Induction timetable

Please find your induction timetable below. Links to all recorded sessions can be found in the timetable.

Please find your induction timetable here.

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Monday 21st September: Your academic welcome

Getting you all set for your studies, today is the start of this year’s academic journey with UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport. Along with a welcome from our Head of Academics and your Programme Leader, we will introduce you to key departments that will help you along the way as well as provide you with the tools you’ll need to succeed in your IT induction.

Tuesday 22nd September: The GIS Executive Summit

Along with a warm welcome from GIS President Sharona Friedman, we’re delighted to bring you the GIS Executive Summit as part of this year’s induction. Hosted by the BBC’s Mark Clemmit, this event will help prepare you for your personal journey through the Master’s degree and teach you key skills to maximise your employment prospects upon graduating. From personal branding to presentation skills, this introduction to life at the Global Institute of Sport will help to prepare you for the world of sports leadership.

Wednesday 23rd September: Coaches kick off our LaLiga Summit

This year will host the inaugural LaLiga Summit, co-organised by the Educational Department of LaLiga, LaLiga Business School, across three days during your induction week. This exclusive event will give you access to some of the brains behind Spanish football’s leading division. Hosted virtually, the summit will look at three aspects of the football business - The Pitch, The Boardroom, The Industry – and how LaLiga is facing up to the new season post-COVID-19. Representatives from the Premier League and MLS will also be in attendance to offer further expert insight on the new sporting landscape and how clubs, players and fans will play their part in the immediate future of the game. The full list of LaLiga Summit speakers will be confirmed before the event and we’ll email you to let you know.

Day 1 of the LaLiga Summit is the coaching special, ‘The Pitch’. From new training regimes to innovative group methods, this session will look at coaching and player development across the three leagues and how those concerned have adapted to the new ‘normal’.

Thursday 24th September: Your insight into the boardroom

Our Careers Coaches will take a look at where you want to get to and help you strategise how you’re going to get there. In addition, day 2 of the LaLiga Summit shines a spotlight onto life in the boardrooms of elite sports organisations. The panel will look at how clubs have adapted their marketing and business strategies in an environment where fans cannot attend matches and interact with their clubs.

Friday 25th September: The start of your Global Institute of Sport journey

GIS Director of Education & Experience Sarah Tudor will lead a session around the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to show the psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.  You’ll also receive access to our Employability & Enrichment hub, your gateway to a world of exciting enrichment opportunities in the sports industry, as well as a time management masterclass to prepare you for life as a Master’s student.

Your induction week will conclude with day 3 of the exclusive LaLiga Summit. This session will focus on leadership and governance, taking a deeper look at the effectiveness of this in the football industry during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as what’s needed from those in-charge to ensure the industry survives the coming season.

Academic timetable

Your 2020/21 semester dates can be found here.

Teaching timetables will be made available to students via our student portal, the UCFB Online Hub, during your induction week.

Orientation week

Please find your Orientation Week timetable here.

Your orientation week will involve a combination of exciting virtual and in-person events for you to network with our leading sports industry partners and your fellow classmates as well as explore London and Manchester if you’re studying on campus.

All freshers’ and orientation week activities will be free for students, so there is no need to buy a Season Ticket this year.

All online and blended students are welcome to join any of our virtual and in-person orientation activities.

Please note, our in-person activities will be delivered in accordance with national and local government guidelines, and therefore are subject to change at short notice.”

Welcome gift

To help with your studies this year, all students will receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

Please keep an eye on your emails for more information on your welcome gift.


We are following the government’s return to recreational team sport framework and the guidance from each sport’s governing body. We are planning for our sports teams to return to training from September wherever sporting governing bodies and our facilities allow this. Trials will also begin early in Semester 1 when it is safe to do so. In addition to the sports teams, we will continue to support students who wish to compete and participate in other individual sports.

It has been confirmed that there will be no BUCS fixtures until Semester 2, we aim to arrange non-competitive fixtures in Semester 1 for sports where it is safe to do so and will confirm these once we are able to do so.

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester will start as planned in September. Whilst there will be no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, we will be running training for both academies and will aim to arrange friendlies where governing body guidelines permit. Trials for the academies will also take place in September.

Further details on each individual sport will be provided during your induction and orientation session.

If you have any queries regarding induction and orientation, please contact us via the contact us page or call us on 0333 2417 333.