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.
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
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>