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  • Hello my name is Jennie From Brunel University Talk to you a bit about what it’s like to be a student
  • Going to talk about Transition between school/college and University Financing your studies Where you will live The social life And looking after your welfare
  • So studying at university is different from school/college because.. The emphasis is on you! To get to lectures, hand in coursework. Contact is mainly through lectures and seminars. Lectures – 1-2 hours in fairly large group. Seminars – Smaller groups to talk about the lecture material and background reading. Some subjects have lab sessions too. Background reading is essential. I was told private study should equal contact hours. Now a question……. Need to ensure you understand the topic through lectures, seminars, background reading and seeing tutors and lecturers. 1 st year to settle in. 2 nd and 3 rd years heavier. Ensure you’re organised to meet deadlines. If the work is late you may have marks taken off. You can get support from your personal tutor.
  • On campus for first year at most Universities Brunel prices good for London. Pay more in the city Off campus for 2 nd and 3 rd years Living at home cheaper
  • Freshers week – use it to meet new people Freshers fayre to join up to clubs, societies and interests you have Most Universities have a student union for socialising and also your welfare and interests Volunteering opportunities Get involved with something outside your academic study – meet new people
  • Tuition fees – Goes towards cost of teaching, facilities etc From 2006 – Uni’s can choose to charge up to £3000 per year – Brunel has set their fees at £3070 for 07/08. No upfront fees so no fees paid whilst you are studying. Fees becomes payable after April after you graduate, once you are earning over £15,000. Student loans – 2 loans available, Both through the Student Loan Company Fees Loan – covers fees whilst you are studying. Repaid after you graduate + earn >£15000 Maintenance Loan – Same as current Student Loan. For Living expenses, ie rent, food, course materials.etc – NOT FEES Maintenance Grant – up to max £2765 per year – Means tested on household income so based on individual circumstance. Grant doesn’t have to be repaid. Students from low income households will likely get full maintenance grant. Uni Bursaries – Statutory Bursary – uni’s must give £305 bursary to students who receive full £2765 grant (bringing total to £3070). As an extra, Brunel will give £205 to students receiving Maintenance Grant betw. £750 + £2764. Uni Scholarships – Uni will offer a variety of Scholarships - check the criteria for eligability. Ie Specific grades needed, applied to a specific course?, 1st in family to attend uni, from an under-represented group + also whether you have to make that uni your firm choice. Part time job – To supplement loan and possibly gain work experience in certain relevant fields Student bank a/c – Many student A/c around offering many incentives I.e £1500 interest free overdraft limit/ Credit card – vary from bank to bank. Shop around for the best deal - Don’t just go for the ones with the gimmicks.
  • Top of the tree –Maintenance Loan and Grant, Scholarship and Bursury Student overdraft – up to £1500 interest free overdraft Part- time work – Great if you have the time – earn money and new skills Work placements – very useful for gaining experience in your chosen field and also for earning money – my example…. Personal Savings – Try and save before you go to university - I wish I had! Parents remember be supportive Try and help them budget their money – give them a certain amount each month
  • Go through each point Find something you’re good at e.g. cooking/ washing up. Then you work together and you don’t have to do everything!
  • All these services and people are there to help, advise and support you with your course, rights, emotional issues and what you want to do as a career.
  • Now I’ve told you a bit about student life. Your chance to ask any questions.

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  • 1. STUDENT LIFE Jennie Long Marketing Officer (Schools & Colleges) Brunel University
  • 2. STUDENT LIFE
    • Transition
    • Finance
    • Accommodation
    • Social Life
    • Welfare
  • 3. STUDYING AT UNIVERSITY
    • Different from School or College
    • Emphasis is on you!
    • Lectures and Seminars
    • Background reading is essential
    • How much work is there?
    • Organisation and meeting deadlines
    • Your Personal Tutor is there to help
  • 4. ACCOMMODATION
    • On campus for the first year
    • Single study rooms
    • Shared facilities or En-suite
    • Standard £81,41 En-suite £97,93 - £99,96 (2008-09)
    • Meet new people
    • No bills and cleaned for you!
    • Off campus
    • Living at home
  • 5. SOCIALISING
    • Freshers Week and Freshers Fayre
    • Student Union
    • Student radio station and magazine
    • Sports and Societies
    • Arts Centre
    • Sports facilities
    • London City Centre
  • 6. FINANCING YOUR STUDIES
    • Tuition Fees – Changes from 2006
    • Student Loans – Fees & Maintenance Loans
    • Maintenance Grant
    • University Bursaries & Scholarships
    • Part time job
    • Personal Savings
    • Student Bank Account
  • 7. Maintenance Loan 2009/10 All eligible students can apply for a Maintenance Loan The amount you receive is means tested on your parents/household income Min annual loan Max annual loan £2,763 £3,564 £4,988 £3,838 Living at home £4,950 Outside of London £6,928 In London
  • 8. Monthly Student Expenditure London Area
    • Accommodation
      • On campus £300 - £400
      • Off campus £275 - £400
    • Bills £15
    • Mobile Phone £40
    • Food £120
    • Travel £30
    • Books/Equipment £10
    • Clothes £50
    • Hobbies £10
    • Socialising £100
    • TOTAL: £725
  • 9. FINANCING YOUR STUDIES Maintenance Loan and Grant University Bursary and Scholarship Personal Savings and Parental Contribution Part-time Work Sandwich Courses Student Bank Account
  • 10. TOP BUDGETTING TIPS
    • NUS card discounts
    • Young Persons railcard and coach card
    • Cheap flights and travel
    • Student bank account incentives
    • Cook together
    • Don’t shop when you’re hungry
    • Always get parents to phone you back
    • Cheap social life on campus
    • No Council Tax if you live with other students
    • Avoid Credit cards and Store cards
    • Look out for second hand book sales
  • 11. Welfare and Support
    • Personal Tutor
    • Student Union Advice & Representation Centre
    • Counselling Service
    • Medical Centre
    • Meeting House
    • Placement and Careers Centre
    • Disability and Dyslexia Service
  • 12. Any questions?