Applicant Visit Day Introductory Talk 2010/11

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Applicant Visit Day Introductory Talk 2010/11

  1. 1. £3000 Excellence Scholarships for any firm choice applicant who achieves 3 A grades at A Level
  2. 2. Swansea University: An Introduction for UCAS applicants and parents Dr Caroline Coleman-Davies Student Recruitment Office
  3. 3. The University <ul><li>Established in 1920 </li></ul><ul><li>Beach campus between city and country </li></ul><ul><li>15,000 students from throughout UK </li></ul><ul><li>Average entry is 360 UCAS points </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary University with teaching excellence across all subject areas </li></ul>
  4. 4. Study environment <ul><li>Ranked 6 th in the UK for student safety in last year’s Complete University Guide </li></ul><ul><li>WhatUni.com – Swansea featured in the UK top 10 in seven of the nine categories – including accommodation (3 rd ) and facilities (5 th ) </li></ul><ul><li>Ranked No 3 in the WhatUni.com Student Choice awards </li></ul><ul><li>84% student satisfaction in the official National Student Satisfaction Survey – above the national average </li></ul><ul><li>Programme of ongoing campus improvement </li></ul><ul><li>A thriving research environment: </li></ul><ul><li>World-class research across a range of subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>50% of staff conduct research of international significance </li></ul><ul><li>New development include </li></ul><ul><li>£30m Institute of Life Science 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Boots Centre for Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Bloodhound’ project </li></ul>
  5. 5. Accommodation Policy <ul><li>The University has - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 3,200 places in residences: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nine residences on campus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hendrefoelan Student Village off campus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applying for accommodation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students accepting Swansea as their CF choice will receive an e-mail with their ID number and a link to the online accommodation application form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodation applications open on 4 th May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodation offer will be confirmed after results in August </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firm choice (CF) students and those who apply early will have their accommodation preferences met first </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We guarantee accommodation to those who- </li></ul><ul><li>Firmly accept our offer & complete their accommodation application before 30 th June </li></ul>
  6. 6. Campus Accommodation: Part-catered Residences: Kilvey and Rhossili <ul><li>95 rooms each with wash basin and mini fridge </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional hall layout with 17-20 rooms per floor </li></ul><ul><li>Shared bathroom facilities (ratio of 1:2 or 1:5) </li></ul><ul><li>Fully equipped kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>Value of one meal a day (£24.50 p.w.) is included on a residence dining card which can be used at all campus catering outlets </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone & free wireless broadband internet in all bedrooms </li></ul><ul><li>£97.50 - £105.50 p.w. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Campus Accommodation: Self-catered residences with en-suite facilities <ul><li>Langland, Caswell, Oxwich, Preseli, Horton and Penmaen </li></ul><ul><li>811 self-catered en-suite rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Flats of 8 students </li></ul><ul><li>Fully-equipped modern kitchens </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone and free wireless broadband internet in every room </li></ul><ul><li>£89 - £105 per week </li></ul>
  8. 8. Campus Accommodation: Self-catered residences with shared facilities <ul><li>Cefn Bryn has 171 standard single rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional hall layout </li></ul><ul><li>Each room has a wash basin and mini fridge </li></ul><ul><li>Shared bathroom facilities – 1 for every 2 students </li></ul><ul><li>Fully equipped kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone & free wireless broadband internet in all bedrooms </li></ul><ul><li>£83.00 - £88.00 p.w. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Off-campus Accommodation: Hendrefoelan Student Village <ul><li>1.5 miles north-west of campus </li></ul><ul><li>1644 rooms in self-catered accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Single rooms in flats / houses of 4-11 students </li></ul><ul><li>Shared bathroom – approximately 1 for every 4 students </li></ul><ul><li>Fully-equipped kitchen facilities </li></ul><ul><li>All rooms have telephone and free wireless broadband internet access </li></ul>
  10. 10. Off-campus Accommodation: Hendrefoelan Student Village <ul><ul><li>Shop, laundrette, bar, diner and doctor’s surgery on site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Unibus service to campus & town: Student bus pass approx £120 per term or £329 for the academic year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Car parking available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welfare wardens on site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£71 - £76 per week </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Accommodation: Private Sector <ul><li>There is a good supply of private sector housing in Swansea and Mumbles </li></ul><ul><li>Residential Services produces lists of approved landlords </li></ul><ul><li>Residential services also operates an online house-hunting site called Studentpad </li></ul><ul><li>Rents approx £50-£65 per week </li></ul>
  12. 12. Student Finance: The Browne Review <ul><li>The Browne Review has recommended that Universities in England be allowed to charge Tuition Fees of £6,000 - £9,000 p.a. from 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh Universities will be allowed to charge Tuition Fees of £4,000 - £9,000 p.a. </li></ul><ul><li>These changes will not apply to students starting University in September 2011 as fees will not rise until the following year and will only apply to new students </li></ul><ul><li>BUT anyone applying now and deferring entry until 2012 will be subject to increased fees </li></ul><ul><li>For Welsh domiciled students, the Welsh Assembly Government announced yesterday that a Tuition Fee Grant will be available to cover any increase in fees </li></ul><ul><li>This means that for Welsh domiciled students, they will pay no more towards their fees than they do now – wherever they study </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever happens, students will be entitled to a loan to cover their fees, as well as a loan to help with living expenses </li></ul>
  13. 13. Student Finance: Tuition Fees, Grants and Loans <ul><li>1. Tuition Fees for 2011 entry will be £3,375 p.a. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Payment can be deferred by taking out a tuition fee loan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repayments begin when graduate’s earnings exceed £15,000 p.a. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Student Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Up to £2,906 pa (students from England) / £5,000 pa (students from Wales) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For all students from mid-low income families (non-repayable) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Student Loan for maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to £4,950 p.a. depending on family income and grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repayments begin when graduate’s earnings exceed £15,000 p.a. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications for loans and grants open soon : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.studentfinanceengland.co.uk / www.studentfinancewales.co.uk </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Student Finance – further sources of Money <ul><li>Scholarships: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>£3,000 Excellence Scholarships awarded to all students who achieve 3 A grades at A-Level (or equivalent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£1,000 Sporting Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Financial Aid Office: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Contingency Funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice & guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>JobShop service in Careers Centre : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advertises a range of job vacancies both on and off campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Term-time & vacation work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Swansea is one of the cheapest places to live as a student, with student debt levels below the national average </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Facilities for students <ul><li>Library and Information Centre has over 800,000 books, 1400 study spaces and 500 PCs and is open to 2.00 am most days </li></ul><ul><li>Free use of e-mail and internet for students </li></ul><ul><li>Careers Service offers advice and presentations on graduate careers and postgraduate study and can arrange work placements for students </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate Employment rate is 91% </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive Sports Village with indoor and outdoor athletics tracks, Uni-gym & 50m pool </li></ul>
  16. 16. Swansea, Mumbles & Gower <ul><li>Swansea </li></ul><ul><li>Wales’ 2nd largest city -1 mile east of campus </li></ul><ul><li>Pubs and clubs, restaurants & cafes – many in new Café Quarter </li></ul><ul><li>Museums, theatres & arts galleries </li></ul><ul><li>£250m Waterfront development </li></ul><ul><li>£2.2m Swansea FTR Metro </li></ul><ul><li>Mumbles </li></ul><ul><li>Pubs, restaurants, & ice-cream parlours, & student housing </li></ul><ul><li>Gower </li></ul><ul><li>UK’s 1st “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” </li></ul><ul><li>Historic sites, surfing, cycling, mountain biking, walking … </li></ul>
  17. 17. And finally … <ul><li>Thanks for visiting </li></ul><ul><li>Please complete our online feedback form at: www.survey.swansea.ac.uk/ucasvisit1011 </li></ul><ul><li>If you need any further information or assistance, please ask at the reception desk in Digital Technium </li></ul>
  18. 18. £3000 Excellence Bursaries for any firm choice applicant who achieves 3 A grades at A Level

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