There are some undergraduate degree courses with an optional route leading to a Masters level qualification and provided you have progressed on the undergraduate degree course it will apply in these cases, as long as the other eligibility criteria have been met (see above).
Am I able to obtain any of the included items for my course prior to arriving at the University?
Before you can collect items supplied for your course, it is necessary to enrol and get your student registration/identification (ID) card. Online Enrolment normally commences in September and the majority of items distributed to students will be issued on campus during induction week for new students, or once term commences.
Where do I get more information about this before I enrol?
Details of what students will get will have been published in the Prospectus; however, details may change, so details of what students will receive can be found using the Course Finder on this web site and clicking on the ‘Flying Start’ link.
How do I find out about any costs that are NOT included in the fees?
You should be able to see any additional costs that might apply to you by using the Course Finder on this website.
Why are books, equipment and other items free?
They are not free. Following compulsory fee rises, Coventry University made a commitment to ensure they provided the very best value for money. Your fees for the course cover the payment for these core items. This is why students who are not paying the current published fee rates for the course are not entitled to the ‘Flying Start’.
Am I eligible for free books?
The books are not free, but they are included in the fee you pay for the course. What you receive depends on the course and stage you are studying. Some course stages provide students with core textbooks, or a customised course reader containing key texts and reading materials, or vouchers to purchase core text books from the online book store. Other course stages may include other core materials, such as art materials, software, equipment, memberships, etc.
Whether you are eligible depends on a number of factors (see Who Is Eligible? above).
Final year students and part-time students will normally receive credit to purchase text books from the University and John Smith’s online store book store. Information on how to access your account will be sent by email shortly after your course start date.
The value of the credit issued will vary depending upon the course being studied and the other items being issued, or the mode of attendance. For example Part Time students on course stages where Full Time students receive books will receive an amount based on an average number of modules expected to be studied in an academic year. For further information about the Online Book Store and book credits, see the Online Book Store and Book Credits information page.
Students repeating a course stage are likely to be studying a mix of modules at different levels of the course, which makes determining the bundle of books required difficult to predict. As such, they will receive credit to purchase text books from the University and John Smith’s online store.
Where students are given credit instead of books, this will be to purchase textbooks from their course reading list via the University and John Smith’s online store.
What is a course reader?
This is a publication comprising key reading texts which are specifically applicable to the course.
Am I expected to have read any of the mandatory core texts before I arrive at the University?
While you can do reading and preparation for your studies before your arrival, the text books being provided will be issued during induction week for students commencing Stage 1 of their studies, and teaching weeks 1 and 2 for returning students.
What do you mean by ‘Mandatory Core Textbooks’?
These are some of the textbooks that you are required to read and make reference to throughout the duration of your course. Textbooks are not supplied for optional modules as these vary from student to student.
How many books will I get?
The books supplied will vary depending on the course stage you are studying, and what books your Course Director has specified as essential for the course stage.
Are these all the books I will need to read for my course?
No. At the start of each module, you will be given a reading list with additional suggested reading, and you will also be expected to read widely and to use a range of information resources. Additional books and books for wider reading or for optional modules, together with the other media forms, are available from the Lanchester Library.
Information about the Library including induction timetables, online tour booking and links to the online catalogue Locate will be available from the Library preview Moodle module. However, if you want to have a look for yourself before you arrive at Coventry University, you can login as a guest user at any time and use the enrolment key ‘library’.
Will I only Receive Books?
Your Course Director will compile a package relevant to your course; this may include books and/or additional items.’
Where will I collect my books from?
Designated book collection sessions will be timetabled for each course receiving textbooks. Please check your timetable for date, time and location on campus of where to collect. . You will receive more information about this on arrival, or from your Course Director.
Please ensure you collect your books during this period to be sure you have the right materials for your studies. Do not collect books if you are considering or have agreed to change your course of study until the change or transfer has been fully processed.
In the case of books not collected during the timetabled session, students will need to contact email@example.com please quote student ID number and course of study.
When can I collect my books?
First Year students will collect week beginning 25 September 2017
Returning students will collect their books week beginning 03 October 2017
For students commencing their courses in January and May 2018, there will be a designated collection point for book distribution which will be publicised later in the year.
Students are advised to collect your books during the timetabled collection times to avoid delays and to be sure you have the necessary materials to fully participate in your course of study. If you miss your scheduled collection session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All students should collect their books as early as possible, as the books will be returned to the supplier after Friday 13 October 2017.
Can I have an electronic version of my books?
Your course team have determined which format your books will be in and you cannot change to a different format. However, if you have a disability and cannot use printed texts, we will do our best to obtain texts in an alternative format for you – but this will be dependent upon your course. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are likely to require alternative formats. You can do this prior to arrival by emailing email@example.com with your name, intended course and the format required. Alternatively, telephone the Library on +44 (0) 24 7765 9092.
If you are eligible to receive an eBook as part of the “Flying Start” for your course, you will be provided the details in order to access and begin reading your eBook to your Coventry University email address.
Shortly after your course start date, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. This will provide you with the login details for Kortext, where you will be able to access your account and your bookshelf, with the relevant book(s) for your course already uploaded.
This email will also include details on the Kortext App (iOS and Android) and how you are able to read offline.
Will I need any identification to collect my books?
Yes. You will need to bring your Coventry University student ID card. Once you have enrolled, you can collect your ID card from the Student Centre. Continuing students should already have their ID card, though they will still need to have enrolled to collect.
Can someone else collect my books for me?
No. You need to collect your books in person and bring your University student ID card with you. However if you have a disability, we may be able to make alternative arrangements. Contact your Course Tutor or email@example.com to arrange.
Do I get to keep the books?
Yes. Once collected, the books are yours and belong to you. However, if you change or transfer course, you will need to return the books issued for the year in unused condition before any further books for your new course can be issued.
If you withdraw from your course within the first 14 calendar days following the course commencing, you will need to return the books issued, or reimburse the University for the cost of books which cannot be returned, e.g. have been used.
Will I get a bag to carry my books away in?
Yes books will be provided in bags.
What happens if there is a mistake in my bundle?
The staff at the distribution point will be able to help you. However if you realise after you have left the distribution session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are advised not to collect your books if you are in the process of changing or transferring to a different course.
Occasionally, there may be a shortage of specific books and these may need to be issued later.
What if I lose one or more of my textbooks, or they are stolen?
Unfortunately there is one set of books per student, and no extra books will be ordered by the University. If a book is lost or stolen, no replacement can be provided. However you can access some course books in the Library, and you can also purchase a replacement yourself.
Where can I find out more about the Online Book Store and book credits?
A separate FAQ is available for the Online Book Store.
Where can I find out more about my e-books and how to access them?
Students receiving e-books will be provided full details of ‘accessing your e-books’ training sessions and instructions following enrolment.
I am a part-time student: will I still get my core books?
For course stages issuing the promise of books for full time students, rather than issuing physical books, part-time students will receive credit so they can buy the texts that best suit their needs from the University and John Smiths’ online book store. For further information about the Online Book Store and book credits, please see the information page.