Fri 23 Feb 2018

Getting a headstart

WITT students are getting the chance to get to know their new surroundings.

The polytech has commenced its annual Headstart programme, which provides students with pastoral and academic advice before they start their studies next Monday.

This week’s calendar was severely interrupted by the enforced closure of the WITT campus because of New Plymouth’s water issues, but students will be able to keep up to date with new workshop times through iWITT, the WITT Facebook page and at

Librarian and Learning Advisor Bridget Knuckey said the programme, based at Te Piere on the New Plymouth campus, was a long-standing one at WITT and very popular.

 “The idea is that students can attend one, some or all of the sessions on offer,” Bridget said.

Students get a range of information including details on how to apply for scholarships, learning about time management, computers and what support is available while studying at WITT.

“The sessions are well attended,” said Bridget. “For some students, it is their first time at a tertiary institution while others might be nervous about returning to study as mature students. Either way, these workshops are very useful.