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Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
Student Life 07/08
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Student Life 07/08


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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 <ul><li>Transition </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Social Life </li></ul><ul><li>Welfare </li></ul>
    • 3. STUDYING AT UNIVERSITY <ul><li>Different from School or College </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis is on you! </li></ul><ul><li>Lectures and Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Background reading is essential </li></ul><ul><li>How much work is there? </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation and meeting deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Your Personal Tutor is there to help </li></ul>
    • 4. ACCOMMODATION <ul><li>On campus for the first year </li></ul><ul><li>Single study rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Shared facilities or En-suite </li></ul><ul><li>Standard £81,41 En-suite £97,93 - £99,96 (2008-09) </li></ul><ul><li>Meet new people </li></ul><ul><li>No bills and cleaned for you! </li></ul><ul><li>Off campus </li></ul><ul><li>Living at home </li></ul>
    • 5. SOCIALISING <ul><li>Freshers Week and Freshers Fayre </li></ul><ul><li>Student Union </li></ul><ul><li>Student radio station and magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Sports and Societies </li></ul><ul><li>Arts Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Sports facilities </li></ul><ul><li>London City Centre </li></ul>
    • 6. FINANCING YOUR STUDIES <ul><li>Tuition Fees – Changes from 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Student Loans – Fees & Maintenance Loans </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance Grant </li></ul><ul><li>University Bursaries & Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Part time job </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Savings </li></ul><ul><li>Student Bank Account </li></ul>
    • 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 <ul><li>Accommodation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On campus £300 - £400 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Off campus £275 - £400 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bills £15 </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Phone £40 </li></ul><ul><li>Food £120 </li></ul><ul><li>Travel £30 </li></ul><ul><li>Books/Equipment £10 </li></ul><ul><li>Clothes £50 </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies £10 </li></ul><ul><li>Socialising £100 </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL: £725 </li></ul>
    • 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 <ul><li>NUS card discounts </li></ul><ul><li>Young Persons railcard and coach card </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap flights and travel </li></ul><ul><li>Student bank account incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Cook together </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t shop when you’re hungry </li></ul><ul><li>Always get parents to phone you back </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap social life on campus </li></ul><ul><li>No Council Tax if you live with other students </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Credit cards and Store cards </li></ul><ul><li>Look out for second hand book sales </li></ul>
    • 11. Welfare and Support <ul><li>Personal Tutor </li></ul><ul><li>Student Union Advice & Representation Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Counselling Service </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting House </li></ul><ul><li>Placement and Careers Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Disability and Dyslexia Service </li></ul>
    • 12. Any questions?